Ok, sorry for the Squirts part of the title but I could not resist. For any of you that have had the Sleeve surgery, you will totally understand what I mean - it is truly liquid in- liquid out at this point. I am now able to have full liquids which includes all soups and protein shakes but within 15 min of drinking any of those, it is time for a dash to the bathroom. I swear, I have no clue how my body has a chance to absorb any protein with how quickly it goes through me. Thank goodness for my Isopure protein drinks - they cost $4 a bottle but they are the only thing right now that my new smaller tummy likes. I use the Grape Frost flavor and mix it with Ocean Spray Diet Cran-Grape juice. The Isopure by itself has a funny after taste to me but when mixed, I don't notice it. One bottle of Isopure has 40 grams of protein so it is a great help on trying to hit my 60 grams target. I am not sure if I am hitting that target this early in but my Dr told me that it is really hard to during this early liquid only stage.
Now for the good! I am down 20 lbs since surgery (28 prior to pre-op). I know I am not supposed to weigh myself each day but it is really hard not to. I really need to hide the scale away and only bring it out once a week so I don't get frustrated when I have a day where it does not go down. Overall my pain level is next to nothing now. I am not having to take any pain meds. My stamina is not fully back yet but I am focused on increasing my activity level a little each day. I am going on a cruise the end of May so I even ordered a new swimsuit in a smaller size as my incentive to keep my eye on the prize and make the most of this tool. My Dr said I could start trying puree food this weekend which I am SOOOO ready for.
Now for the Bad.... Food Porn - yes I admit I have indulged in it. For those of you that wonder what the heck I am talking about, I call Food Porn the act of chewing food you can't have and then spitting it out. A couple of days ago I fixed a home made version of Shake-n-Bake Pork Chops and I could not resist. I chewed several pieces and enjoyed the act of just chewing something and savored the wonderful tastes, then spit it out. I of course, did this when no one else was around except for my fluffy side kick, Ginger, who luckily can only bark, not narc. I have been good since then, but I swear I never realized how many freaking Food commercials there are on TV - when you can't have something I guess that is when you notice it more.
I have watched more Game Show Network and put together more puzzles in the last 2 weeks than I have in the last 10 years! I normally am working long hours, traveling frequently, and rushing to my kids events to hardly have a chance to sit down until late at night. I have been a fish out of water during this recovery. I will admit it has been nice to ignore my work laptop and not feel guilty.
I have taken 3 weeks off work so I will go back to my hectic office job next Wednesday. I probably could have gone back a little sooner but with my frequent dashing to the bathroom, I am glad that I am not there. I will be on full puree foods when I return to work so hopefully this whole squirt mess will be calmed down. I know TMI but what the heck, this is the one place I can be totally honest since we are all on this same crazy journey!
That's all for now folks - blog with you again soon! : - )