Archive from March, 2016
Mar 3, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Feeling Energised!

Well they are off !

It’s official…… the surgical socks have gone to the great sock bin in the sky 😊 I can’t tell you what a relief it is to be rid of them but in the grand scheme of things, the socks were just a minor niggle. It’s been MORE than worth it!

I’m six weeks in now.  Who would have  believed (certainly not me! ) that I would have lost 31 pounds already? I’ve smashed through my second target which was 28 pounds!   It’s unreal!

I feel fantastic! I’m amazed how quickly everything is becoming so much easier to do, I’ve found  that I have so much more energy now. My house work is taking half the time it used to and if you’re anything like me and DON’T find housework therapeutic,  this is an excellent bonus!

I have even been out shopping for some new clothes which was really strange. I  found myself looking for my old size. I can’t quite believe that I have dropped two to three dress sizes so quickly. It’s a lot to get my head round and old habits die hard.  This weight loss has opened a whole new world of clothes shops for me and of course, once I had my new clothes I wanted to go out too! I used to dread going out, always worrying about what I would wear, but not any more!

I’m even managing to dine out now! We all went out for a family meal last week. I chose a small starter portion for my main course. It was just great to go out and be in that lovely relaxed atmosphere, and for me,  for the first time, it was about socialising and not about the food.

One of the main things I was dreading was food shopping, especially  the “big shop”. I needn’t have worried though, it was absolutely fine. It takes me a little longer now, but that’s because I really have to think about what I’m buying. When you are eating such small amounts, it makes  you really think about the quality of food you are buying and the choices you make. Also,  because my meals are smaller it’s made my whole household reevaluate their portion sizes. My girls have said that when they first looked in the fridge, shortly after my op, they thought  they where in Lilliput because of all the miniature separate portions!  Unexpectedly,  they have lost weight too! That’s because we are all more conscious about what and how much we are eating…… and that can’t be bad!

 

Mar 14, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

One for the ladies!

Well you all know about me dropping dress sizes but I failed to mention my bra size!

I think I tried to block it out and cling to my old bras for as long as possible, trying to put off the dreaded bra shop!        

Most women will relate to this, it has to be the most dreaded shopping trip on a ladies agenda, however, having dropped from a 38DD to a 36D in just two months,  this shopping trip couldn’t be put off any longer. It wasn’t as bad as expected actually, in fact, it was lovely to have more choice and not feel so embarrassed about my size. If I’m truthful, it was totally amazing!

Not only that…. I feel so different now. I have tons of energy and so much more confidence! I am LOVING the new me. I actually feel healthy and happy and unbelievably…. taller. How weird is that?

I’m only two months in and so pleased to  see all these positive changes already. I’m also happy to tell you that  I can start trying new foods now too.

I’ll  let you know how I get on next time.

 

Mar 15, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Food Glorious Food!

I promised you an update about my progress with food, so here goes…….

When I first started this diary I was on my pre-op diet which was really hard at first. I had shakes and no food for two whole weeks. I could have chosen one of the other options but the shakes seemed to suit my lifestyle best.  As I said at the time, I didn’t think I would get through it, but I surprised myself because I did and it got easier as I went along. After my surgery,  I moved onto liquids and pureed food for a while. Two months in,  I am now trying new things.

It’s  all trial and error at the moment and I’m finding that there are certain things that I can’t manage. My usual day starts with  scrambled egg, porridge or weetabix for breakfast. I even  had  an omelette one day!  NOSC say that I can now  have half a piece of brown toast with no crust so I tried it with  scrambled  egg.  I felt quite uncomfortable so I haven’t eaten toast since. I think I’m just not ready yet, maybe it was a little too early.

For lunch I have soup or tuna on cracker bread. It’s tasty and  easy to eat at work.

I’ve tried lots of things for dinner. As advised by the support team, I use a side plate and always put a small amount of protein, carbs and vegetables on there. I have something like fish, ham or chicken, a small portion of potato and a small portion of vegetables or beans.

I know this might sound like quite a lot,  and to be honest I don’t very often manage to eat it all but I just feel more normal with it on my plate, especially when I’m with my family.  My trick is to eat the protein first, then the veg and then I almost never have enough room for the carbs. I always put very small amounts on my plate though as otherwise I become over faced.

As I said, it’s all trial and error but I’m learning  fast. This is not only about the food I choose but also about the quantity I put on my plate.

If I’m ever not sure about what I’m eating, or if I want to try something new, I phone Tina at NOSC first just to check. It’s  good job they are still there to talk to at dinner time!

Mar 31, 2016 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Life is fantastic, I’m not invisible anymore!

I am still doing well and have lost over two and a half stone now! The difference this weight loss has made to my life is fantastic.

I’m enjoying having a social life and  really enjoying making plans. When I think about all the things I put off doing  because of the extra pounds I was carrying around I feel so silly for waiting so long!  Everything was a struggle.

One of the things I’ve noticed that has really shocked me is how other people treat me differently now I am a “normal weight. ” I thought maybe it was just me being over sensitive  but I’ve spoken to other people about this and it’s true! People do look at you and treat you differently when you are overweight. How a person can be  more than fifteen stones and  invisible is beyond me, but that is exactly what happens. Poor attitudes and poor service , both are  very common experiences for overweight or obese people. I have been embarrassed  by both in shops and restaurants myself, many times! I can’t believe how different I feel when I’m out and about now.

One of the best things about this op is that I have tons more energy now. I went out shopping on Saturday and parked the car in the multistory car-park. I do always try and walk down the stairs but when we got back at the end of the day the lift was broken ! I walked up four flights of stairs without stopping halfway! Now don’t get me wrong,  I didn’t run up them but it was so nice to get to the top without thinking I was going to have a cardiac arrest or being so out of breath that it hurts!