This whole weight loss journey is one big puzzle. Just when I think I have almost solved the puzzle someone shakes the table and the pieces go flying. Back to square one.
I was losing weight post op, fairly quickly too. Sunday I hit the 10 pounds down mark and was so excited! All my hard work was paying off. Then this week someone shook the table and I am up 3 pounds. What? Huh?? I eat next to nothing, walk at least once (usually twice) a day, drink all my required fluids, eat my 60 grams of protein. WTF?
Could it be water weight? It COULD but that really isn't consoling. It hasn't budged and should have by now.
I'm just so frustrated and tired of it being such a battle. A plateau is one thing but gaining just chips away at your confidence and makes you question everything.
So I emailed my nutrtionist today and she agreed with what I thought the problem was. I am not eating ENOUGH. My day typcally ends in a total of 600-800 calories and she says I should aim for 1200 with no less than 1000. Do you have any idea how hard it is to tell yourself that in order to lose weight you need to eat more? Hell, I thought that was what cause this weight problem in the first place. UGH.
With that in mind I have made a conscious effort to eat more calories today. How's it going? Well, I just ate dinner and I'm still only at 789 calories. I don't usually have a snack before bed but it looks like I'll need to tonight and a pretty significant one.
Interested in what I ate today? (I like to tell myself you are ;) B: Fage 0% (no fat greek yogurt) mixed with no sugar added crushed pineapple and splenda S: 1 Cup skim milk with sugar free chocolate syrup and 2 TBSP red. fat peanut butter L: 3 medium egg whites scrambled with skim milk, laughing cow light cheese and a veggie/soy faux sausage patty S: 1 Cup No fat pudding D: 1 Cup Progresso Light Beef Pot Roast soup
That's a LOT of food for me! I am still supposed to be on soft foods so it's hard to find things that fit that description. I think I'll try half a banana for snack (55 calories) and who knows what else....applesauce?? Still not enough calories. ARGH.
Well, that's my little rant for today. I didn't expect this to be easy but maybe not quite as challenging as this.
2 weeks post op today and feeling great! I can still feel my port and that area still gets sore from time to time but less often than before. Today I move on to soft foods. I do admit that over the past few days I've already started a few soft foods and it's gone well. As of today I am down 10 pounds since surgery and 55 pounds in all. I am walking at least once a day but usually twice. My incisions are healing well and a lot less itchy than before. I can't think of anything else to update you on, it's all going really, really well.
*************Warning: This post will contain rather unsavory information about one of the downfalls of the lap bad*******************
Today I had my first major "Stuck" episode and PB (productive burp). It hurt! I decided to give lunch meat a try as it's fairly soft and moist. I forgot one of THE most important rules of the lap band; chew, chew, chew and then chew some more. I don't know what I was thinking, clearly I wasn't. As soon as I swallowed I panicked and realized I hadn't chewed it enough. Then the pain came and I knew I was stuck and had blocked the hole the food passes through to my stomach. I immediately felt nauseous and ran to the bathroom. I'm not trying to be overly gaphic but I know when I was researching lap band I wanted to know what a PB was like. It's not a full on vomit, some people truly do just burp up whatever is stuck. I coughed and out it came. It hurt for a good 10 minutes after that but it was over. Phew. THe rest of today and early tomorrow I'll stick to liquids to be kind to my pouch, it's not very happy right now.