October 21, 2010

Mastering the Art of Eating

I'm almost one month post-op and I have to tell you that my eating has changed dramatically.  I see and want to eat some of the foods that I used to love, but the feeling passes in an instant.  I've been looking at what I am eating for the very first time, and with a new set of eyes, and there are such overwhelming differences.

The first difference is portion size.  The pouch you get in surgery not only makes it hard for you to overeat, but it also makes it hard for you to digest foods you normally love.  The pouch only allows me to eat less that one quarter of the things I used to and that has been so hard to accept.  I see the food, and I want to eat it, but if I do take that one "extra" bite, I know I'm in a world of hurt. So now to even prevent overeating, I've taken to eating off of tea plates, out of infant feeding bowls, and using infant feeding spoons.  It helps, but what I have noticed is that I have to really take my time and chew my food.  That is a big deal for me.  I have always had a hard time taking my time in finishing a meal, so this is so new.  I have to really be in the moment and constantly remind myself to chew each bite well.  Put down my fork.  Chew some more, and then resume eating.  It's been hard!  Who knew!  Do thin people have this much trouble with eating their meals?

So this brings me to my tastebuds.  They have totally changed!  I love chocolate, and I have loved it since I was in high school, but now, I seem to like other flavors like strawberry, and vanilla.  I never would've touched strawberry or vanilla anything prior to WLS unless it was ice cream, and even then, there better be some chocolate in it!  Gimme my chocolate!  Refried beans are still a little iffy for me, and I can't stand the smell of most of the protein powders -- some ARE better than others.

It has just been amazing the differences between before and after WLS and I wanted to share my experiences.

Faith Walker

October 17, 2010

Life after the WLS and the Flu Shot

Based on my doctor's recommendation, I got a flu shot on Thursday.  Can I just say that while I didn't feel any "cold-like" symptoms that many people complain of, I feel very listless and lethargic.  I worked yesterday and gave a training class and all along, my stomach was moaning and rumbling.  The night before I went to sleep early because nothing was sitting quite right in my new pouch.  Today, I haven't even gotten out of my jammies.

I can't say this is because of the flu shot, but I have been feeling much better than this, so I hope this is a temporary thing.  I have to get back on track and exercise.  I've gotten up to a mile on the treadmill at 2.8/mph which is good for me.  One of my high school friends who had Lap Band suggested that after I lose 50 lbs, I seek out a personal trainer to help me set some goals and get me on a regimen.  I have to say that is something I need.  I am a disciplined and regimented person in most aspects of my life, and I find that if I have someone to help me along, it's helps me to be more accountable -- especially if I'm paying for it. 

Faith Walker

Keep Yer Pants On!

I'm four weeks post op and I can really see a difference in how my clothes are fitting.  I've always had a thick middle and slim hips, but all of my pants are literally falling off!  I was walking through an aisle at work the other day and almost lost my pants!  That would have been something to see!  I don't know what I am going to do because a large portion of my work wardrobe includes pants.  

Alot of people say don't go shopping, but when you have a body type that's boyish, you don't have hips for the pants to hang on, and it's just a matter of time when my pants will make their way to my ankles without my knowledge.  I must prevent that from happening!  I am thinking I may have to buy some clothing staples, mostly dresses that I can wear until I get to a size where I am comfortable.  I was thinking of dresses because they don't necessarily sag and can provide a good transition to smaller sizes without shelling out big bucks to update my wardrobe every couple of months.  I just don't know where to shop.

I've always been a Lane Bryant girl, but I would love to have a few more upscale pieces to tide me over.  It's been a long time since I shopped at Macy's and Dillards so I may look at those places.  Wish me luck!  Hopefully I won't be mooning anyone anytime soon!

Faith Walker