Well, I survived the first 2 weeks after Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. YAY! It’s been challenging but in a good way. Wednesday I had my 2 week check-up with Bariatric office. Turns out I’ve been a good girl. I’m down about 10 pounds from the surgery and an additional 10 since I started the 2 week pre-op diet, for a total of 20 pounds. That’s really not a big change from the last time I posted in terms of pounds lost. At first, I was upset about not having lost more, and considered myself to be a slow loser. Even when I was at it with traditional weight loss, I was a slow loser and I think that’s not going to change. I have to fight for every ounce, every pound. I read about all the remarkable stories from the support forums I belong to and was hoping for bigger numbers, but I must keep reminding myself that everyone is different. My body is adjusting to a new stomach. And, the only exercise I am allowed to do right now is walk. I just know when I am cleared for more than walking, and my food options expand more, I will have great success! I just need to be patient, which is not a virtue I possess. 20 pounds since this time last month is awesome. I’m claiming it, saying thanks for it, and shutting up about it:)
During my check-up, of course I asked about returning to the gym. Unfortunately the gym is a no-no right now. They want me to wait another 1-2 weeks before I do anything more than walk. The incisions have healed wonderfully on the outside. We just want to make sure I don’t do too much with my core muscles so that they heal just as nicely on the inside. I try to walk 2-4 miles a day and they say that is quite enough at this stage. The doctor also mentioned that she wouldn’t be surprised if at some point I experience some fatigue. I think she jinxed me! Up until yesterday I had been feeling great with a lot of energy. Yesterday and today I have felt really depleted of energy and very, very tired. My sister reminded me that I am living on very few calories and burning all that I eat and then some. Today I am making sure I get all my protein and water in. Yesterday I was able to get ALMOST to the protein and water goal. I think that’s why I felt run down. Maybe a little dehydrated and not enough food. Today I am trying harder.
I went back to work IN my office Tuesday of this week to meet my teammates, who traveled to Morrisville from our Greensboro office. I loved seeing all the faces of my co-workers. Everyone is so supportive and excited for me about this journey. And truth is, I miss them. I’ve worked there for almost 10 years. We are a tightly knit bunch and I miss seeing their faces! I’ll keep going back as I feel better. I find I eat less when I am away from home, so I am going to be in the office more.
So, for anyone considering this journey, you know we do things in stages as far as food and exercise goes. The instructions vary from physicians, but at this stage, VSG patients are generally on a diet of pureed foods combined with the liquid diet from weeks 1-2. Now that I am entering week 3, I have eaten egg salad that I prepare myself and make it more of a whipped texture as opposed to chunks. Yogurt (which I am learning my new stomach does not particularly care for!), Hummus, Sugar Free Pudding (I put unflavored protein powder in mine to make sure I meet the 60 gram/per day goal). I am eating pureed soups and putting small crackers in it. I CAN eat tuna salad, chicken salad and such, but just haven’t tried it yet. Next week I get to eat scrambled eggs and most things that are fork tender. More cooked veggies like green beans and squash, flaky fish, etc. I am excited about those options!
Next week I go for my nutrition class. I had a class prior to surgery. This upcoming class is where we receive instructions for solid foods since we’re eating semi-solids now. If we eat the wrong things at this point, we could do some damage. I am looking forward to this transition. By this time next month (6 weeks out total) I should be able to eat all meats, veggies, poultry, etc that are low carb options. I can finally eat out with my family and make smart decisions while doing so. And by then, I will be back at the gym and I simply cannot wait!
This period of time has been strange. Not in a bad way, though. Just different. Since I started the pre-op diet a month ago, I’ve been pretty much a homebody due to the dietary restrictions. I never realized how much time I was spending with food and drinks until I couldn’t do it anymore. It’s been a very relaxed time for me. I am sure the busy-ness of life will return soon enough. For right now, it’s a time of taking care of me. I kinda dig it. I miss the social aspect of things. Miss seeing familiar faces that I was accustomed to seeing on a weekly basis. I’ll see them soon, I tell myself- and to just enjoy the downtime and the healing process I am in right now.
So that’s it! Nothing really exciting to tell other than I am pain free, am able to drink more liquids without pain and my body is recognizing when I am hungry and when I am full. My family is still wonderfully supportive. I’ve got absolutely NO complaints except that damn Taco Bell Quesalupa commercial! I swear they are going to drive me INSANE! I don’t watch television all that much, but when I do, they air that commercial 5x a night!
Wednesdays are my Weigh-In days. I will try to post on those days. Maybe on April 2, I will post a progress picture to see if the changes are visible. If you are reading, and you’re in the stage I am in, or around it, please feel free to post your comments and progress pictures! I would love to see them.
As always, thank you for reading and following my journey!