A week from tomorrow, my VSG (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) is goin’down! I am so flippin’ excited for this to happen…but not so excited about the final stage I have to complete before surgery. It’s a doozie. LOL.
So, for the past week, in an effort to keep shrinkin’ my liver as the doctor prescribed, I’ve eaten only protein shakes 2x a day and one lean/green meal per day. I also could have 2 healthy ketogenx snacks or stuff like a cheese stick, veggies, etc. I ate out a couple of times and had a green salad with grilled chicken and vinaigrette dressing. Not too terrible. It’s very much the way I should have eaten all along, but didn’t. One of those meals was with a terrific friend at my favorite pub. Was definitely great seeing her, and definitely weird sitting in my favorite pub on a Sunday afternoon eating a SALAD and having water instead of beer!
During this past week, I HAVE been a little hangry at times. You know…Hangry= hungry and Angry at the same time?! But in those cases, I’d have small snack or have a couple of glasses of water to make me feel full. I’ve tried to keep busy to keep my mind off food. So, all in all, this past week didn’t really suck. I’ve lost nearly 6 pounds this week, so there’s the silver lining in this week!
I ain’t even gonna lie. This week is so gonna suck. Here’s what I can eat this week:
This lone bag of vanilla flavored protein powder is my new BFF for a WEEK. Five times a day. NO FOOD. Just liquid. Sigh…
I can use sugar free sweeteners like SF kool aid packets or drops like Mio in it to give it different flavors. My sweet mama bought me some SF syrups in various flavors like Chocolate, Smores, Belgian Sugar Cookie, etc to make it tolerable for a week.
So, tonight is my last night of real food for a long time. My husband is going to take me to dinner (YAY!). I will get a healthy meal that I can actually CHEW for the last time until about the 3rd week in March. After bariatric surgery, patients are on a liquid diet for about 2-3 weeks. We can have protein shakes, broths, SF jello, SF Popsicles. Around the third week is generally where we introduce our new, much smaller tummies to foods again. Like yogurts, puddings, applesauce, etc. This portion of the diet doesn’t suck so bad because I won’t be hungry. Fun fact: the part of my stomach that is removed is also the part that has the hormones that tell my brain that I am hungry. I won’t feel hungry AFTER surgery, but I am betting this upcoming week and until March 2nd I am gonna be one hangry bitch.
SO. My plan is to keep busy, busy, busy! Go to the gym…go see friends….go walk outside with my dogs…clean my house….just get out of the house so I don’t think about food. And of course, on my outings, make sure I take my trusty shaker bottle with me to mix me up some protein shakes! If you have ideas on how to keep me busy, you just name it. I have a lot of time to keep myself busy. I will sleep as much as I can to avoid being awake to think about food:)
When my teenager says something is not fun, or she didn’t enjoy something, she’ll say, “Mom, that was not “lit”. That means it was horrid and she isn’t going again or doing again. This stage isn’t gonna be lit! But even though this stage will suck, it is still for the betterment of my health and I am gonna stick to it. I see the bigger picture. I am still feeling strong and undeterred!
Through this journey, it has become so clear to me how much as a society, we place so much emphasis on FOOD. Someone gets married= we go to a reception and eat/drink. Somebody dies, we immediately take a casserole to their home. (nothing wrong with that!!) We meet up with friends, and we meet for lunch/dinner with drinks. Everything we do is about food. We go for coffee…ice cream…we go to the movies and gorge on over-sized sodas and popcorn. Whether we are celebrating or commiserating, we incorporate food into each event. That will surely be a struggle for me later, when I choose foods that apply to my new low carb lifestyle.
But I have an idea on how to celebrate with food. For each pound I lose, I am going to donate a pound of food to a food pantry or food bank in my area. For my local folks reading, if you volunteer at such a place, let me know! It will be a while before I get a good bunch of foods together, but I do plan on donating. So, if I lose 80 pounds, a shelter/food kitchen/food bank is gonna get 80 pounds of food! I think this is a much better way for me to celebrate with food as opposed to actually eating it! So far, I have about 6 pounds to start off with! That’s like 6 boxes of 1 pound pasta. When I put it in a visual perspective, it seems like a lot. I hope it’s a lot and benefits a lot of needy people/families! Not sure where I am gonna store all this food. Maybe I’ll start an area in the garage and build from there. SO exciting to share food in a different way!
As always, thanks for reading. I hope you’ll continue to follow me on my exciting journey to a happy, healthy me.