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.


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!

New Hope!

This afternoon, I received another saline fill in my 5-year-old lap band. I saw Gwen, the PA instead of Dr. Strand. She said I was at the top of the band fill. I was a bit perplexed because my original surgeon, Dr. Haley, said my band could hold 15 cc’s of saline solution. Gwen said, I had a large band in and it holds 14 cc’s. And she agreed to put in only 1/4 cc in, so that makes my lap band at 10 – 3/4 cc’s. I have no further appointments scheduled so they have high hopes for me and my weight loss journey.

Me too.

The image on the right, is not me. It’s a photo I googled. But this is what happened to me today. And no, it did not hurt.

What we agreed upon was this…. Focus on eating solid protein at every meal. Then I can add fruit or vegetables and only, IF, I am still hungry after all of that, then I can add a small starch. Otherwise I am to stay far away from all starches (bread, crackers, potato chips, potatoes, etc…) and anything “slippery!!!!!” … including soups. Bah.

Gwen was also quite happy with my dedication to keeping a food diary for the past 5 weeks as well. I think I am going to continue doing that, moreso for my own accountability. I have it set up in a table form on Word, and it’s easy to input the data. I also keep track of what I drink each day and my steps from my Fitbit.

Right before I left the office, Gwen told me to take it easy tonight as my stomach is swollen from the injection and to not eat anything too heavy.

She was overly concerned that with this new fill that I will start vomiting, having acid reflux and my stomach lining will become inflamed. I kept telling her I was fine after drinking the Dixie cup of water (which I was) and that I would take it all S L O W!

It’s now 3-hours later, I am now eating a few Swiss cheese slices and a couple slices of thin hard salami. No weird gurgling, it went down fine and I’m sitting here watching “Cold Justice,” on Netflix and playing online Scrabble.

I am also going try my hardest to keep myself accountable by updating this blog more often too.

Here’s to new hope!

Day 4: Operation Smoothie

imagesKXI2P094With all the recent compliments I have gotten in the past few weeks, it really has given me quite a confidence boost. And while I still have quite a ways to go til I reach my maintenance goal, I decided to change things even more for the better.

I do not believe I am lactose intolerant because I have absolutely zero issues eating ice cream of any kind or flavored creams that one puts in coffee… and I absolutely dig cheese of all kinds. But milk, now that’s a different issue all together. It totally and completely upsets my stomach like someone eating hot spicy Mexican food.

It’s been about 2 months since I last had anything to do with milk — as in — me purchasing milk with my groceries for the sole purpose of using the milk in my foods, smoothies or putting it on my cereal. Someone told me that they have added water to make their smoothies and I thought that was the grossest sounding thing ever. Until I tried it.

A couple of Christmases ago, Santa brought me the Magic Bullet blender. It has been a Godsend. I love it to pieces but sometimes wish it was slightly larger — the cup part.

During the blizzard last night, or ah, the blizzard like conditions that came to Yankton… I stupidly opted to run over to WalMart — since it was a mere 2 blocks away. I picked up three varieties of frozen fruit and was on my way.

Fifteen minutes ago, I put in frozen blueberries, mango, pineapple, peaches and strawberry with 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder (30 grams) and water. The results? Oh-my-gawd = deliciousness. Why on earth did I NOT think of not using milk before!?!?!?! I feel almost silly for never trying just plain ol tap water with my smoothies before. But it’s a heck of a lot more healthier. So my 20 ounce home-made smoothie to beyond awesome.

I am going to add one smoothie to my diet every day … the frozen fruit at WalMart was so cheap. $2.88 for a package of the mixed mango, pineapple, peaches and strawberries. $3.88 for frozen blueberries…. I use a small amount in every smoothie and I’m going to switch from vanilla whey protein powder to unflavored protein powder. Sometimes I just do not want a vanilla taste to the stuff I blend. And thankfully WalMart does carry it. I cannot stress enough — to get in my daily protein intake. I always try to eat or drink 80 grams daily. I want to push that up to 100 grams a day.

For those of you who do not realize how important protein is for your daily intake… it actually makes you feel “full” and you don’t have that need to snack all throughout the day or night. I eat protein in the morning at work, then I eat it at lunch and then at suppertime. Even if you take something as simple as celery and peanut butter along with you at work, you are getting the protein you need just from the peanut butter. I realize it’s not as yummy as a pile of chocolate or a handful of salty chips but I’ve learned to really really love peanut butter. And my lap band prefers creamy over extra crunchy but it’s all up to you and your likes.

Day 4 of 2015 … so far, so good. Continue to make good eating choices … and that includes what you drink too.

What Lies Ahead …Proceed With Caution

downsized_0630131529Tomorrow I work just a half of a day and then I took the afternoon off after I found out my nephews and my oldest brother and his dogs were going to be at my mom’s house by early evening. Then I have Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week off too.

My mom told me the other day that she’s all geared up with food for when all the troops flock in … and it’s all good food too. She’s a great cook and a good supplier of stocking the pantry, freezer and fridge when my siblings all come back.

This made me very nervous earlier today just thinking of all the stuff she had prepared and will be preparing… so I did what any calorie counting, lap bander would do in my situation. I headed to Wally World and stocked up on protein.

And by nervous, I just meant that … that is a lot of tempting food that I could purposely or unpurposely shove down my pie hole without thinking. And I do not want to make any foolish errors in judgement when eating this week. At. All.

The photo is everything I purchased today at WalMart. The big whey protein was $15.78, while the exact same item at Kmart was $21.99. And I got enough protein bars to have two a day thru Saturday. Several of the bars have 30 grams a pop otherwise the rest contain 20 grams.

I checked my rules from my surgeon and it states I should try to get 30 grams to 80 grams per day in my body. A fellow lap band blogger gets anywhere between 80 grams to 100 grams per day.

I found that the last time I bought these protein bars… they were extremely filling and tasty …and kept me full throughout the day. I had one for breakfast and then one in the late afternoon…. considering my work days are ten and a half hours long, if not longer…. the bars really do their magic on me.

So I figure if I make a protein shake in the AM for breakfast and there is 30 grams per whey protein in every scoop … and still eat two of those protein bars thrown in throughout the day … do a lot of walking in between and keep up with drinking the water …. my next four days should be groovy with my food choices.

My problem in the last two months or so have been dealing with that hideous sinus infection I was cursed with and just dealing with unwanted stress and some other unpleasantries. And not eating enough or any protein at all with my food choices.

Remember, I do not want to stay a size 14/16 as my end date size. And I still have a long ways to go with my actual weight loss part of the dealio too. I would like my end weight to finally match up with what I have on my driver’s license!!!! I mean, seriously, who actually puts their real weight on that???? I haven’t since 7th grade.

There is somewhat of a cool breeze happening today on the prairie so after a quickie nap (yes, am actually really really tired), I plan on heading over to the City Pond and putting in a mile for sure tonight.

Here’s to making excellent food choices this holiday week and weekend …. and move your body in some way, shape or form too. Peace out.