I have been following the rules very strictly too. I stayed on liquids until Saturday and moved into soft foods since yesterday. Last night was touch and go … my stomach kept growling pretty fiercely for crap food but I don’t have any in my house and even though my mind was playing tricks on me I knew I would not buckle this time around.
Today was a lot better with my choices. I woke up pretty late — it is my day off and all. I made myself a 20 gram protein shake with 2% milk, a small container of vanilla yogurt, a teaspoon of crunchy peanut butter and I had a dark chocolate (loose powder mix) of some sort of energy something that I got as a sample a long time ago. I blended all of that together and wowzers…. it kept me full for a long time. A little while later, I opted for a heated flour tortilla with black beans, refried beans and a little bit of shredded cheese heated in the microwave.
I did venture out in this horrific prairie heat for a quickie trip up town to get essentials and came home, peeled more donated cucumbers that a good friend gave me … and sliced them up thinly and put them all into an ice cream bucket. I put in the Hidden Valley Ranch powder mix, with 2% milk … and because my small town grocer hiked up the Greek yogurt to over $5 buckaroos, I opted instead to the much much less healthier option of 16 ounces of sour cream ($1.59). I filled the ice cream bucket to the rim with all yumminess. Tomorrow I shall see how well it all soaked up. Oh… and I also blended in onions and fresh cilantro. The smell was simply heavenly.
A few hours ago, I made another black bean, refried beans and shredded cheese flour tortilla heated in the microwave for my dinner. I waited about 2 hours to drink anything afterwards … and then I drank some of my iced slimming tea with a big ole lemon slice in it. I will add this nugget about the tea… it is an acquired taste … it has a bit of a kick to it really. But I am very used to drinking it now for several weeks too. And I know it is very healthy for me.
I am going to go another week of eating soft foods before eating anything else right now. Or attempting to eat anything else. And to be honest, all I want to eat is soft foods anyways. I’m a little scared to re-introduce regular food back into my lap band world ….unlike how I mistreated my lap band a year ago at this time.
And I’ve been making excellent choices in getting in my daily requirement of my protein too. I know I had some readers that were overly concerned for me that I wasn’t getting enough … but I was and still am following the rules!
But what I did want to report on is this … I feel like my body is shrinking on a daily basis. Even before my fill last Tuesday. The 27 pounds I shed from August 5th to August 20th was really due to the detox I put myself on but since then … there are certain areas on my body that I can feel tightening up. The heat here has been incredibly torture to go for any kind of walk … so I’ve been doing other things in my home to get my body moving. After Labor Day, I will move my treadmill back into my larger living room space and get my groove on that way.
Dr. Haley wanted me to call his office a week after the fact. Which would be tomorrow. But considering nothing exciting has happened other than me listening to him and the real rules and actually following them … I may wait till after Labor Day to call back with a report.
In five days, I will be heading up to Huron, South Dakota to the State Fair … to showcase my whimsical art as one of their Artists-in-Residences. But between now and then, I still need to stay FOCUSED and on the right path for making good food choices.