Doreen's New Beginning...

by Doreen
(Tuckerton, NJ)

May 8, 2009

I had my surgery exactly one week ago, April 30th, 2009, but started my journey back in April at a Bariatric seminar at our local hospital, SOCH, in Manahawkin, NJ.

The seminar was great, got the facts, met the doctors and their staff, and got to meet recent patients who were doing great. So here I am a week out and I've lost 13 lbs since surgery, and since April about 26 lbs. My goal is 125 pounds total, so I've got 99 to go. (My first doctor's visit I was 256, now I'm at 229.) It seems so far, yet so close!

My recovery is a little harder than I imagined, but maybe it's normal. I feel like I did a 1000 sit-ups and all I want to do is sleep. But it's getting better slowly day by day.

Yesterday was my first day on pureed food and I couldn't get over how weak I was, called my doctor, Dr. Reich, and he said I wasn't drinking enough fluids and it was ok to drink Gatorade.

So Mom and Dad came to the rescue, brought in a few supplies and I'm feeling a bit better today. Still tire pretty easily, but I'm trying!

I thought I was supposed to eat a 1/2 cup of pureed food, but today I double checked and realized it's a 1/4 cup! Yikes, hope I didn't mess anything's just not much food. Is this the way it's going to be for the rest of my life? >^..^<

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On-the-go Meals
by: Suzette

If you carry an insulated lunch bag, you can pack foods like cottage cheese, yogurt, ricotta cheese, hard boiled eggs, egg salad, tuna salad, and chicken salad.

You can also carry your protein powder and then stop at a convenience store for a bottle of water. Add your protein powder to the bottle (after you've sipped a little water out to make room for the powder), shake and drink up!

When you're into the solid phase, you can carry protein bars, turkey jerky (be sure to take tiny, tiny bites, and chew VERY well), and possible peanut butter sandwiches if you can get bread and peanut butter down without it sticking!

by: Doreen

Thanks Suzette! I was getting worried that this was it! I know I have to cut down on how much I eat, but I thought a 1/4 cup was really cutting down! It's funny though, I can't say I feel full, but I stop with my 1/4 cup. I'm not really hungry either, but I know I could eat more, I'm just waiting to feel "full".

I go for my first post-op viist in 2 days and maybe back to work next week. It's going to take a lot of planning of meals to keep this going, I'm in sales so I'm on the road alot, not always near a microwave so I guess alot of chicken and egg salad for lunch!

I have to admit I love to cook and create, so I'm having fun, but it does take time. I'm learning to prepare in batches and freeze in 1/4 cup sizes, or tablespoons of mashed potatoes, etc. Anyone have suggestions for good "on the go" meals that really don't need heating?

Thanks! Doreen

New Lap-Band Beginning
by: Suzette

Hi Doreen,
Congrats to you on your surgery and your success so far!
Over time you'll be able to eat slightly larger portions, so don't won't be eating 1/4 cup forever! You're still very much in the healing/transition stage. Keep focusing on eating your protein, getting fluids between meals, and noticing the point when your pouch feels like it's full.
Looking forward to hearing about your journey as it unfolds!

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