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The Power of Protein

Monday, January 17, 2011

I always knew protein was important but lately I've become super aware of how powerful protein really is. Since having my surgery I've concentrated on nothing but protein. It's filling, tastes good and I feel really good when eating it. When eating very low protein items I don't seem as satisfied. It's almost not worth the space it takes up in my stomach. Go figure!

I've found myself craving high protein items. Been eating a lot of fish (tuna, talapia) and buffalo, chicken and eggs. Along with fresh steamed veggies and whole grains. The saying that you are what you eat is so true! I haven't felt good like this in a while. I love the way I feel and just wanted to share.

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  Hi Lisa
Your knowledge of all healthy food categories help you now so well. Especially whole-grains.
Your ticker is amazing! 50 pounds weight loss.
I'm glad you're feeling better and eating so healthy.
Good choices for protein.
> Mimi

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BRILYNN79 1/18/2011 4:35AM

  I am working on increasing my protein. Since I have the scale is moving:) Keep it up!!!

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FISHINGLADY66 1/17/2011 9:33PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Lisa. I'm a protein eater also. I'm glad your sounding a lot better.

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6 weeks post op check in

Friday, December 17, 2010

Had my 6 week post op appointment with the nurse and nutritionist today. All is going well. I'm down a total of 36lbs! Feels good. Next appointment is on Feb 7th which will be my 3 month check up.

Was told I need to get more fluids in and to move on to the soft diet. I was supposed to move on to that 2 weeks ago but just didn't think I could handle it. May be more of a psychological thing with me but for now I'm to add 1 or 2 new items each day. Having salmon and cottage cheese for dinner tonight. Hope it goes down ok.

Until next time..... HONK HONK HONK to all!!

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PERSISTENCEMIMI 12/18/2010 10:28PM

  Hi Lisa

I'm glad you're doing so well. Adding one or two items each day makes good sense.
Please take pictures in different stages of your weight loss. It will be amazing to see the changes.
Congratulations on your weight loss.
The fact that you know so much about healthy eating will be such a help to you on this journey.
One step at a time. One day at a time. I still do it one day at a time.

I like butternut squash, mashed, with cinnamon and sweetener.
Does the nutritionist tells you specific foods to add each day and what foods to avoid, at least in the beginning?
It's great that you work with a nutritionist. Excellent!

Happy holidays


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HUNGRYWOMAN2 12/17/2010 9:21PM

Glad to learn that your recovery is going well. I can understand your reluctance for a basically liquid diet. I have worked with the elderly and have pureeed many foods, and added the thick'em. Do what you can, and as long as you are improving go for what works.
Have a Happy Holiday Season! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 12/17/2010 8:21PM

    Way to go Lisa. Congratulations on your loss and your progress so far. Honk Honk Honk to you.

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3 Weeks Post Op

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I can't believe that it's been 3 weeks already! The surgery went well. Had a hard time controlling the pain but I survived! Let me tell you, it wasn't an easy thing to go through. Am I glad I did it? Well...let me just say that I'm waiting for the day that I can say YES!

I'm getting better and stronger as the days go by but I'm dealing with an injured back (from the car accident) which makes things harder all around. I'm not allowed to bend, twist, or lift anything heavier than 5 lbs. Now throw in the bad back and you can only imagine how I'm doing. I've been working with PT and OT for the past 2 weeks which helps.

Spent 2 weeks on clear liquids and 1 week on pureed foods. I have 1 more week on pureed foods and then I can move onto soft foods. Taking things 1 day at a time.

When I went in for my 10 day post op appointment I found out that I had already lost 8lbs so that was a good thing. Healing is going slow which is due to me being diabetic but they are please at how things are looking. I go back again on Dec 17th for my next check up.

Until next time.....take care and thanks for reading!

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WILDWESTWOMAN 12/19/2010 8:52PM

    Sounds like you're doing well. Take good care of yourself Lisa, and don't try to do too much too soon.

So happy you are on the mend!

Ruth emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 12/2/2010 10:41PM

    Take care and get plenty of rest! Your in my thoughts and prayers.

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KELSHEI 12/1/2010 4:36PM

    Glad you are doing better! I hope you continue to improve day by day until you are able to scream "Yes, I'm glad I did this!" emoticon

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  Hi Lisa
The fact that you wrote a blog, already means you're doing better.
I'm glad the operation went well. That's very good news.
Patience is the best tool, especially that you want to exercise as soon as possible. Patience!
Oatmeal is a great filling food, and you can also puree in the blender the foods that the doctors recomend for you.
The other thing that will help you greatly along this journey, is your wonderful understanding of what healthy lifestyle means.

Take care and take it one day, hour, minute at a time as needed.


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IRISHGIRL74 12/1/2010 8:54AM

    Glad to hear things went well. Keep us updated!

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MONGO2TEN 12/1/2010 6:40AM

    So glad you are recuperating. Take care and get plenty of rest!


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HUNGRYWOMAN2 11/30/2010 7:58PM

I am glad to learn that your surgery went well as can be expected. Recovery time from such invasive measures is slow. Be patient with yourself and allow your body the time it takes to heal. You have additional challenges to overcome, and there will be many ahead. However, you are growing stronger in many ways. As you reflect, you will be able to see just how far you have come, and you keep moving forward. emoticonI am certain not at the current moment, but the time will come.
Thanks for the update.
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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Tomorrow's the big day!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Getting picked up at 5am as I need to be at the hospital by 6:15am. Going to get my IVC filter put in first thing in the morning. The real surgery isn't until Tuesday. I know I'm the first one on the list so I'm sure it'll be early. I'm excited yet anxious and yes, even scared so please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I will update as I'm able.

I have a long and hard road ahead of me. I'm still dealing with the pain of my car accident that I had 2 weeks ago as well so it should prove interesting! I'm not looking towards the additional pain that I'll have from the surgery but this too will pass. I just hope the drugs are good! Hehehehe!

Until next good and keep on keeping on! HONK! HONK! HONK!

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  Hi Lisa

I wish you a fast recovery. As of now your surgery is over and that's great.
My best wishes to you. One day at a time you'll get better and stronger.


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L8AGAIN 11/8/2010 2:40PM

  I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers Inky. Honk Honk!

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FISHINGLADY66 11/8/2010 9:52AM

    Sending my best wishes and prayers your way. You will be a new person when it's all over. Hang in there emoticon

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IRISHGIRL74 11/8/2010 9:10AM

    Good luck. Hugs and prayers headed your way!

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.DUSTY. 11/7/2010 7:56PM

    Good luck Lisa!

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SWEETMOMMY41 11/7/2010 7:40PM

  good luck and take care of yourself. you can do this! you are worth it! have a terrific day!

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Surgery Postponed

Friday, October 29, 2010

Well, my surgery is now scheduled for Monday (Nov 9th) and Tuesday (Nov 10th). What a roller coaster ride this has been! This is the second delay since it was originally scheduled for Oct 25-26. Every time I start to countdown the days it's time to start all over again. I was told that there shouldn't be any more delays but I'm not going to hold my breath!

I guess it's a blessing in disguise though. Last Saturday I was in a car accident (not my fault) and I have a pretty nasty contusion on my right shin and left thigh. Although my doctor says that it may take a month or 2 to go away it'll give me that much more time to heal before surgery. If it's not one thing, it's another with me!

Check out my car! Autobody shop says it's totaled!

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FISHINGLADY66 11/1/2010 9:28PM

    Honk Honk. Lisa I am so emoticon about your accident. My thoughts and prayers go up for you. I'm hoping you can get past all this real soon. I have always wondered why Bad things happen to Good people.

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/30/2010 9:00PM

    Ouch to the car! Hope you get through this surgery and can move on to recovery soon!

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IRISHGIRL74 10/30/2010 8:41AM

    I'm glad you weren't hurt. I was in an accident 2 years ago. Not my fault, but the car was totaled and I had a broken wrist, bruised chest and hurt back. Glad to hear you are okay!

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MONGO2TEN 10/30/2010 5:16AM

    Wow - that looks bad. So glad you are ok. Praying for a speedy recovery from the surgery.


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HUNGRYWOMAN2 10/29/2010 9:34PM

    It is a blessing you weren't hurt. Trying to work through the medical system is a royal pain. Lately, I, too, have been rescheduled more than once. However, I believe you are correct in your assessment that there is probably a reason.
I hope things resolve soon, and you are on your way back to health.
Best wishes-Take Care of yourself.

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4-ME-TO-BE_____ 10/29/2010 5:37PM

    Thank goodness you weren't hurt worse that looks like it was a bad accident. Good luck with the surgery. I'll keep my fingers crossed that there are no more delays.

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    OH MY, Glad your not hurt badly. That is pretty bad, front and back. Wow. Hope all works out on the surgery soon.. Waiting is such a bummer.

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