10 Weeks Post Surgery (Happy Thanksgiving!)

I was my usual control freak self though and managed to do pretty well with the food – both making and eating it.

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So, Thanksgiving – a holiday all about food and here I am with limited eating ability!  I have admitted before that I was quite nervous about the whole thing, not least of which because I do the cooking.  I was my usual control freak self though and managed to do pretty well with the food – both making and eating it.  I tried creamed spinach for the first time (well, I have eaten it before but never made it) and it was delicious.  I can’t say I am surprised.  Spinach is tasty and the white sauce / parmesan cheese that went with it was delightfully full of yummy fat.  I de-stemmed the spinach, which I think really helped with the texture but was a pain in the proverbial butt.  I am considering making it again for Christmas but maybe going with frozen spinach instead.  On the other hand, that will probably not be quite as good . . . decisions are hard!

Anyway, people tend to gain weight this time of year and although I don’t really expect that to happen to me this early post-surgery, I decided to not get too worked up about some weight fluctuation right now.  I may not be eating a ton but I am eating more decadent foods than usual – I almost never have dessert.


Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Weight: 204.2 lbs

Food:

  • Greek omelette
  • Tofu burrito bowl with no rice
  • Tea
  • Fried rice
  • Teriyaki beef & mushroom
  • String cheese
  • Juice

I did not want my weight to keep going up but at least it is not a lot at this point.  I will just have to keep an eye on things that I eat – a difficult task on this particular week.

I may have had a few bites of various foods I was cooking this week as well as my listed meals although I don’t think any were too bad.  I forgot how delicious stuffing can be – especially when not mushy (either from being in the bird or being over-hydrated)!

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 28 mg Iron x 1

Blood Sugar: 108 (6 am)


Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 (Thanksgiving)

Weight: 204.6 lbsthanksgiving dinner

Food:

  • Milk
  • Juice
  • Banana
  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Creamed spinach
  • Bean salad
  • Sweet potatoes
  • White wine
  • Apple pie
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Whipped cream

thanksgiving dinnerSo, I ate almost everything at Thanksgiving dinner (I forgot the cranberry sauce and chose not to waste stomach space on a white roll even though it was super fluffy and I do love that sort of thing) but only a little of each dish so I do not think that I did too badly.  I did not feel over-full at all but I did feel satisfied and not deprived.  I had only a little sliver of each pie (and a tiny bit of the accompanying whipped cream / ice cream) but despite my sweet tooth, it wasn’t too hard to stop although if I had been alone, I might have been tempted to keep eating until I was overfull of pie, so it is a good thing that Thanksgiving is a togetherness holiday 🙂

I had alcohol for the first time since my surgery, I don’t think I was supposed to but I had less than half a glass of wine and not with dinner so I think it will be okay.  The reason, as I understand it, to avoid alcohol at this point is because dehydration is so likely with it being harder to drink large volumes of water so I just tried my best to be hydrated by non-alcoholic liquids as well today.pies

I took home some leftovers and will try hard to eat turkey along with the carbs I am taking (mostly stuffing, my cousins demolished the mashed potatoes) and the delicious fattiness that is the creamed spinach.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 28 mg Iron x 1

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Weight: 205.4 lbs

Food:

  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Mashed cauliflower
  • Creamed spinach
  • Mandarin
  • Pancake
  • Butter
  • Juice
  • Cheesecake
  • Strawberry sauce
  • Bean salad
  • Milk
  • [more of the same for dinner]

Well, it was not great to see my weight go up today but I can’t say that I am surprised.  It also did not stop me from eating some cheesecake (again, just a sliver plus a bit of topping) with my family in the afternoon.

I also had a pancake for breakfast although not a very big one and according to my aunt, it was made with whole wheat flour and cottage cheese so that wasn’t so bad, I guess.  At least that is what I am telling myself.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 28 mg Iron x 1

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Weight: 205 lbs (at the doctor’s office)

Food:

  • Banana
  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Creamed spinach
  • Mashed cauliflower
  • Gravy
  • Bean salad
  • Milk
  • Chicken broth
  • Juice
  • Applesauce

I spent the night at my Grandma’s house in order to get to my 8 am doctor’s appointment more easily (it’s almost spitting distance) and did not weigh myself on her ancient dial scale before leaving.  At the doctor, I weighed in at 205 without my shoes but with my other clothes on (nothing too heavy – leggings and a tunic but still, more than usual when I weigh myself).  My blood pressure was relatively low, the systolic at least, so I am pretty convinced at this point that I should not be believing my at home monitor, which is too bad.  It is a nice one and it measured correctly early on.  Maybe I need to look into whether it can be re-calibrated.

bmi chartAccording to my visit summary, my BMI is down to 32.11 but that is because they measured my height at 5’7” and I have been rounding down to 5’6”.  Either way, it is trending down so I am making progress!

Anyway, my A1C was measured at 6.8 which is still high but way better than my last measurement in March, which was 7.9.  The lab took some blood for tests, including the stuff my surgeon ordered for my 3 month checkup, so that is out of the way, if a bit premature. I have not gotten the results back yet but I am hopeful.  While I was there, I got my prescription for birth control renewed.  I have been off of it for a few years but my last two periods since the surgery have been especially painful, so I decided to give it another shot.  I did not have any side effects or anything but I was taking so many medications that I figured I could do away with an unnecessary one at the time.  Now, the total number is fewer, so I feel more comfortable adding a pill back to my regimen.

At home, I forgot to take my evening pills,which does not bode well for adding more medication but it happens relatively rarely these days, so I won’t get too worked up about it.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x ½

Blood Pressure: 102/80 (8 am at the doctor’s office)


Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Weight: 204 lbs

Food:

  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • Mashed cauliflower
  • Creamed spinach
  • Bean salad
  • Steak burrito
  • Refried beans
  • Tea
  • Juice

My Thanksgiving leftovers continue!  I had planned to use the turkey carcass to make stock yesterday or today but I just did not feel like it so I threw it into the freezer instead.  Maybe I will try using my Instant Pot to do it on a weekday.

Today, I forgot to take my morning pills – this pill thing is not going well for me.  I have not had so much trouble in the past, I will really have to get better at this.  I did notice some itching that I think is related to forgetting my evening pills yesterday, which included my allergy medication, I notice when I miss that one!

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1
  • 28 mg Iron x 1

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Weight: 204 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Steak burrito
  • Refried beans
  • Tea
  • Turkey
  • Creamed spinach
  • Gravy
  • Bean salad
  • Juice
  • Milk

I did not exercise all week while I was preparing Thanksgiving dinner although I probably should have.  Anyway, I went back to the gym today planning to do a good half hour on the machine but I only made it 20 minutes.  Eh, it’s progress, at least.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 28 mg Iron x 1

Exercise: 20 minutes elliptical


Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Weight: 204 lbs10 weeks post

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Tea
  • Steak burrito
  • Refried beans
  • Salsa  
  • Hummus
  • Wheat thins
  • Milk
  • Turkey
  • Creamed spinach

I officially do not believe my blood pressure monitor anymore.  The number is just crazy compared to the measurements I have gotten at doctor’s offices recently.

I did make turkey stock today using the carcass from Thanksgiving along with some aromatics, herbs, and root vegetables.  It smelled pretty good but I did not consume more than a couple of spoonfulls (which needed salt).  I put it in the freezer for later – I think this counts as bone broth which is extra full of nutrients, so that is good!  I will probably use it in soup to nourish me and keep me warm this winter.

I have to say that I am not seeing a big difference between my photos week-to-week.  I guess maybe if I place them side by side but I look at photos like the one above and I can’t help but think to myself “nothing has changed”.  I know that it has, though.  I have lost more than 25 pounds and people comment on it all the time at work (in positive ways).  Also, a lot of my clothes, the non-stretchy ones at least, are hanging off of me now and even some of the stretchy ones have a little extra room.  Finally, I can see the difference in my face although my double chin has not really gone away yet.  Anyway, I will keep taking the pictures and probably even posting them because I like data.  Of course, quantitative data like weight is easier to compare and understand but photos of progress are important too.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 28 mg Iron x 1

Blood Pressure: 136/97 (6 am)

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