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Project 250: Let Me Tell You About Prosperity Related Memory Loss Syndrome

Apr 18, 2016 02:22AM ● By Bill Gilman

Memory Loss

A funny thing happens when things are going well. You start to lose your memory.
It's true.
I'm pretty sure that if they conducted scientific research, they would learn that prosperity, in whatever way it manifests, kills brain cells in the area of the brain that controls memory.
Let me elaborate.
When things start to go well, very well, in some aspect in my life, I suddenly forget how I got there. For example, in times of crisis or confusion, it's easy to remember to turn to God for help and guidance. But when I've climbed out of the valley and stand on the mountain, I can start to buy into the delusion that I can handle life on my own.
I've found that this Prosperity Related Memory Loss Syndrome (I'm working on trademarking the name of this condition) extends to all aspects of my life, including Project 250.
I'm three months removed from my gastric bypass surgery and things are going well ... very well. At my last official weigh in, I was down to 328 pounds. That's a loss of 60 pounds since the surgery and a loss of 98 pounds since I started by journey, last summer.
I've written a good deal about the fitness side of my journey but not as much about the nutrition side.
At this point, I have very few diet restrictions. The overall strategy is similar to that of the old South Beach Diet plan -- high protein and very low carbs. Sugars in high doses can have a rather unpleasant impact on my reconstructed digestive system. Specifically, it can lead to a condition called dumping syndrome. In some cases, it can make a post-byass patient sick to their stomach.
But you may recall from your anatomy and physiology class in high school, breads and other high-carb foods break down into sugars so the impact can be the same.
Eliminating the "bad" foods is actually the easy part. Oh, sure, I miss yummy deserts. But I've been able to find sugar-free replacements. My wife is diabetic, so neither of us brings sugary foods into the house, reducing temptation.
The tougher part are the rules on HOW to eat.
For example, I'm supposed to chew each bite of bites at least 28 times before swallowing. Not only does this force me to eat more slowly, it also makes sure the digestion process begins, in earnest, in the mouth. This is important because the food is now bypassing my stomach and doing the lion's share of digestion in the small intestine.
Because the new, extremely small "pouch" created at the base of my esophagus, the timing rules of eating are also important. I'm supposed to wait at least 15 minutes after drinking before I eat. And then, I'm supposed to wait at least an hour AFTER I eat before I drink fluids again.
In short, if I follow the rules, the process works really well. But it takes focus. And let's just say distraction and a busy schedule are not my friend.
If I eat or drink too quickly, don't chew enough or drink too soon after eating the result is often a rapid heart beat, reflux or upset stomach.
Now, you would think that after three months, following the rules would be easy, especially since the results have been so good.
This is where the memory loss comes in.
Things are going so well, I lose focus and forget the rules. I wind up not giving myself enough time for lunch and rush through. Occasionally, I will forget and start to take a big gulp of water or milk too soon after eating. Not surprisingly, I regret my absent-mindedness very quickly.
So this is where I'm at. Things are going well. I'm more than halfway to my goal. But I can't afford to lose focus. Now is not the time to get lazy.
Rather, it's time to ramp up the intensity. One step will be to be more deliberate in my eating -- slow down the entire process. Another will be to add a third day a week at the gym. These next 80 pounds will be tougher than the last 80.
Let's get to work.
Next stop -- 300.

As you know, Project 250 is a fundraiser for the Tewksbury Community Food Pantry. You can help the food pantry by clicking here and making a pledge for every pound I lose, starting with the date of my surgery (388 pounds on Jan. 14) through Oct. 1, up to a maximum of 120 pounds.
In other words, by pledging 50 cents a pound, you will be pledging $60 if I hit my 120-pound goal! The money raised helps provide nutritious food for more than 200 needy families right here in Tewksbury. 

As of April 14, a total of $10.15 per pound has been pledged. But I know we can do a lot better.
Please pledge today! My loss is their gain!!

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