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.
Well, at this point, there isn’t a whole lot I can do to actively prepare for weight loss surgery, other than watch my diet and exercise. But I decided to get some items to set aside for later.
Here are the items I picked up tonight.
For mixing up the protein drinks and pureeing foods, I got the Magic Bullet:
I went to Bed Bath and Beyond in search of small cups and spoons, and hit the jackpot with the Libbey “Just Tasting” appetizer serving dishes. The line consists of petite cups, bowls, plates in both ceramic and glass forms, small wine glasses and dessert dishes, and spoons. Perfect, if you ask me, for making small portions seem worthwhile. The ones I got:
I tried making my first protein powder drink with the magic bullet and it SUCKED. The texture was great from the bullet, but the taste was horrible. I used a scoop of Body Fortress Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (from Walmart), some frozen raspberries, water, ice, and a splash of milk. I could get it down, but an overwhelming aftertaste. Eww. I also tried a new Whey protein bullet today. Well, a few sips anyway. Those aren’t great either, I tried a grape flavored one. I can see taken in small sips I could get it down. I also bought the store brand whey protein powder from Target — does it suck too, before I open it? Or is this as good as it gets? I see many other brands recommended, particularly Nectar, but was curious if I could get by with a more reasonably priced option. Are the other brands really that much better?