UGH – Downfalls of High Protein

So, one of the big downfalls for me to my surgery has been the ongoing battle with constipation.  When I was on the iron supplements, it was horrible.  Going to the bathroom once a week sucked donkey nuts.  Now that they’ve taken me off my iron supplement, I still have to be really mindful to get in my fiber. 

So, I try my damnedest to get fiber in any way I can.  I am not allowed to take things like Metamucil or Benefiber (my surgeon’s orders) but I am supposed to eat fiber rich foods when I can.  Problem is, on the bariatric diet, you are supposed to eat proteins first, and then veggies/fruits next and grains last.  I tend to fill up on protein, which doesn’t leave me a whole lot of room for the other stuff.

I’ve been trying to be good at getting a good balance of things.  I’ve been trying to incorporate more raw veggies since I don’t have issues eating them.  Lots of fruit.  And I force myself to eat oatmeal every day.  I tried the kashi cereals, but they’ve upped the amount of sugars in them, and now I dump on them.  I tried fiber one and gassed myself out.  So, oatmeal it is.

Constipation blows y’all.  B-L-O-W-S.

One day, I’ll get this all figured out.  One day.

Until then, thank God for Dulcolax.

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Non-Scale Victory!

I just got my cholesterol test results from last month – this is on no cholesterol meds, by the way –

Total cholesterol is 105 (was 149 before surgery on crestor everyday)

Triglycerides – 99

HDL – 42

I LOVE my RNY!

{} This Close

I just spoke with Cris over at my surgeon’s office.  I confirmed that they have in fact received ALL of my pre-op testing.  The only thing they are waiting on now is my six months from the doctor, which I will have done on the 19th.  Then they can submit my approval.

Yay!

I’m getting excited.  Last night, I had a dream I had just had my surgery, but I woke up to find out that instead of the RNY, they had done a lap band and I was furious.  I sat up and demanded they take me right back in and fix it.  LOL…I’m sure I probably would too.

I’m so close I can taste it.  Haha taste…yeah, not quite the right euphamism for this particular test, huh?

Still Here – I Promise

I just haven’t been able to muster up the wherewithall to write about things.

I had my 4th Dr. appointment yesterday.  That means I have two months left on the doctor supervised diet, and then, I’m good to go.  I have two tests left – the two day stress test and the ABS on room air.  The ABS is scheduled for next Monday, and the Stress Test is scheduled for September.

I’m still stuck at my current weight.  Two month stall.  This is why diets don’t work for me.  I’ve tweaked things up a bit.  I’ve had a nasty cold this month, and because of the infection and the flares of gastropheresis that I’ve had, my blood sugars have been out of whack.  So, I’m going back to my old standby – no white foods.  No bread, no flour, no potatos or pasta, etc.  That usually gets my blood sugars back into line quickly.  It should help with some other problems I’m having as a result of the infection – lady problems.

This stall is really really starting to play with my head.  I know I need to tighten the reigns on my eating, so that’s what’s going to happen.  Hopefully the tweak in the diet will be enough to re-regulate my system and get me losing again.  And once the heat wave is off, it’s time to start exercising again.  That’s all there is to it.

I’m so ready for this surgery.  I’m so tired of carrying around all this extra baggage – the weight, the meds, the illness.  It’s getting to be too much.  Maybe I waited to long to make this decision.  If I had decided to do it last year, when I was thinking about it, I would have already been cleared for surgery – probably would have already had it done.  Sad, isn’t it?

As for my CPAP machine – worst sleep ever.  I can not sleep on my back.  Never have been able to do that. I’m a side sleeper.  I’m a stomach sleeper.  I’m not a back sleeper.  The mask I have doesn’t allow me to sleep on my side or stomach, and for a week and a half I was getting horrible sleep.  I decided last night to give it a break, and didn’t wear the mask.  I slept so well.  I know I need to get used to this thing, and so I’ll get back at it tonight.  Plus, things are due for a cleaning, so that will be my project afterwork.  I can’t wait to lose enough weight that I don’t have to worry about it anymore.

I’m still working on my will and my living will.  Actually, the will is done, and will be paid for with my next check.  The living will is going to follow shortly after.  Yay for Legalzoom.

So, that’s what’s going on with me.  This respiratory infection has really thrown me for a loop this month, and I haven’t been posting much, but should be back at it soon.  And hopefully, just hopefully the weightloss will come with it.

As Promised

I’m still stalled, and to top that off, I’m sick.  My eating habits have gone out the door.  I don’t want healthy, I want soup.  I’ve been really limiting my serving sizes and as soon as I can stomach real food again, I’m back on my strict eating plan.  I haven’t gained any weight, which is very good.

I’ve gotten a lot of steps accomplished towards my surgery goal in November.  I went last Friday for my EGD and it went very well.  They found inflamation in my stomach, but I told them ahead of time that I have gastropheresis, so that explained it.  The doctor said he saw no reason why I shouldn’t have the surgery and even said the gastropheresis would go away afterwards.  Well, yay for that.  I have lived with stomach distress and discomfort for the past three years and it is no fun.

I need to get my head back in the game with food.  It is my last hold out.  I’m going to go to support group next Tuesday at the hospital, and talk a bit with Chris to make sure she has everything that I’ve done so far.  I think I need to make an appointment to see the dietician and tweak things a bit, just to get myself back on track.

And finally, here’s the updated To Do List:

1.  I have to be a six month physician monitored weight loss plan – and I have to go in every month to get weighed.  I’ll make that call tomorrow.  I have the diet from the bariatric clinic and I only need to lose 10 to 15 pounds before surgery.  Three months down – three months to go. 

2.  Letter of medical necessity. – No problem.  I’ll get that from my primary care doctor.

3.  Cardiology consult with stress test.  I’ll call and get that scheduled.  Scheduled for June 29.  Scheduled for 9/9 and 9/14.

4.  Sleep Study.  Scheduled June 10th

5.  Lab Testing (I have my labwork – I’ll get that done next week)

6.  Psychiatric Evalution.  I have a list of doctors to chose from.  I’ll call and make an appointment.  appointment June 4.

7.  Gastroenterology Exam.  Scheduled July 31

8.  Pulmonary consult.  Scheduled July 22nd.  ABGs room on – Scheduled 8/24.

9.  Bilateral venous dopler study lower extremities – Scheduled July 8th

10.  Attend one support group for RNY patients – scheduled for May 12.

11.  Make out a will and a living will (this is my project for August – the will is done, I just have to pay for it – the living will is next)

12.  Sleep study #2 with CPAP – scheduled for 7/10/09.

I am also required to begin two journals – one is to specifically be about the weight loss surgery process, the other about my regular thoughts and feelings as a way to replace my usual stress go-to, food.  I also have to log my eating for a week along with my thoughts and feelings, and fax that to the behavioral specialist, all the while journaling my food and exercise

Updated To Do List

Here’s the udpated to do list:

1.  I have to be a six month physician monitored weight loss plan – and I have to go in every month to get weighed.  I’ll make that call tomorrow.  I have the diet from the bariatric clinic and I only need to lose 10 to 15 pounds before surgery.  Two months down – four months to go. 

2.  Letter of medical necessity. – No problem.  I’ll get that from my primary care doctor.

3.  Cardiology consult with stress test.  I’ll call and get that scheduled.  Scheduled for June 29.  Scheduled for 9/9 and 9/14.

4.  Sleep Study.  Scheduled June 10th

5.  Lab Testing (I have my labwork – I’ll get that done next week)

6.  Psychiatric Evalution.  I have a list of doctors to chose from.  I’ll call and make an appointment.  appointment June 4.

7.  Gastroenterology Exam.  Scheduled July 31

8.  Pulmonary consult.  Scheduled July 22nd

9.  Bilateral venous dopler study lower extremities – Scheduled July 8th

10.  Attend one support group for RNY patients – scheduled for May 12.

11.  Make out a will and a living will (this is my project for August)

12.  Sleep study #2 with CPAP – scheduled for 7/10/09.

I am also required to begin two journals – one is to specifically be about the weight loss surgery process, the other about my regular thoughts and feelings as a way to replace my usual stress go-to, food.  I also have to log my eating for a week along with my thoughts and feelings, and fax that to the behavioral specialist, all the while journaling my food and exercise

Weekend Challenges and Updated To Do List

We are having company this weekend.  My step-daughter and her husband and baby are coming up to celebrate Father’s Day with Mr. G and they are spending the night at our place.  I’m thrilled to have them.  I haven’t seen my granddaughter since Christmas.  Normally, out of town guests wouldn’t worry me in the least when it comes to eating, but, they want to go out to eat.  And they like the Italian place.

Eating out has turned out to me a challenge for me -not just with the food, but mentally and emotionally as well.  We ate out a bit on our trip to Colorado, and while I chose (for the most part) healthier selections, I automatically went into “last meal mode.”  The one that says, “this will be the last time you can ever eat this again, so enjoy…order what you want.”  And I hate to be a pain in the ass at restaurants.  I think I’m going to angle for ordering pizza in…that way they can have pizza, and I can eat what I need to eat. 

And, since I’ve had to add another pre-op test, here’s my updated to do list:

Here’s the udpated to do list:

1.  I have to be a six month physician monitored weight loss plan – and I have to go in every month to get weighed.  I’ll make that call tomorrow.  I have the diet from the bariatric clinic and I only need to lose 10 to 15 pounds before surgery.  Two months down – four months to go. 

2.  Letter of medical necessity. – No problem.  I’ll get that from my primary care doctor.

3.  Cardiology consult with stress test.  I’ll call and get that scheduled.  Scheduled for June 29.

4.  Sleep Study.  Scheduled June 10th

5.  Lab Testing (I have my labwork – I’ll get that done next week)

6.  Psychiatric Evalution.  I have a list of doctors to chose from.  I’ll call and make an appointment.  appointment June 4.

7.  Gastroenterology Exam.  Scheduled July 31

8.  Pulmonary consult.  Scheduled July 22nd

9.  Bilateral venous dopler study lower extremities – Scheduled July 8th

10.  Attend one support group for RNY patients – scheduled for May 12.

11.  Make out a will and a living will

12.  Sleep study #2 with CPAP – scheduled for 7/10/09.

I am also required to begin two journals – one is to specifically be about the weight loss surgery process, the other about my regular thoughts and feelings as a way to replace my usual stress go-to, food.  I also have to log my eating for a week along with my thoughts and feelings, and fax that to the behavioral specialist, all the while journaling my food and exercise

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