Monday, May 7, 2012

Protein shakes and Disney World

I am on Day 6 of my pre-op diet, which consists of two protein shakes a day and two cups of any kind of soup I want, plus any cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, sugar free pudding and sugar free popsicles I care to eat.

I've lost 13 pounds since last Monday.

I've also discovered that I hate protein shakes. 

Okay, that's not fair.  I don't hate them.  I'm grossed out by them.  I've tried them a few different ways: Plain vanilla and almond milk with a packet of Splenda, chocolate with skim milk and cocoa powder and frozen strawberries mixed in, orange cream.  And they've all grossed me out.  I thought it was a texture issue - especially with the orange, which was very, very foamy.  So I tried the Nectar pink grapefruit with water, thinking that it would alleviate that issue.  But no.  Didn't help (actually grossed me out even more - is it supposed to be chunky?).  So while I was good for the first two days and drank my two shakes a day, I haven't done so since.  I'm mostly subsisting on soup, cottage cheese and pudding, plus 100 oz. of water a day.

Which was awesome last week when I was at a "trust retreat" with my co-workers for four nights. *insert eyeroll here*

And did I mention that I don't like cottage cheese?

On a positive note, the trip to Disney World was not nearly as bad as I'd anticipated.  There was not a single ride that I wanted to ride that I couldn't.  Space Mountain, Rock 'n' Rollercoaster, Dinosaur, Expedition Everest, Mission: SPACE, Soarin' and lots more, I did them all.  I was massively exhausted and caught a horrible headcold, but my anxiety about being a fatass was all for nothing.

I have my appointment for all of my pre-op bloodwork and x-rays on Wednesday, and then surgery is a week after that.  I'm ready!


  1. Disney is pretty "Fat Friendly"... although at my biggest, I was also extremely nervous about trying a ride that i haven't ridden before. I was much heavier than you though... still am, unfortunately, but I am getting there. One day at a time. As for Protein shakes, everyone has their own taste.... but I hated most of them. I do like the premade ones better than the ones you make yourself, no lumps and bumps... I buy EAS Carb control Advantage Rich Dark Chocolate from Walmart, they are 110 calories, 17 grams of protein, 6 grams of carbs, 3 grams of which are dietary fiber... It is like $4.75 for a 4 pack but since they are grab and go, extremely convenient. I aslo like Atkins Advantage Mocha Latte which replaced my starbucks obsession... they are 160 calories, 15 grams protein, 5 grams carbs, 2 of which are dietary fiber... and they are a treat to me, which is great! There is a protein shake out there for you, just keep trying til you find it. Once you are banded and get some restriction, mornings can be tight, bandwise... and I am not hungry either... so a protein shake is the perfect thing... a boost of protein and jumpstart my metabolism.

    1. I think the smell of the whey protein is really what bothers me. It's pretty stinky. Thanks for the suggestions of others - I'll be on the lookout for them.