If you’re looking for the keeping up part of this post, scroll down to the ****. First, an update on my bariatric surgery recovery.
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.
In addition to my surgery recovery, I also wanted to talk to you about keeping up. All the things women have to do in a day – cook, keep a decent house, talk to Jesus, take pictures, manage finances, be a good wife and mom, cleaning and organizing, and taking care of themselves – amount to a nearly impossible task.
I bet you had no idea you’d be so tired, frustrated, and overwhelmed, right?
I’ve often felt the same way. When I first moved out on my own years ago, I needed GPS to find my way around the kitchen. And developing systems to efficiently handle laundry and cleaning? I’ve never managed to master those, as evidenced by the mountain of laundry outside my laundry room.
Homemaking is filled with mundane tasks that never end, but here’s the thing: do you want to spend more time overwhelmed by things you don’t enjoy?
No, you do not.
So what if you could find resources to help you become better at homemaking (and maybe even learn to love it)?
Well, look no further, because I found something that might be just what you need: The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.
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This year’s edition of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes 50 ebooks, 21 eCourses, 14 printables, 2 videos, 2 audios, 2 summits, and 1 membership site.
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For less than the cost of a meal out (and you won’t need to be rescued by drive-thru after this!), you’ll get a complete library to help you:
- Cook up wholesome recipes for your family
- Build stronger relationships with your kids (even your teens)
- Discover speedy cleaning routines for the toughest messes
- Rekindle the romance in your marriage
- Put self-care back into your life
- and finally enjoy homemaking.
Plus, it comes with over $290 worth of bonus offers from companies you’ll love (this is one of my favorite parts – check out the PowerSheets!).
You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 106 digital products and it’s worth over $1980!
Besides being so incredibly helpful, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering it for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $1980 worth of amazing products for a whopping 97% off!
Here’s how it works:
- Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the “Get my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
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- Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start your stress-less homemaking journey!
The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, May 1st, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all these products individually.
I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.
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No one should have to feel overwhelmed by homemaking because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need.
Becoming efficient as a homemaker is one thing. Fully embracing all the messy moments and hard times and loving it (most days) is another. But it’s not out of reach.
(Psst… the bundle goes away at 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, May 1st, so don’t wait!)
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