My post op diet — NUT says do not restrict.

Most people listen to my diet or look at my food journal and say they don’t know how I do it. Others look and gasp, telling me to cut my carbs to no more than 20-30g per day for the best results. Still others said to eat only baked fish and chicken with no marinade, seasoning or olive oil to help with moisture. That last one makes zero sense to me, but whatever, right? To each their own?

Here’s the deal and I’m sure I’m in the minority with this — I eat mostly protein, some carbs, some fats and some sweets. My meals consist of about 2 ounces of chicken, steak or seafood. With that, I will also have a bite or two of veggies. If it’s there, I may also have a tiny bit of potato.

On any given day, my food journal adds up to 1000-1100 calories, 70-90g protein and around 60-75 total carbs. This has been the norm for about a week now. I do not deprive myself even though a lot of people say I should really restrict myself to get all I can out of my “honeymoon” period post-op. I didn’t have surgery to go on a diet, I did it to change my life. I’m not eating a pint of ice cream anymore. I’m eating 1/4c or less of sherbet/ice cream/gelato once in awhile (I’ve had it once so far…yesterday). I’m not eating a few fudge-sicles a day, I’m eating a couple NSA popsicles or fudge-sicles a day. Yes…a couple on most days.

The only things that I do stay away from now are white pastas and rice. I will eat a bite or two of potato, but if the pasta/rice isn’t whole grain, I don’t eat it.

Oh, and I am at the gym 5 days a week doing 45+ minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of sculpting/toning/weights.

What are your thoughts? Are you pre-op, post-op or just thinking of bariatric surgery? What surgery are you considering/having? How do you want to/did you treat your life/diet post op?

Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Stall. Blech!

I am quite sure I haven’t lost anything in about a week. If that really is true and my scale isn’t just a big piece of crapola, then I think I know why. See, my dietitian wanted me to take in about 600 calories a day. I was getting in around 450. For two weeks. Then 650-ish for a few days. Then I realized I wasn’t losing weight like I was the first two weeks. That was when I decided I really needed to push myself to get my caloric intake up to the recommended 800 per day. I managed to do that for the last 3 days now.

GO ME!

Now, I just need to see the pounds coming off again or pants falling off or something like that. Grrr…I was hoping I would get an early stall because, well, I can’t be like 90% of all other sleevers! I’m different, dang it!

But I’m not. And neither are you!

P.S. Protein intake has been easy peasy!

Published in: on April 26, 2010 at 12:11 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Drain pain

Today I’m having drain pain issues. I am quite sure it is just the muscles trying to heal around it all because it only hurts when I, ya know, breathe or move. It feels just like a really badly strained intercostal (sp?) muscle.

This morning, I took regular liquid Tylenol thinking maybe I just needed to move around a bit. I walked, took a shower then thought maybe I just needed to rest it for a bit. It HURT! And there wasn’t a darned thing I could do about it. I did all I could think to do then cried for a minute because it hurt and I didn’t want to deal with it and I feel like I should be feeling like Superwoman or something by now! I’m five days out from major abdominal surgery after all, right? Yeah. Once I thought about it, I quit my whimperin’ and just waited until 1:00PM when I could safely take my Lortab.

Then I slept for two hours.

Now it still hurts, I won’t come close to fluid, protein or calorie goals, but oh well. Tomorrow will be better.

Published in: on April 11, 2010 at 3:48 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Finally back! LONG post-op update!

I had surgery on Tuesday, 4/06. I got to the hospital at 6AM, went straight back to get blood drawn then off to surgical prep where I changed into my gown and those lovely socks. I got my IV, had a visit with the anesthesiologist and my surgeons PA who would assist during surgery.

Hubs got to come in and see me for a bit before they wheeled me down the hall to surgery. On the way, I got to see my kiddos (ugh…leaving them with a quick “see-ya-soon” blown kiss had me close to tears) one last time before finishing the trip. From there, all I remember is a nurse putting the oxygen mask on, telling me it was oxygen then telling me they were going to give me some medicine in the IV to relax me.

Bull dookie, nursie poo! That didn’t relax me. It knocked me out. Liars.

Next thing I know, I’m awake and saying, “Owwww, owwwww, owwww”. I guess “they” knew what I was talking about because the next time I woke up, the pain wasn’t so bad. I only said “Owww” twice. The next time was even better.

After that, I remember being wheeled into my room. Let me just say that my room had an awesome view. I could watch the storms that we had during my stay roll on in and, really, it was pretty amazing. All through the rest of that first day, I slept. When I woke up, I’d ask (each time) how surgery went and if I could get more pain meds. The pain in my shoulder and ribs was horrible. I don’t think I even felt pain from any of my incisions. Now I know what people were talking about when they talk about the dreaded “gas pains”. It was bad.

On Wednesday, I was awake a bit more, but not a ton. I finally figured out that it was the Lortab that was knocking me out so I did all I could to go as long as I could between doses. I didn’t like the feeling of being so out of it. I went in the AM to get the upper GI done. The liquid that I had to swallow was horrid. Barium would have been a blessing compared to this. But, I was in awe at the pictures on the screen. My. Tiny. Tummy. Wow. Throughout the rest of the day, I was released to clear liquids since I passed the upper GI and in the evening, taken off the IV. I ordered SF Jello and broth for dinner and got about six spoons of broth in before I gave up. I had no interest. I took a few walks around the floor and took a shower that evening.

Thursday I woke up at about 5AM and was so excited to go home! All I needed was discharge instructions and my ride! I walked, sipped, packed, sipped, walked, watched TV, sipped, walked and sipped until hubs got there at about 10:30AM. The rest of the day, I walked, sipped and rested in my own bed. I ended up sleeping incredibly well that night. I was surprised, actually.

Friday, I ran some errands with hubs and the kiddos, took the boys to my parents for the weekend. Hubs had to work and my parents offered to take them so I wouldn’t get too worn out trying to take care of them all day and get up with them in the night should they need something. I love my parents. My step daughter stayed with me to keep me company. We watched movies last night. Well, she watched movies. I fell asleep. Oopsie!

Today, I’ve been trying to push myself to get more calories, protein and fluids. I’ve gotten to my 60g goal for protein and my calories aren’t too bad, either — 460 at 6PM. I’m only at about 40oz of water so far, though. Booooo! Gotta get better at that. I am still taking pain meds as needed, but every day that is less and less. I still have a drain, too. I’m starting to want some food that I have to chew, but have faith that I can hold off another 10 days on that.

Published in: on April 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Greek yogurt wishes and refried bean dreams

I have 20 days until I eat food again.  It seems like I’ve craved one thing constantly since I started this liquid diet.  That one thing is refried beans with mild red sauce, melted cheese and a little dollop of Greek Yogurt.

What is the first thing you’re going to try when you can move on to mushies/purees post op?  If you’re already post op, what was the first thing you tried?

Published in: on April 1, 2010 at 9:06 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Irrational WLS fears.

Does anyone else have these fears that you know wouldn’t happen to you, but you have heard of someone who it has happened to?  I have a few.  Not too many, but enough to drive me just slightly over the edge sometimes.

1) My marriage won’t make it through this major change that is WLS.  Hubs has only known me as morbidly obese.  He thought I was beautiful (so he says) 100 pounds ago.  He says he will still love me when I’m at goal.  He’s never been the jealous type, but will that change knowing that more men will be interested in a thinner, “normal” woman as opposed to the woman I’ve always been?  I hope not.  I hope that the only thing that will happen to our marriage is that it grows stronger and better.

2) My kids won’t know how to deal with the quick change in me.  I don’t worry so much about Nugget (3 years old) as I do about Bug (6 years old).  Bug will notices how quickly my body disappears.  I can only assume that losing the majority of my weight through the summer months will only reinforce the fact that mommy is turning into the Incredible Disappearing Woman!  But, how will that affect him?  What should I be ready for?

3) More family.  My parents and sister, Hubs’ parents and family.  My MIL is already unsure of the surgery, but has supported me nonetheless.  She will pray for me and take those prayers to her church family two days and five services a week.  My SIL’s (that I see/talk to regularly) are supportive, also.  Will their attitudes change?  I can’t imagine it from my SIL’s, but I’ve heard of others who have had family be supportive until the weight fell off.  After that, there was jealousy and feelings of being unwelcome.  Like I said, I can’t imagine that happening, but have to remember that WLS does strange things to people.

4) Clothing.  What if I still can’t find anything to wear?  What if my body is just so completely flabby and icky that I still can’t find clothing that will flatter my body and not accentuate the negative?  Up until a few months ago, it wasn’t impossible to dress decently without showing off my spare tires/donut/muffin top/whatever.  Since then, it seems like those bulges will forever be my nemesis.  God help me if that happens.

Published in: on March 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Pre-op diet day 5

It’s getting easier, my friends.  Actually, scratch that, hoping I don’t jinx myself, I’d venture to say this is pretty easy now.  I realized after finishing my last bit of “food” at 9PM that yesterday and today, I’ve ended the day with under 1000 calories and protein at well over 100g per day.  I’m supposed to be at 1100-1200 calories per day.  I really hope my dietitian isn’t upset with me for not pushing that last 150-200 calories in with an extra protein shake.

In two days, I will start the second phase of the pre-op diet.  This is when I start using the Impact Advanced Recovery drinks twice a day with one protein shake as my third “meal”.  I also have to drop my chosen one cup of strained cream soup mixed with 2 cups of broth.  I would break this into two 1/2 cups of soup and one cup of broth at a time.  “Normally”, I’d have the first half at 5-6PM then the second whenever I got hungry again — around 9PM.  Splitting it up just felt right.

So, based on my decreased caloric intake, I think I’ve gotten used to the liquids a bit.  I still find myself getting down and missing food during the day, but today I realized that when that happened around 1:30PM, I just needed a protein shake to boost my mood a little bit.  I think tomorrow I’m going to try to bend the schedule a little so I can fit a shake in around that time.

I hope all of this means that on Tuesday, when I switch over to the 800-900 calorie limits, it won’t be quite as hard to do as starting liquids last week.

Wish me luck, readers.  I may need it.

Published in: on March 27, 2010 at 11:23 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Pre-op diet day 4 (Friday 03/26)

WLS is soooo not the easy way out.  The 1200 calories a day?  I’m good with that.  Happy, even.  What I’m having a problem with is the need to chew.   I would slave out my big kid for a day to have one bite of something that I have to chew.

Okay, that’s a lie.  I had a tiny piece of venison that hubs cut for Nugget.  Tiny.  Nugget is just over 3 years old so his meat is still cut to bites the size of my pinky fingernail.  I chewed that thing with everything in me.  Then it happened.

I felt like a big freakin’ loser.

It didn’t help that the Chike that I love so much?  Yeah.  Tasted like moldy butt.  Thankfully, I got word that my Syntrax Cappuccino was waiting for me at the post office.  Mmmm…creamy coffee deliciousness.

I still miss chewing, though.  And before you ask, the answer is no.  No, I am not going to chew gum or mints or anything of the sort.  Why, you ask?  I won’t because I’m a recovering gum/mint addict.  Being that I am not supposed to have it for awhile after surgery, I quit weeks ago.   I can’t start again now.

Published in: on March 27, 2010 at 10:08 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Bariatric Advantage Cinnamon Calcium Lozenge

It’s a sample review!

Today I got the Bariatric Advantage sample kit made special just for those of us having the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, VSG for short.  Among other things that I will review later, I got a Calcium Citrate Cinnamon Flavored Lonzenge with Vitamin D.

First off, BAM!  Super cinnamon flavor.  Sweet and hot.  Spicy.  It left a bit of a fine grit in my mouth, but nothing I couldn’t stand over and over again.  It was very much like a cinnamon flavored breath freshener.  The only time it was not the best was when I bit it broke in half.  The cinnamon was overwhelming.  It almost burned.  I had to take a drink.  Had. To.

Overall, I would still eat these nommy little yum-yums again.  They may be too much right after surgery, though.  There is A LOT of flavor.

Published in: on March 6, 2010 at 7:12 PM  Leave a Comment  
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