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Two months!

delilas

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Woohoo! I've made it through two months. It's both gone by in a flash and seemed to have taken forever, at the same time.
 
I've lost 49 pounds since the day I walked into the first pre-op class, and 32 pounds since surgery. :D I have lost over 5 points off my BMI since surgery (over 8 points from my highest weight!). 
 
I feel like I have settled into a decent routine and Im hitting water and protein nearly without exception. I'm still pretty reliant on protein shakes to meet protein goals, but I expect that will continue until I can get more than 2 ounces of solid protein in. 
 
I'm currently eating lots of greek yogurt (dannon's "zero artificial sweeteners" brand is my jam), chicken, shrimp, babybel, and lots of leftovers. My dinners have been focusing on things I can easily make for both me and DH - something I can serve over rice or pasta for him, but is still fine for me without it - and I can generally split my "portion" into something I can eat several times. I've made gumbo or other creole dishes at least once a week, as they're cheap and easy to make a large amount, and I just portion out a bit each day to take to work with me. Snackwise, I love a small spoonful of peanut butter or 1/4 of a protein bar if I need something later in the evening. Or threading a piece of deli pepperoni, a chunk of cheese, and a black olive on a toothpick. 
 
I average between 65-70 grams of protein daily, 60-70 ounces of water, and about 600-700 calories. Some days more, some days less. The nutritionist today told me to try to up my calories, but honestly, I'm full all day long, and I can't get more than 2 oz of protein in at a time. I think I'll add a bit more fat in to up calories a bit for now and see how it goes. 
 
I'm walking most days and hitting the gym a couple times a week. I finally got cleared today to do weight lifting, which I enjoy far more than cardio, and I'm already looking forward to setting up a plan and getting in the gym. It was suddenly beautiful Sunday (50 degrees and sunny!), so I went out to a very muddy trail and happily traipsed through the woods. I can't wait for the weather to clear for more hiking! I have a list of 20 preserves/parks that I want to hit this spring.
 
I am having hip pain on both sides after walking. Whether its a block or two miles, the pain is about the same and not something I felt until the last 15 pounds or so. I'm subbing collagen powder for whey a couple times a week to see if that helps. On the upside, my knees feel much better.
 
I don't have to go back to see the surgeon's clinic again for four months, which is nice. They'll do my first real post-op labs then to check how my vitamin program is doing. I will admit to sucking at remembering my vitamins some days, but its getting better. Theyre taking me off my PPI today since I've had no reflux symptoms at all (thank goodness).
 
I interviewed for two different jobs yesterday. Neither is my ideal, but either is better than where I am. One would be 4 ten hour shifts a week, which would be great to give me a little extra time to hike and record audiobooks this spring. Although it is largely assisting with colonoscopies so....thats a lot of butts :D 
 
Speaking of butts, if no one has told you today, you have a nice one ;) 


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Sounds like you are doing great!  

I laughed at your last line....you have not seen MY butt, so before you speak, you may want to hold back a few compliments for now! hahaha!

I assisted w/ sigmoidoscopies for a while before and it was fine...a little more awkward bc the pts were wide awake!  (and were embarrassed, i on the other hand, as a true nurse, just did my job....I didn't care what they looked like and I just did my job).  Doing colonoscopies would be nicer bc they aren't aware of it at all!!! :)

It sounds like you're doing excellent...I had trouble at first doing my vitamins...but now I do the multivit w/ bfast and dinner and the CA in between....so I am getting better at it!

 

 

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1 hour ago, CheeringCJ said:

Sounds like you are doing great!  

I laughed at your last line....you have not seen MY butt, so before you speak, you may want to hold back a few compliments for now! hahaha!

I assisted w/ sigmoidoscopies for a while before and it was fine...a little more awkward bc the pts were wide awake!  (and were embarrassed, i on the other hand, as a true nurse, just did my job....I didn't care what they looked like and I just did my job).  Doing colonoscopies would be nicer bc they aren't aware of it at all!!! :)

It sounds like you're doing excellent...I had trouble at first doing my vitamins...but now I do the multivit w/ bfast and dinner and the CA in between....so I am getting better at it!

 

 

Hahaha yes! They do EGDs as well, so at least its not all butts. I want to be in the OR but figure procedural is at least a step in the right direction - and a way to get away from this damn desk job. And your butt is fabulous, I dont care what you say! :P

I keep forgetting to take my vitamins to work with me off and on, and thats where I tend to flub. I cant fit them all in after work, so I end up taking half on those days, but I 'prepped' them with my meals this week and it seems to be working better. 

1 hour ago, Gretta said:

Great update! Sorry about the hip pain. I hope it goes away soon. Great job taking action on the job front. Congrats on great losses!

Thanks :D I dont know what the hip pain is about, but its not gonna stop me. Doc warned me losses are slower after the first two months, so thats a bit of a bummer, but Ill take whatever I can get!

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