Getting Down to Business

Well folks, less than a week til the big day for me.  I will be sleeved on April 30, which at one point seemed like an eternity away, and here we are, 6 days out.  I’ve been on my pre-surgery diet for over a week now, and let me tell you, it’s not the most fun thing I’ve ever done.  Here is a typical day of when/what I eat on the pre-surgery diet.

7-730am: 8 oz glass of milk before leaving for work

830-9am: Banana while at work

11-12pm: Lunch is sometimes kinda iffy, because I have to take clients to lunch sometimes.  On occasion I will just get veggies while we are out, but sometimes I just don’t eat with them and wait until I get back to work.  Today was an eating out day, so I’ll use that as an example.  1 cup beef broth and 1 cup steamed veggies

1-3pm: Atkins Advantage shake and/or an orange.  

5-6pm: 12 oz milk and remaining veggies for the day.  If it was a lunch-out day, that usually means about a cup of steamed veggies.  If it wasn’t a lunch-out day, then it’s 1 3/4 cup steamed veggies.

8-9pm: Atkins Advantage Shake and sometimes a sugar free popsicle

For a grand total of approximately 800 calories and 60 grams of protein.

I’ve gotten past the hunger aspect of the diet, for the most part.  If I get really hungry, I drink water (oh yeah, I’m drinking at least 80 oz, usually 100 oz a day), and if that doesn’t help, then I’ll have some broth or sugar free jello, which helps for a bit.  The worst part it seems is the havoc the diet is having on my belly and bowels.  NOT FUN.  Let’s just say that when you have to go, you have to go NOW.  That, to me, is probably the worst part… the fear of being far from a bathroom!

I have an appointment with my surgeon on Friday afternoon, and I’m looking forward to seeing how much weight I have dropped on the pre-surgery diet.  Then I’ll have the weekend, then one day of work, which will be my liquid diet day, then it’s surgery time!  I’ve never had surgery, so any nerves I have are really just related to the unknown, as far as anesthesia, recovery, pain, etc.  I’m not nervous to actually be sleeved.  I’m ready and excited for the process.  Seeing Eddie go through it has been super helpful to see the process (he is down over 90 pounds now and was sleeved on 2/5/13!).  

This will probably be the last post until post-surgery, so I’ll see you on the flip side!

Three weeks to go!

Three weeks from today, I will be sleeved and in my hospital room.  It’s been awesome to see the progress Eddie has made-80 pounds down in the two months since his surgery!  But, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous!  I start my pre-surgery diet one week from today, which may be what I’m most nervous for!  I know that after surgery I won’t physically be able to eat much, but prior to surgery, the idea of having just 700-800 calories a day is daunting. Obviously it can be done, and I will do it, but I imagine there will be much crankiness. And probably some frustrated tears. 

 

Of course there are also some nerves about surgery, simply because I’ve never had surgery at all, so the unknown is somewhat scary, but it will all be worth it in the end!  Seeing Eddie’s progress has been reassuring that it will pay off, but until then I will deal with the butterflies!