8 Weeks Post-Op

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Well, today is 8 weeks post op. What a disappointment this morning when I got on the scale. I have not lost one ounce since last week. The bright side is that I did not gain anything.

During this short journey I feel like I two set backs. Week three I lost only 3 pounds after two week of losing 12 pounds plus. I got over that. I think today is a set-back because I feel like I was following my doctor's guidelines to a 'T.' I even increased my exercise level from 10 minutes a day a couple days a week to 30 minutes of walking daily.

People are noticing the weight loss so that is a positive. The other positive is that I do feel much better. The negative is that people I think should be making comments (or maybe I wish were noticing) are not. I tried to keep my decision to have surgery as quiet as possible in the work place. Low and behold, I came back 3 weeks ago to find out everyone knows why I was out. I think that has been bothering me more than I want to admit.

The food issues have subsided over the last week. That is another positive. I am managing to get my 60 grams of protein in and to take all of my vitamins and supplements. I have not yet noticed any hair loss but I have noticed that my nails are growing very quickly. I just wish they were stronger. I still only seem to be able to tolerate 4 -5 ounces at a meal. I am trying to eat 5 -6 times a day and I am taking in protein at every meal. When looking at caloric in-take, I have not managed to break 800 calories. I don't know if that is good or bad. When I met with the nutritionist last week, she said that she was hearing from me that I am continuing to look at food in-take as a meal. She also stated that I need to change my thinking to look at food in terms of survival. She told me that RNY patients don't rely on fruit and veggies for fibre. Listening to her seemed like a contradiction to the guidelines as it states in the literature that this is when we should be learning to eat a balanced diet.

Bowel movements are still a major issue. I am taking stool softeners daily. Yet, every third day or so I still need to take a laxative. I am getting most of my water in. I am getting about 6 8-oz. glasses in a day and then usually 16 oz. of homemade decaffeinated sugar-free tea per day (sometime it is hot but mostly iced).

I guess I got to give this a few more weeks before getting discouraged. I'll check in again next week (maybe sooner if I need to vent or need help).

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  • SCRAPPER2006
    I'm 5 months out. I'm having hair loss. Know folks who've had that issue as well. Not uncommon but you won't see that until later. I take Biotin supplements to help with that. You just keep on keepin on. This is not a sprint but instead is a marathon. Patience will get you to the finish line. Don't expect too much to soon. emoticon
    4325 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/21/2009 3:44:04 AM
    Don't get discouraged. You are doing an awesome job! It is so hard for most people to get all their nutrients, protein and water in and you have no problem. Keep up with taking care of your body like you have and everything will come together at the time that is healthiest for you. Keep up the great work. You can do this!!
    4332 days ago
    I used to be the scale watcher queen.. please, try to put the scale away and not let it rule your life. Our lap band journey is going to be a steady up and down with the scale and metabolism and all.... try to just concentrate on following the steps (protein, protein, protein, water, water, water, exercise, exercise, exercise) and it will happen. Slow but sure wins the race!
    4333 days ago
    Don't give up, and keep your spirits up too. I think sometimes we are our own worst enemies. I have not had my surgery yet, in fact, I have not decided which surgery I am going to have, the YNR or band. But I am working out, and I am losing weight, and I am able to go days without taking anything for pain in my joints, so that is a plus! But still, because I have not lost 15 pounds , or even 10, in the 18 days since I saw the surgeon last, I beat myself up regularly, then I have to stop and check myself...
    Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone, and don't give up!
    4334 days ago
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