A repost of the November 9, 2021, post-op video post where I speak about my VSG WLS weight loss, lifestyle changes, bariatric vitamin routine. And how I’m feeling! Update to follow either today or tomorrow (December 6 or December 7) because a lot has changed in a month!
Firstly, Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrated yesterday or are waiting until today to celebrate. I celebrated by adding some nutmeg and cinnamon to my chocolate Optifast shake to give it a taste reminiscent of pumpkin pie (urgh, my favourite). It didn’t taste like it, obviously, but it’s quite a nice addition.
Secondly, there are so many things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving, but I will just say this: I am so grateful for this opportunity to have weight loss surgery and to work with the fabulous health care team that I’m working with, and all of those who have supported me thus far, and will support me afterward in my recovery and beyond.
So. It’s been two weeks today since I started my liquid diet. I’d love to say it’s been easy, but it hasn’t. Also, I weighed myself this morning and was up 2 pounds, which leaves me at a loss of 11.5 lbs as opposed to the 13.5 lbs I had lost the last time I weighed myself. I know, I know, I shouldn’t focus on the scale as much because there are so many variables which play into it, but it is a bit of a letdown when all I consumed yesterday was 650 calories. I got all four of my Optifast shakes in, as opposed to just the three I’d been struggling with for most of these two weeks, but didn’t have any of the veggie broth yesterday. Maybe that had something to do with it, or maybe the fact that I didn’t get enough water did. I don’t know, but still, 11.5 lbs is still something to be very proud of.
For those wondering: this diet is meant to shrink the liver so that the surgeon has better access to the stomach through laparoscopic surgery. Canada is one of the strictest countries in the world it seems as far as length of liquid pre-surgery diet is concerned, as well as what we are allowed to consume: only four Optifast and a cup of broth a day. Better safe than sorry, I guess.
Another thing that probably has contributed to my weight loss slowing down is the fact that I just can’t really leave home, because I feel awful most of the time and have a lot of gastrointestinal issues that I won’t get into, for your sake and mine.
But not all is bad. Hell, nothing is bad (except how I feel physically, but that’s to be expected). As of this morning, even though I was up two pounds, I lost even more inches! I’ve lost 11.5 inches off of my waist, 4 inches off of my thighs, 3 off of my biceps, and 3 off of my calves. So I will count that as a victory indeed.
One week today I’ll be make the two and a half hour journey to the hospital to get my surgery (the next day).
I have a killer headache and not much energy, so I’ll end it here. I hope you’re having a fabulous day.
Well, I can finally say that I’m getting my surgery done THIS MONTH now that it’s October 1.
Today (October 1, 2021) and the last few days since I updated have not been easy. There’s been a lot of gastrointestinal maladies that I won’t go into details about, but I do feel need to be mentioned to just prepare anyone embarking on this three week Optifast journey in preparation for the bariatric surgery. Not everyone has these issues; some deal with constipation, whilst others have no problems but just dislike the taste – some even like the taste!
I have quite a sensitive stomach to the artificial sweeteners, so it’s been a lot more difficult for me. But I feel like today I rounded the corner in the sense that I was awake all day, able to get some things done, and I didn’t have the constant thoughts of food that I was having for the first few days.
I also go a phone call from the pre-admin clinic and I have quite a few appointments coming up next week with the hospital’s pharmacist, anesthetist, as well as getting a requisition to my local hospital for a chest x-ray, as well as more bloodwork and an ECG on Monday morning. I’m not sure when the chest x-ray will occur, but hopefully soon! My surgery date in on the 19th!
Also, I haven’t weighed myself since the start of Optifast due to scale difficulties that have now been rectified, but I have lost six inches of my waist since Monday – insanity! It’s worth noting that I did have a large cheese and pineapple pizza on Sunday night as my “goodbye meal,” so I was probably just very bloated when I took my measurements on Monday. Still, it’s not too shabby!
I know I said I’d have some pictures and video up, but I’ve honestly not felt well enough. I’ve been in my pyjamas and in bed with the occasional walk for the better part of this week. I don’t know why it’s hit me so hard, but hey, everyone’s journey is different.
I feel a bit fed up, I feel upset, defeated at times, and I cry. But I’m keeping my eye on the prize. And fortunately I have a great support group on Zoom of ladies going through the same thing. Thank you to them immensely and to the social worker who facilitates it.
But most of all, thank you for reading and putting up with my whininess!