12 Weeks Post Surgery

I hit a milestone this week by getting under 200 pounds!  I do not recall that I have weighed under that mark since high school so I am pretty excited about it

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I hit a milestone this week by getting under 200 pounds!  I do not recall that I have weighed under that mark since high school so I am pretty excited about it and hope that I don’t go up again over that marker.


Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Weight: 202 lbs

Food:

  • Tea (8 oz)
  • Protein shake (8 oz)
  • Cheeseburger (no bun)
  • Chicken sandwich (no bun)
  • Tea (12 oz)
  • String cheese
  • Milk (8 oz)

I wore some more new clothes today.  I got a couple of tunics I ordered from Amazon last night and paired one with a pair of new leggings.  It is a little shorter than I would prefer, but it covers what I think is necessary.

I really should know better by now but I was feeling quite hungry at lunch time so I got both a a cheeseburger and a chicken sandwich from McDonald’s (I know, bad planning, really) then I ate most of both of them minus the buns (at least I made that good choice).  I felt fine at first but then I had that “need to burp” feeling that turned into spitting up a bit.  I know, that is gross, but I am trying to record facts here.  Anyway, after removing a little bit of the food from my esophagus, I felt much better!

Blood sugar: 108 (6 am)

Fluid intake: (36 oz)


Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Weight: 201.4 lbs

Food:

  • Drinkable yogurt (10 oz)
  • Tea (8 oz)
  • Protein shake (8 oz)
  • Milk (8 oz)
  • Vegetarian chili
  • Cheese

Huh, I did not really plan to have all liquids today before dinnertime, it just kind of happened that way.

I had totally planned to have the other half of my salmon fillet for dinner tonight but apparently when I wrapped it back up on Tuesday, I failed to put it back in the fridge.  It has been cold in my apartment but not cold enough for me to be willing to eat that fish!  While pawing through my freezer for other options, I found the Morningstar Farms crumbles that I bought years ago then didn’t know what to do with so I threw them into my Instant Pot with some beans, tomatoes, garlic & onion, and seasonings and called it chili.  I like beef chili and I am kind of disappointed in how this turned out.  My mom warned me about the texture but I found that a bigger problem is the taste.  Of course it isn’t really beef so I wouldn’t expect it to be just like that but I have always enjoyed veggie burgers and I am not sure I really care for the crumbles, it’s like they are too sweet or something.  Anyway, it isn’t so bad that I won’t keep eating it, at least for a couple of meals, but I also won’t buy the crumbles again.

Blood sugar: 115 (6 am)

Blood pressure (at the dentist’s office): 122/72 (4 pm)

Fluid intake: 34 oz


Friday, December 8th, 2017

Weight: 201 lbs

  • Food:
  • Yogurt
  • Tea (12 oz)
  • Vegetarian chili
  • Water (8 oz)
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Applesauce
  • Gyro meat with onions & sauce
  • Milk (8 oz)
  • Lemonade (6 oz)

The jeans I have been wearing on Casual Friday have gotten increasingly baggy.  While looking through some boxes, I found the size 16 jeans (NOT 16W – there is a difference!) that I bought when I lost some weight like ten years ago.  They were a little tight then but today I was able to zip them up with no problem, so that is good!

Blood sugar: 103 (6 am)

Fluid intake: 34 oz


Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Weight: 199.6 lbs

Food:

  • Milk (8 oz)
  • Protein bar
  • Juice (8 oz)
  • Chicken chili
  • Cheese
  • Water (8 oz)
  • Orange chicken
  • Spring roll
  • Fried rice
  • Tea (16 oz)

This is the first time since high school I have been under 200 lbs! I hope it lasts and I don’t go up again.

Like always, the quantity of fried rice I ate was less than I would normally have (or, than I used to have, I guess, this is normal-ish for me now) compared to the meat I was eating it with.  Also, I thought ahead enough to cut my egg roll in half because even though it was delicious, I regretted eating the whole thing last time I got one.  I am learning!

Blood sugar: 108 (8 am)

Fluid intake: 40 oz


Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Weight: 200.4 lbs

I did not record what I ate at all today (yesterday, really, I am writing this on Monday).  I did weigh in above 200 but I decided not to get worked up about it, there are always some variations and at least I did not go up too high


Monday, December 11th, 2017

Weight: 199.6 lbs

Food:

  • Juice (8 oz)
  • Yogurt
  • Tea (12 oz)
  • Vegetarian chili
  • Oyster crackers
  • Milk (8 oz)
  • Orange chicken
  • Fried rice
  • Milk (8 oz)

I knew my weight would not go back up!  (Okay, maybe it is too early to get excited but I’m okay with that – I am excited about this milestone.)

Fluid intake: 36 oz


Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Weight: 199.6 lbs12 weeks

Food:

  • Pudding
  • Tea (12 oz)
  • Chicken chili
  • Cheese
  • Oyster crackers
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Applesauce
  • Milk (8 oz)
  • Orange chicken
  • Fried rice
  • Milk (8 oz)

Some of the things I am eating are kind of liquid and so should be able to count (pudding, chili, applesauce, etc) but I don’t know how to do the math to get the real fluid amounts so I am going to let it go.

Huh, I do not look happy in the photos I am taking these days.  That is not because I am unhappy, it is probably just because it is quite cold in my apartment and I am not very dressed.  I am actually pretty happy to be ending this week having lost almost thirty pounds (from my surgery date – closer to forty since I started tracking).

Blood sugar: 116 (6 am)

11 Weeks Post Surgery

I don’t know why I was listing my medications daily when they are the same every day

I really go back and forth a lot on the idea of buying new clothes.  I expect to lose more weight, so I do not want to invest in a new wardrobe yet but I also want to look good now – it is vain of me, I know, but I want to show off my new body (to an extent).  I have more or less decided to buy new clothes only if I can get cheap ones for now, even if that means shopping places that I normally do not.  I have been leaning toward leggings over pants although tights are also okay with dresses & skirts.  I bought three pairs of boots last month – black, gray, and burgundy, so most stuff I can find goes with at least one of them.  I have not found a lot of tunic-style shirts available at cheap stores so I bought myself a couple from Amazon during their Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales. I selected no rush shipping (yay for digital credits!) so I have not received the garments yet but I have high(ish) hopes.  I refuse to wear leggings with regular shirts because I have been very disapproving of such a style in the past (anything that exposes camel-toe is inappropriate in my opinion no matter the shape of the person wearing it – during exercise or lounging at home are obvious exceptions).  Anyway, my spreadsheet of expenses is showing a significant uptick in my clothing expenditures and a slight downward trend in food purchases.  I suppose the latter might be more significant if I had not done shopping for Thanksgiving dinner myself but I am far from being over budget as a whole (even with my post-Thanksgiving shopping binge).


Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Weight: 204 lbs

Food:

  • Chocolate
  • Tea
  • Chili
  • Saltines
  • Milk
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Juice

I had to get up extra early today to teach a class at 6 am at work.  Teaching involves me talking for hours on end so I did not eat breakfast like I normally do although I did drink a lot of tea (I took my electric kettle into the Training Room).  There were some fancy chocolates at work and I had one, it was caramel inside and delicious.  Not very nutritionally sound but at least I limited myself to a single one!

Medications:

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

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Weight: 204 lbs

Food:

  • Applesauce
  • Hot dog
  • Lemonade (sugar free)
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Milk
  • Turkey
  • Gravy

I forgot my morning pills again today – damn, I need to figure out a better system, apparently!  Anyway, my weight has flattened out over the last several days which is not ideal but is, of course, better than increasing, which is always a danger around a holiday.  Of course, I would like to get under the milestone of 200 pounds but I guess I will just have to keep working for it.

I went to CostCo during my lunch break today so I picked up a hot dog to eat – I figured that it is high in protein.  It comes with a beverage but fortunately, they have sugar free non-carbonated lemonade as an option.  It turns out that eating a hot dog which has condiments is difficult when you (by which I mean me) are trying not to eat much bun, but it is achievable.  I only ended up eating half of it though, it is a pretty big hot dog.

I ate the last of the leftover turkey & gravy from Thanksgiving today.  

Medications:

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

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Weight: 203.2 lbs

Food:

  • Egg McMuffin (no meat)
  • Tea (12 oz)
  • Tea (8 oz)
  • Chili
  • Oyster crackers
  • Tea (12 oz)
  • French onion soup (8ish oz liquid)
  • Water (6 oz)
  • Lemonade (16 oz)

I am not sure but I think my weight finally going down a bit today is due to the slight relief I had last night from the constipation I have been having recently.  I don’t know for sure but I am reasonably confident that it was due to dehydration.  I have been drinking, of course, but probably not enough, especially this dry time of year.  I don’t know if I will actually keep track consistently but I shall try to monitor my fluid intake better.

I actually ate all of my Egg McMuffin this morning except for some of the muffin part.  I also got a hash brown because I love those but I thought better of it before consumption and gave it to the helpful IT guy who aided in setting up my students for IPC test-taking this morning.  If I had eaten its delicious carb-filled greasiness, I would not have been able to eat all of the egg and cheese on my breakfast sandwich which contains the protein that I actually need to focus on in my diet.  I know that the sandwiches with meat on them give me more protein but I just don’t care for most breakfast meats.

For now, I have decided to totally give up on my home blood pressure machine.  I will figure out how to calibrate it at some point but so far it seems pointless to monitor my blood pressure using an inaccurate measuring system.

In other news, my blood test results showed that my cholesterol is high again (I stopped taking my medication for it) but my doctor seems to think that it is not a problem.  We will see where the weight loss takes me, numbers-wise and make decisions after some more time.

Medications:

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

Blood Sugar: 106 (5 am)

Fluid intake: 52 oz


Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Weight: 204 lbs

Food:

  • Eggs
  • String Cheese
  • Juice (8 oz)
  • Milk (8 oz)
  • Tomato-y soup with chicken (8 oz)
  • Hummus
  • Pita bread
  • Tea (16 oz)

Okay, I pretty much immediately failed to drink enough after saying I would work on it but I guess it is a process.

After talking to my father (not my doctor exactly, but a doctor and one who knows my family history pretty well) I will be starting my cholesterol medication back up again although I plan to break the pills in half and see how that goes first.

Medications:

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

Fluid intake: 40 oz



Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Weight: 203.6 lbs

Food:

  • Eggs
  • Juice (8 oz)
  • Bean salad
  • Milk (8 oz)
  • Lemonade (16 oz)
  • Hummus
  • Pita bread
  • Turkey lunchmeat
  • Cheese

When I first weighed myself this morning, I was over 205 pounds!  I was disappointed until I realized that I was wearing fairly heavy pajamas due to the weather and I tried again in just my underwear.

I don’t know why I was listing my medications daily when they are the same every day – sure, I am trying to decrease my Metformin and things like Iron are theoretically temporary but when I made changes, I can note them.  Well, I guess I do know; initially, I thought I would be varying things more but I am not doing that much.  So, starting today, I am not going to list my medications unless they differ from my standard, which I am declaring here.  I also took some Tylenol today for my girl cramps.

Medications (AM):

  • Levothyroxine, 112 mcg
  • Sertraline, 100 mg
  • Metformin, 250 mg
  • Drospirenon-EE 3-0.02 mg [taken in a 28 day cycle with dummy pills for 4 days]
  • Vitamin D, 2000 IU
  • Vitamin B12, 500 mcg

Medications (PM):

  • Metformin, 500 mg
  • Atorvastatin, 20 mg
  • Iron Glycinate, 28 mg
  • Cetirizine, 10 mg
  • Multivitamin

NOTE: Current multivitamin (One A Day Women’s) includes:

  • Vitamin A, 2500 IU
  • Vitamin C, 60 mg
  • Vitamin D, 400 IU
  • Vitamin E, 30 IU
  • Vitamin K, 25 mcg
  • Thiamin (B1), 1.5 mg
  • Riboflavin (B2), 1.7 mg
  • Niacin, 10 mg
  • Vitamin B6, 2 mg
  • Folic Acid, 400 mg
  • Vitamin B12, 6 mcg
  • Biotin, 30 mcg
  • Pantothenic Acid, 5 mg
  • Calcium (elemental), 450 mg
  • Iton, 18 mg
  • Magnesium, 50mg
  • Zinc, 15 mg
  • Selenium, 20 mcg
  • Copper, 2 mg
  • Manganese, 2mg
  • Chromium, 120 mcg

Fluid intake: 32 oz


Monday, December 4th, 2017

Weight: 202.8 lbs

Food:

  • Tea (12 oz)
  • Hummus
  • Pita bread
  • Juice (8 oz)
  • Turkey soup (8 oz)
  • Diced peaches
  • Sweet potato
  • Sour cream
  • Ranch dressing
  • Milk (8 oz)

Keeping track of my fluid intake does not really do any good unless I make an effort to increase it, of course.

Fluid intake: 36 oz


Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Weight: 202.4 lbs11 weeks

Food:

  • Juice (8 oz)
  • Hummus
  • Pita bread
  • Tea (8 oz)
  • Chili
  • Oyster crackers
  • Tea (8 oz)
  • Applesauce
  • Salmon
  • Milk (8 oz)

I have shin splints today, which is weird because I did not exercise yesterday.  I may still go to the gym today but if I do it will be for something that does not exacerbate the pain.

As always, I am wary of the weight loss today.  Still, I will try to be positive and assume it is a win I can use to encourage further progress.  I plan to go to Trader Joe’s today after work because I need apple cider vinegar.  For some reason, even though it is winter, I have fruit flies in my apartment so I need to make traps to get rid of them.  Anyway, I plan to buy some tofu while I am there because I have not made that in some time and I like it.  Also, I have clearly been doing a terrible job of reaching my protein goals, so it should help with that.

I bought some sandwich thins and a tomato to have with the veggie burger which I planned on eating tonight but when I got home, it turned out that I did not have any in my freezer!  Fortunately, I had bought a piece of salmon for tomorrow (and the next day since I don’t need much) so I was able to sautée that in some garlic olive oil for dinner.  It was pretty good even without anything accompanying it.  Now I feel healthy!

Exercise: 20 min. stationary bike

Fluid: 32 oz

 

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.

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)

9 Weeks Post Surgery

I am still working on fighting my instinct to drink something when I feel overfull, like I need to wash it down.  I have learned that with my  new stomach, it just makes the feeling worse and can even cause me to regurgitate.

I started going to the gym this week, although it was a pretty slow start at least it got me moving!  Also, I started on my Thanksgiving prep work.  I was worried that all the cooking, especially dessert stuff, would be hard for me with my food limitations but I actually did not have much trouble not eating the stuff I was preparing – even the cheesecake with strawberry sauce!


Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Weight: 205.0 lbs

Food:

  • Applesauce
  • Tea
  • Broccoli cheese soup
  • Saltines
  • Milk
  • Steak
  • Mashed cauliflower

Okay, my blood pressure is way too high.  I wish I could blame it all on stress but I am not sure that is really valid.  I do wonder though if my meter is reading it high, since it was lower at the doctor’s office last week.  I have a psychiatrist appointment this afternoon, maybe they will take my blood pressure there and I can compare.

My psychiatrist seems to be perfectly satisfied with my blood pressure being a little high like it has been.  This is probably helped by the fact that it was a little lower when they took it there.  I wonder if there is something that is the opposite of “white coat hypertension” that makes me have higher blood pressure readings at home.  Occam’s razor would suggest that the simpler explanation (my blood pressure machine is flawed) is more likely to be true.  It is a nice one though, my father did research before buying it for me.

Anyway, the doctor also thinks that this blog is a great idea, including posting underwear photos of myself, something that took my therapist by surprise when I mentioned it to her.  It could be because he doesn’t know me as well.  I see him maybe twice a year for a check in and drug refills while I see my therapist every other week, so she is aware of my self-consciousness and body issues.  Still, I could not help but feel encouraged by his response, which helped make up for the embarrassment / judgement I felt at hers a few weeks ago.  She probably was not actually judgmental – I tend to read that sort of thing into responses when it isn’t there but I felt it, just the same.

I am working hard to convince myself that I will not regret posting in this manner; even the photographs.  Well, only the photographs, really.  I have no cause to regret listing foods I have eaten.  I do have some relatives who, if they managed to find this blog, might be fairly appalled at my meat intake.  I am not too worried about it though.  I need to consume protein and beef, in particular, also has iron.  I have not historically eaten a lot of meat but I have no particular moral or religious objection to it so I have upped my intake recently (percentage-wise, at least).  I guess my medications could be considered confidential but they are relevant to my journey – even seemingly unrelated ones like my antidepressant (speaking of which, I am starting a lower dose of that tomorrow).

Medications:

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

Blood Pressure: 127/97 (6 am)

  • 118/89 (3 pm at the doctor’s office)

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Weight: 205.2 lbsgym 9 wks

Food:

  • Tea
  • Quinoa with pesto
  • Chocolate protein shake
  • Peanut butter
  • Milk
  • Steak
  • Mashed cauliflower

My weight went up today but just barely.  Also, I was wearing leggings on the scale, which I usually do not, so I will call this a wash.

Starting today, I am decreasing my Sertraline (anti-depressant) from 150 mg per day to 100 mg per day (1 ½ pills to 1 pill, which is easier anyway).  I will re-evaluate with my doctor in 2 months about the effects of this change – ideally there will not be any.

I went to the gym today.  This is not the first time but I don’t recall the day I went before and I realize I need to start recording it.  I did not last very long – it has been a while since I worked out, but it is a start.

Medications:

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

Blood Pressure: 124/92 (9 pm)

Exercise: 15 minutes elliptical


Friday, November 17th, 2017

Weight: 205.2 lbs

Food:

  • Tea
  • Melba toast
  • Cream cheese
  • Applesauce
  • String cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Tofu burrito bowl – no beans

I am filling this out a couple of days after the fact and I feel like I ate something else on Friday but I cannot be sure.

I stopped both before and after visiting my grandma to buy some ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner.  I only got a ten pound turkey (hormone free per my grandma’s preference) but that should be enough for nine people, especially since five of them are apparently leaving on Friday although I don’t know what time yet.

Medications:

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

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Weight: 205.2 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Juice
  • Milk
  • Pear
  • Fried rice
  • Egg roll
  • Teriyaki beef & mushrooms

I ate too much today for dinner.  The egg roll was so delicious that I just kept eating it – mistake!  After a while it did settle though, so I guess it was not such a terrible lapse.

I am still working on fighting my instinct to drink something when I feel overfull, like I need to wash it down.  I have learned that with my  new stomach, it just makes the feeling worse and can even cause me to regurgitate.  I had a few instances of spitting up a bit in my trash can at work and feeling like I had an eating disorder like bulimia even though I was not purging on purpose although I did fell significantly better afterward.

Medications:

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

Blood Pressure: 117/88 (12 pm)


Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Weight: 204.2 lbs

Food:

  • Greek omelette
  • Hash browns
  • String cheese
  • Juice
  • Teriyaki beef & mushroom
  • Fried rice
  • Roasted cauliflower
  • Pears

I had big plans to start cooking for Thanksgiving this afternoon but instead I realized my eggs were expired and instead of going to the store, I took a nap.  Then, when I woke up in the evening, I remembered I needed to cook something for the potluck at work tomorrow and threw some cauliflower in the oven (with lots of garlic, of course).

I did not weigh myself in the morning and the scale said 206.4 lbs when I tried it mid-afternoon.  By the time I actually went to bed though, it was 204.2, so I decided to go with that because it better suits the trend.  I did not make my final decision about that until Monday morning, though.  (This feels a little bit like cheating on my statistics but they would not be accurate anyway using the midday weight

I did make a schedule for my Thanksgiving cooking though, I hope I can stick to it.

  • Turkey – prep Wednesday night, start cooking Thursday morning
  • Gravy – make on Thursday after the turkey comes out of the oven
  • Stuffing – make Wednesday night, stuff the turkey and put in dish, bake Thursday
  • Creamed spinach – make Thursday while the turkey is cooking
  • Bean salad – make Monday night, add green onions on Thursday
  • Mashed potatoes – make Tuesday night, reheat in oven on Thursday
  • Pumpkin pie – make Monday night
  • Apple pie – make Wednesday night
  • Cheesecake & strawberry sauce – make Tuesday night

My grandma is making squash, I think with apples and my aunt is making cranberry sauce and possibly dinner rolls (or we will buy them).

I found my other bottle of test strips for my glucometer but since it was right after I ate a cup of diced pears, I decided to wait until Monday to actually use any of them.

Medications:

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

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Weight: 203.2 lbspotluck

Food:

  • Tea
  • Yogurt
  • Turkey
  • Various Thanksgiving-y sides
  • Dessert – custard or something in a cookie cup
  • Applesauce
  • Tea
  • Teryiaki beef & mushroom
  • Fried rice

I am surprised that my weight went down, especially as much as it did.  I hope I am being over cautious in assuming that it is a fluke of some sort and the number will jump back up tomorrow.

Today, we had a potluck at work.  I had a small amount of a few things and do not feel overfull although I do really want a nap, that could be more related to my poor sleeping last night.  Most of my choices were pretty good although I did eat a cookie cup with a delicious filling. Fortunately (or possibly unfortunately given my sweet tooth) I have not had any problems with dumping syndrome since my surgery.

As a small personal victory – despite there being a lot of leftover baked goods, I (sort of) satisfied my sweet tooth by eating applesauce instead of grabbing another treat this afternoon.  I do like applesauce, it is just not quite as delicious as apple pie!

In sort-of unrelated news, I wore my new burgundy dress and awesome burgundy boots to work today (with black leggings, of course, the dress is pretty short for my comfort plus it is almost wintertime) and got a lot of compliments, not just on how well I match but also on how much weight I am losing. That is encouraging, especially when I am eating a tray with tiny portions of food while surrounded by people gorging on a Thanksgiving feast.

I know that I should go to the gym after work today but I have cooking to do!  Also, I need to go by my grandma’s house in order to visit with my family who just arrived and pick up some herbs from her garden.

Medications:

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

Blood Pressure: 132/96 (6 am)

Blood Sugar: 87 (6 am)


Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Weight: 203.8 lbs9 weeks post

Food:

  • Melba toast
  • Cream cheese
  • Chocolate protein shake
  • Tofu burrito bowl with no rice
  • Fried rice
  • Teriyaki beef & mushroom
  • Juice

I am not surprised that my weight went back up, I feel like it fell too fast the last couple of days.  I wasn’t complaining or anything, of course, but I cannot be too upset about the small jump back up today.

I successfully made pumpkin pie and bean salad last night, so I am on schedule for Thanksgiving, so far.  Also, I have sage and thyme in my car waiting to go into the stuffing.  I poured a tiny amount of the pumpkin pie filling into a glass dish so that I can eat it without crust later.

I am starting to not believe my blood pressure machine.  It is always lower at the doctor’s office.  I have an appointment on Saturday and if they tell me it is high there, I will worry but not until that point.

I made mashed potatoes and cheesecake tonight although only the former turned out as planned.  I have not made cheesecake in over a decade and I have never used a pre-made graham cracker crust in a pie tin.  I guess I overfilled it so it puffed up and the top cracked.  Well, hopefully it will taste the same.  I also made a strawberry sauce to go with it.  I did not have the right size pot clean and I did not want to stand over it so I cut up the frozen strawberries (slightly) and threw them in my Instant Pot with sugar, lime zest, and lime juice.  The tiny taste I had seemed pretty good.  It was quite tart but with enough sweetness to balance it.

Medications:

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

Blood Pressure: 136/98 (6 am)

Blood Sugar: 107 (6 am)

 

8 Weeks Post Surgery

My hands will never be dainty by any means but perhaps I could get to the point where I can actually wear jewelry that is available without being special ordered.  That would be pretty exciting.

I don’t know that this was a very exciting week, really.  Thanksgiving inches closer and I am concerned about it a bit (it is a holiday focused on eating) but since I do the cooking, I will have pretty reasonable control over the options.  I will likely stick with classics although I may mix things up a little bit – I guess I will make that decision when I have to; namely on pre-Thanksgiving shopping day.


Wednesday, November 8th 2017

Weight: 208.0 lbs

Food:

  • Diced peaches
  • Yogurt
  • Burrito bowl – no rice
  • Meatballs
  • Marinara sauce
  • Brown rice & quinoa pasta
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Milk
  • juice

I really need to clean my room enough to find my blood sugar test strips.  I am not sure that the way I live really counts as adulting at this point!

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 125/91 (9 pm)

Thursday, November 9th 2017

Weight: 206.8 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Tea
  • Rice
  • Cooked tomato
  • Beef kafta
  • Applesauce
  • Roast turkey
  • Muenster cheese
  • Melba toast
  • Cream cheese
  • Milk

After leaving my apartment this morning, I realized that I accidentally took my evening pills instead.  When I take my morning pills after work, I guess it will all come out the same (at least I hope so).

I am surprised that my weight went down again so soon, my plateaus have been longer than that recently.  I suspect that it will go up a tiny bit tomorrow but I guess I will just have to wait and see.

I took off my ring today and I am not sure I will be putting it back on again.  I have been wearing it since I got it for my eighteenth birthday and I think it is a size 10 or 10 ½ (yes, I have big man-hands) and while it has been loose and tight over the years in turns, I have never been worried about it actually falling off before.  Now, however, it feels like I might lose it if I shake my hands hard enough so I put it in the little bowl next to my bed and will probably not wear it again.  I like the ring but I am not sure it is really worth it to look into re-sizing.  Maybe when my fingers settle on a new size, I can look into getting another ring; likely there will be more options when I go down a few sizes (which I hope to do).  My hands will never be dainty by any means but perhaps I could get to the point where I can actually wear jewelry that is available without being special ordered.  That would be pretty exciting.

Speaking of jewelry, I can take my bangles off now too.  They aren’t in any danger of falling off like my ring was but they also don’t require soap or oil or painful tugging to come off past my hands anymore, so that is nice.  Perhaps someday, I could buy cheap bangles at some shop in India – an impossibility in my adult life so far due to my size.  I don’t know how likely that is, but it is nice to think about.

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 125/90 (6 am)

Friday, November 10th 2017

Weight: 206.8 lbs

Food:

  • Applesauce
  • Rice
  • Beef kafta
  • Tea
  • Juice
  • Vegetable soup
  • Crackers
  • Milk

Huh, my weight did not go back up, so that is good, I guess.  My stomach does not feel great this morning though, so that is a negative.  Still, progress is being made 🙂

Medications:

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

Blood Pressure: 125/90 (6 am)


Saturday, November 11th 2017

Weight: 205.8 lbsdress shopping 8 weeks

Food:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Juice
  • Chicken shawarma
  • Feta cheese
  • Roast beef
  • String cheese

I ate a lot of cheese today, apparently.

I am surprised that my weight went down again – surprised in a good way, of course, but still surprised.

I did a little bit of shopping today.  I got some cute calf boots that seem to fit even though they are not wide width.  I don’t think my feet will get less wide with weight loss although some people’s do.  My mother has wide feet and, even more interestingly, my grandmother does too.  Even though my grandma’s feet are as tiny as her body (she wears a size six shoe and weighs under a hundred pounds) wide shoes fit her feet better.

Some women of my size need “extended calf” boots, which Payless does have for wide widths but I have found that those can be too big for me although until recently, I sometimes had a little trouble zipping up regular calf boots.  Anyway, I was going to a different Payless because my local one did not have my size but then I got distracted by a KMart.  I actually though those didn’t exist anymore.  I went in and found boots in burgundy which, once I made sure they fit, I just had to have.  I decided to try on a dress to match (even though I do own other burgundy clothes) and was thrilled to find out that I could buy something in the regular section.

Yes, this dress is stretchy, which really helps and yes it is a size XL but still – I did NOT have to go to the plus size section to find it, which is a victory all on its own!  Also, I am not bursting out of it or anything, so I think it is fine.  I look forward to wearing it with black leggings and my awesome new boots.

I also bought a two-pack of inexpensive bras.  My current bras are fitting kind of loosely.  I guess the minimizing ones still do okay but they have a lot of coverage and don’t really work for anything with a low-ish neckline.  My bras have been gapping some in the cup which is pretty noticeable when I keep my phone there and it doesn’t stay put.  My phone actually fell out the bottom of my dress last week, it was awkward.  Anyway, I cannot say that these new bras are perfect or anything, but they should do the job.  Also, the size is 40DD, which is great.  DDs are not as easy to find as other sizes but they are much easier than the size I used to wear (42DDD).  With that size, I could never find a bra under twenty dollars, let alone two for a single price!

I know I should not shop much at this point since I am likely to lose more weight and need a new wardrobe again before too long but I don’t think it is a bad thing to get a few nice clothes that fit, especially when they are inexpensive.

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 127/87 (10 am)

Sunday, November 12th 2017

Weight: 205.8 lbs

Food:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Juice
  • Melba toast
  • Brie cheese
  • Meatballs
  • Marinara sauce
  • Brown rice & quinoa pasta
  • Parmesan cheese

I forgot my morning pills today (oops).  I guess that is what happens when I neglect to fill my weekly pill caddy.  I also neglected to take my blood pressure and did not do anything toward finding my blood sugar test strips.  I did spend the day in pajamas (well, what I slept in, which is sort of pajamas) so I am not sure it was a banner day for adulting but I survived.

I shared my blog address with a couple of people today.  Both are folks I trust not to be judgmental but it still felt weird to invite them to look at pictures of me in my underwear.  I am definitely not ready to share the address on Facebook or anything, I probably never will be although I have determined not to be embarrassed  if anybody I know comes across it, like my brother and sister-in-law apparently did.  The photos may show skin but it’s no less than a bathing suit and not lascivious in any way so I have decided I am comfortable sharing, if only just in case somebody considering getting a sleeve gastrectomy happens to come across it and finds the information helpful.

Medications:

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

Monday, November 13th 2017

Weight: 205.8 lbs

Food:

  • Diced peaches
  • Tea
  • Chicken shawarma
  • Feta cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Milk
  • Apple cider
  • Steak
  • Mashed cauliflower

The scale fluctuated again this morning – between 205.8 and 205.0.  I don’t want to get too excited but I might be down again already.  All I can do is try to eat well today and see what happens tomorrow, I guess.  

I do need to get more yogurt for breakfast but I am kind of tired of it.  Maybe I should work on protein shakes again.

In addition to an electric kettle for my office, I got some nice herbal tea (sangria zinger) that does not need to be sweetened so I am hopeful that will help me stay hydrated in the winter – assuming that I have time to drink it before it gets cold!

Medications:

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

Tuesday, November 14th 2017

Weight: 205.0 lbs8 weeks post surgery

Food:

  • Tea
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Quinoa & pesto
  • String cheese
  • Tea
  • Pizza
  • Milk

I forgot to take pictures again this morning – Tuesday is an awkward day to remember such things.  The longer it has been since my surgery the less the specific day seems to matter; maybe I will switch to Sundays or something for my weekly photos in the future.  Either way, I will try to remember to take them when I get home today.

I had a real craving for pizza so when I was out, I decided to get some.  I bought a “Hot & Ready” pizza from Little Caesar’s and ate a slice on the long trip home (it took me an hour to go five miles on the freeway for some reason).  I don’t know why I thought I could have the pizza, I guess I just got cocky, having tolerated other food well and feeling good overall – I was wrong!  The pizza upset my stomach and I even threw up a little.  Upon finally reaching home, I gave the rest of the pizza to my neighbor and decided to consider it a lesson learned.  After my stomach calmed down, I had some milk for protein and soothing.  I’m not sure about 1% milk though.  I definitely like ½% best but only Kroger seems to have it so I will need to plan accordingly.

I remembered to take photos in the evening although I wasn’t feeling great post-pizza and I think the pictures might reflect that a little.  I did not remember to take my blood pressure (again).

Medications:

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

7 Weeks Post Surgery

I am prematurely excited about the milestone of getting under 200 lbs  I guess the plateaus are to be expected and as time goes on, they will get longer and longer.

The plateaus I keep hitting concern me a little bit.  I was worried that they meant I was doing something wrong.  My psychologist seemed to think it was not good that my weight loss had already slowed.  Fortunately, I went to my 6 week post-op checkup on Wednesday and the doctor says I am on track!  I have lost about 20 lbs so far and apparently I can expect to lose around ten more by my three month checkup in December – I am prematurely excited about the milestone of getting under 200 lbs  I guess the plateaus are to be expected and as time goes on, they will get longer and longer.


Wednesday, November 1st. 2017

Weight 209.8 lbs (at home) / 210.8 (at the doctor)

Food:

  • Cashews
  • ½ % milk
  • Steak burrito
  • Refried beans
  • ½% milk
  • Meatballs
  • Marinara sauce
  • Quinoa & brown rice spaghetti
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Grape juice

I had to get up extra early for work today – I needed to arrive here by six o’clock (one hour early) in order to start IPC training.  On the plus side, it will not be such a big deal when I leave for my six week follow-up at the doctor’s office, which I need to do about one hour early, so that works out.  I did forget to take my blood pressure and blood sugar this morning along with my medications (½ pill Metformin, 1 pill Synthroid, & 1 ½ pills Sertraline).  It should be okay though as long as I don’t forget again tomorrow.

I had my six week follow-up today.  The doctor says I can resume normal activity, which means I should exercise and therefore have to join a gym again.  I know that will be good for me but I am always so tired after work!  Also, both he and the nutritionist told me that small plateaus are normal, something that my psychologist seemed worried about.  Apparently, over time the plateaus will last longer and longer, which does make sense.  He said I can expect to see about ten more pounds of weight loss by my three month appointment.

At my appointment, I weighed in at 210.8 lbs, likely because I was wearing clothes.  Although I took off my boots and sweater, the skirt, tank top, and leggings I wore must have accounted for the extra pound.  Anyway, by their calculation, I have lost about 20% of my excess weight.  The amount expected for this point in time is 10% – 18%, so I am [barely] ahead of schedule.  Amazingly, my blood pressure was lower at the doctor’s office than it has been at home; 117/80.

Because of this, I decided not to worry too much about the high blood pressure I measured at home in the evening.  The high blood sugar is because I had finished eating less than an hour before, I am sure.

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 125/100 (7 pm)
  • Blood Sugar: 190 (7 pm)

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Weight: 209.8 lbs

Food:

  • ½% milk
  • Beef bologna
  • Melba toast
  • Cream cheese
  • Sugar free fruit punch
  • String cheese
  • Applesauce
  • Meatballs
  • Marinara sauce
  • Quinoa & brown rice spaghetti

I feel like my weight wants to go down again – I saw it flicker between 209.8 and 209.0 this morning when I stepped onto the scale.

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 122/91 (5 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 131 (5 am)

Friday, November 3rd 2017

Weight: 209.0 lbs

Food:

  • Egg
  • Cheese
  • Turkey sausage
  • Orange juice
  • Yogurt
  • Burrito bowl – no rice
  • Apple cider

I got a burrito bowl from Moe’s for dinner although I ate something like a third of it.  I got no rice, some extra beans, tofu, grilled vegetables, salsa, and cheese on it.  So, it wasn’t the healthiest thing but I am pretty sure that it was fine, having a decent amount of protein and limited carbs.

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 125/94 (6 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 148 (6 am)

Saturday, November 4th 2017

Weight: 209.0 lbs

Food:

  • ½% milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Strawberry jam
  • Roast turkey
  • Muenster cheese
  • Tea
  • Hummus
  • Pita
  • Beef kafta
  • Rice

I ate a minimum amount of the rice that came with my dinner, which is too bad because it was pretty good, I think they used butter.  Also, I ate hummus with a high dip to pita ratio, which isn’t a bad thing but can be a little bit messy.

I used up the bottle I had of test strips for my glucometer.  I know that I have another bottle with the same control number (or whatever) somewhere but I have not remembered where that is yet.  I don’t have a good excuse for not measuring my blood pressure today.

Medications:

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

 


Sunday, November 5th 2017

Weight: 209.0 lbs

Food:

  • yogurt
  • Beef kafta
  • Rice
  • Tomato (cooked)
  • Burrito bowl – no rice

 

I forgot my evening pills today and neglected my blood pressure again (oops).  On the other hand, I finished a baby quilt, so I am still counting this as a productive(ish) day.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x ½

Monday, November 6th 2017

Weight: 209.0 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Peanut butter
  • Diced peaches
  • Applesauce
  • Meatballs
  • Marinara sauce
  • Quinoa & brown rice spaghetti
  • Burrito bowl – no rice
  • Milk
  • Apple cider

I am thinking about starting to eat oatmeal for breakfast some mornings.  I am getting tired of the yogurt that isn’t really yogurt (Kroger Carbmaster cultured dairy blend).  There is a variety of flavors but still, it gets boring.  I would eat eggs for breakfast more but I am not willing to wake up early enough to make them most mornings.

Medications:

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

Tuesday, November 7th 2017

Weight: 208.0 lbs7 weeks post surgery

Food:

  • Applesauce
  • Hummus
  • Wheat thins
  • Tiny snickers bar
  • Burrito bowl – no rice
  • Milk
  • Melba toast
  • Cream cheese

There is too much leftover Halloween candy around!  I am mostly controlling myself, at least the portions are small.

I forgot to take a photo in the morning but I don’t think I changed too much throughout the day.

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 122/90 (6 am)

6 Weeks Post Surgery

The dress did not fit like it was supposed to – it bunched up under my bust instead of falling smoothly but it did make my [already shrinking / sagging] bosom look pretty good.

The six-week mark for me fell on Halloween.  I like dressing up in theory but did not plan well this year.  I had high hopes that an old dress would fit and owned a witch hat already but I neglected to look for my fishnets and so had to make do.  The dress did not fit like it was supposed to – it bunched up under my bust instead of falling smoothly but it did make my [already shrinking / sagging] bosom look pretty good.  Consequently, I got plenty of compliments!

Also this week, my brother came to visit from California.  It wasn’t just to see us although I am pretty sure that seeing us was a factor in his decision to attend this particular work-related conference.


Wednesday, October 25th. 2017

Weight 212.2 lbs

Food:

  • Vanilla protein shake
  • Hummus
  • Wheat thins
  • Applesauce
  • milk
  • & other things I forgot about

Wow, my blood pressure shot up today!  I need to add a pill (or half of one at least) to my pill caddy to take tomorrow, since it is a morning drug for me.

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 122/100 (6 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 115 (6 am)

Thursday, October 26th. 2017

Weight 212.2 lbs

Food:

Yogurt

  • Chicken tortilla soup
  • Saltines
  • Meatballs
  • Egg whites
  • Egg
  • String cheese
  • Juice
  • Milk

Today, I made 284 meatballs.  I used half lean beef and half turkey along with egg, milk, and probably too many breadcrumbs. I would say too much garlic as well, but I don’t believe that such a line exists.  Anyway, I like my meatballs tiny, which is why there were so many of them.  Based on the math I did, there are about 8 grams of protein in ten meatballs, which is a small-ish serving size.  I did kind of burn my last tray of them but it wasn’t so bad except for the smoke alarm going off when I pulled them out of the oven.  I tasted one though and it was fine, if a little blackened.

I forgot to take my pills tonight.  So, I stiffed myself on both Metformin and my allergy pill.  I hope I don’t get all itchy tomorrow.  The Metformin result will be harder to judge.  Also, I realized I forgot to add the blood pressure med to my pill caddy but my diastolic is back under 100 so I will avoid doing it for now.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x ½

 

  • Blood Pressure: 122/92 (6 pm)
  • Blood Sugar: 158 (6 pm)

Friday, October 27th. 2017

Weight 212.2 lbs

Food:

  • Roast turkey
  • Muenster cheese
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Meatballs
  • Marinara sauce
  • Parmesan cheese
  • & other things I forgot about

I took my meatballs over to my grandma’s house today because my brother is visiting and we had a family dinner with him and my uncle and cousin.  Unfortunately, his adorable children were not present but that’s okay, we were glad to see him anyway!

I spent the night at my grandma’s house but I did prepare for it – I brought my medications, oral appliance, and yogurt for breakfast on Saturday!

 

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 129/93 (6 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 101 (6 am)

Saturday, October 28th. 2017

Weight 213 lbs (on my grandma’s dial scale)

Food:

  • Kroger carbmaster yogurt
  • French onion soup
  • Chili
  • Cauliflower mash
  • Applesauce

I did not bring my blood pressure machine with me to my grandma’s house so I did not take it today, maybe I don’t want to know anyway.  My grandma’s scale is not as precise as mine is plus, since I was walking through her house, I was wearing more than just my underwear (which is all I usually have on for weighing myself) so I do not consider this weigh-in as an increase.  I shall see what the scale says tomorrow though, I did eat out twice today.

I spent the night at my grandma’s house again and we watched a movie as a family.  Even though she rarely does things like this, she brought out some lemon drops to pass around, which I used to like but obviously contain way too much sugar for me now.  My fourteen year-old cousin was a little bit of a jerk about it though, he was waving the dish under my nose and saying things like “you know you want one . . . or more” but I managed to ignore him pretty well.  It is just his age that makes him act like that, I am pretty sure.  I am very fond of him in general.

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Sugar: 101 (9 am)

Sunday, October 29th. 2017

Weight 209.8 lbs

Food:

  • Cashews
  • ½ % milk
  • Muenster cheese
  • Roast turkey
  • Steak burrito
  • Refried beans

Ah, home again.  I got some groceries, including some nuts, which I wasn’t specifically told not to eat but seem kind of iffy as a choice during the “soft foods” stage.  I decided to go for it but pay extra attention to chewing them until they are basically nut butter in my mouth.

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 131/86 (10 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 106 (9 am)

Monday, October 30th. 2017

Weight 209.8 lbs

Food:

  • Melba toast
  • Cream cheese
  • Beef stew
  • Wheat thins
  • Muenster cheese
  • Roast turkey
  • Beef bologna

I probably had too many carbs today but I had protein too.  I chewed my crackers super thoroughly, so they should be okay (I hope). I have not felt any stomach problems lately.

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 125/89 (6 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 121 (6 am)

Tuesday, October 31st. 2017

Weight 209.8 lbs6 weeks post surgery

Food:

  • Kroger carbmaster yogurt
  • Beef stew
  • Wheat thins
  • Meatballs
  • Marinara sauce
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Sugar free fruit punch

witch closeupI took some pretty terrible photos today, partially because I was hurrying to get dressed for work and partially because I was wearing a camisole which is loose at my waist.  It doesn’t really show off my figure but I haven’t lost weight in days anyway.  It does kind of look like I don’t have bottoms on but I do – really, I swear.

Today is Halloween!  I have a costume in my closet which I have not worn in about a decade (when I managed to drop more than a few pounds on Weight Watchers for a short time).  My mom made the dress years ago, probably in the eighties.  She was never as big as I am but she probably did not mean to wear it the way I do either.  I did break a button off when I wore it last time and I had forgotten to sew a new one on at any point over the years.  Anyway, I stuffed myself into it like a sausage then put on a witch hat and called it a costume.  I did get a lot of compliments at work.  The button wasn’t even really noticeable because instead of fitting along my stomach like I think the band is supposed to, it bunched up under my bust, hiding the fault.

witch costume

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 127/93 (8 pm)
  • Blood Sugar: 150 (8 pm)

5 weeks Post Surgery

My blood pressure has been kind of high for a little while now.  It is not nearly as high as it was when I first started

I got to the end of the entries that I had set up to post automatically but I was sort of keeping track still.  I did a bad job for a few days of noting what I ate but I have at least some of each day recorded.


Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Weight 213.4 lbs

Food:

  • Kroger carbmaster yogurt
  • Water
  • Chicken chili
  • Reduced fat cheese
  • Banana
  • Wheat thins
  • Hummus
  • Apple juice
  • Reduced fat string cheese

Again, we ordered in at work and I had to eat the lunch I brought with me.  It’s okay, at least the chicken chili is tasty, especially with cheese.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 15 mg Lansoprazole x 1

 

  • Blood Pressure: 123/94 (6 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 124 (6 am)

 

  • Protein: 44 g
  • Fluid: 34 oz

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Weight 214.2 lbs

Food:

  • Pudding
  • Wheat thins
  • Hummus
  • Crystal Light
  • & other things I forgot about

 

It has been one month now since my surgery.  My weight did go up slightly today although that might have something to do with my slight constipation, likely to do with not meeting my fluid goal lately.

I took my last antacid or protein pump inhibitor or whatever it is today.  I hope not to get acid reflux starting tomorrow, I guess I will have to wait and see (and take Tums if I need it).

I wrote down what I was eating on a sheet of paper which I seem to have lost.  So, the next several days will be pretty vague – based only on my memory and with no actual figures regarding protein or fluid intake.  I also seem to have neglected both my blood sugar and blood pressure today.  For shame!

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 15 mg Lansoprazole x 1

Friday, October 20th. 2017

Weight 214.2 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Hummus
  • Wheat thins
  • Milk
  • Banana
  • & other things I forgot about

I started taking an iron supplement today.  I probably should not have done that in conjunction with ending the other medication because it will be hard to tell what upsets my stomach if such a thing does occur.

I felt weird at work today – slightly feverish and generally yucky.  I usually go over to my grandmother’s house on Fridays but I called in sick to hanging out because I really do not want to pass anything along to my 85 year-old grandmother.  She’s pretty spry but more vulnerable than I am, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.  I lay around feeling yucky then went to bed early.

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 125/90 (6 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 129 (6 am)

Saturday, October 21st. 2017

Weight 213.4 lbs

Food:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Pudding
  • Protein shake
  • Lemonade
  • Peanut butter
  • Strawberry preserves
  • & other things I forgot about

So far, so good, acid-wise.  I felt mostly better today although I did throw up a bit and not because I ate too much this time!  (I tend to think of that as spitting up, like a baby does.)  I napped a lot and went to the grocery store, so I did have to get dressed.  My fever seems to be gone although I still feel “blech” in general.

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 125/91 (10 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 122 (10 am)

Sunday, October 22nd. 2017

Weight 212.6 lbs

Food:

  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Strawberry preserves
  • French onion soup
  • Tiny steak
  • String cheese
  • Tofu

I actually left the house today and felt pretty decent.  I went to a restaurant where I had a cup of soup and a filet mignon slider, it was super cute and also delicious although I did not eat the bun or lettuce (per my diet) and just consumed the tiny steak.

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 124/92 (9 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 112 (9 am)

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Weight 212.6 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Beef stew
  • Wheat thins
  • Juice
  • Milk
  • Baked potato
  • Sour cream
  • String cheese
  • broth

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 120/94 (6 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 126 (6 am)

Tuesday, October 24th. 2017

Weight 212.2 lbs5 weeks post surgery

Food:

  • Lemonade
  • Hummus
  • Wheat thins
  • Banana
  • Chicken tortilla soup
  • Saltines
  • & other things I forgot about

My blood pressure has been kind of high for a little while now.  It is not nearly as high as it was when I first started the Losartin-Hydrocholorthyazide but the systolic has gone above 130, which my doctor said means I should take half a pill.  I don’t think I will take anything yet though, I will wait and see how the numbers continue to trend.  I don’t like where my diastolic has been either, though.  At least it is staying in the two-digit range still.

Today at work, somebody brought in candy to share.  There were full size Milky Way bars (my favorite) and white chocolate Twix bars which seem weird but I would have totally eaten. They were in front of me but I resisted and I feel particularly proud of myself for doing so.  Maybe it would have been a small feat for some people but for me, it was major!  It does help that my co-workers, despite leaving the candy in front of me, were supportive.  “You look great, don’t eat that.”  felt encouraging rather than judgemental; I guess it is largely my frame of mind.  Also, like kind grownups, nobody said anything like “come on, you know you want one” or anything like that.

Medications:

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

 

  • Blood Pressure: 132/94 (6 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 100 (6 am)

4 Weeks Post Surgery

I did so poorly with drinking water today!  I really should know better.  Commenting on it is unlikely to help but hope springs eternal.

Wow, I am coming up on a month now!  That is a big milestone.  I think I am doing pretty well at this point.  Some of my clothes seem pretty loose while others don’t seem to have changed much at all.  (I know it is my body changing, not the clothes, of course.)


Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Weight 216.6 lbs

Food:

  • Muffin
  • Salmon burger patty
  • Green beans
  • Water
  • Jello
  • Egg whites
  • Egg
  • Orange juice
  • Reduced fat string cheese

I found my oral appliance this morning, which should really help with my blood pressure.

I know that I should not have had a muffin this morning but a supplier representative had brought pastries the day before and there were a lot left over when I passed through on my way in.  At least the muffin was tiny.

I was with a customer at work over lunch time so we ordered in.  It was hard to choose an option at a seafood restaurant with my shellfish allergy but eventually I landed on a salmon burger sans bun.  I got green beans on the side but I couldn’t get soup or salad due to the aforementioned allergy and the fact that raw vegetables are currently disallowed.  Anyway, the half of the patty that I ate was pretty good.  I chewed the few green beans I ate as thoroughly as possible but they were less well done than I am probably supposed to be eating.  I prefer them that way, generally.

At home, I decided to go for eggs, which I bought a couple of weeks ago but haven’t actually eaten yet.  Instead of scrambling them, I fried them lightly with seasoning salt and pepper.  I meant to have four egg whites but the yolk fell in on the last one so I went ahead and ate it.  It was a little soft still and I actually kind of liked it although I don’t think I am going to turn into a yolk lover anytime soon.  My distaste for yolks goes back a long way – I was basically brainwashed as a child to think that yolks tasted bad.  It is only in the past couple of years that I have been able to eat scrambled whole eggs and yolks seemed like a crazy leap but I am finally starting to make it now 🙂

I did not consume nearly enough fluid today.  I don’t specifically feel dehydrated but I know that I need to do better.  I really thought I was doing well with my protein despite not consuming a shake or something for breakfast given the salmon and eggs but I guess it just wasn’t enough.

Medications:egg w yolk

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 15 mg Lansoprazole x 1

 

  • Blood Pressure: 118/94 (6 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 137 (6 am)

 

  • Protein: 35 g
  • Fluid: 32 oz

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Weight 215.2 lbs

Food:

  • Jello
  • Kroger carbmaster yogurt
  • Beef stew
  • Flavored water
  • Egg whites
  • Egg
  • String cheese
  • Water

I have no reasonable explanation for my high blood pressure this morning.  At least my blood sugar was pretty good, it’s been high for a while and although one good number does not mean much, I have hope.

Also, it has been several days now that my weight has stayed under 217 which, according to my calculation, is the cutoff for a BMI of 35.  This moves me down a category from Class 2 (moderate risk) Obesity to Class 1 (low risk) Obesity.  I did not even realize this was a goal of mine until I  met it.  Yay!  As I was in the Class 2 camp initially, I would not have qualified for surgery except for my multiple co-morbidities, which made me high risk despite the number (38ish) so I am probably not actually “low risk” quite yet but I am on my way.

I was feeling pretty hungry by noon today.  The stew I had in the fridge was kind of a big serving but not crazy or anything so I ate it all without thinking too much about it.  I wasn’t eating too fast either, at least I don’t think so, it took me longer than one sitcom to eat my lunch.  Anyway, I did a little spitting up which is not ideal, especially at work, but at least it isn’t too frequent an occurrence.  It is weird though because my first thought is to “wash it down” with some water but I have learned that action is counterproductive so I do my best to refrain.  The spit-up thing is gross and unpleasant but I feel so much better now.

I had a psychologist appointment today.  I admit that I don’t like when she doesn’t just agree with everything I do but, of course, that would not be helpful at all so instead she is actually doing her job and making me look at things that are difficult for me to consider, so I guess that is good even if I don’t prefer the feeling.

Also, I did really poorly with fluid today, apparently.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 15 mg Lansoprazole x 1

 

  • Blood Pressure: 135/97 (6 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 107 (6 am)

 

  • Protein: 44 g
  • Fluid: 28 oz

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Weight 214.6 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Pears (fruit cup)
  • Flavored water
  • Beef stew
  • Mango
  • Water
  • Salmon patty
  • Green beans
  • 2% milk
  • Reduced fat string cheese

I am having some intestinal distress this morning.  It is unpleasant but not a huge problem, really.

I went to Kroger in the evening and tried the weird health thing again.  If I am going to keep doing this, maybe I should make an account with it instead of just taking a photo of my results.  Anyway, it says I am 217 lbs (including clothes) and have 43% body fat.  Also, it said my “hydration index” is low.  I don’t know if it is reliable but it is probably right on that score.  Also, my blood pressure at that time was 123/84.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 15 mg Lansoprazole x 1

 

  • Blood Pressure: 123/85 (6 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 108 (6 am)

 

  • Protein: 45 g
  • Fluid: 42 oz

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Weight 213.4 lbs

Food:

  • 2% milk
  • Reduced fat string cheese
  • Orange juice
  • Water
  • Chicken chili
  • Reduced fat cheese
  • Reduced fat sour cream

I forgot to take my pills this morning.  I didn’t realize it until evening, so I decided not to take them and just go back to normal tomorrow but it does mean that I didn’t have the GERD medication in me when eating chili but that seems to have worked out okay.

I made chicken chili today and although I added a little too much cayenne, I am pretty happy with it.  I added some reduced fat cheese, which helps with protein (although the count is pretty high anyway with beans and chicken).  I froze about half of it in smaller containers (about two servings each) than I did with the beef stew from last week – that I will have to thaw all at once.

Medications:chicken chili

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1

 

  • Blood Pressure: 120/71 (10 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 122 (10 am)

 

  • Protein: 65 g
  • Fluid: 40 oz

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Weight 213.4 lbs

Food:

  • Roast beef
  • Reduced fat string cheese
  • Water
  • Chicken chili
  • Reduced fat cheese
  • Reduced fat sour cream
  • Pudding
  • Water

I did so poorly with drinking water today!  I really should know better.  Commenting on it is unlikely to help but hope springs eternal.

stomach 3wksI was putting moisturizer (coconut oil) on my stomach last night when I pressed a little harder than usual and felt a sort of popping on one of my smaller incisions.  It was kind of like bubble wrap but not quite – it was something totally unique. It didn’t hurt at all but it felt weird.  I panicked a little, thinking maybe I had broken a stitch or something even though it has been 3 ½ weeks since my surgery and I don’t think the small incisions even got stitches anyway.  So, I googled a bit and found that some other people had the same experience.  It is apparently normal and even expected.  So, I went about massaging the other ones.  I think four out of five “popped” in the end.  The sixth incision, which is the biggest did not pop at all but I wasn’t surprised by that since it is different.  Afterward, I ran my fingers over my scars and noticed that they were harder to find since they were less raised than they had been (although they are not totally smooth by any means).  I guess when I moisturize going forward, I will try to massage some to both break up the scar tissue and make sure there is not any trapped air in the wounds (or whatever that was).

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1
  • 15 mg Lansoprazole x 1

 

  • Blood Pressure: 112/71 (10 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 134 (10 am)

 

  • Protein: 49 g
  • Fluid: 28 oz

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Weight 213.4 lbs

Food:

  • Water
  • Bolthouse Farms breakfast smoothie
  • Chicken chili
  • Reduced fat cheese
  • Pudding
  • White grape juice
  • Roast beef
  • Reduced fat string cheese

My stomach started feeling a bit odd mid-morning and by lunch time I felt the need to take something for it.  Usually Tums helps but I had some weird Rolaids softchews in my purse so I tried one of those.  It seems to have worked even though my problem did not seem to be GERD-related.  The problem is that now I do not want to eat lunch quite yet and it is noon.

The Rolaids worked pretty well, I had chili for lunch just after one o’clock.  I am really lucky that I have an office and flexible break times.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1
  • 15 mg Lansoprazole x 1
  • 1330 mg Calcium Carbonate / 235 mg Magnesium Hydroxide

 

  • Blood Pressure: 116/91 (6 am)
  • Blood Sugar: 137 (6 am)

 

  • Protein: 50 g
  • Fluid: 28 oz

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Weight 213.4 lbs4 weeks post surgery

Food:

  • Bolthouse Farms breakfast smoothie
  • Applesauce  
  • Chicken chili
  • Reduced fat cheese
  • White grape juice
  • Sweet potato (without skin)
  • Sour cream
  • Water
  • Reduced fat string cheese

I was running late this morning and did not get my blood pressure and blood sugar.  The latter is likely to be higher when I take it this afternoon since I will likely have eaten recently.  I also forgot to take a photo, I will try to remember to do that after returning home from work as well.

My weight has hit a plateau although I am not too worried (yet) since I am down 15 pounds which is something like 17% of my excess weight and and am ahead of schedule.  Well, maybe schedule is not quite the right word but I’m doing well!  Okay, I am not doing well when it comes to fluid intake but I am doing just fine with my weight loss.

I could not find my glucometer when I got home from work today but I did remember to take pictures and get a blood pressure reading.  I somehow feel like I look fatter than I did last week.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1
  • 15 mg Lansoprazole x 1

 

  • Blood Pressure: 125/64 (6 pm)

 

  • Protein: 52  g
  • Fluid: 42 oz

3 Weeks After Surgery

Per my appointment, the 9.6 lbs I lost (my surgery weight was 229 lbs) is 11% of my excess weight which is excellent.  The expected weight loss at two weeks out is 5 – 10% of EW.  

I became a little twitchy this week about allowed foods vs forbidden foods.  Also, I feared that my weight loss had stalled but upon reviewing the data, I think I am doing pretty well.


Surgical follow-up appointment

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Weight 216.8 lbs (at home)

218.4 lbs (at doctor’s office)

Food:

  • Popsicle
  • Protein shake
  • Turkey chili with cheese
  • Flavored water
  • 1% milk
  • Puréed cauliflower with broth
  • Apple cider
  • Reduced fat string cheese

I had big plans for my frozen peaches – I had wanted to blend them into my vanilla protein powder (and milk) to make a peaches & cream style shake but I did not get up early enough for that.

My follow-up appointment went well.  My weight was higher than at home but that isn’t too surprising since (a) I usually weigh myself in the morning before eating anything but after using the bathroom and (b) I usually wear just my undergarments while I was wearing a dress at the doctor’s office.  Anyway, my diet is going well and I get to move to soft food – defined by the nutritionist as anything that can be cut with a plastic fork.  I am super excited to make something with my Instant Pot (pressure cooker / slow cooker) this weekend.  The doctor agreed with my stopping the Losartin-Hydrochlorothyazide as long as my blood pressure stays okay and says that my blood sugar isn’t anything to worry about at this time.  Also, he checked out my incisions and agreed that the weird looking stuff going on with my biggest one is just scabbing.  Well, I think he said something more along the lines of “healing nicely” but it means the same thing.

Per my appointment, the 9.6 lbs I lost (my surgery weight was 229 lbs) is 11% of my excess weight which is excellent.  The expected weight loss at two weeks out is 5 – 10% of EW.  They did not actually tell me but basic math says they calculate my ideal body weight to be 142 lbs (BMI of 22.9) which is below my personal target but that’s not terrible, really.

When I got home, I took a bag of frozen peaches out of the freezer in anticipation of making a fancy shake tomorrow!

Medications:frozen  peaches

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 15 mg Lansoprazole x 1

 

  • Blood Pressure: 114/87 (at home)     114/73 (at doctor’s office)
  • Blood Sugar: 123

 

  • Protein: 58 g
  • Fluid: 45 oz

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Weight 217.2 lbs

Food:

  • Protein shake
  • Wendy’s chili with cheese
  • Flavored water
  • Popsicle
  • Naked juice smoothie
  • Frozen burrito (except most of the tortilla)
  • Puréed cauliflower with broth
  • Apple cider
  • Reduced fat string cheese

I went grocery shopping today with plans for the weekend!  I am going to make beef stew which even a non-surgeried person might want to eat on Saturday.  At first, I thought I could make chicken chili tonight as well but that just wasn’t going to happen.  I picked up a frozen burrito instead.  It had a reasonable amount of protein and I ate a minimal amount of the tortilla, sort of digging into it from the top.  It was not particularly attractive and I love tortillas but it worked out okay, I didn’t have any stomach problems afterward as I had feared.

According to the machine at Kroger, I weigh 220 lbs (including shoes and clothes and probably my phone) and have 44% body fat.  (It notes that <25% is healthy, 25 – 32% is acceptable and >32% is at risk.)  I don’t know how accurate that is but I will have to try it again in a month or so just to see how things have changed.

I had fast food for the first time since my surgery but it was approved fast food (in a way).  The nutritionist did recommend Wendy’s chili, even before soft foods were allowed if I took a blender to it so I figured it would be okay at this point as well.  I got out of bed late this morning so I had to grab a pre-made shake instead of getting to make one with peaches and did not remember to take along any food for lunch.  I looked up the nutrition information online though and it really doesn’t seem so bad.  I even ate the saltines that came with it although I made sure to let them soak a bit in the chili then chew them up really well.

Even though the cup of chili wasn’t very big, I only ate half of it.  I guess that’s the deal with my tiny tummy these days.  I’ll save the rest for tomorrow.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 15 mg Lansoprazole x 1

 

  • Blood Pressure: 112/84
  • Blood Sugar: 135

 

  • Protein: 48 g
  • Fluid: 41 oz

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Weight 217.2 lbs

Food:

  • Whey protein shake with 1% milk & peaches
  • Flavored water
  • Wendy’s chili with cheese
  • Panera French Onion Soup
  • 1% milk

I forgot to weigh myself this morning so the number (which I hope to remember to get tonight) may not fall in line with the others very well.

I am going to my grandma’s for dinner tonight and I didn’t bring anything with me to eat.  I had a thought on Wednesday about making chicken chili and being able to take it along for the both of us but I did not even buy the ingredients because fortunately I figured out that I knew better.  I’m thinking about stopping at Panera for the both of us and getting soup for myself.

I was only able to eat half my soup when having dinner with my grandma but I did eat the other half before going to bed.  I am kind of surprised by the protein content of the soup but I have decided to believe Panera’s website when it comes to nutrition content.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 15 mg Lansoprazole x 1

 

  • Blood Pressure: 115/72
  • Blood Sugar: 122

 

  • Protein: 65 g
  • Fluid: 42 oz

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Weight 218.2 lbs

Food:

  • Chicken broth
  • Kroger Carbmaster yogurt
  • 1% milk
  • Beef stew
  • Water
  • Orange juice
  • Reduced fat string cheese

I did not lower my Metformin on purpose today, I just forgot to take my morning pills which means that I missed my thyroid and depression meds as well.  I did not realize until the evening so I decided to let it go and just make sure to remember my pills on Sunday.  Hopefully it won’t be too big a deal.

I was super excited about eating “real” food so I spent much of the day making beef stew even though it is unseasonably warm for October and I really didn’t need to be heating up my apartment with the slow cooker.  I bought a roast that was about 3 pounds and cut it in half.  I put the larger half in the freezer, probably for a future pot roast (or maybe more stew) and significantly decreased the weight of the half I used by removing and discarding the large ribbon of fat across one whole side.  Of course, I trimmed as much fat as possible from the whole thing.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1
  • 15 mg Lansoprazole x 1

 

  • Blood Pressure: 92/72
  • Blood Sugar: 133

 

  • Protein: 43 g
  • Fluid: 40 oz

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Weight 217.2 lbs

Food:

  • 1% milk
  • Beef stew
  • Orange juice
  • Jello
  • Beef stew
  • Reduced fat string cheese

I ate too much stew too fast today, I guess I am still learning the size of my stomach.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 15 mg Lansoprazole x 1

 

  • Blood Pressure: 112/85
  • Blood Sugar: 155

 

  • Protein: 50 g
  • Fluid: 32 oz

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Weight 216.2 lbs

Food:

  • Flavored water
  • Kroger carbmaster yogurt
  • Beef stew
  • Jello
  • 1% milk
  • Reduced fat string cheese
  • Baked potato with butter & ranch dressing
  • 1% milk

I am getting concerned that my new scale always thinks I weigh something point two.  It didn’t at first but every weight for what seems like a week has ended with .2, which is weird.

I have not been measuring my blood pressure and blood sugar at a consistent time the way I [usually] do with my weight.  I don’t think this is a problem for my blood pressure, but it makes my glucose levels seem like they are all over the place.  I should record the times I take these measurements or at least the proximity to a meal.  Anyway, the 155 I measured yesterday was like an hour after I ate although my fasting (first thing in the morning) blood sugar has been kind of high as well (120-ish).

I definitely ate too much baked potato (sadly without the skin) too fast.  Also, I was not thinking and had some milk along with it, which turned out to be a mistake, I spit up a little bit of it, which was kind of gross.  Also, I took my blood sugar like half an hour after eating it so of course it was too high.

I am pretty sure that my blood pressure spiked for another reason.  I went to a dentist appointment today and remembered my oral appliance case but neglected to put the appliance in it and this frustrated me a great deal because now I have to schedule a new appointment leaving work midday later in the week.  Then, when I got home, I could only find half of my appliance (it comes in two pieces).  The one I am missing is clear and therefore harder to find although I shook out my sheets and looked around on the floor.  Losing it made me extra frustrated as well as stressed.  My heart rate was about twice as high as normal according to the machine.  I also forgot to take my pills in the evening.  I sincerely hope tomorrow is better.

Medications:

  • 500 mg Metformin x  ½

 

  • Blood Pressure: 144/96
  • Blood Sugar: 201

 

  • Protein: 50 g
  • Fluid: 38 oz

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Weight 216.2 lbs

Food:3 weeks post surgery

  • Slim Fast shake
  • Beef stew
  • Flavored water
  • Jello
  • 1% milk
  • Tater tots
  • Turkey chili
  • Reduced fat cheese
  • Orange juice
  • Reduced fat string cheese

Based on my blood pressure this morning, I have calmed down some since last night.  Also, although my weight ended up with a .2, it did waffle around to some other numbers, including a .4 so I guess my scale [probably] isn’t broken, my weight is just weird.  The fact that I haven’t lost any weight in a week is disheartening but I can’t be too upset about it since I am still on track overall.  Then, I made a graph and it made me feel even better.  It does look like there might be a plateau but I can’t really extrapolate at this point, I will just have to follow my diet guidelines and trust in the process.

Medications:weight graph 3wk

  • 500 mg Metformin x 1 ½
  • 15 mg Lansoprazole x 1

 

  • Blood Pressure: 117/91
  • Blood Sugar: 127

 

  • Protein: 69 g
  • Fluid: 45 oz