Going back to the beginning

I’m tired of thinking that my not losing weight steadily is my own fault. No matter what, I cannot eat enough to gain weight. I’m still sticking to protein first, water-water-water and keeping carbs within the limits set by my dietitian. I keep being told by other bariatric patients, though, to limit carbs to under 30 per day.

So, today, I am going back to shakes and foods that are very easily measured for protein, calories and carbs. My nacho night leftovers were not easy to measure…mostly because I didn’t do it from the very beginning. When I mixed the leftovers up to make a dip of sorts, I did measure it out by weight, though.

What I’m trying to say is that I got complacent. I measured weights, but got lax on everything else (except protein). I need MORE protein because I’m at the gym five days a week. I’m not sitting one my smaller, but still very substantial, butt.

I will not let this surgery not work for me because I can’t. It HAS to work. I will not be the 1%. I will be on that wall in my surgeons office.

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Published in: on May 31, 2010 at 6:49 AM  Leave a Comment  
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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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3 days + 2 diagnosis + 1 antibiotic + no gym =…

What does all of that add up to? Come oooonnnn…think! Don’t think logically, though! It adds up to 5 pounds lost!

When I went to the gym on Friday, there was no change from my Tuesday weigh in or from the 2 weeks before that. Or the 2 weeks before that, if ya wanna get particular! Friday night, at about 8PM, I got a scratchy throat. By 9:15, I was asleep…for 10 hours, which is unheard of for me. When hubby got home from work at 10AM on Saturday morning, I went back to bed for another 3 hours then was a zombie for the rest of the day.

On a side note, I think every person should own and use a Neti Pot. Seriously. It saved me from the pain of a sinus infection.

By Monday morning, I could feel it moving to my chest and wasn’t about to deal with bronchitis so I went to the doctor. I had a 102.8 fever (huh? Who knew?), but my ears, nose and throat didn’t look terrible and although it was “crinkly”, my lungs didn’t sound awful. I got 10 days of an antibiotic and at least 2 days away from the gym. I finally went back today…after 4 days of not going at all.

The point of this post, though, is that I LOST 5 pounds! In a week! While I wasn’t eating the healthiest of foods and not exercising at all. Go VSG!!! Even though it has been a LONG 5 weeks of no losing, I still LOVE my sleeve!

Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM  Leave a Comment  
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That stall that was over? It’s not.

My scale is just a piece ‘o crap. I tested it today. I stepped on, got a number. Moved it one inch to the right, got a number that was 7 pounds lower. Moved it an inch and a half up, and got a third number that was 1 pound heavier than the first.

I went to my PCP’s office after playgroup.

I’ve lost about six pounds since my 10 day post op appointment which was two weeks ago tomorrow. I should be happy with my 3 pound per week loss for the last two weeks, but I’m having trouble with that. I lost 17 while on my two week pre-op diet and that gave me 1200 calories the first week and 950 the second.

I know, I know. My calories are low, my body is rebelling.

My rational mind tells me that I am completely normal and doing well. Problem is that my rational mind is reserved for telling that same thing to everyone else. I can’t be rational when it comes to myself. NO WAY! Can I?

All I know is that I better lose another inch off my waist (lost 3.5 so far) or lose 5 pounds over the next week or I might do something crazy. Like put some honey in my tea instead of Splenda.

Published in: on April 29, 2010 at 4:08 PM  Leave a Comment  
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A little Bug love

Yesterday, as I was sitting here reading email, my 6 year old, Bug, came to me, put his arms around me and gave me some love. A few minutes later, he said, “Mom, I’m so glad you had surgery to be skinny. You aren’t so hard to hug anymore.”

It brought a tear to my eye in a couple of ways. First of all, he’s SIX! He realizes that his mom was/is very obese. Second, even if nobody else can see it, he can tell, by his hugs, that I have made progress.

With that, I can say that I will NEVER regret having this surgery. Second to my life being prolonged, my kids are the reason I had a sleeve gastrectomy performed three weeks ago. They are the reason I WANT to live a long(er) life.

And today I made a new goal. Bug will hug me…and his arms will touch. Not just fingertips or hands, but arms.

Published in: on April 27, 2010 at 4:26 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Stall BROKEN!

I got on the scale this morning and, no doubt about it, the stall is over. I have to believe that the reason it was short lived was due to pushing my calories up a bit as soon as I noticed.

Keep the calories up, VSG kids! I am no consistently above 800 per day using some tricks that my dietitian gave me. Yesterday it was closer to 900, but I don’t think that will be normal because I was hungry all afternoon and evening. I’m sorry to say that I did a bit of grazing after dinner. Whoopsie! It happened. Today is new.

Published in: on April 27, 2010 at 1:37 PM  Leave a Comment  
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A recipe! It’s goooood.

A few years ago, before getting pregnant with Nugget, I tried another diet to lose weight. I managed to lose 3 pounds over 2 weeks before I gave up because I was not convinced that it was a healthy diet. I won’t mention which diet this was, but I will say that it is very healthy on a beach somewhere down South.

Ahem! Cough, cough!

Anyway, I still have a book with recipes because I love me some cook books and many of the recipes are fairly healthy. I was looking for something sweet and high protein today to follow some pureed soup. I found one called Ricotta Lemon Zest Creme or something close to that. (I don’t feel like gettin’ up to look right now, k? Sorry.) Want the recipe? I promise it is better than it sounds. Also? I modified it a bit to taste and so it would fit into my tiny VSG tummy and.

2oz Ricotta cheese
1/4 tsp. lemon juice or 1/8 tsp. lemon zest
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
1 pkg sweetener

Mmmmm… but with 1/2 cup soup, I couldn’t eat it all. I’m so disappointed, yet thrilled that I can no longer stuff food into myself just because it tastes good. For the first time in my LIFE, my stomach tells me when it’s full before consuming a horrendous amount of food.

VSG is amazing!

Published in: on April 27, 2010 at 1:32 PM  Leave a Comment  
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2 weeks out food log

I’ve been keeping a food journal since the start of my pre-op diet. It’s not just for myself, but for the dietitian, too. For some reason, Joanna and Joyce like to see what I’m putting in my body. Then they analyze it and tell me what I’m doing right or wrong. I’m hoping I don’t get chastised too much when I go back in early May. I may have pushed the diet just a touch a couple of times, but it was an eat or don’t eat situation that is for another post. Right now, I’m going to give you an example of a typical day for me.

The day that I chose was one when we were at a hotel b/c Bug had an appointment at a major children’s hospital. I wouldn’t normally use 2% milk or have a non-protein for breakfast, but I had little/no choice.

April 23, 2010 — 17 days post op
8:00AM — 1 single serve applesauce = 0g protein, 50 cal
9:00AM — Syntrax made with 1 cup 2% = 31g protein, 220 cal
12:00PM — 1 Scrambled egg w/ 2oz cottage cheese = 14g protein, 110 calories
2:00PM — 1/4 c. oatmeal made with skim, 1/4 c NSA applesauce = 4g protein, 120 cal
5:00PM — 2oz Tilapia, 1tsp olive oil (for fish), 2oz mashed taters, 1/4oz cheese, 1/2tsp margarine = 14g protein, 193 calories
8:00PM — 2oz Tilapia, 1tsp olive oil, 1oz mashed taters, 2oz cheese, 1/2tsp margarine = 12g protein, 148 calories

Totals = 75g protein, 841 calories

Published in: on April 26, 2010 at 12:30 PM  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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I know, I’ve been really lame!

I’m going to get back on the blogging bandwagon! I haven’t been on lately and that’s bad. I’ll give a quick rundown of the happenings of the last two weeks, but really? It’s been pretty boring.

There’s been a lot of protein drinks and soup. A lot.

There have been many nights of fitful sleep due to the drain. A friend of mine told me to name it as her husband found that naming his own drain made it easier to deal with. Since we have a habit of calling each other a “whore”, I went with “Hobag”. Thankfully, my little Hobag was removed on Friday, April 16th.

I’ve lost about 35 pounds since starting the pre-op diet. That’s about 17 since surgery. Not bad for two weeks, no?

During the first two weeks pre-op, I had a horrible time with getting 64+oz of fluids in. Calories were also hard to come by. I was lucky in getting 500 per day. I know many would say that 500 calories is pretty damned good, but not my dietitian. For the first two weeks, she wants to see 600-800 calories per day. How? Not sure.

During my post op appointment, the NP, Karen, said my incisions looked perfect, my Hobag was perfect (even better that she took it out) and my weight loss was perfect.

Getting the drain out was not perfect. I mean, from Karen’s perspective it was very much perfect. From mine, it was not completely painless. She told me there would be a “Wooot!” feeling. She told me to inhale, she yanked, I “Woot”ed then I laughed. I laughed to keep the tears at bay. Really, it only hurt at the drain site. It was still raw and just stung a bit, but I was nervous and didn’t believe Miss Karen. Really, would you expect just a small “woot” when having something pulled from one side of your abdomen to the other? No. And neither did I. All in all, it wasn’t completely painful, but painless isn’t the word I’d use, either.

Since then, I have felt about 90% normal. I still have the diet and I still have small pains here and there when I over do it. Yeah. 90%.

Published in: on April 21, 2010 at 7:15 AM  Leave a Comment  
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