Sunday, January 3, 2010

Post Holidays

I love the holidays, because I get to share them with my family, but I am sooooo glad that the holiday season is finally over. I'm tired. The tree and all the other decorations have been taken down. Now, how do I get rid of all this snow?

Last Monday, I saw my PCP and got weighed for the first time since Dec. 1st. I have lost 89 pounds in 2009. 61 pounds were lost before surgery leaving 28 pounds lost since my surgery on Nov. 16th, 2009. It seems a bit slow for post surgery weight loss, but I am just happy that I am losing.

I have had a few problems eating, especially at my families Christmas party. My sister cooked a succulent prime rib dinner, and I could only borrow a little of it. It came back up after I consumed about an ounce of it. I seem to be having quite a bit of difficulty with beef, unless it is ground beef. I'm sorry Sis. It sure tasted good going down.

The other issue that has cropped up is that breakfast has become very difficult to get down. I don't feel like I can swallow food well in the morning. My solution has been to have the only protein drink that I can stand: Click. Since it is a mocha coffee flavored protein drink, it is a good morning option and it can be served either hot or cold. If you are caffeine sensitive, please be aware that this product has espresso powder in it. I purchased mine from Amazon as I got a better deal than from the company website. Also, if you don't have a blender to mix it up with, then I highly recommend getting their shaker to mix it up, because stirring just doesn't work. I think that I will try their new Vanilla Latte flavor next.

Another product that has become a regular item in my daily life is Special K2O Protein Water Mix. Prior to surgery I was someone who drank 2 to 3 quarts of water per day. Now, water doesn't taste right to me, so I am flavoring it. This mix provides 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving with only 30 calories. I drink 2 per day mixed in 20 ounces of water. I try to get at least 2 more glasses of water per day with this.

My next appointment is for my 6 week follow up with both the surgeon and the nutritionist. It is on Jan. 12th. I will be sure to let you know how that goes. If anyone has any questions, please post them in the comments field and I will be glad to answer them. Thank you all for your wonderful support!


Mitchypoo said...

It's really wonderful how you are sharing your weightloss with us. I'm so happy for you and your success!

Karin aka perpstu said...

I'm so proud of how far you've come! You are an inspiration to everyone. Keep up the good work!

Lisa said...

I'm so glad you're doing so well after your surgery. I haven't been online as much lately, so I had lost track of what was happening with you. It all sounds wonderful!

Don't beat yourself up for the times you eat & can't keep it down. So much of this is trial-and-error with what foods you can and can't tolerate. You should be tolerating more types of food in a few months (learned this from my husband's gastric bypass.)

catspaw said...

Your courage - and stamina - impress me. I knew that eating would be a problem but didn't realize how much of a problem and am glad you have a nutritionist you can work with. It sounds like it would be very easy to get ill from bad nutrition and, no matter what, your body still needs fuel and it has a lot of adjusting to do. You'll get there. Wish I could help somehow!