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Day 1 of Liquid Diet

14 Dec

I now officially feel like I am going into a pre-op tunnel, getting more and more focused on what is to come with this surgery, with this whole thing occupying a lot of my background processing at any given time. 

Today is day 1 of my pre-op liquid diet, and I am fully prepared for this to be a bitch.  I am currently sipping a Costco Premier Protein shake for breakfast.  I have guidelines for what I can have, but I don’t have a calorie guideline to shoot for.  I’m going to have to check into that today to see what other people have as calorie guidelines.  The only sample schedule that is included in my guidelines shows a 4 oz protein drink for breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening, with 1-2 oz of other full liquids at breakfast, lunch and dinner. That is a ridiculously small amount of calories for someone pre-op, isn’t it?  Is that really what I should be shooting for?  Craptacular. 

Today I have my pre-op education class at the hospital.  I’m not sure what to expect at this class, I think its pretty focused on the surgery/hospital experience and immediate post-op experience.  So it should be interesting.

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Surgery in T-10; NSVs I am looking forward to

12 Dec

Surgery is on 12/21.  That is 10 days, OMG!  I was annoyed last night, we were having a joint family party for my two sons (for the extended family party, we do just one party….my oldest turned 13 on 12/5, and my youngest turns 2 on 12/15, so we split the difference with a party on 12/10.)  Anyway, i was mentioning that I was pleased that this week i was able to try on and successfully fit in clothes two sizes smaller.  That immediately caused my mom to launch into a “why don’t you cancel surgery and just keep doing what you are doing?”  I mean, I can’t say I haven’t had the same thought, but honestly, I know that I have not been able to ever sustain any kind of significant weight loss. How do you react to that.  Of course, it made me defensive. 

Tonight was my Christmas Eve dinner.  My liquid diet starts in 3 days, so I made my christmas cookies and had my two favorite christmas foods today.  I found it interesting that I didn’t really want a lot of it.  i gave myself permission for this to kind of being a final meal sort of weekend, but tallying up the damage, while it was more than I allot myself in myfitnesspal.com (about 1200-1500 cals a day right now), and today and yesterday were about 1800-2000 cals) but compared to how I used to eat…..still a whole lot less. 

What are your best tips for surviving the pre-op liquid diet?

I got a new toy yesterday that I am experimenting with, its an ‘Up” bracelet from Jawbone.  I already have a fitbit, so I am comparing between the two.  Whichever one I dont’ use, hubby will probably start using.  Anyone using “Up” yet?

On verticalsleevetalk, there was a great thread about what kind of things we are looking forward to….. here is my list of NSVs I am hoping are in my future:

1. I want to fit in an airplane seat comfortably without an extender.

2. I want to be able to not feel like i need to use the handicapped stall in the bathroom to have enough room.

3. I want hygiene to be easier. 

4. I want to chafe less if I’m really active. 

5. I want to be able to go skiing with my kids (we live 30 minutes from the slopes, haven’t skiied since I was a teenager)

6. I want to be confident I can fit on amusement park rides.

7. I don’t want to worry about whether a booth will be too tight.

8. I want to stop needing to use a CPAP, particularly not having to travel with one, as I travel  a fair amount for work.

9. I would like my diabetes to be gone, and get rid of all my assorted diabetes stuff.

10. I would like to not to have my primary criteria for shoes be ones that i can slip on.

11. I would like to be able to easily paint my toenails.

12. I want to have energy to play with all my kids.

13. I want to buy lingerie at victorias secret.

14.  i want my original wedding rings to fit again.

15. I would like to run a 5k.

16. I would like to join a dance class.

17. At church, I would like to be able to kneel properly without leaning back on the seat.

18. I would like my furniture and bed not to have sagging where I sit or lay.

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