The Journey Begins: Hopeful but uncertain of change

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I am having a vertical sleeve gastectromy in 2 days and my lifestyle will change. My love of food, baking, and restaurants will need to be adjusted. I will find a new creative outlet since reading cookbooks and collecting recipes will not help me. My husband and I dine at nice restaurants for entertainment. We will need to find something new to do instead, but what? I am very limited activity wise because of severe osteoarthritis in both knees, wrists, and neck. I hope the weight loss will make movement easier for me. I know that I will figure it out as I go along one day at a time.
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    1807 days ago
    The Gastric Sleevers is a great support group. Come post on our wall and say Hi to everyone. Good luck with the surgery. Sipping will be hard at first, but do your best. If the water doesn't feel good, ask for warm tea. It often goes down easier. Hope to talk to you in the forum. emoticon
    1815 days ago
    I would add that my husband and me love to go out to eat and cook together. Cooking is fun because we are testing new recipes that fit my lifestyle and satisfy his tastes as well. When we go out to eat I make a large veggie salad the centerpiece of my meal. Then I either order a cup of broth-based soup or choose an entree that I will wrap up and enjoy for 3-4 meals! The psychologist at my support group used the framework of viewing the restaurant as a fancy grocery store where you are picking out something that you'll enjoy serving at home.

    I will acknowledge that this strategy had limited success immediately after surgery. Even then, we still went out, found a table in an interesting location and I either focused on sipping my water to get in my fluids, or I ordered something to which I could add my protein powder - for example cottage cheese Orr tomato juice with unflavored protein powder added.
    1815 days ago
  • ADZY86
    Good luck with your surgery. Be hopefuly AND certain of change! You can do it.
    1815 days ago
    Wishing you well on your surgery.
    1816 days ago
  • HINK2013
    Good Luck with Surgery.... hope all goes well!! emoticon
    1816 days ago
    SP is a great new hobby! And maybe you and hubby can take walks together instead?
    1816 days ago
    Best of luck. Glad you are part of Sparkspeople. Here you will find great support.

    1816 days ago
  • POSEY440
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    1816 days ago
    Great for you to join SP. The 100+ in a year is an awsome support team where you can come and be real while keeping your focus on the tasks of loosing the weight. Wishing you the best on your surgery.
    1816 days ago
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