Monthly Archives: July 2013

Post Op Week 2 Progress Report

Tomorrow marks two weeks since surgery, and so far things have been humming along nicely.  I have not had any difficulty getting in my minimum of 64 ounces of fluids each day, I haven’t had any trouble hitting my 60 grams of protein goal each day, and I haven’t been plagued with the constipation that affects a lot of sleeve patients.  I really only had trouble with those things the first week out, so I am grateful that my recovery has been a pretty smooth ride so far.

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Product Review: Syntrax Matrix 5.0 Mint Cookie

I am not one who likes sameness in the things I eat.  What I mean by that is that I get really, really tired of eating the same thing over and over again.  My husband and I differ drastically here–he could eat the exact same thing every day and never tire of it.  I, on the other hand, crave variety and difference in what I eat.

So in preparation for 3 weeks of a full liquid diet, I had only chosen 2 sources of protein that I liked and could tolerate–Isopure Zero Carb and Unjury Chocolate Splendor.  I was afraid that I would tire quickly of these so I needed to hunt down another source of protein that would taste good and that met my nutritional requirements:  at least 20 grams of protein, fewer than 10 grams carbs with no more than 5 of those being from sugars, and have less than 200 calories.  I’d heard good things about Syntrax Matrix Mint Cookie (“it tastes like Thin Mints” was a common thing I’d heard) and decided to give it a try.

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Getting Antsy

I am nearly two weeks out from surgery and I’m starting to get antsy.

Daily, I fight the urge to step on the scale to see if it will move in the downward direction.  Before surgery, I promised myself I’d only weigh every Sunday.  I’ve already broken that promise to myself but I need to renew it.  There is simply too much fluctuation in your weight on a day to day basis to weigh and not drive yourself mad when the scale doesn’t look as you want it to.  But I know the scale has to be moving downward because when I look at my My Fitness Pal journal, I’m taking in just shy of 400 calories daily and expending way more than that.  And yes, I’m really trying to get in at least 600 right now, but when you are simply NOT hungry, it is hard to force yourself to drink ONE MORE PROTEIN DRINK, especially if you’ve hit your protein goal for the day.  Once I move to mushy foods, I’m setting my calorie goal slightly higher to account for the fact that I’ll be getting my calories and protein from food and not primarily protein drinks.

The Dermabond on my incisions is starting to peel off a little bit.  I need to call my doctor’s office tomorrow to see if this is normal.  I haven’t scratched at them or anything, but I noticed today after I got out of the shower that the Dermabond on a couple of the incisions is peeling up a little bit and I want to make sure this is supposed to happen, because some of the incisions are not quite fully closed up.  They’re itchy though, so this is good.  I just want the damn things to heal so I can go about the real business of exercising to accelerate this weight loss process a little bit.  That, and I want to build a routine before school starts so that it will already be in place.

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Measurements Matter

A month ago, I began pre-op dieting so that I could lose as much weight as possible prior to surgery.  At that time, I took measurements of my biceps, forearms, neck, chest, bust, waist, hip, thighs and calves so that I could see how much I would shrink over time.

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Don’t Apologize



A friend of mine texted me this morning from a local Mexican grocery store to tell me about the live fish found there and how fun it was to shop there.  He was buying supplies for a salsa making session and we texted back and forth about how he was going to make enchiladas with a salsa verde he’d planned on making and I said, “Someday I will get to eat enchiladas again!” to which he replied, “Sorry, girlie.”

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The Little Things, Monday edition

One week out, and I feel pretty good.  I’m still taking things easy though because I want to make sure everything heals up nicely both outside and in.  Continue reading

Post-Op Week 1 Progress Report

I decided to go ahead and continue posting progress reports on Sunday even though my surgery took place on a Monday.  Sundays just work better for me.

So, last week was surgery.  You’ve had the privilege of reading all about that already so I won’t rehash what happened.  The week that followed was spent resting, sipping, walking and recovering from the trauma of surgery.  I have to say my body has handled it fairly well so far, which has made the recovery process a lot easier than I imagined.  I am still quite sore, quite puffy and edematous and now my incisions are starting to itch.  I take this as a good sign, especially since they are all pink, not oozing and are not overly warm to the touch.

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First Bump in the Road: Ugly Belly

Well I am nearly one week out from surgery, and I have to say that my recovery has been a fairly smooth one so far.  I haven’t had any nausea, any vomiting or any gas pain in my shoulders or chest like my doctor indicated there might be.  I’ve been able to get in all my fluids (and then some) and protein each day, and have been walking a little bit more each time I get up and pace our condo.

Last night was the first night I slept without the abdominal binder that the nurses sent me home with when I left the hospital Tuesday.

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Just Keepin’ It Real, Folks

I have never been so excited about a trip to the bathroom as I was this morning.  When you’re on a full liquid diet, you don’t expect your output to include solids.

That is all.

Observations from a New Sleeve Patient

I’ve been home from the hospital since Tuesday afternoon, and have made a few observations about post-sleeve life that I thought were worth sharing.  These might be especially helpful if you or someone you know is thinking about bariatric surgery.

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