Monday, September 26, 2011
Yesterday was easily the best day of the pre-op diet. In loo9king back, I think the culprit may have been the Atkins shakes! So they will clearly not be part of my post-op liquid diet later this week. The EAS shakes I have tolerated much better!
Two crazy days of work coming up, as a simultaneously try to get work done and prepare my out of office stuff for the 3 days I plan to be out. Was up and working at 6:30AM this morning!
Got lots of yard work done yesterday, so if I am not feeling up to it next weekend, it can probably wait. Will head to the gym today for a cardio/strength training workout. I paid a little closer to my abs last Friday in the hope that it will speed the recovery of my stomach muscles post-op, so plan to do the same thing today.
Have a good work week all!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Day 3 actually went quite well. Mixed it up on the foods -- pumpkin smoothie in the AM, EAS shake at lunch, and then had a nice small piece of shark for dinner last night. Protein count right at the top range -- 120! This morning I whipped up 2 scrambled eggs and will do a shake of some sort for lunch (probably after I mow).
For once the scale has been my friend -- nearly 10lb down since I started on the pre-op diet, so this is encouraging! I know it won't always drop this fast, nor do I want it to in the long run (been down this road a few times!). Amazing what Dr orders and a little (ok a LOT) of motivation will do for me!
Have a great Sunday everyone!
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Day 2 went pretty well. Did get a good workout in at the Y and did not collapse due to the lack of food!
A couple of surprising findings:
- I expected to be sleeping like a baby at nights due to the lack of carbs and sugars in my system, but only getting 6 hours of restful sleep, and...
- I've had to get up at 2-3x to use the bathroom at night. And in general I am having to "go" more often. Not sure why??
Anyway, I'm handling this about as well as expected. This morning I made my own protein shake (had been having Atkins the past few days) and it was quite good (added pumpkin, milk and protein powder into the blender along with some ice cubes). For dinner tonight, I am going to get some grilled fish from one of our local restaurants (I have been eating 4 oz of grilled chicken the past two days -- ready for a change!). Don't have a lot planned activities but am going to stay busy.
Thanks to everyone for your support!
Friday, September 23, 2011
OK, so I made it through day 1 in fairly good shape. Only ran into one rough path around 5pm when I normally feed the dogs. But since I had fed them both times on Tuesday my wife was feeding them both times yesterday. Anyway, when I came into the kitchen some nasty hunger pangs set in and in the past I would have just grabbed something (sometimes not good stuff and in way too large of a quantity!). So, I did the right thing and warmed up some beef broth and that tided me though to dinner. Speaking of dinner, I truly savored my 4oz chicken breast! But I did stay below 1000 calories for the day, and the scale was my friend this morning! So at the moment I am sipping on my Atkins shake (actually pretty good), had some V8 with my various meds, and I have a small banana to chew on. I think I can do this....
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Today is day 1 of the 1000 calorie, high protein, low carb, mostly liquid diet in prep for lapband surgery next Wednesday. A few other items, such as Tums, are also added to my daily routine. Bought most of the food items on my surgeon's list of approved foods last weekend so I am all set!
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