Monday, March 23, 2009

Another post-op post!

I am just over 9 weeks post-op. I have learned how to eat. I have to take small bites, eat slowly and chew a lot. I have lost 56 lbs. I have lost two dress sizes. I have lost them and will never find them again. It's a great feeling. I am going to get my hubby to take pictures of me tonight. I don't know if i will post them. I kind of self-conscious about pictures. He's also going to measure me. I did my measurements a couple of days before surgery. I will be able to see some real numbers. I lost 40 lbs in the first three weeks. I started going to the gym. Then, I went three weeks with no loss! It was very frustrating. I finally started losing again and have lost 16 more pounds. I'm feeling great. I go to the gym at 6 am most mornings and do the treadmill for an hour. I'm going to start couch to 5k soon. I want to give running a try. I love walking on the treadmill. Hopefully, I will like running too. I just found out this weekend that there is a marathon in Disney in March. I think if I run a marathon, this would be the one.

Eating hasn't really been an issue for me. I make the right choices, eat my protein first and have no problems. The worse part was the liquid diet. Pre-op was horrible. I was hungry all the time. Post-op I was just so tired of sweet stuff. It seemed that everything I ate (or drank) was sweet. The protein shakes, pudding and applesauce. I was so happy to move on the soft foods. I had to be on soft foods for a couple of weeks. It wasn't bad. I have graduated to full foods. I can eat whatever I want. I have heard that some people "dump" after surgery. That certain foods don't agree with them. Eating sugar can make them really sick. I haven't had this problem, but I really don't push it. I don't eat unhealthy things. The worse I've done is one mozzarella stick at a meal. It's fried which makes it bad, but cheese has tons of protein. I'm obsessed with TVP. I use it dry and put it on Greek yogurt. It gives me the granola crunch but with protein instead of carbs. :) I eat a lot of ground turkey and chicken breasts.

I'm in my "honeymoon." Right now it doesn't really matter what I eat, I will lose weight. This only happens for 9 months to a year. During this stage when we aren't hungry, we are supposed to be learning to make the best choices. I have embraced this. My mom hasn't. I hope that she gets it before her "honeymoon" is over. She gets mad at me when she asks me about what she's eating. I think she wants me to tell her that she's doing fine, but I'm not going to lie. I've told her to stop asking my opinion if she doesn't really want it.

Anyhow! I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm feeling great. I have tons of energy and I already feel smaller. :)


Sarah said...

I'm glad you have so much energy, and I think it's awesome that you've been so good about the gym! Working out is amazing on so many different levels, and you'll be surprised by how quickly you become addicted to it.

Kate said...

It sounds like you're really making waves with this, and good on you for taking the healthy route, instead of just enjoying the "honeymoon". Good luck at the gym-I loved the couch to 5k.