Ok, so I owe anyone and everyone who follows this blog and apology. I have been seriously slacking on blogging. Seriously. To the point that someone messaged me on the Obesity Help website to check on me (so sweet, thank you!).
Not ’cause I don’t love y’all. I’m just busy, busy, busy with work (and since I own my own business, that has to come first). I’ve been keeping up on YouTube, but it’s just somehow easier to plop down in front of the iPad mini for a few minutes than to type out a whole post. Sad but true.
But, I’m going to catch y’all up tomorrow, since it’s my 2-month surgiversary! Boy how time flies, right?
Tonight, I’m going to post something interesting I came across, and also my YouTube video updates from the last few weeks (I’m going to just post updates only from now on, not any other videos I might make, so if you’re interested in everything that I have to say, feel free to subscribe to my videos on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/LessofSarah).
Ok, get ready for a different kind of video. I’ve been wanting to talk about this topic for a while, but the other day I saw a video that a YouTuber I follow had made, and it lit a fire for me to make a video response talking about this very subject – people who are on the other side of this journey and seem to have forgotten what it’s like to be overweight, and seem to think they can fat shame those who still *are* overweight.
Oh no, Sarah does not play that my friends…
Okay, so I finally realized that trying to make a YouTube video AND blog on Fridays is just not going to happen (plus if you follow both, it would be a little boring, no?), so I’m going to push my weekly updates here on the blog to Sunday, to at least give me a few more things to talk about.
Last week…*sigh*. The dreaded 3-week stall hit. But, the good news is, it was really more of a pause than a stall (it seems anyway). I dropped two pounds on the weekend, and then was literally exactly the same weight everyday of the week until Friday morning when I had dropped one more pound.
My weight loss for week three was 3 lbs, which put me at a weight of 398.5 on Friday, and a total of 21.5 lbs lost since surgery and 61.5 lbs lost from my highest weight at the end of September.
Since Friday, I’ve actually dropped another 1.5 pounds, so it would seem that the “stall” wasn’t much of a stall at all (hey, I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it!).
The big news this week was the transition to pureed and soft foods. Oh yes – you can tell from my earlier post that I was real excited about that.
So far, I’ve had chili (from Wendys), a soft scrambled egg, baked Tilapia and the aforementioned Indian Butter Chicken – with varying results.
The soft scrambled egg tasted good (I could eat about 3/4 of one egg), but it didn’t sit right. Felt like a lump of coal in there. Not that pleasant (will hold off on eggs for another week or two and see if that changes).
The Tilapia was yesterday, and it was delicious, but again, didn’t sit right. It was about a three ounce serving, and I ate probably 1.5-2 ounces total. It completely felt like it was just sitting on my chest – really uncomfortable. Although it was soft and flaky, and I chewed it to death, who knows…maybe I wasn’t quite ready for that.
Chili on the other hand – delicious, and no trouble whatsoever getting that in (of course).
Going to be making Ricotta Bake tomorrow, and maybe whip up some chicken salad in the Magic Bullet. Still trying to figure out what I’m going to bring to eat for Christmas dinner.
I’ve actually been baking and cooking the last few days for Christmas parties etc., and in a weird way, it was really enjoyable (even though it’s all stuff I can’t eat basically). I made cookies, lemon squares, Jalapeno Popper Dip and am doing Antipasto Skewers and a Cheese & Veggie Torte for Christmas appetizers. I somehow found it all very soothing – not at all as challenging as I thought it might be.
Tonight, I have my very first Christmas party (I’ve avoided every other one I could) at a good friend’s house, so this will be my first real big “social eating” situation since my surgery. Everyone who will be there pretty much knows about my surgery, so that makes it easier. I know that she mentioned she will have some hummus and she is making Devilled Eggs (one of my faves), so at the very least I’m thinking I could do half a Devilled egg and a bit of hummus. I don’t really care that much about whether I eat or not, but I do feel like in social situations it makes people (especially the host) uncomfortable when you don’t. That and the party is over dinner time, so whether I feel like it or not, I *should* eat.
Just want to stick to things that I know shouldn’t make me sick – although eggs didn’t go that well the other day, it wasn’t unbearable or anything, so I think I’m safe with my choices.
Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, and I will catch up with y’all soon!
PS – A quick shout out to Michael (http://lessofmike.com). My thoughts are with you and I hope that you have answers soon, and are home to spend Christmas with your family!
So…after nearly 5 weeks of a almost exclusively liquid diet…
Today, I ate pureed chicken. O…M…G. Who knew that pureed chicken could be so delightful?
It was actually Indian Butter Chicken, that I pureed with some greek yogurt, and boy was it delicious (it was also only about 2 ounces, but I totally felt satisfied). Sleevie Wonder seemed to approve as well.
SO happy right now.
Tomorrow, I’m going to try a scrambled egg for lunch, and some Wendy’s chili for dinner (I’ll still have to puree it, but whatever). And I’ve got some hummus and cottage cheese and yogurt etc. in the fridge for snacks.
If everything goes as planned, I’m hoping to make Shelly’s (Eggface) famous Ricotta Bake to bring to Christmas dinner for me.
More updates tomorrow 🙂
Okay, so I’m a couple of days late – but I have a good reason, I swear!
(If you want my real 2-week day-of update, you can always check out the video in the post below)
So…I was really hoping that I would be under the 400lb mark by my birthday (which was Friday, December 14) – wasn’t sure it was going to happen, and I got close, but I didn’t quite make it. I knew it would be VERY close though, and so I decided to hold off on my post until I could say…
I now weigh 399.5 lbs – see ya later 400s. Actually, see you NEVER AGAIN, 400s. NEVER EVER. I know Justin Beiber’s sage advice would be to “never say never”, but this is one time I’m making an exception.
It is a very small victory, but it’s still a victory to me and it put a smile on my face this morning.
So…back to my two week update!
My weight loss for week two was 7.5 lbs, which put me at a weight of 401.5 on Friday (my birthday), and a total of 18.5 lbs lost since surgery and 58.5 lbs lost from my highest weight at the end of September.
So far, so good.
This week I also transitioned from clear liquids to full liquids, although that really just meant adding two things to my diet – pudding and soups. You would be surprised at the difference that makes! I made some protein pudding pops (chocolate) and protein pudding (banana) and bought so really flavourful soups – Thai coconut, Moroccan chickpea and Indian lentil. So good – they are organic soups by Happy Planet, and they are full of flavour and so delicious. I do have to throw them in the magic bullet to make sure they are chunk free, but OMG. So nice to eat something savoury and flavourful right now.
I’m doing well getting in my liquids (80-100 oz a day) and protein (75-80+ grams a day) – what’s doing it is basically one premier protein shake (ready to drink, in tetra packs, from Costco) in the morning and then Isopure Zero-Carb diluted in Crystal Light in a big pitcher, that I drink throughout the day. Once I get those in, I’ve had the majority of my protein and liquids, and I can fill in with soups, water etc.
There are two basic things that are bugging me right now – continued fuzzy tongue and the feeling of a “lump” in my throat when I swallow, which started at the beginning of the week. I mentioned it in my update email to Gaby at Dr. Aceves’ office (and also that I was having the feeling of “hunger”, which I know is related to excess acid). She told me that both the hunger and swollen esophagus are related to excess production of acid (apparently my stomach doesn’t realize it is now tiny and doesn’t need to produce so much acid!) and to up my PPI from once and day to twice a day. I started doing that yesterday so I’m hoping it helps!
My birthday was lots of fun! We did end up going out for dinner (a friend was visiting from Syracuse – E, who we met on our cruise in September) and so it was either I cook (not happening right now), we order in or we go out. I actually wanted to go out, but I let my husband decide on the restaurant, since the most I was going to get was soup.
We ended up going to Canyon Creek, which is a local steakhouse-type restaurant. Everyone ordered prime rib, interestingly enough (which I’m not a fan of, so didn’t care about watching them eat that!) – I got baked potato soup, and the waitress was nice enough to try to not include any potato chunks. It did have some sour cream and cheese on top which I mixed in, so it was quite smooth and so delicious. I didn’t eat a lot (maybe 3oz), but I enjoyed what I did eat!
It wasn’t as awkward as I thought it might be, although the waitress seemed confused by the fact that I was only having soup. Whatever, didn’t really care. One interesting thing was that although I don’t really ever get a “full” sensation (nerves are severed during the surgery and it takes some time for that sensation to return), somehow my body does tell me when I’m done. I can’t really explain what it is, but I literally had a spoonful of soup nearly in my mouth and then I just got the “feeling” and I put it down and that was it. Kind of amazing.
The rest of the night was fun too – went to karaoke where our friend is the KJ. Drank tea all night, sang with my friends, got a lapdance (that’s a long story)…it was a birthday to remember.
Although I didn’t share it with anyone, I had something on my mind all night – just how different my next birthday might be, after a (hopefully) 200+ weight-loss. Trippy to think about.
But for today, I’m living in the now and enjoying every minute of the journey.