Going Back to Basics



As this is my first Wellesse blog for 2015, I thought that this was aptly titled, and it’s definitely where my frame of mine is right now.  I’ve never been one for new year’s resolutions, mostly because I know I’m too lazy to really follow through on them, and while this may read like a resolution, it’s not.


This is me, getting myself back on track.  Getting both my body and mind centered and back on the healthy track.


Last year presented a lot of challenges physically for me, and with that came a lot of changes to RX scripts.  I was warned that some of them may make me gain weight, but I really didn’t take that very seriously because my weight had been stable for so long.  Add to that the beginning of perimenopause, and it was a recipe for middle-aged disaster.  My labs were a mess, and I was thankful that Wellesse vitamins got my iron, Vitamin D, and calcium back where they should be.  Still, the weight became challenging, and instead of being very cautious about what I ate and exercise more, I did the opposite.  I don’t think I need to tell you what happened next.


For those of you who may be new to my story, I had gastric bypass surgery nearly seven years ago.  The surgery helps you to lose weight quickly, but it is not a permanent fix:  it is a tool.  When you follow the rules and use the tool correctly, you maintain your weight.  For five years, I did that.  Granted, some of my weight was managed just through not feeling well enough to eat (when I was sick), but overall, I didn’t have to struggle so much with my past demons of food and exercise.  Those were five great years, I’ll tell ya.


This past year, though, I’ve struggled. I’ve gone back to old habits and I’ll let my body get much more sedentary.  And with that, came fifteen extra pounds.  What’s amazing to me is that in my former life, at 320 lbs, 15 lbs would not have made any difference at all in how I felt or how I looked.  Now?  Absolutely.  My body feels the extra weight.  I feel sluggish, tired, my clothes are too tight.  You can also see it physically in my waist, thighs, and face.


I’m not happy about it, but I also trying not to beat myself up about and find a way to more forward, make positive changes, and lose at least some of what I’ve put back on.


So, as cliche’ as the phrase is, it’s back to basics for me.  As a gastric bypass post-op, that means several things:


  • Protein Shakes – possibly even replacing a meal with one  (nutritionally balanced, of course)
  • Lots of water
  • Order of eating:   protein – veggies – carbs (as little carbs as possible)
  • Vitamins – absolutely MUST
  • Exercise – 30 mins a day of something, moving in some way


There’s not many rules to follow, but when you do, success also follows.  I want to prove to myself that I’m stronger than my cravings and my bad habits.  I’ve done it before in the past, and I can do it again.  Fifteen lbs is not impossible.  Slow and steady wins the race.  Whatever cliche’ phrase I need to use, I’ll use it!  I’ll keep you all posted about my progress. Wish me luck!


Taunia is a professional musician and music educator.  She performs regulary with several area big bands and teaches middle school music in the Los Angeles area.  She had RNY Gastric Bypass surgery on 3/25/2008 and has maintained a 150 lbs loss.  She uses Wellesse liquid vitamins and supplements as part of her daily post-bariatric nutritional routine to maintain her new healthy life.  For more information about Taunia, her weight loss, and her music, please visit: www.divataunia.com.