Daily Archives: September 1, 2013

Post-Op Week 8 Progress Report and Raising the Bar


This week’s loss was smaller than last week’s, but a loss is a loss no matter how small.  I’m pleased with my result, given that Ma Nature was in town this past week, my calorie intake increased slightly (based on my doctor’s recommendation that I do so), and I was sore from all the walking I did all week long.  I figure somewhere in there, I was retaining a little fluid.  I also figured out this past week that my sleeve’s capacity is a tiny bit over 3 ounces now.  This is both good and bad, as I explained in a previous post, but I am still trying to undereat my capacity so that I don’t fall back into the habit I used to have of eating until I was uncomfortably full.  I am grateful that I read about this strategy on the OH VSG boards, and it is one of the things I have learned from the vets there that has served me well.  The undereating my capacity strategy has worked pretty well for me so far, so it is a tool I’ll continue to use.  I am also going to try and increase my fluid intake to more than 12 cups of water daily.  I’d like to aim for a straight up gallon every day, but this is going to be tough.  I’ll give it a shot though.

This week, I decided to raise the bar by lowering my goal.  Let me explain.

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Things I Wish My Doctor Had Prepared Me For, Part 2

I am now nearly two months out from my surgery, and learning new things daily about my sleeve and its capacity as a powerful tool for weight loss.  As each day passes, I’m finding there is still so much that I wish I’d been prepared for.  Again, this is not to fault my doctor–he is still fabulous!  There really is no possible way he could have prepared me for everything I have encountered since I’ve been home and out of his care.

But there are still some things I wish I’d been better prepared for.

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Saturday’s Daily Bites and Food Plan for the Week


Today’s food choices, from upper right: Trader Joe’s crab stuffed flounder filet (I ate half); DaBecca maple honey ham and Sargento reduced fat cheese stick; Isopure Zero Carb; multivitamin and calcium supplements x2; Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs with a tablespoon of Rufus Teague touch of heat barbecue sauce.

I took a trip to our local butcher shop today and picked up a couple of things for this week.  Food in my house this week will include:

  • shopmade Italian sausage links, peppers and onions in marinara
  • Green chile chicken “casserole” made with breast meat, green chile sauce, black beans and sharp cheddar cheese.
  • Green beans
  • Trader Joe’s crab stuffed flounder filets:  holy shit, these are THE BOMB DIGGITY, y’all!  35 grams of protein for the whole thing and I get two meals out of it.  All for $2.99!
  • Seasoned ground sirloin for hubby as he moves to soft foods this week.
  • Barbecue chicken drumsticks:  I have determined that I can eat the meat off of one drumstick.  I will, of course, weigh the meat once I’ve got it off the bone.
  • Trader Joe’s mahi mahi burger patties:  I bought some a while back and have been wanting to try them.  I hope they’re good.
  • Scrambled eggs with ham for breakfast.
  • Possibly some cumin and paprika roasted baby carrots.  I bought some baby carrots last week because I thought I could eat them as a snack, but after my trial run with walnuts, I’ve decided eating raw veggies is probably not a wise choice just yet.  I can roast the carrots though, and they’ll be soft enough for me to eat.

Just trying to add some variety in my eating to avoid food boredom.