Gastric Bypass Journey One

Gastric Bypass Journey One

Physical

Well I have 6 days to go until my Gastric Bypass and it’s day 8 of the Liver Shrinking Diet. Sticking to this diet has not been easy as I’ve felt really hungry and wanted to eat. I’m not wanting Junk food, I don’t usually eat junk anyway, I just want to eat something other than milk or eggs and a slice of ham or chicken etc. It’s not easy and I’m battling through and proud to say I have stuck to the Liver Shrinking Diet 100% so far and I am hoping for some awesome results at the end of the two weeks.

 

GASTRIC bYPASS

 

So as I started my diet, I did get some judgemental comments and unsupportive comments from certain people, who in my opinion are just jealous that I am living my life and doing something about my heath issues. However the majority of people have been super super supportive and I’m really pleased and grateful. So thanks to everyone who has sent me kind and supportive messages.

My Husband has been really supportive. He has not eaten anything really nice in front of me to tempt me, except on Saturday night when he stopped by McDonalds on his way home and brought with him a Double Cheeseburger. I was not impressed. He could have eaten it before he came in but hey, it was just another obstacle I had to overcome.

I have been eating rather healthy for the past 18 months anyway, but when your food intake is restricted and limited it’s not easy seeing other people eat nice things in front of you.

Emotional

My biggest difficulty during the first week has been feeling hungry and accomplishing something major. I achieved a 2016 blogging goal and immediately thought “man, I’m so pleased, I need to treat myself”. Then I thought, “Oh I cant. I’ll have to give myself an hour of TV instead”. I’m trying to change my thought patterns.

It’s so so easy to reward yourself or comfort yourself with food whether it be good healthy or unhealthy. It’s a mindset we are taught from a young age. In my daughter’s class those who stayed on Green all week for good behaviour were given a hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows.

I think focussing on good behaviour and praising is much better than focussing and giving attention to those who don’t behave at school. However at the same time, food rewards reinforce the thought pattern to eat for celebration. Maybe it would be better to give the kids a prize, like a pencil or a cute rubber or pencil sharpener. It’s just a thought.

My point is that in life I’ve always had the thought, to celebrate a win, an achievement or good thing with food. It’s part of the culture I grew up in but now I am going to have to change this mind set as I start to build a whole new relationship with food.

I am super super pleased with my self as i have stuck to my diet 100% and I hope to lose a small chunk of weight before the big day next week.

I am nervous but I’m not over worried. I know everything will be okay. It’s just going to be hard, and a life changer. I’m doing it for the right reasons, for my reasons. I hope to be slimmer, healthier, happier, more confident, to look good, to be able to have more energy, to reduce my steroids and increase my chances of being well enough to have a second child in 2 or 3 years time.

So I have 3 appointments at hospital this week before my operation on Tuesday.

I’ll report back again soon.

 

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29 Comments

  1. January 13, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Best of luck with it all! You are a much stronger woman than me!! I came to your post via #bestandworst 🙂

    • January 13, 2016 / 10:23 am

      Thanks. Hopefully it will all go well next week! i;m feeling more nervous today and a bit scared!

  2. January 13, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    It sounds like you are doing so well on your liver shrinking diet, although I bet it so hard ! Not long now until your operation and I wish you the very best of luck and have my fingers crossed you get your dream of a second child in a few years time xx

    • January 14, 2016 / 12:19 am

      Thanks so much. 5 more days 🙂

    • January 13, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      Yep it’s hard but it is getting a little easier. I’m over the feeling nausea bit.

  3. January 13, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    You sound like you are doing so well. Avoiding that temptation is a killer. Also changing your thought patterns is brill; recognizing where you can change for the better will really help. You are right; food shouldn’t be a reward. Sending lots of luck for the op. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • January 13, 2016 / 8:09 pm

      Yes It’s an emotional and mental thing as well as physical. I want to make permanent changes and it’s going to be hard work!

  4. January 13, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    Well done for sticking to that restrictive diet – i’m sure it’s not easy. I totally agree with you about us needing to address the mentality that food is a reward, not just as inidividuals but as a society. Hope all goes really really well with your surgery.xx

    • January 13, 2016 / 8:07 pm

      Thanks. I’m struggling as I’ve never done this before for so long but im over the hump and on my way to the end now. 🙂 Angela

  5. January 13, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    I totally agree with you about food being considered a reward. I use food to comfort me, and then also to congratulate myself if something goes well? So basically food for all occasions. It’s just the culture that we’ve been brought up in as you say.

    Wishing you all the very best for next week and congratulations on your amazing and positive life changes.

    Dawn x

    • January 13, 2016 / 7:57 pm

      Oh thanks so much. It’s true. We all comfort eat and reward eat and it’s something we often don’t even think about. 🙂

  6. January 13, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    I’m really glad you’re sharing this with us – I think it will be really useful for people to read. It sounds tough, bu well done for staying strong and keeping it up. Hope the op goes well for you and looking forward to reading about your recovery x

    • January 13, 2016 / 8:05 pm

      Thanks Rachel. Yes I hope my experience can help others to make good informed choices and know what it’s like.

  7. January 13, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Eeeeeeeek how exciting and nerve wracking for you being so close to the date! You’ve done sooo well and must have so much will power to do the liver shrinking diet. Today is my first day of cutting out sugar from my diet and I feel like i’m dying! Lol. Can’t wait to read your blog posts after your op. Wishing you the best of luck! xx

    • January 13, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks Eve. I cant wait to see a result too! 🙂 Angela

  8. January 13, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    oh good luck, well done for sticking to the plan and try to relax over the next few days as it is bound to be stressful.

    • January 13, 2016 / 11:32 pm

      Thanks. i am going to chill and watch some tv and hopefully go to my church and enjoy that!

  9. January 13, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    You must be getting pretty excited/ nervous about the big day now. It sounds like you are doing really well with the diet, and it will all be worth it! Hope everything goes well for you xx

    • January 13, 2016 / 11:32 pm

      Very Nervous. It is a scary thing but it will all be okay fingers crossed!

  10. January 14, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Well done sticking with the diet, Angela! Best of luck to you in the surgery. I hope it all goes great! x

    • January 14, 2016 / 11:08 pm

      Thanks Becky. It;s been tricky but i’m pleased with myself!

  11. January 15, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Good luck with the surgery.
    I’ve never had surgery and the thought of it makes me sick. So all the best

    • January 15, 2016 / 1:20 pm

      Thanks. I’m a little scared about the pain afterwards as i will have 8 holes but I’m sure i’ll get through it well.

  12. January 16, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    A friend of mine has just done all of this for her gastic bypass and she also mentioned the hardest part was the feeling of hunger and for some reason, all she wanted to eat was grapes. Wishing you lots of luck x

    • January 16, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      Ooh intersting. It does make you hungry at the start but is getting much easier. 🙂 Angela x

  13. January 18, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    You’re so inspirational, and I love that you’re blogging this journey as it will no doubt prove invaluable for others to read ahead of surgery in future. I completely agree about food being seen as a reward – so many of us are conditioned that way and its a difficult mind cycle to break. xx

    • January 18, 2016 / 11:43 pm

      Thanks. It sure is tricky and something I think to do naturally. Ive now started finding other way to deal with my emotions and feelings and finding Television or writing with new stationary or retail therapy is good. Lol.

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