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Countdown (T-3)

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!

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SOFT_VAL67 9/25/2011 10:11PM

    you are doing great, i stayed on the pre op diet for 5 days before they pulled my surgery date and i didnt lose any, maybe 1lb, if u could stick to that and keep losing that way u wouldnt need the surgery haha
good luck and keep posting.

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Countdown (T-4)

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! emoticon

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!

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HEALTHIERKEN 9/24/2011 5:05PM

    You go guy!

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Countdown (T-5)

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....


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SOFT_VAL67 9/23/2011 8:45AM

    when i was on that diet, i found myself actually looking forward to digging into my BIG 4oz cup of cottage cheese, it was the highlight of my day.
but, it leads to better things hopefully in the long run.
keep your eye on the prize.

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Countdown (T-6)

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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HEALTHIERKEN 9/23/2011 1:53AM

    1000 calories : ( savour every single tasty bit you're allowed to have : )

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PLMITCH 9/22/2011 4:01PM

    I made it through breakfast and lunch in good shape. Thankfully the Atkins shakes are quite filling. I get my one good "chewy" item at dinner -- a 4 oz chicken breast! Can't wait!

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MY_5_KIDZ 9/22/2011 3:25PM

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It is on!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Since my last post on 07/14, I had a few more items to take care of so that my lap band "package" could be sent to my insurance co for approval. Yesterday, I got the news: I am authorized! I double checked with my surgeon's office and the insurance co this morning and confirmed everything. So, barring any last minute illnesses, etc., I will have the lap band procedure performed on 09/28!

So the emotional roller coaster begins. I've had surgeries and procedures before, but none that have the potential to be so life changing! To feel fullness at the early stages of eating a meal. To be comfortable with 1500 or so calories a day! To watch years of weight gain finally and permanently get reversed! Oh I know -- the lap band is just a tool. But in my mind it is a vital one! One that will allow me to stop taking meds for diabetes. One that may even allow me to stop using my CPAP machine. One that may end up adding years to my life!

I know there are some naysayers out there. I understand. But let me have this chance to change my life. I only get one....

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ROCKSPARK2012 9/12/2011 9:38AM

    NICE!!! Thanks for sharing the updates. Keep up the good fight!!

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CLCCOOL 9/11/2011 5:01PM

    Keep us updated on how it goes! Just in time for football season!

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PLMITCH 9/9/2011 1:24PM

    Thank you all for your words of encouragement and support. It means alot!

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MY_5_KIDZ 9/9/2011 11:07AM

    emoticon This is the beginning of the rest of your life!
I was so happy when I got to put my CPAP in it's bag and put it away in my closet.

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TOASTIE 9/9/2011 10:24AM

    So happy for you!

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SOFT_VAL67 9/8/2011 7:58PM

    I am happy for you and as I said before, I might be scheduled for around the same time, I will let u know for sure.
And as Kevin said on "Home Alone"...."Dont get scared now"!!

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HEALTHIERKEN 9/8/2011 11:50AM

    Congrats, Patrick! The tools and strategies you've learned and are using here on SparkPeople will now keep you on the right track to gain total benefits from the lapband. Stick with it!

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