It's my seven weekaversary today! I'm hanging on at minus 22 pounds since surgery, plus the 19 pre-surgery, which seems pretty slow compared to others I read about, but I'm actually feeling pretty happy with my progress and wish I didn't know that other people lost faster. I wore a skirt today that was very tight around my waist and hips two weeks ago. One week ago, it fit noticeably better. Today, it fit comfortably. I know the numbers will go down, but seeing actual REAL changes makes me feel good about my progress.
Eating status: routine is going well. I have crustless mini-quiche or some other kind of eggs for breakfast. I have a protein shake in the late morning. I eat cottage cheese or yogurt or something like that for lunch. I have a Thai curry tofu or veggie burgers or some other kind of fake meat for dinner, plus a little veggies if I have room. After dinner I have some fancy cheese and fruit for a snack. It comes out around 600-800 calories per day (usually closer to 600 with a few high days), with around 80g of protein. I'm never hungry and most kinds of food still don't taste good to me, with the exception of fruit (apples, melon, berries), veggies (sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach), and fancy cheese. I'm drinking loads of water now that I can take regular sized swallows instead of sips.
I had some Halo Top strawberry ice cream last week and it was delicious, but tried the lemon and it's pretty yucky to me. This might be OK, though, because the lactose and/or sugar alcohols gave my stomach some mighty big rumbles, and also the sugar alcohols triggered whatever it is that makes me feel hungry when I eat too many refined carbs or sugar. I don't know if this happens to anyone else (and I've never had actual blood sugar problems), but when I eat something sweet or really starchy (white pasta or white rice, for example), a short time later, I get this feeling in my stomach like I'm starving and I need to eat all the food to make it go away. This is why I really feel happier living a lowish carb existence, with mostly protein and vegetables. That way of eating actually makes me crave food less and think about food less. Unfortunately, fake sugar seems to have the same effect as real sugar, so artificially sweetened foods trigger this reaction as well. Apparently Halo Top is just enough of this to do that. I've been "hungry" two times since my surgery: once when I had some sugar free pudding, and this time with the Halo Top. I think this is just the evidence I need to NOT consume fake sugar - I usually try to avoid it, but I think this time my commitment will be serious. I hate that gnawing, desperate feeling.
If you haven't read much about sugar and its effects on the body, Gary Taubes has some interesting books on the subject. I pretty much gave up sugar after reading them (though of course that wasn't enough to make me thin, or I wouldn't be blogging about WLS). Some persuasive writing.
I don't think I put it on this blog, but I found some research pointing to RNY as a trigger for the body to physically taste things differently. In women who had undergone RNY, but not those who had undergone VSG, researchers found that the patients had changed in their perception of sweet. Increasing the amount of sweetness made food decrease in its palatability to RNY patients. Sweeter = yuckier for RNY patients. Interesting.
Confession: If I'm being really honest with myself, I know that I should be exercising more. I have been going for hour long walks maybe 3 or 4 times a week, but there is no excuse for not doing more than that. I am job hunting, so I have a lot of TIME. I can't join a gym because I don't have a fixed address at the moment (since the trip, my husband and I have bounced back and forth between our moms' houses, and are planning to do some month-long Airbnbs coming up soon until we figure out what's going to happen to our careers), but really I could do more. I'm feeling a bit depressed about the job hunt, so that's making me feel less like going for a walk, although I know that actually improves my mood. Funny that being depressed makes you do things that make you more depressed (act like a slug, eat lots of unhealthy things, avoid socializing, etc). Hey, at least I'm aware. New goal: walk every day, whether I feel like it or not.