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I am a 39 yr. old stay at home mom to 3 girls ages 10, 9 and 7. My goal is to be fit by 40! I want to lead a healthier lifestyle. I was banded on 4/5/2011. I tend to be a bit on the sarcastic and cynical side. I love to read, hate to excersise (but am learning to tolerate it!), love to shop and want to smack anyone who is a size 2 (not really!). I am learning to work with my band and my new self one day at a time!

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Liquid Calories

I used to drink Diet Coke...........by the case.  Really, if I could have had an IV drip, I would have.  The withdrawls of my habit were one of the things that scared me about the band.  They told me I could never have a Diet Coke again............and I nearly fainted in the exam room.

But, it has not been a hard habit to break.  Honestly, I do not think about Diet Coke at all now.  And I won't even let myself have a sip because I know that if I did...........I'd be back to drinking Diet Coke.  I think I was kind of like an alchoholic.......minus the alchohol plus the Diet Coke.

Now, I have been drinking coffee.  Just one or two cups a day which my surgeon gave the stamp of approval as long as I use sugar free creamer. 

I log everything on myfitnesspal.com.  And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING.  Which can be both good and bad (you quickly see your bad habits).  Well, my bad habit has been sugar free creamer.  Not sugar free syrup which has little to no calories.................sugar free creamer which has 30 calories per tablespoon.  For someone like me that dumps 2 (!) tablespoons per cup of coffee X 2 cups per day = 120 liquid calories...........OUCH!

So, today I started putting  of  1/8 c. skim milk + 1/2 tablespoon creamer + 1/2 tsp. Splenda per cup of coffee = 26 calories per cup X 2 cups = 52 calories per day of liquid calories.  Get the math? You didn't know you were going to need basic algebra for this blog!

52 liquid calories I can live with.  Plus, the skim milk has at least 1 g of protein.

I never thought I would be one to count calories so obsessively but, go figure I have become someone who cares what they put in their mouth. 

I know the band is just a tool, but I want to use my tool to the best of my ability.  After all, I didn't have this surgery for nothing!


  1. ...and people thing we are taking the easy way out by having surgery...little do they know how much work it actually takes! I find that I have a completely different perspective these days about food (and drinks)...the taste has to be worth the calories and the effect it will have on my daily protein, carbs, etc for the day...often times, it just isn't worth it and other times you can find a way to get the same taste with less calories (like you are doing).

  2. amen! thank goodness for myfitnesspal - even when I had my fall off of the wagon last week, I still logged it. I had to listen to my tummy rumble from 1pm until the next morning because of the crappy choice I made for lunch. It was torture...but ya know what? I ain't doin' that again! :) Lesson learned!

  3. I'm reading, "Skinny Bitch" right now and she refers to soda as "liquid satan." LOL