Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The surgery went well, but I'm in a LOT more pain than I had anticipated. I knew my neck area would be sore from the incision, but I had no idea it would hurt so bad to swallow.
Today I've pretty much had to stick to liquids - even the noodles in my soup were sticking in my throat. I bought some carnation instant breakfast last week - I haven't used it yet because it had Splenda in it and I'm trying to eat clean now. Of course that didn't happen today - after surgery the nurse said I had to drink some soda and eat saltines before I could have any pain medicine (so I wouldn't get nauseous from the meds). Anyway, I'll be drinking that tomorrow so I can at least get some nutrients in.
I didn't get up and walk this morning - had a bad migraine last night and it was still hanging around this morning. I think I'll be well enough tomorrow to at least do a one or two mile walk DVD - that's my plan anyway!
Thanks to all who prayed for me - your prayers are GREATLY appreciated
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
O.k., so I thought I had a plan for today. Note to self - when you know you'll be driving all day pack finger foods! lol I had tangerines, grapefruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, sweet potato and soup packed - none of which is readily edible while driving. Next time I'll peel the eggs and take stuff like grapes and cheese sticks. Oh well, live and learn.
Oh yeah, and also remember that the cooler doesn't help me if it is in the truck and I'm not. I was starving while I was waiting in the doctor's office and kept thinking about my yogurt in the cooler.
On the plus side I think I still ate clean today AND I was in range on my food tracker
I was starving when I got home, but I took the time and measured out my food. Instead of wolfing it down like I normally would I sat down with no distractions and put my fork down after every bite - it really worked I ended up not finishing all my food because I got full so I quit while I was still comfortable - major achievement!!!
Tomorrow morning is my surgery, I have to leave the house by 5AM so I'll probably have to cut my walk short - I could get up at 3:30, but I honestly don't see that happening. I don't know what I'll be able to eat afterwards - hopefully my throat won't be too sore and I can have my soup and fruit.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Well, so far so good. I boiled the eggs, made tea (green tea w/pomegranate sweetened with agave nectar - haven't tasted it yet), baked sweet potatoes (had one for dinner - yum!) and made a HUGE pot of soup.
It looks like I have everything I need in place to EAT CLEAN tomorrow - no excuses!
The biggest challenge will be that my mother is driving me to my pre-op appointment and I know she'll want to go somewhere to eat. My plan is to take soup to eat at work before she picks me up.
Time to get to bed - 4AM comes awfully early
Monday, January 19, 2009
When I think about all the benefits of eating clean (better health, more energy, etc.) I have to ask myself why it is taking me so long to get with the program. As a dietitian I know what my body needs and I know clean eating provides the nutrients, fiber, etc. that I need and none of the artificial crap that I don't. I could claim many barriers, but when looked at closely none of them can stop me if I'm willing to commit. I never seem to have enough time - but, many others here on SP manage to eat clean and they have time commitments such as school or children that I don't have. I could claim not enough money, but how many times have I thrown away fruits or vegetables that have rotted away in my fridge? I could claim my ill health, but eating clean will actually improve my health. For the last year I've used the excuse that I wasn't ready to give up artificial sweeteners, that I was afraid I'd gain more weight if I quit using them. Well, I didn't quit using them and I've actually GAINED 10 pounds over the last year. And now I've been reading research that Splenda may actually increase my appetite for sweets!!!
Question: Why is it that even though I really enjoy eating fruits and vegetables, they tend to sit around and go bad because I keep grabbing crackers instead? (I go through saltines like other people eat potato chips - go figure)
My other big excuse is that I have TMJ - I've had two jaw surgeries and I still can't eat foods that are chewy or crunchy without causing myself pain. Because of this I have to limit things like salads and raw veggies. Fortunately it is winter so I can make soups with lots of veggies. I don't really care for soup in the summer, but I'll just have to come up with other ideas before then.
MY ONLY TRUE BARRIER TO EATING CLEAN IS ME - me not planning ahead and not being prepared.
Ok, so what to do about it? Make a plan AND carry it out.
I go back to work tomorrow and then I'll be having surgery on Wednesday so I need to prepare today for the next several days. Things I need to do:
1. Boil eggs for portable protein (they are boiling now)
2. Make a pitcher of green tea to drink instead of diet soda.
3. Bake some sweet potatoes.
4. Make a batch of veggie soup.
5. Decide to quit waiting until I think I can do it "perfectly" and just start doing the best I can every day.
Well, it is time to get off the computer, put some sweet potatoes in the over and see what I have to make soup with. As a southerner I should be embarrassed to admit this, but I've never made tea before so I also have to figure out how to make a pitcher of tea. Hey, if I can make Oysters Rockefeller surely I can make tea - right?!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Yesterday Hershey kisses, today homemade veggie/barley soup - could this be a result of committing to food journal for the next seven days?! It does make one feel rather virtuous writing down vegetables instead of sweets.
I'm trying to make myself face facts today. Namely, that I have no one to blame but myself for the condition I've let myself get into. When I read what some of us on SP deal with on a daily basis I realize I am truly blessed. While I do have health problems, the main reason they keep me from exercising is me using them as an excuse. Same thing with food - how many times have I bought myself something that wasn't good for me just because I felt I "deserved" a treat since I wasn't feeling good?! Does my back hurt? Yes. Will it feel any better if I lie around or sit on my butt all day? NO!! Think I'll get off the computer and take a walk.
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