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One Month In... can't believe it has been 4 weeks!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Wow, and I thought the liquid diet portion of this adventure was difficult. I now have a feeling each stage will have it's own challenges.

This week has been puree food, so I went CRAZY at the super market and bought $100 worth of puree friendly foods. I laugh at my self!! I even took a picture of the cart full of groceries, I was so thrilled!

I laugh so hard at this now... and I'm thankful for Jim and Ethan or about 9/10ths of those groceries would be tossed out by now!!

You see, what I wasn't thinking was that I am ONLY eating 2 oz of food a DAY!! LOL! And I had all sorts of food fantasies! Silly Me!! One of my silliest purchases were 3 packs (6 cups each) of Jello Sugar Free Jello- I was able to eat half of one. My body didn't like it!!

Every meal my body has handled differently. When I over eat-- and I mean eat ONE more forkful then my stomach can take and this will happen after a half of an ounce of food some times- well when I over eat I feel sick. The icky feeling lasts 2 hours sometimes. So I have to eat slowly and careful and stop as soon as I am full. This is tricky and I can see now that it will take me months to figure out!

So what do I eat? My first meal was 1 oz of black beans pureed with 2 tablespoons of salsa topped with a sprinkle of shredded cheese (I heat that up in microwave for 30 secs) and then top with one tablespoon of plain greek yogurt. This has been a favorite. I also pureed chicken with cream of chicken soup with a quarter cup of skim milk and top it on some pureed carrots. I only got the chicken in- too full for carrots. I just pureed chicken with hummus and that was delicious! I eat two 1-2 oz meals a day and have one protein shake. I snack on those Babybel cheeses-- I love those but can only eat 1-2/day. So I am moving along.

This is going to be a long process! I have been very frustrated with the weight loss, and have asked around here on Sparkpeople about my "stall" and with my Mom. I will email my dietitian to ask her too, if this is normal. It seems once I dropped 20 pounds that I just stopped losing for six days. I wasn't expecting a slow down of weight loss so soon. And I do feel my nightmare could come true - as unrealistic as that is. Apparently and "stall" at the 3 week mark is common- so I will wait it out-- really what the hell else will I do. LOL!

I have been exercising to the point where I am amazing myself.... I am walking 2 miles a day already and on Wednesday I am planning my first golf outing (9 holes) since the surgery and I didn't think I would play at all this summer. I feel I could be more active if my energy level would return. But really- I am doing very well in this area.

I am so happy I made this decision, stall and all!! It is like I get a "re-do" to un-establish old habits and retrain my brain how to eat the right way. I had no idea how out of control my portion distortion was!!
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  • HINK2013
    Keep up the good work you are doing great! It is funny how different everyone's weight loss journey's can be, but also the similarities. The "3 week stall" that seems so prevalent. I really did struggle with the weight loss the first few months, because my surgeon kept saying that this is when the weight loss was the quickest, (that wasn't really the case for me, mine has just been relatively slow) but honestly I have had pretty steady losses since 2 months after my surgery and I am very happy with that! I figure slow and steady will win the race!

    So keep at it, stay positive and drink those fluids!! :-)
    1745 days ago
    Good for you! I am at about 3-1/2 months out and I totally understand about your stall. I also stalled at about the time you have. I can tell you I was so frustrated! I kept thinking that if this was going to happen, why did I put myself through the surgery? I contacted my surgeon's office only to be told that it was normal - and to be sure I was drinking enough fluids (they remind me of this every time I call). I did not want to hear that- I actually wanted to hear that I had done something wrong and that they could fix it and I would start losing again! Well, after about 6 - 7 days, my weight started dropping again. I cannot tell you how happy I was at that time! emoticon

    So - the moral to the story is to stick with it, be patient and it will begin to drop again.

    Oh, and make sure you are drinking your fluids! emoticon
    1745 days ago
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