Since I am past my surgery already, I have a fair amount to catch up on (as previously mentioned) so I am going to schedule posts to appear every other day or so until I have caught up. That way, I won’t forget (until I get to doing this weekly, then I will totally forget). Looking at these photos, I don’t see much change but then again, I don’t really see it in the numbers either. Since I am pre-surgery at this point, I don’t really expect to lose too much. On the other hand, I am theoretically keeping careful control over my food so I should see some difference, right?
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Weight: 16:11.4 (235.4 lbs)
- 2 T peanut butter
- ⅓ order beef & mushroom stir fry
- ½ c chicken fried rice
- 1 veggie burger
- 1 tomato
- 2 oz pasta
Ugh, my weight has gone up again. I cannot say I am surprised, given how I ate this weekend but I am disappointed.
I finally bought dumbbells today. I have been meaning to for a couple of weeks now for two reasons: (1) to keep my muscle tone after weight loss and (2) to decrease my loose skin. I don’t know if it will really work that well, especially for the second reason but I have high hopes. Anyway, I just have to figure out what exercises to do with the two 5-lb weights that I bought today which will both help my arms not get floppy and tone my pecs (yes, I want to keep my breasts from getting floppy as much as possible too).
- Calories: 1212
- Carbs (fiber) [sugar]: 109 (15) 
- Protein: 61
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Note: Pre-surgery appointment @ 8 am
Weight: 16:08.6 (232.6 lbs)
- 1 whopper jr with cheese
- 1 small fries
- 1 serving pasta with pesto
- ½ c sunflower seeds
I went to my pre-surgery tests today. I fasted in the morning so that they could draw some blood then had some vitals taken. At the clinic:
- Weight: 234.5 lbs (maybe my dress weighs a couple of pounds)
- Blood pressure: 131/69
- Temperature: 98.3° F
I had an EKG and a chest x-ray which I am pretty sure came out fine. I learned to use the breathing thingy (incentive spirometer, according to google) which will apparently help me avoid pneumonia after surgery and I was told to start using it now. I will try to do so but I don’t really have high hopes for remembering.
I also met with the nutritionist. I am fairly well-informed already between my research and my dad’s so I think we had a good conversation which will help me make food decisions in the coming months. What I took from the nutritionist (some of which I knew) and remember without my paperwork is this:
- No specific diet until surgery but weight loss is good at this point
- Liquids only the day before surgery plus a laxative
- Clear liquids only when I am in the hospital after surgery
- Full liquids (milk & protein shakes okay) for a week after release
- Puréed foods for another week (anything can be puréed, even a grilled cheese sandwich)
- Soft foods (can be cut with a plastic fork) for up to 3 months
- Protein is super important, I should get 70 grams per day
- I need to limit fat consumption
- I shouldn’t think too hard about fiber, if I need a supplement after a couple of weeks, that is okay
- Natural sugars (fruit, milk) are okay but no more than 2g added sugars in anything.
I was super hungry after leaving the doctor’s office so I stopped at Burger King on my way to work. This was probably a mistake but I will miss fast food. I have been trying to cut back but have been unable to completely give up yet. It is just so convenient and delicious. Anyway, because of my late start eating, I still managed to stay under 1800 calories, so it wasn’t too crazy.
On the day of my surgery, I am to take my antidepressant and my thyroid pill but skip the diabetes, cholesterol, and blood pressure medications. I will need to take the Metformin after surgery but will have to break the pills in half to do so (they are huge). Also, I don’t need to take chewable iron, the regular kind will suffice.
Unrelated to any of that, the clinic charges $25 to fill out FMLA paperwork which I find silly. Still, I need it filled out because I may need to take more time off of work than the PTO which I have earned to date. I paid with my HSA card. I honestly don’t know if it counts as a legitimate medical expense but since the charge will come from my doctor’s office, I figure I am probably okay IRS-wise.
- Calories: 1764
- Carbs (fiber) [sugar]: 146 (18) 
- Protein: 55
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Weight: 16:10.6 (234.6 lbs)
- Salad bar
- ½ peach
- 1 block tofu
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 T pesto
I should not be surprised that my weight went up, I ate horribly yesterday. I did a preliminary chart in Excel of weight change vs calories and did not see much correlation. I also tried comparing weight change to my daily step count and did not see an obvious trend. When I combined the two though (assuming 60 calories burned per 1000 steps) there appears to be correlation, which is not surprising at all. I did not do a statistical analysis or anything, not even a p-value. It’s just an observation based on not particularly sound data. On all the charts, the x-axis is my weight change (day to day) and the y-axis is the calories / steps / combination from the day before. I only have two weeks of data but it is still kind of interesting.
I brought a peach with me to work today and planned to eat it for lunch but then forgot so now I have a kind of squishy peach to eat for a snack later.
- Calories: 1134
- Carbs (fiber) [sugar]: 52 (12) 
- Protein: 75
Friday, September 8th, 2017
Weight 16:11.0 (235 lbs)
- ½ Kirkland protein bar
- ½ bag Doritos
- 1 bowl chili deluxe
- 2 chicken fingers
I don’t know why I gained weight, I actually did pretty well yesterday! I am going to blame it on period bloat, I feel all crampy anyway today.
A smarter / more dedicated person would not have eaten Doritos for lunch at this point, especially after gaining weight but I had such a craving! I just have to not buy any more snack foods at this point.
- Calories: 1845
- Carbs (fiber) [sugar]: 173 (32) 
- Protein: 79
Saturday, September 9th, 2017
Weight 16:11.0 (235 lbs)
- ½ box macaroni & cheese
- ½ chicken shawarma sandwich
- 1 bag popcorn
I have no idea what kind of calories were in my chicken shawarma wrap from Haifa Falafel. First of all, they are not a chain and do not have nutrition information on their website. Second, I ate the slightly bigger half. Third, I ate as little of the bread as possible while still keeping the sandwich together. Basically, I googled and deleted a few carbs from a reasonable guess.
- Calories: 1230
- Carbs (fiber) [sugar]: 135 (10) 
- Protein: 71
Sunday, September 10th, 2017
Weight 16:11.4 (235.4 lbs)
- 1 roast beef sandwich
- 1 package snap pea crisps
- 4.5 cups popcorn
I don’t really have anything to say about today. Our AS9100 Quality Audit is next week and we will be ordering in every day for the auditor (and myself and our consultant plus other people we invite, mostly VPs and the like). I expect eating sensibly to be hard.
- Calories: 1325
- Carbs (fiber) [sugar]: 122 (23) 
- Protein: 58
Monday, September 11th, 2017
Weight 16:08.4 (232.4 lbs)
- 1 Dove ice cream bar
- 1 grilled chicken salad with ranch
- 1 peach
- 1 Kirkland granola bar
- 1 Goodness Knows bar
Like a grownup, I had ice cream for breakfast. It was a mistake but I have been making those lately. I am working on it.
I got a grilled chicken salad from a different restaurant than last time but I am going to use the same guesstimate for nutritional information; it seems similar enough.
We have an auditor in this week and I am having lunch ordered in for four days, which will not be great from a nutrition standpoint. I shall do my best.
- Calories: 1260
- Carbs (fiber) [sugar]: 124 (8) 
- Protein: 40