Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Today is the 2nd day of the 2nd go round on the clear liquid diet. This time seems so much harder mentally than the last. I'm seriously mourning food the past few weeks, to the point that thinking about not being able to eat anything of substance for a few weeks has made me get weepy. I've loaded up
I've "Last Supper- ed" myself into a near diabetic coma. The last 6 weeks we've gone out for:
All multiple times. Plus, I ate one dozen cupcakes between Thursday of last week and Saturday night. Hey, they were good! I did share with the dogs so I probably had 11.795823 cupcakes in 4 days.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Eight days to surgery...
I've been thinking about little "rewards" for my smaller milestones in weight loss. Buying clothes won't be much of a reward since I'll need new clothes (along with wanting them)... nothing like the idea of your pants falling down at work as an incentive to shop.
I've decided I will spoil myself a present for 10, 25, 50 pounds lost. At the 10 pound point, I will buy myself a small piece of REAL jewelry for under $50. 25 pounds will merit a $100 jewelry purchase and the 50 pound marker will be a $200 purchase.
I'm stopping purchases at 50 pounds because if that's all I lose after surgery I'm satisfied with that. Now, if I ever hit the surgeon's goal weight, 100 pounds lost, I may have to buy myself something extreme- like a new car or maybe even another Bull Terrier.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I also have the best mom a girl could ask for. OK, I'm sure all of you think you have the best mom, so I'll revise that... I have the best mom for ME. From the word "go" my mom jumped right on board with my plan to have WLS.
Those of you that know my mom know she's a spunky, dynamic, go-go-go little woman. She has what seems like boundless energy and patience. At times, her words may be gruff but her heart is always kind.
She may not like all the choices I make, but she is ALWAYS right there by my side. I really could go on and on about my mom. I just want her to know how much I love and appreciate her.
And my dad... he's not too shabby, either. Maybe one of these days there will be a post about him.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Actually, it's not too tough of a diet. For the 3 weeks prior to surgery, you follow a high protein diet. It calls for one 8 ounce protein shake for breakfast, another for lunch, a high protein snack at mid day- such as a Greek yogurt then a pretty substantial, protein focused dinner and finally another protein shake for an evening snack.
Last night I had a 6 oz tenderloin steak, 1 cup of steamed broccoli, a 3 ounce baked potato, 2 slices of whole wheat bread, and 2 cups of salad. <--- That's a ton of food when put in front of you. Plus all the water, Crystal Light type drinks, decaf teas and decaf coffee one can drink throughout the day. For the past 7 months I average a minimum of 100 ounces of fluid per day. NO SODA!
Honestly, that was the hardest part for me. Regular soda, specifically, Wild Cherry Pepsi was my daily vice. I drank it in the morning- hey, most of you drink coffee for your morning kick, I drank soda. I drank it all day long, I very easily put away a 2 liter plus every day. I rarely drank water, maybe a glass a week.
Soda becomes a forever nay-nay for various reasons post op, the most important reason is your new little stomach, all 3-4 ounces of it, cannot tolerate carbonation of any sort. I never minded flat soda, but I can't let that become part of my thought process going forward. Soda is the debbil, all that high fructose corn syrup killing you slowly.
Finding a protein that agrees with your taste buds is itself pretty difficult, 99% that I have tried either tasted disgusting or smelled wretched. Factor in gastric bypass patients absorb whey protein isolate the best post-op, your choices actually drop significantly and the cost rises dramatically. Protein powders are not cheap!
Week 4 I switch to just liquids plus 3 protein shakes. The final two days is clear liquids- bouillon soup and some jello (as long as it's not red colored). The whole process culminates with the ever loved "bowel cleanse". Sadly, I was in the midst of said bowel cleanse when I was cancelled last time. I have asked the surgeon, should she need to cancel me again, to please call before noon so I can save myself from the torture.
The purpose of the pre-op diet is to shrink your liver, making laproscopic access to the stomach/intestine area more easily accessible. It's really important to follow the diet to the T as some pf the complications can include your liver literally cracking in half, going from a laproscopic procedure to an open one- meaning a 7 inch incision down the center of your stomach and a much longer surgery and recovery period, or even surgery cancelled while you lay on the table totally out.
On the way down side of the pre-op diet is it raises your sugar levels. Being a diabetic, it's a bit scary. This morning I tested 137 when first awake. Rarely, if ever, does my BG break the 80 range. On the plus side, from the moment I awake from surgery, the odds are with me that my diabetes will CURED. GBS has an 80% cure rate for type II.