A *new* day

Above is my new mantra.  And you’ll see in the following post why it feels so appropriate.

Okay, so, yesterday, I set myself 3 goals, 3 promises that I would make my best efforts to keep at least for this week and hopefully hereon after.

The third, to post here at least every second day, I have already taken care of, because as you can see, I am here!

The first, to take all of my supplements, I jumped up and took care of not more than 5 minutes ago, when I took my second and final supplement for the day – and I admit it was because posting here reminded me – proving goal 3 works!

The second, to ensure that I consume more than 60g of protein per day (the dietician recommended between 60g-120g) I not only achieved, but BLITZED – I managed to eat 85g of protein today!  And I could not have done it without the help of a couple of amazing resources.

The first is the myfitnesspal app that I use to track food intake on my iPhone and iPad, however you can also track on the myfitnesspal.com website, and they also have an android, blackberry and windows phone app.  You can use it to track all of your food and nutrients, daily exercise and fluid intake.  Plus, by putting in your measurements and goals, it also gives you a customised plan and sets your calorie and nutrient targets for each day.  Best of all, it is absolutely FREE!  I can’t tell you enough how great this app is.

The second, is a blog written by Gastric Bypass veteran and expert, Shelly, at “The World According to Eggface”.  Here I have found numerous eating plans, recipes and tips and tricks from someone who has been where I am and living it.  I believe her page isn’t just for those who have had bariatric surgery, her recipes, ideas and meals are healthy and appetising to anyone.   She also has a current giveaway that as a GB newbie I would absolutely love, so please go and take a quick look at her blog – you will not be disappointed.

So, being on a “puree” diet, what did I eat?  I’m so glad you asked!  Thanks to the ideas over at “The World According to Eggface”, this was the day in the life of my pouch:

Breakfast : Banananilla Protein Shake = 1 small banana, 1 scoop of vanilla protein shake, 200ml water and ice.  Blend.

I can’t believe I never thought to make my protein shakes more interesting!

Lunch : Seafood salad mix chopped up fine with a tablespoon of lemon and dill mayonnaise seafood dressing.  DELICIOUS.

Dinner : Nachos…. sans chips = I fried some mince beef with a little olive oil, onion and garlic.  Added refried beans.  Topped with salsa and melted cheese.  OHMAHGAHD.  Who knew pureed food could taste so good?!

Who said nachos need chips?

All of this possible on a uni day, might I add – an excuse I would have used in my *former* life for not being organised.  The meal was quick and healthy enough for my children and husband to also eat, except modified with homemade tortilla chips.

Oh, and as it was a uni day, I’ll leave you with a picture of my new student nurse uniform – I had to alter it myself with my beginner sewing machine skills a week after surgery, in order to accommodate my big swollen belly.  I hope to use those beginner sewing machine skills to put the pleat back into it.  Haha.

Finally feeling clinical and on my way to being a nurse!

So set forth on your new day tomorrow.  I know I plan to 🙂

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Hey there strangers…

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Yes, it has been a while.

I have gotten lazy/behind in my posting here, and l shouldn’t have, because posting may have helped me out. I’m feeling pretty down lately, and I just don’t know why.

A quick update: I think I am about 7kg less than I was post op, and have moved on from a liquid diet to a puréed diet. Kind of as interesting as the liquid diet, but way more gross. But it doesn’t bother me so much, I don’t have much of an appetite.

Which brings me to my next confession – I haven’t been keeping track of the protein – and clearly not having enough. I’ve even slacked on taking my supplements – aside from the fact they are chewable and DISGUSTING, I don’t even know why I have fallen off of the wagon only 3 weeks out.

I also have a big, sore lump of an area underneath my scars where my stomach used to be… I can’t help but think its a hernia. God I hope not.

I have just been so down lately, life just seems overwhelming. My GP was worried how my mental health would fare post surgery. I also wonder how much of my antidepressants I absorb now.

Anyways, it feels like I have a big black cloud hanging over me.

Baby steps. My 3 goals for the week to turn things around are:

1. Take my supplements EVERY DAY.
2. Meet my 60g protein requirement EVERY DAY.
3. Post here at least EVERY SECOND DAY. I need to sound whatever is going on out.

Love love xx

Liquid. Diet. *groan*

Okay, so first of all, yes, I DID weigh myself yesterday.

The day of surgery, I weighed in at 132kg (291lbs).

Yesterday, one week post-op, the magic number on the scales was 128.8kg (283lbs).

Which makes it a loss of 3.2kg (7lbs) in one week!

That said, I am SO OVER this post surgery liquid diet I have been placed on in order to let my insides heal! I am on a strict liquid (nothing thicker than milk) diet for the first 2 weeks post surgery, and I think I have had almost more protein shakes and soups than I can ever handle. I’m not missing or craving solid food, I am just sick of the non stop liquids!

6 more days before I see my dietician again and hopefully can eat something with a bit more variety!

A lovely Sunday…

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Well, yesterday was a lovely day.  I could not wipe the smile off of my face.

It began when my husband, noticing the perfect weather, suggested we go for a barbecue or picnic somewhere.

Which sounds like a WHOLE LOTTA FUN for someone 6 days out from having her insides rearranged and living on a liquid diet. *rolls eyes*…

It occurred to me, at that moment, that we didn’t have A CLUE what to do for fun – that wasn’t food oriented.

So I suggested something else.

For a long time, I had this romantic notion of having my children plant seeds, care for them and watch them grow, so off to Bunnings we went, bought 9 packets of herb and summer vegetable seeds, some cute kid-sized gardening gloves and trowels.  We took our time, as you do at Bunnings, and looked at all the plants and trees and outdoor improvement things that we always want to do in the future (but never do) and spent a good hour just walking around 🙂

Then we got home to the fun part.  All four of us were outside, my son, who will be 2 in less than a week, lost interest very quickly as I knew he would, so my daughter and I shovelled, planted and covered all our little seeds by dinnertime, and got very dirty in the process 🙂

After dinner, as my lovely husband was bathing our children, I received a text message from a friend asking me to go to an impromptu movie date that evening and see Magic Mike.  I had a great time, although I have to admit it was incredibly strange to go into the theatre and walk past the candy bar, even stranger to watch a movie without munching on popcorn and sipping on soft drink.  As for the movie, we both gave the same verdict: NOT ENOUGH NUDE MEN!

Tomorrow will mark one week since my surgery… and although I shouldn’t expect much progress, I think I’m going to step on the scales… Just because I’m curious 🙂

 

Home (again), Jeeves!

So I came home yesterday… only to run a fever by the evening and find myself in hospital again overnight. As it turns out, it was probably respiratory related, as my fever subsided as soon as I had coughed up a mucous plug (TMI, I know!). So here I am, home again, and I’ve just been doing a lot of sleeping – I feel so tired all the time.

While I was in hospital, I was started on a “clear fluids” diet, and since I’ve been home I have to be on a “liquids” diet for the next 2 weeks – that means nothing thicker than milk. I’m still pretty nauseous, so I am finding it hard to stomach most things like protein shakes and soups but know that I need some nourishment to stay healthy.

Emotionally, I’m not really sure how I feel about the entire procedure. I just want to feel normal again… and to anyone who thinks weight loss surgery is an “easy way out” oh you have no idea how wrong you are.

Hope you are all well out there… xx

I’m alive!

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Just a quick post to let you know I have come out on the other side of surgery alive and kicking!

Surgery apparently went really well, and that blue tongue you see is the result of a blue dye they flushed through to male sure there were no leaks – even my pee is still blue! (so weird!!!)

Still very sore and feeling pretty ordinary, but absolutely no regrets! I’m so excited about having taken the biggest step in the journey of my new life 🙂

D-day…. Or GB-day…

In the car on my way to the hospital… My husband let me sleep in and when I woke up, my kids were already at daycare, so I didn’t get to say goodbye… I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty cut up about that.

So, I’d be lying if I said I’m not afraid of the surgery itself and coming out of it well today… Actually, I’m terrified. But here’s to a new life that begins today and all that comes with it.

See you on the other side xx