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Apparently- 35 years of habits cannot be suppressed in 9 months!

Posted Feb 02 2010 7:27pm
My blood work all came back normal. My thyroid is fine, my B12 etc= fine, my D= fine, my cholesterol is a little high but not in the range to worry. (And I didn't fast the full 12 hours before...) She did a whole CBC work-up and everything is normal...

SO! This is good news... everything is normal. This is bad news= it means I need to look elsewhere to determine why I have been so totally and utterly exhausted so often recently!

Stress. Stress will make you tired! Click here for a list of "signs" of stress. Stress can also make you eat carbs indiscriminately! (Well only I can allow that to happen- but....)

Cold icky snowy winter. Cold icky snowy winter will make you tired. Click here to read about SAD.

Lack of protein. Lack of protein will make you tired. (no article to link- it's hard to find good solid information on protein intake- it has kind of become controversial lately everyone has a different opinion. I will keep looking to find a good article for us!)

Lack of exercise. Lack of exercise will make you tired. It's a dirty cycle... you feel too tired to exercise- but when you exercise- you feel better and have more energy. You don't exercise- you don't have energy- so you don't want to exercise... UGH! I know I have more energy when I am working out- but I have been feeling too tired to get up early and do so!

After Gastric By-Pass Surgery- (from Mayo Clinic Site)

Within the first two years following surgery, you can expect to lose 50 to 60 percent of your excess weight, if you follow the dietary and exercise recommendations. If you continue to follow these recommendations, you can keep most of that weight off long term.

People who regain weight after gastric bypass surgery usually are consuming too many high-calorie foods and beverages and don't exercise enough. And rather than eating three meals a day and perhaps a planned healthy snack, some people eat food all day long.

Successful weight management requires the following healthy habits:
■Reduce unplanned snacking.
■Exercise regularly.
■Attend regular follow-up appointments with your health care provider to review your symptoms and progress and to make sure you don't have any vitamin or mineral deficiencies.

If you aren't losing weight or are regaining weight after surgery, see your doctor. He or she can help watch your eating behaviors and exercise habits and help you confront and overcome any weight-loss obstacles.
Although weight-loss surgery helps you shed pounds, its success depends on your willingness to adopt lifelong healthy-eating and exercise habits. What you eat and how you eat changes after surgery, but the benefits of weight loss and your improved health are well worth these efforts.

Hmmm.... One thing we say in our Sales Department- if you were once successful... and you are now struggling- then you need to go back to what was making you successful to begin with.

So- like I mentioned below... I need to start tracking my foods again.. and really focusing on my protein intake. Need to cut out those carbs again (just keep enough intake to be abe to train for my races.) I will up my Vitamin D and get outside as much as I can on sunny days to help the SAD... and I will make it a point to go to the gym... even when I just really don't want to. I KNOW the positive impact it has on my life and my lifestyle.. and every time you make yourself do something you don't really want to do- you make your "self-discipline muscle" stronger.

I could sure use the encouragement and accountability! So feel free to harass me and help me to stay on task! It is now me! I have to make this happen- the surgery took me this far- I need to maintain this... and keep up these new healthy habits- and not fall into old habits. 35 years of habits don't go away THAT easily!
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