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Pre-op diet

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Continuing my WLS blog series...

Like I said yesterday, I had to lose some weight before I'd even be given a surgery date. I was very motivated to stick to a diet to get this surgery, otherwise I'm not sure I could have maintained it.

In mid-August I started eating like a WLS patient. Well, portions were larger than they are now, but I was trying, and still leaning. Most of my days were like this:

- 1 protein shake a day, trying as many as I could find
- Limiting carbs
- High protein meals
- Lots of veggies
- Aimed for 3 qt. of water
- Practice small bites, and chewing thoroughly

I started making recipes I found on line, many in muffin tins for easy portion control. (I'll post some recipes soon.)

Then I got my date! October 20, 2015! Woo-hoo!

Of course that meant starting my re-op diet 2 weeks before that. (I know some people who only had to do 1 week on their plans. Not jealous, much! LOL!)

The purpose of the pre-op diet is to shrink the liver. The liver is in front of the stomach, and needs to be moved out of the way during surgery. And when the operation is laparoscopic, there isn't a lot of wiggle room. Since the liver is easily damaged, I was motivated to cooperate. Plus I knew it really would be only 2 weeks.

And it was a difficult two weeks!

- 1 meal with 4 ounces of lean protein, 3 servings of non-starchy vegetables and 2 servings of fat
- 2 protein shakes
- 1 protein bar
- 1 protein snack
- 64 oz. water

Previously I'd known head hunger, but rarely felt real physical hunger. Oh boy, did I experience hunger. Daily. But it was so worth it. I lost 8 pounds in that two weeks!

I managed to lose 25 pounds before surgery!

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Yes, I went to a gym with a friend before work.

Thanks, I will talk about my post-op hunger for sure.

I can still eat veggies, but not lots of anything all at once.
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