Friday, May 31, 2013

Day 3 and a belated introduction

So as day 3 draws to a close, I figured I'd put my update out there.  Not much y'all don't know at this point so no sense in rehashing.  After 2 full days of detox, I am down 5lbs.  I still feel pretty crappy, but it's getting better.

Today's food stats:
Calories: 866
Total carbs: 31g
Protein: 81g
Fiber: 15g
And: a whopping 7g of sugar!
Water: 80oz

So today I took the little one to Sesame Place after I picked her up from school.  It was hot and I didn't think sitting inside and staring at each other for a few hours would be too fun.  Especially when I'm still a touch cranky.  So instead we spent two hours going on water slides and having some fun in the sun.  Maddie conquered her fear and went down the small body slides all by herself.  I am so proud of her.  She told me she was scared but was going to try anyway.  She's awesome.  Love her to pieces.

Anyway, here I am posting about this sugar detox thing and I haven't properly introduced myself.  Hi, I'm Lauren.  I am 34 years old.  I am a wife and a mom to Maddie who is 4 years old, turns 5 in July.  I am currently attending Temple University where I am majoring in Spanish Education.  I am slated to graduate in May 2014.  On June 19, 2013 I will celebrate my one year "surgi-versary".  On June 19, 2012, I had bariatric, weight loss, surgery (WLS).  Specifically, I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy aka VSG or sleeve.  As of today I am again 70lbs down.  I was bouncing between 75 & 80lbs down, but couldn't get any further and then went back up a few pounds.  Hence the sugar detox/kick in the @$$.  I decided I didn't want to go to my one year post-op appointment only having lost 65lbs.  I got the sugar detox idea from a friend's blog, Holly @ 300poundsdown.  You can find her here.  She is truly an inspiration and I "met" her at the perfect time.  See, I've never actually met Holly, I only know her from Facebook and her blog.  I found her through a friend from another online support group.  The thing is, it doesn't matter that I've never physically met her.  Her stories and her struggles and her victories are just as inspiring.  I consider her a friend.  

I say I met her at the perfect time.  The time God chose for us to cross paths.  See, here's another journey that I've embarked on, the journey with Jesus Christ.  I'm not going to get preachy here, trust me.  This is just my story.  I had started going to church with a friend, our daughters are friends too and mine "wanted to go to Sunday school with 'S'".  Really it was because my daughter wanted to go.  I just had to sit through the service.  Something happened the first day, and I felt like the pastor was talking to me.  It was exactly what I needed to hear at that moment in time.  I felt compelled to go back the next week, and the next.  It seemed like the message was exactly what I needed to hear when I needed it.  I began praying, something I'd never done before and after 34 years of being a nonbeliever, I knew I needed something more.  I became a believer.  I am now a follower of Jesus.  Shortly after this I "met" Holly, who is also a Christian.  Coincidence, some might say.  I would have a few months ago.  Not anymore.  God brings people into our lives for a reason and at the time we need them.  He knew I needed to see and hear the stories of others who hurt and struggle and fail.  But that those people who put their faith in Him will prevail.  "For nothing is impossible with God." Luke 1:37.  I had started to struggle horribly with my weight loss journey.  I have had amazing support at home and online, since the beginning, but was still missing some piece of the puzzle.  I believe Holly is the missing piece.  She has helped, and probably doesn't even know how much.  I could never fully give up control, I just couldn't seem to let it go and give it over to God.  She has shown me how.  I can finish this journey now.  I have help, spiritually, emotionally and physically.  I have family, friends, and God.

Goodnight and God bless.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Day 2....

Oh my goodness!  What have I gotten myself into?  I think I started off too strong on the H2O.  I drank 96oz of water yesterday and was running to the bathroom every 30-45 minutes!  That was in addition to the 4 shakes I drank.  Yikes!  I thought I was going to be sick from the amount of fluid I drinking.  I literally had to drink every waking moment to get it all in.  Too much.

So, today, I changed things around a bit.  I was shooting for the 64oz of water plus 4 shakes.  That's 108oz of liquid right there.  I figured I'd go for that and if I got more water than the 64oz, great. If not, well, I got 64oz, right?

So anyway, I, at this point, it's now 10:20pm, have gotten in 72oz of water plus 4 shakes plus a large coffee to which I added my morning shake.  Not bad.  I did make a pitcher of homemade strawberry lime infused water this morning which is what I've been drinking all day.  Yummy!!!  

My dinner was my "solid food" meal.  I went for variety. 3oz of meat: roast beef, pastrami & turkey breast, 2oz of cheese and a few kalamata olives.  Grand totals for the day: 888 calories, 31g carbs, 79g protein, and a whopping 8g of sugar!

So I started this yesterday and when I was logging my food on MyFitnessPal I realized my weight on there was wrong.  I've been 10lbs off and didn't even realize it.  Oops.  I fixed it.  Didn't like it, but I fixed it.  On the upside, I weighed myself yesterday morning before I started this whole crazy thing and this morning I'd lost 2.5lbs.  So I have some motivation to keep me going through the crappy feeling.  The headache has been wicked and today I started getting the shakes and the sweating.  Yay!!  I thought it was just the heat but even when I was inside in the AC I was sweating and feeling crappy.  I am also not exactly a pleasant person all the time right now.  Ok...I'm a bitch right now.  :) will get better, I know that for a fact.  I just have to ride it out through tomorrow and then I should be fine by Friday.  I will keep you posted!

H2O update @ 11:25pm I have added 16oz for a total of 88oz.  :)  Go me!  Yes it's taken me an hour to write this little tiny blog but as I've said before: I'm NOT a writer.  Can't stand it.  But I needed to have somewhere to vent, so here it is.  I was going to do videos but I never have the peace and quiet I would need to do them.  I may still do an occasional video, but I guess I'm just going to have to write for the most part.

I forgot to add in yesterday's post that I hope everyone had a lovely Memorial Day weekend and at least remembered our military men and women, past, present & future, for a few moments in all the picnics, BBQs, parades and fun times.  I know it's about the military, but I do also take some time to remember the police officers, firefighters and other rescue personnel who put and have put their lives on the line every day, especially those who gave their lives to protect others.  I pray for their families as well as I know how hard it is to love someone in one of those professions.  I spent my morning and early afternoon in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia at the parade and my husband's grandparents house.  The later afternoon and evening hours were spent going to visit my father's and both grandfathers' gravesites.  My father was a Vietnam veteran and a police officer, both grandfathers were WWII, all were in the Army.  I didn't know I could cry that much.  I left it all at my dad's grave.  It's been 12 years and I still lose it every time I go.

I think that's about it for tonight.  Thanks for reading and I'll post again tomorrow if anyone's interested.

Goodnight and God bless!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sugar detox Day 1

Ok.  So day 1 of sugar detox is almost over.  I have a headache, I'm grouchy.  I though this wasn't supposed to happen until day 3 or 4?!?!?!  I swear I've been drinking something all day.  If not a shake, water.  Other than my dinner, which was some chicken, a string cheese, kohlrabi and radishes.

So what am I doing?  I am doing the same method that Holly at 300 Pounds Down uses.  Really easy to do.  Every 2-3 hours I drink an Atkins RTD shake and then I eat one low carb, as close to no sugar as I can get, meal.  Of course I am also doing my usual workouts too.  This is not going to be easy.  But than again, nobody said any of this post-VSG was going to be easy.

So anyway, if day 1 is this bad, what do days 2-7 have in store?  Oh joy, I can't wait.  I do know that I can do this, I know I will struggle but I can get through it.  I will look on the positive side and I will pray for guidance and that God helps me as He sees fit because with God, nothing is impossible.        

It's time for bed now.  I get to start all over again tomorrow.   God bless you and be with you tonight.  Goodnight, all.

Monday, May 13, 2013


This is a test.  This is only a test.  I'm curious to see what happens when I post this.  I repeat: this is only a test.

So I'm not really a writer.  In fact, I hate writing.  I thought about a video blog instead, but I never have peace and quiet to record videos.  Plus, I hate the way I look in videos.  I just wanted somewhere to write my thoughts, ideas, recipes, complaints, etc.  There is really not going to be any rhyme or reason to anything posted here, if and when I post.  There will be no regularity either.  I'll post when I can, when I remember, when I have something to say.  I don't expect anyone to read this either.

This blog is a work in progress.  I will add and rearrange stuff as I go.  Again, I'm saying this as if anyone is actually going to read this thing.

Well, we shall see.  Goodnight!