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Scale Watching

Some might say its a bad habit I've developed in the first few months after my gastric bypass surgery at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

I weigh myself practically every day.  I'm usually pleasantly surprised at what I see.  The first 32 weeks after my surgery showed me constant progress toward my goal.  Frankly, I got spoiled by constantly seeing the numbers drop dramatically.  Five pounds lost in one week, seven the next.

These days I'm just trying to keep the number consistent.  I'm not interested in losing more... and that's not just because a fitting room attendant recently told me I was too skinny.  I just don't want to regain.  Maybe I'm just a little paranoid, but I feel like there are people just waiting for me to find the pounds I've lost.  Those are the people who feel the need to tell me the stories about the neighbor/coworker/cousin/friend who had weight loss surgery 3/5/7 years ago, but has gained it all back.  They are the people who watch every bite I take and warn me about the foods I'm eating, as if I haven't had a year's worth of education from Lynn, the surgical weight loss dietician at CVMC.  No food is completely off limits at this point.  I'm just working with physical and self-imposed boundaries that I'd failed at establishing before Dr. Cox gave me a tiny tummy.

After a summer of hanging with friends and family and starting the fall eating the fast food I could grab at the hospital while caring for my mom, I gained 2 pounds.  It may not be alarming for some, but it was shocking for me.  Thanks to warnings from Lynn I know exactly what I did wrong... drank too many calories and grazed a lot.  I'm getting back to the basics.  This fall I want to make sure I can rock the cute winter clearance clothes I bought at the beginning of the year.  

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