Friday, April 11, 2008

I'm the Candy (Wo)Man

I had my nutritional consult yesterday. I was a bit leery because a) I could probably teach a class on nutrition and b) when I made the appointment, the registered dietician I picked was kind of a butthead. She was convinced I'd be late for my appointment and wanted me to do a "dry run" by driving to her office a few days before. Because San Mateo is so huge and easy to get lost in. Not.

Anyway, the actual appointment was fun. The dietician shares office space with a dermatologist of all things. But they had People magazine in the lobby and I actually learned me some stuff during the appointment. Like that I'd gotten confused and was taking the wrong kind of calcium supplements.

Of course, the recommendations were what I expected. Eat less sweets. Exercise more. Don't drink stuff with calories. Have snacks that are higher in protein because they "stick" longer.

The only bad part is that the skinny, tiny dietician clearly had no clue about obesity. She told me that if I stopped drinking Vitamin Water and drank regular water or Crystal Light, I'd lose about 12 pounds in a year. Except I started drinking stuff with calories about six months ago and I have seen absolutely no change in my weight. Plus I've been there before and I know that my body will get those calories one way or another and, if I cut out sweet drinks, I'll just eat something else instead.

I don't think she understands about things like not feeling satiety and being hungry every 1-2 hours. I don't think she understands that if you yo-yo diet, your body learns to hold on to calories and gets upset with you when you lose weight. I think the shrink got it so I was surprised that the dietician didn't.

Still, I was excited to get started on some of the recommendations, particularly as a lot of them are in line with my life after-band, and because my surgeon requires weight loss prior to scheduling surgery. So I drove right back to work where I promptly ate .... a candy bar. Oops. It was good though. I enjoyed every bite!

Today I tried some of the recommendations -- I had yogurt and two cheese sticks instead of yogurt and a banana for my afternoon snack. It didn't stick any longer than my regular snack though. Plus the Crystal Light "on the go" gives me heartburn while the Vitamin Water doesn't. I think maybe I'll try something like watering down the Vitamin Water. I still have an awful lot of it in the fridge. I did tell Mr. Mac not to buy any more but it will take at least two weeks to finish up what I've got.

I've also decided to start working out even if it means I lose weight before I see the surgeon and start on the "Three Month Multi-disciplinary Program" officially. I just can't wait any longer.
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