Okay, okay Ronnie! I'll get off my lazy blogging ass and write a freakin' update. (Thanks for making me feel loved Ronnie). Warning: There is a total overshare in the last paragraph so you might oughtta skip it....don't say I didn't warn you.
So, how am I? And what is it like having VSG?
It's been 8 weeks since surgery. I've lost 17 pounds. That puts me at 163. I still want to lose 20 more pounds.
Some of you have urged me to count what I lost on my "pre-op diet." Uhhh, well, that was supposed to entail 2 weeks of protein shakes for breakfast & lunch and one lean protein & veggie for dinner. So let me confess right now that I only lost 3 pounds on my pre-op diet because I just didn't follow through with it. I tried, but keeping up with two little kids (and breastfeeding!) on that little was a NO GO.
Here's what I ate yesterday:
Breakfast: 1 scrambled egg, 5 grapes
Lunch: 2oz tuna fish, mixed with 1T of light mayo. one slice of whole wheat bread.
Snack: half a protein bar (Clif's builder bar)
Dinner: 2/3 of a grilled chicken breast & sauteed broccoli (1/2C)
Snack: chobani greek yogurt. Have you tried the lemon flavor? Mmm.
Total: 919 calories
I'm kind of concerned about not getting in as many veggies as the food pyramid calls for but......oh well, I guess that's what vitamins are for.
Today so far:
Breakfast: coffee with 1T half n half, 1 scrambled egg sprinkled with cheese
Lunch: hubby took me to a breakfast place and I had grit cakes with chorizo gravy. It was so good. I ate about 1/4 of my plate.
Before surgery, these amounts of foods would have NEVER satisfied me. But now I feel fine. I eat a meal and don't get hungry until the next meal. That's pretty amazing for me.
I wish I was losing weight faster, but I'm not, so I'm trying to accept that.
Despite the slight disappointment regarding the slowness of losing this weight, I'm SUPER happy with how I feel after surgery. I'm not starving. I'm not thinking about food 24/7. I no longer feel like I'm "white-knuckling it."
From reading other VSG blogs, I've noticed that some people can't enjoy spicy foods, ice cream, or junk food after surgery. Let me tell you though---for better or worse, I CAN. I can eat ANYTHING without suffering ill effects. I can eat ice cream. I can eat chips, candy, whatever. I have to avoid these foods because they DO NOT MAKE ME FEEL FULL. At all. If I wanted to eat that junk, I totally could. All day long. Protein fills me up quickly and will "stick," so I have to do my part and eat that first. Once I do that, I can't get much else in.
So it's up to me.
My gym routine: I've been doing spin classes, the elliptical machine, and strength training classes. I go at least 4 days a week for an hour. Monday I did a kickboxing class and had fun. :)
And! That morning it was so hard to make it to that kickboxing class. The Fat Gods were totally conspiring against me. They got my youngest son to smear oatmeal in his hair during breakfast. Then, of course, the Fat Gods hid my 3 year old's shoes! So we had to do conduct a full-scale archeological dig to find them. Despite these hurdles, we got to the gym with a few minutes to spare, but then I went to the bathroom and discovered my TOM had come a few days earlier than expected. The tampon machine was empty. For about 5 seconds, I considered leaving the gym all together, but, well ladies, I did what I had to do. I wadded up some toilet paper, stuffed it in my pants, and said a prayer. (Oh please God, don't let this fall out my pant leg like that time on the bus in 9th grade).