I had my 4-week post op “visit” (tele-med) with my surgeon today. It was a little early, I will officially be 4 weeks on the 29th, but my medical leave is only until the 30th, and I need to go back to work on the 2nd. So early appointment to get cleared, and then I have appointments tomorrow with the Psychologist and Dietician. Dr. Lorenzo has not only cleared me for exercise but is encouraging me to really get on it with the cardio.
I am starting week two of soft foods, and I think I pretty much have a set menu, for now. I found out that cooked fish does not sit well, I got sick after trying salmon, but canned tuna works fine. I will wait a few weeks and then try canned salmon. Costco sells rotisserie chicken meat, mostly breast, in 4-pound packages. I shred up about a pound at a time in the food processor, and that is working fine. I have a couple of different sauces that I add to my portion for flavor. I love Greek yogurt and cottage cheese, so those are my snack foods. I can eat 1-2 oz per day of soft fruits. I am sticking to frozen berries for convenience. I am also supposed to try and add 1-2 oz of cooked vegetables but finding that a little more difficult. Eggs are also working out great. So here is pretty much what I have been eating every day:
Breakfast: 2 oz portion of 1 lg egg, 3 T egg whites, and 2 T Pace Picante sauce, scrambled.
Snack: 2 oz nonfat Greek yogurt with 1 oz mixed berries
Lunch: 2 oz portion Tuna salad prepared with light mayo and no sugar added sweet pickle relish.
Snack: Cottage cheese with either fruit or salsa
Dinner: 2 oz shredded chicken with sauce and 1 oz cooked vegetables.
I still drink 1 protein or meal replacement shake a day to meet my requirements and I am struggling to get 64 oz of water. I know this is a long-term process and I am trying to be patient.
I took some progress photos.
The pictures on the left were taken February 1st. I was 204.8 lbs., but down from my highest of about 218 lbs. The pictures on the right were taken last night, and I weighed in at 183.8 lbs. The difference is subtle, but you can see it. I am wearing a SheFit sports bra, and in the first picture, it barely fit around my ribs. I had the band adjusted as far as it would go length wise. Last night I had to have my mom help me tighten it.
I took my first bike ride in about a month yesterday. My pace was way down, and I have lost some conditioning, but it still felt good to get out there. Looking forward to 45-60-minute workout sessions with my heavier dumbbells. I have been doing 4 exercise sessions, 2 upper body (push-pull) and two lower body (knee strengthening from PT) using 3 lb. weights or 5 lb. resistance band. I am still up in the air about going to the gym, but I pretty much have enough equipment at home to get me started. I just do not have a lot of space.
Overall, feeling good, and not regretting the decision to have WLS. Now if the Publishers Clearing House Prize Team would knock on my door next Tuesday, things would be perfect.