My experiences on the pre-op diet.
The day before it began…..
This is what worried me most of all! I knew it had to be done but I’m not very good at restricting myself and sticking to a diet. I suppose that’s how I ended up here in the first place!
It did feel different this time though. I was really motivated, knowing that I was doing this to prepare for my surgery and I knew that the team at NOSC were there if I needed them. If I was struggling, all I had to do was pick up the phone and they would be there to help me through it. I can’t believe all the great ideas they gave me to help me stick to my eating programme.
Now I knew for sure: If I got through this (which I did) …….. the operation itself would be a breeze!
The day before I started my diet, food and dieting was all I could think about and I spent all day worrying about what to eat for dinner that night.
I started calling it my “Last Supper” and I REALLY wanted to enjoy it! I worried that I would make the wrong decision and then look back and wish I’d chosen something else. I didn’t know what to choose! I almost felt that I needed bite size pieces of everything so that I didn’t miss out on anything. That is how panic stricken I felt! I suppose that really shows why I need surgery to help me take control!
I finally made my decision!
For my last unrestricted meal I had a great big mixed grill; steak, gammon, chicken, mash and lots of vegetables. Lovely!
I really, really enjoyed my last big meal, however, I knew that the next day was the first day of the rest of my new healthier, fitter life. I had to start my pre-op diet.
This is my pre-op diet journal……
Days 1 and 2 Well, I’ve started my pre-op diet (I chose the diet shake option) and there really isn’t anything remarkable to say. It isn’t easy but I’m managing. Just!
Day 3 Okay, I’ve got to confess, I’ve really struggled for the last two days! Last night I think I even shouted out in my sleep ” I’m a celebrity get me out of here”. I might even have been tempted to compete in a bush tucker trial! I’m determined to stick to it though; I know it will be worth it in the end!
Day 4 I am feeling a little more confident today. I CAN do it! The shakes are fine but they all seem to be sweet. I’m really missing the taste of my beloved savoury treats! I was glad to learn from Tina at NOSC that I’m also allowed tea and coffee, oxo and bovril. That has really helped. It’s amazing how quickly I’ve fallen into a new regime. Breakfast is tea and a shake, at lunch and dinner time I have bovril or oxo followed by the shake. I think this tricks my brain into thinking I’ve had a savoury and a dessert! I’ve also been drinking lots of water each day.
Now, don’t get me wrong…. I’m not saying this is easy but doing it this way seems to be working for me.
Day 5 Well, I’m at the end of day 5 and I’m feeling a lot less hungry and much more confident that I can do this. I even managed to sit with my young niece and nephew while they ate pizza today (which I had cooked for them by the way!) and not help myself to even a little nibble! That in itself is a major achievement for me! I’m almost halfway through the pre-op diet now and seeing light at the end of the tunnel, although I have to say……. if I never see another oxo cube again after this it will be too soon!
Days 6 to 14 I managed to stick to my diet, it was a bit of a battle at times but knowing that it was really going to make a difference to my operation kept me on the straight and narrow. The team at NOSC were always on the other end of the phone to answer my questions which helped a lot and seeing myself starting to lose weight has given a real boost to my determination to see this through. There really isn’t much more I can say about this.
The Day Before Christmas… whoops … Surgery!
It’s almost like Christmas Eve. I feel seven years old again! It feels really strange to be this excited about having an operation! I just can’t wait to get on with the rest of my new, SLIMMER life 😊. I thought I would really struggle today because my pre-op fast has begun. I’m on clear liquids only. Normally, I don’t think I would have got through a couple of hours without eating, never mind ALL DAY but being so excited I don’t think I could have eaten anything anyway. I’ve been trying to keep myself busy all day and wear myself out so that I can get some sleep tonight. I definitely won’t need an alarm clock in the morning!
I’m so nervous and excited. Tomorrow is the big day!