I am now 19 days past my bariatric gastric sleeve surgery, and physically, I am awesome. I have lost 32 pounds so far. I don’t have any pain, and I have more energy than in recent months. I’m not tired except at bedtime, and I am able to go for walks with the girls at lunchtime every day.
I have had to retire some of my loose shirts because I am swimming in them. My pants, too, are way too big. Fortunately, I have lots of clothes in the basement from size 18 all the way to size 30 (where I started before surgery), so I won’t have to do any shopping for quite a while. I’m down to a size 28 now.
Learning to eat with my new stomach is still a challenge. I am supposed to be able to eat 1/4 cup at a time, so I always measure out that much.
Sometimes, 1/4 cup is too much, and I feel sick because I’m stuffed. More solid foods like chicken and eggs typically fall into this category.
Sometimes, 1/4 cup is good, and I feel fine. Yogurt, ricotta cheese, and other soft foods fall into this category.
Then there’s the water. I’m supposed to be drinking 40-80 ounces of water every day, and I am barely getting 32. I drink all the water I can drink, until my stomach is full, but I just can’t get enough water in. I don’t think I’m dehydrated, but it is something that I don’t think my nutritionist will be happy about. I also have to drink 2 protein shakes a day, so those cut down on my water intake as well. Sometimes I can’t finish my shake because it fills up my stomach. Sometimes I struggle to get my second protein shake in for the day. (Like today when I am stuffed from supper and still have to drink a shake before bed to get in the protein I need.)
I also wanted to give you an update on my cheesecake episode from last week. I did talk to the nutritionist about it, and she advised against another such indulgence. She said that I should stay committed to a very high protein, low carb diet for the rest of my life. No sugar, no simple starches like rice, potatoes, pasta, and bread, and as few carbs as possible.
So there’s that. I really want to be successful, so I will do what she says. I have adhered to my plan very closely since Easter, and I plan to stick to it in the future. I have found a few recipes for desserts that contain Splenda or other artificial sweeteners (which I have always avoided like the plague but have now come to understand are essential to successful bariatric surgery), so I might try them in the future. But the plan is to eat only 3 high protein meals a day, so I’m not in a hurry to make desserts anyway.
It is getting easier to see Joe and the girls eating chocolate or desserts without eating any myself. That’s a step in the right direction! Even Crystal Light is too sweet for me now; I have to dilute it with twice as much water as it calls for, and even then, I can’t drink much. I mostly drink plain water.
So that’s where I am now. I think I am doing very well. I have only lost 2 pounds in the last week, but from what I’ve read, that is normal and the weight loss will resume soon.
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