Things I realized during my trip (in no particular order):
- It's hard to stay on a schedule when your schedule is not your own.
- I can still enjoy [ethnic] foods without the "I'm so stuffed" after effect! Over the week, I was able to sample Lebanese, Chinese/Japanese, Italian, Mexican and Yemeni foods. I didn't always have my measuring cups with me, but when I did it sure was easier to know how much to eat! I think that I have a tendency to under-eat if I don't completely measure it out.
- I can have an iced caffe Americano with one half and half and 2 sweet n low and not have any side effects.
- My body shuts down on its own when it needs sleep - time of day does not matter.
- I can celebrate non-scale victories (NSV) like being on the go from 6am - midnight without having to sit down because my back or my knees or my ankles hurting.
- I have a wonderful support team at bariatric center. I called one afternoon to verify if the gift of baklava I was given would cause me problems. (I knew it would, but secretly was hoping otherwise.) RD called me back and confirmed my suspicion. Bummer on the baklava. YAY for a great RD who doesn't mind silly phone calls!
- I have a GREAT support team of friends who were constantly reminding me to drink my water.
- Waking up with leg cramps 3 of the six nights is no fun.
- Not seeing some friends since I started on this journey was kind of fun! Their reactions to the weight loss so far was sometimes embarrassing because I still don't really see it in my brain, but for the most part it was a good mood booster!
- I can't eat a protein bar for breakfast.
- They really do make sugar free baklava, but it's more expensive and a small bite is not worth the cost or the worry.
- I can fix a fruit protein smoothie and enjoy it when others are eating their ice cream sundaes.
- The trip was good for me weight loss wise... 7.5 pounds in one week. I wonder if my body was celebrating the new foods! LoL (67.6# since January - 42.6# since surgery)
- I have a great set of friends in another state!
- I have an amazing band of prayer warriors that not only were praying for me during this trip, but that lift me in prayers on a daily basis as I continue down this path. I thank God for them (you) every day!!!
"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14