Week #1 Results
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Officially as of this morning I am 7.8 pounds down for the week. That's not entirely accurate but it's the number I'm using - here's why...
We chose Tuesday for our weigh in day because that's when my spouse's surgery was, one week ago today. My eating habits however did not officially change until Thursday of last week on the full liquids start of her diet. My theory is that no matter what day is chosen 7 days will be 7 days in the long run :)
So let's discuss what's been going on this past week. It's definitely been a week of recovery and breaking old habits. We plan and portion a lot now. Our refrigerator is stacked with tiny 1oz containers of food for convenience. And it is convenient! We've spent just a few minutes this week making enough food to fill the containers then when it's meal time we know the choices available. It literally takes less than 30 seconds in the microwave to heat anything up!
Let's walk through a typical day's intake:
16.9oz Water (I drink this before I eat anything!)
10oz Slim-Fast High Protein Shake 20g Protein per shake
1oz Cocoa Wheats
10oz Shake (same as above)
1oz Mashed Potatoes
1oz Cream of Chicken Soup
1oz Cottage Cheese
1oz Refried Beans
There's days I seriously feel all I do is put stuff in my mouth!! I'm constantly drinking either water or a shake.
This week's biggest challenges:
Taking 30 minutes to eat the tiny little meals. This is even hard for my spouse who's had the surgery. I KNOW I have taken larger than 2oz bites of food during my meal much less having 2oz BE the meal! I do well when I'm at work because I don't leave my desk for lunch. I eat while I work and the distraction makes the meal last 30 minutes without much effort. When I'm at home I do well to make it last 15 minutes.
The other challenge this week was energy. I'm on my Adipex so I'm awake - like awake far more than I sleep! But I was cleaning closets Sunday and had to take a lot of breaks and drink a lot of water because my body just felt physically drained. I'm sure my body is still freaking out over the small amount of food I'm eating then when I ask it to move around it's just not happy. The typical surgical patient is advised to do 30 minutes of walking daily and not lift more than 15 pounds for the first 4 weeks following surgery - I think that's good advice :)
Overall I think it was a great week 1! We have 3 more weeks of the full liquid diet!