When I had my gastric sleeve done in October 2017, my original goal was to be healthy enough to have a baby. The good news is that I succeeded! I have a beautiful 20 month old girl. The not so good news is that I no longer feel like I have control over my eating habits. I have gained some weight back. Not all of it, but definitely a lot. The results of my most recent bloodwork weren’t so great either.
Granted, there are some very valid reasons. I had a baby just as the pandemic was starting and being a new parent is stressful under normal circumstances. Add in that I’m also working and taking grad school classes. It’s a lot to balance and my healthy lifestyle just sort of got put on the backburner for a while. However, my bloodwork showed me that I cannot keep my healthy lifestyle on the backburner any longer.
In the past I would start obsessively counting my calories and exercise to burn off any “bad” food choices. It always worked for a while, but I would burn out and go back to “normal” eventually. Then the pounds would come back and bring some friends! I do not want to do that this time. I want to build healthy habits that are sustainable.
I’m starting with getting out for a walk every day, along with journaling in the morning and evening. That will help manage my mood and keep my head clear to make healthier decisions.