Tasted Like Cardboard

Tried these high protein chips. Oh. My. Narly-ness. They were gross.ย ๐Ÿ˜

But it supplied me with 33 grams of my 60 grams of protein I need daily since my surgery 57 days ago.ย ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ‘ย @ Bed Bath & Beyond


Saw My Provider Today

Just leaving my doctor’s appointment. I am staying @ 4 hours per day at work until 12/30, cannot lift anything 20 lbs or more. And my feet need to be elevated at work still and when not at work due to edema in my legs. I have lost 17 lbs of fluid since last week.

I will return full time starting 12/31 with no restrictions. Continued prayers that the other 13 lbs of fluid leaves my body soon.ย ย Then all I have to do is concentrate on healing from the inside out and maintain my weight until 2/12/19 — my next surgeon visit.

Update: Drain-Free

UPDATEย ๐Ÿ’™Great appointment at my surgeon’s office yesterday. They pulled the drain out. My Mom was right there, up close and personal watching. It was slippery and gross and ended up looking like an alien once it was all yanked out. We all commented on how nasty it was.ย ๐Ÿคฃย So I have a gaping hole there now that needs to heal and close on its own. I am to return on Feb. 12th for my 3-month post-operation appointment.

I will stay part-time at work through the 17th/December when I return for my regular Doctor appointment to check on my edema in my legs. Then my provider will decide whether or not I stay part-time or return full-time after December 17th. We both asked many questions and got them all answered.

I am to concentrate on losing the last 15 pounds of fluids and stay away from slippery foods like yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, jello, soups, anything soft in texture from now on.

My Mom and I were extremely happy when we left.ย ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒปย 


Also… they don’t want to me lose any more weight right now with the exception of getting the 15 pounds of fluid off my body….because of the severity of my emergency surgery… She explained to us just how deathly ill I was when I came in on Oct. 23rd… my mom got tears in her eyes and I sat there dumbfounded, again having no memory. Between now and Feb. 12th they just want me to maintain where I was around 194 pounds and allow my body to heal all the way. So while they removed 85% of my stomach… I did NOT have the sleeve surgery like the average person getting it done, mine was made that way because that was the only thing left to do with the healthy part of my muscle tissues and the remainder of my stomach.

Some of my facebook friends wanted to know why I cannot eat slippery foods anymore…ย 

With any type of weight loss surgery (lap band, gastric bypass, the RY, and the sleeve… even the removal of the entire stomach….you go thru 4 stages of eating to “train” your new stomach how to re-eat, re-drink. Stage 1 is clear liquids like water and broth; Stage 2 is pudding and pureed foods (which includes pureed meat); Stage 3 is all soft foods (or slippery foods) and on November 20th I graduated to Stage 4 which is solid food or non-slippery foods like chicken, pork, beef, yams, veggies, fruits… high protein BUT absolutely nothing like cottage cheese, protein drinks, juices, Whey protein drinks, yogurt, jello, soups… from here on out.

For the very reason because OUR STOMACHS are different from yours, the slippery food holds no nutritional value for our new stomachs and they slide on through to the intestines without being properly digested — just like liquid calories: pop, coffee, fancy drinks…. THE SAME THING goes to snacking… .mindless unnecessary snacking…. it’s pointless.

As once we consume our 4-6 ounces of food per meal (we’re to eat six a day, not the normal three) … once we eat the small amount, we will literally be FULL and not to put pressure on my new “sleeve” — keeping in mind, mine is shaped like a banana now and quite small.

I love to help people be educated on my weight loss journey so please feel free to ask any question you so desire. I promise to answer truthfully.

Luuuuuun-ch Time!

Today’s lunch: Morning Star Mediterranean chickpeas, spinach & tomato veggie burger (11 grams protein), 1 cup cottage cheese (14g protein). Fried in olive oil, topped with fresh salsa. Ah-amazing flavor!

I’m still restricted to 4-6 ounces. I just ate this amount because I was hungry. And I ate over a 45 min time frame. No liquids. I’m also lacking protein intake BIG TIME so that’s why I had both of these together.

I still have 10 lbs of fluid to shed… and was told I needed to up my protein content her meal.

Unsure about dinner time…. I have some grilled chicken in the freezer… or may just have some fruit. Stay tuned…or nothing at all.


Today: 6 Weeks Post-Op

6 weeks ago was my surgery. Today at 3:45pm, I return to my surgeon’s office to get my drain taken out, and to receive new instructions going forward. Please keep me in mind. My Mom is coming for the finale.

Rebooting MyFitnessPal

Weirdly just realized I joined MyFitnessPal on June 13, 2012. I downloaded the app on my Android just now to start recording a daily food diary and daily exercise diary to really keep myself ACCOUNTABLE… and found my old “page.” I saw I could add actual friends … so if you also have the app … send me a request. It’s way past my bedtime but I’m doing this to also make sure I get my 60 grams of much-needed daily protein in my body!ย 

More Protein Please!!!

My doctor contacted me today after my blood work came back today. I am officially not diabetic anymore. And I am in good shape with my kidney functions and my sodium levels are normal. I am still low on Iron but am taking pills for that and my total protein is low. So I need to contact my dietitian on Monday and ask her for recommendations.

Basically I know what to eat for protein but my new eating habits just don’t like what I used to eat for protein and my mindset just isn’t on track yet.

This photo to the left is what I resembled this morning at 6:30AM. My first time wearing eye liner/mascara in 43 days. And I’ve had necklaces hanging up in my bathroom for three years and today was the first time wearing one.

Now that I’m a new human, I feel like changing up my look again and go back to being more girlie. I even went to Old Navy this late afternoon and bought a lot of things of super cheap clearance… including two more T-Shirt dresses. Each one cost $2.88. They were $29.99. I also got a couple of new — smaller size — cardigans and dirt cheap but overly adorable shirts… one of them cost a whopping 58 cents. It was clearance upon clearance upon clearance.

Tomorrow I’ll head over to Sam’s Club and find things that are chock full of protein. Then it’s LEGS up, Netflix on and a lazy hazy Saturday while I continue pee all day long, thanks to my Lasix pill.

Have a fabulous protein-filled weekend!