24 weeks after Gastric Bypass Surgery
I cannot believe it has been 24 weeks since my Gastric Bypass Surgery. It feels like only yesterday that I was preparing myself and waiting for the operation to come. It has been a battle of ups and downs and still is at times but I’m feeling a lot happier where I am than many weeks earlier.
So I am officially 6 months out and am currently weighing in at 15 Stone and 7 pounds. I cannot believe it. I stood on the scales today and after 4 weeks of very little movement I am finally weighing less than before. I am on track for my goal of 15 Stone in time for my 34th birthday in November. I think I may be able to do this if I don’t have another big stall.
Last week I was afraid the weight loss had stopped for good but it must have just taken a month for my body to adjust and I am so happy to have lost 3 lbs after so long. Losing weight before and after gastirc bypass is never easy. To be honest it is very similar emotionally and mentally to when I did weight watchers a few years back.
I still have to make big choices and do my part. The bypass is a tool to assist me in eating less at a time. I am making better choices. One benefit is I cannot stand foods or the smell of foods like Macdonalds. My daughter can have a happy meal and John have his favourite big tasty and I have no desire to have any of it. I’m happy to eat soup or cheese and tomato crackers or something more tasty.
I feel like i’m making a little progress again and so that is a good feeling. I’m even excited. My next official weigh in at hospital is at the start of October and I will then find out if I’m on track. Yesterday I made protein balls for the first time.
You see I can eat chocolate but I don’t want to. It’s not good for the body and not part of the bariatric diet. I still have a sweet tooth and feel cravings for sweet food everyday, especially after a meal in the evening. So I decided to make a batch of almond and date protein balls and they turned out fabulous.
I’m limiting myself to one in the day and one in the evening and thats my sweet fix for the day and some extra protein which I need as a bariatric patient. I totally went off porridge after my operation and any sloppy cereal to the point I was not enjoying cereal anymore and struggling with breakfast. This week I had porridge again and it went down okay. I am mixing things up and having a slice of bacon with beans and tomato or egg and beans or something high in protein for breakfast. I prefer to eat a protein breakfast to cereal but glad I like porridge again. I plan to grate apple into my porridge to add some natural sweetness.
For lunch I’m eating crackers with cheese and tomato or cucumber or tuna. I’m having half a jacket potato with some salad or baked beans and protein such as chicken or tuna or cottage cheese. I’m so glad I can finally eat certain foods again.
I have still never had dumping syndrome and am yet to suffer from that. I simply don’t think my body gets it. Drink wise, I’m having Milk, water and Barleycup which is a nice non caffeinated hot drink.
I’m trying to eat healthy in the evenings, which is the hardest time for me. If John and Sylvia have something which is not for me, I will have soup or a shepherds pie. I am cooking slow cooker meals once a week for the weekends and they usually have tons of veg, beans and chicken in them. The whole family love that.
I like fish fingers and strangely enough I crave potato waffles with bake beans. Waffles are not the best option but I have had one a week as a treat and it goes down okay. I rang my dietician and she said to eat 1200-1500 calories per day. I am not eating over that ever.
The key thing is to eat as healthy as I can and not have too many treats or “less healthy” options. It can be hard and I find it difficult now I can eat bread again. For example, I feel like eating pizza and potato a lot. I guess it’s the body wanting carbs. So, instead of buying pizza, we have created home made healthy pizza on flat bread and even then I can only manage a slice or two and it’s full of veg.
Sylvia had fun making pizzas with me too so thats really cool. I went to the library to look up slow cooker recipes and I also looked up healthy treats, non processed and healthy fats. I am going to try and bake/make something extra healthy each week such as the protein balls so it will help me avoid chocolate which I think is the one thing I am fighting so hard not to eat.
Well that’s my progress for the week. I am also doing little arm exercises each day and walking for a minute and resting. It’s small steps for me but I think these things are helping. My confidence is also growing a little. I got myself a nice bag and purse and when I lose enough weight to move down a dress size, I am going to buy some sports wear from the supermarket. I like leggings and sports tops so thats the plan.
I’m beginning to feel more beautiful, not as fat as I was and like I deserve to be and feel happy about my body. I am still a little scared I wont ever be or get to the healthy BMi range. I worry the weight loss will stop eventually and it will but I will see what happens.
I am planning to join most likely weight watchers once I reach my 15 stone mark. It’s not really in the family budget so i’m putting it off for a while but will join up soon.
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