October 11, 2010

Apres WLS Foods Progression

In case you were wondering about the "diet plan" after WLS, here it is in a nutshell.  Before WLS, you'll typically do a liquid diet to shrink your liver.  It makes the surgery go smoother, and you lose a few pounds.  After surgery, your on a clear liquid diet for a few days, and I do mean CLEAR, water, Crystal Light, broth, bouillon, pop sickles (SF), and jello (SF).  And of course, between those yummy beverages, you're constantly sipping water... sip, sip, sip.  I say sip because your new tummy can't handle more than a sip at a time.  Gone are the times where you used to be able to chug an Dasani -- uh unh... you're in for a world of hurt.

After you've been released from the hospitals and are home for a couple of days, your doctor will clear you for a liquid diet with added protein shakes.  In my case, I have to have 80-100 grams of protein per day.  With a newly formed tummy and all, it is really hard to knock back more than a couple of ounces of the protein shakes at a time.  I find myself sipping on those two -- water in one hand, shake in the other. This stage lasts for about two weeks or until you can tolerate something a little firmer in your new pouch/sleeve.

Right now I'm in the mushy or blenderized stage where I can have foods that are cooked to mush, thinned out with broth or water, and pulverized to smitherinis.  This stage will last about two weeks and then I'll be sailing into soft foods.  After about six to eight weeks, you'll graduate to firmer foods and add fresh fruits and veggies, eventually.  Although, I have been warned about broccoli causing gas, so it may come a little later on.  I can't wait to have a salad again.

Once solid foods are back on the table, as long as your keeping your diet free of too much fat, sugar, and breads, and you are drinking your water, the weight comes off.  

Searching for New Recipes for Mushy Foods and Protein

So my quest this week is to find new ways to enjoy my protein drinks, and also to try different foods for the "blenderized meal plan" that I get to partake of for the next two weeks.   

I made some killer okra and tomato soup with chicken legs over the weekend.  I took three tablespoons of that and another tablespoon of chicken broth and blended it with my hand mixer and had that for my mushy lunch.  It was tasty!!!  I love okra!

My protein tends to be a little bland and I would love to have a way to dress it up, and disguise the taste a little.  Some of the members of the Thinnertimesforum.com recommended International Coffees (Sugar Free of course, and then decaf) to mix with protein for a delicious drink.  I'll be trying that tomorrow and I'll let you know what I think.  I also bought some Chai tea so I'll be trying that with my vanilla Max Protein to see if that is a good fit. I can't wait to try more new things, too.

First Day Back to Work after Weight Loss Surgery

My eyes popped open around 6:00 this morning, and I didn't feel tired, or worn out which is totally unlike any other morning before I had surgery.  Most days you couldn't peel me out of bed before 7:15, but I have discovered that I'm sleeping better and have new vitality!  It's exciting!!  I get all giddy because that means that the sleep apnea that has had authority over my sleep habits for the last few years has suddenly been usurped!  The sleep bandit is on the run because there is a new sheriff in town and it's name is "Weight Loss".  Weight is telling sleep apnea to "make my day"...  It really feels good to be refreshed after laying there for 6 to 8 hours and not snoring so loudly that you call the pigs from a least two counties over!  

So I checked out the work wardrobe and one of the tops that I liked to wear that was looking a little short in the front, now just flows over my stomach.  My pants on the other hand were a different story.  I played catch with them all day.  As I walked into work with my laptop bag and purse in one hand, I had to hold my pants up with the other.  On one trip to the bathroom, I almost lost them altogether! Woo!  That would have been a sight!  

Some of my co-workers noticed I looked thinner, other people just looked at me and thought I'd changed something like my hair or makeup.  I just smiled, took in the compliments, and appreciated the attention.  It was nice.  I was nice to feel good about the skin I was in and new path in which I am headed.  Look out people!

October 10, 2010

Feeling Good -- Feeling Good

I'm still working on finding the culprit for my itchiness, but after a little Lactaid, some benedryl, and not scratching, I feel good today. My incisions are healing nicely and I'm so glad that my surgery was Lap.  I just hope these hives exit stage right, really soon; they are cramping my style!

It has been a long time since I have felt this good, and I decided to get up and hit the grocery store for two Sunday papers -- it's all about the coupons -- and then I headed to Target!!!

On my venture to Target, I walked effortlessly through the aisles with renewed strength and some extra vitality!  My head feels clear, my joints don't hurt, and I just feel really good.  While I was in the store I was able to pick up some mini ramekins as I was thinking of making a mini frittata, and I also priced a "Magic Bullet" for making shakes.  I think those things are overpriced.  For $60, I could get three blenders.  I'm including a link from Amazon here as I see it is cheaper and probably qualifies for "supersaver" shipping.  I think the price looks better, but I will keep looking for either a better price or comparable item. Remember, I'm a frugal gal and I'll search for the best price until I drop!

So I'm planning on getting out in a bit and doing some walking to take advantage of the cool, sunny day in Atlanta.  More later!