Thursday, May 24, 2012

Post-Op Week 1 TTT!

Ten Things Thursday:

1.  Ever since starting on mushies on Monday, I've been in Bandster Hell.  I wasn't hungry at all from 5/2 until 5/21.  Now I feel like I could eat my own fist(s).

2.  My first fill is on 6/8.  I can't wait.  Can't wait, I say!!  Another date I can't wait for:  6/16, when I can swim in my pool.

3.  In my last post, I mentioned that I've been having what I could only describe as indigestion.  I asked the nurse about it at my appointment on Monday, and she told me I was having "spasms," which would eventually stop.  It didn't hurt, it was just...  weird.  Like someone was squeezing my esophagus for a split second.  It seemed to happen more often when I drank anything.  Then yesterday was my first day back at work, and at about 4:30, I started getting some intense pains in my left flank.  Almost like quickly repeating charlie horse cramps in my side.  I was in tears by the time I got home.  So I took some pain meds and some Gas-X and iced it for a while and it went away.  Now I'm not having the indigestion sensation anymore.  What the hell?

4.  My nutritionist told me that I needed to get at least 70g of protein a day after surgery.  Today is the first day I've been able to do that.  Yay!

5.  I only have 4 incisions.  Don't most of you have 5?

6.  I haven't been cleared for exercise yet, and won't be until 6/8.  But I'm starting bootcamp on 6/1.  Not quite sure how this is going to work...

7.  I'm slowly getting back to where I was pre-surgery, water-drinking wise.  It's harder now that I'm not just chugging it down.

8.  I love eggs.  The whole time I was on my pre-op diet, I just wanted an egg with a runny yolk.  The first thing I bought after being cleared for mushies was an 18-count carton of Eggland's Best.  I've never been so excited about sunny side up eggs.  Or more interested in research on dietary cholesterol.

9.  Because I also love shrimp.

10.  Like Lap Band Gal, who in her losing phase made the decision to only track protein and calories, I am doing the same.  I find it really overwhelming to try to track everything else - carbs and fat (saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated!) and cholesterol and sodium and all of that stuff - tracking all of those things makes me feel like I'm on a really intricate and puzzling diet and that there's only one combination of foods that will keep me within all of my daily requirements (and that combination is impossible to find).  But I track via My Fitness Pal, because I find it a lot easier to plan my day using that tool (and I have a Fitbit that I'm eventually going to use with it, once the wife gives it up).  I haven't found a way to have MFP only show me calories and protein.  So I end up noticing that I'm (for example) eating too much sodium or not getting enough potassium.  And then my OCD tendencies want to take over and I want to correct that.  But then that throws off my protein/carb balance.  It's kind of making me crazy.

1 comment:

  1. Yay for protein! I think that is one of the biggest keys to success. I had the spasms too! I forgot about that. They went away after the first week I think. I asked the nurse about them and she said it was fine as well. When you get on Myfitnesspal add me as a friend dsanborn33.