Did I sTreTch My PoUch!!!!!!
on 7/29/09 11:33 am
The only person who can get you on track is YOU. Put on your big girl panties and do what you know you need to do to be successful on this journey.
I MY RNY 5-5-09 Life is Good
You are still early in your program and can make the right changes needed now. Big Lots had some great deals on protein subsitutes because I too know $$ can be a concern but it shouldnt be a deal breaker in your success.
Ur new stomach is like an egg. WITH A HOLE AT THE BOTTOM. Liquids will run right through....so will soft things like soups, puddings, jello, hense the term SLIDER FOODS. You are too early to be eating chicken wings and crap like that. At only two weeks out, you should just be getting to solid protein, depending on the surgeon's plans.
Ur pouch is still healing, your nerve endings have been severed, and still have to re grow. You will NOT be able to tell when you are full right now. That sensation will come later. That is why it is so important to MEASURE out your food, and don't overeat!!! Start walking/exercising if you have been cleared to, if you haven't yet, and start creating your new habits now!!! Ur not a failure this early, and just be DETERMINED to NOT FAIL!!!
U can do this! and u should be telling urself that U WILL DO THIS!!! Life can and will get much worse, so prepare for it now by finding other alternatives for dealing, so u don't turn to food. Not only will you sabatoge urself, but you can really hurt urself by eating the wrong thing now. Good luck and be careful.
Start over today. Follow your surgeons orders and don't drink fast.
Think of it like this:
You have a "brand new baby pouch" would you give a newborn baby buffalo wings?
Okay now, start sipping, not drinking like a "normal person"...later on you can drink faster, not gulp but drink normal...later on...NOT now.
You are not hopeless. You have been given a tool. Use it wisely. It's a gift. Take care of it and...
More important: Love yourself right now. Smile. You are going to be okay.
P.S. Thank God you left your abusive boyfriend. Now go call your girlfriends for support.
Thanks so much for sharing this truth. I am out 41/2 months and have to get back on track myself. I have joined fitday.com to begin keeping track of my food. Like others have said, we are still newbies and can begin again. Good luck in your journey.
After the rain comes the rainbows
on 7/29/09 12:37 pm
You can definitely stretch your pouch and it will stretch eventually... that's normal. It should stretch enough to eat a half a sandwich and piece of fruit... or a reasonable size meal. If you aren't careful, you could overstretch it by consistently eating until you feel really full. If you feel full or stuffed, you ate too much. You should walk away feeling not hungry.. not like you just had Thanksgiving dinner.
Eventually, you can also build up a tolerance to eat junk food... wings are junk food. They are very high in fat. At this stage, you really need to reteach yourself nutrition and focus on changing your eating habits... it's not just about portion control. I can eat just about everything that will cause dumping in the beginning. Sugar no longer makes me sick... but that does not mean it's okay to eat it. It's very possible to gain the weight back if you aren't careful & change your eating habits. The weight will come back and it's harder to get rid of again... use the tool you have been given and take the time to eliminate unhealthy food from your diet and the best advice I can give is to stay away from it... cold turkey.
We all over eat for our own reasons... addiction to food, comfort us, deal with stress, etc. and if we don't deal with it and find new ways to deal with the underlying problem... then we will never be able to have 'just one' cookie. At least that is how I ended up needing the surgery to begin with... I kept saying, this is the last time I'll eat this junk... or I'll start exercising next week. Get into the habits now and never look back if you want success with this surgery.
You are not a failure. Start taking a positive stand in your weight loss journey today. YOUR ARE WORTH IT. PUT YOURSELF 1ST. As others have said, your nerve endings are dulled, so you may not be able to tell if you are full--I could not right away. Follow your NUTs guidelines. Talk to her about the cost of the protein shake. Maybe she will have some alternatives for you. At this stage, your food will go a long way so the cost is down.
Keep coming to this website and keep asking for encouragement when you need it. Good luck on your journey.
Part of this process that is common to most of us is deciding to do WLS for oueselves, not for other people. We choose to take control and improve ourselves for the better. Don't let a bad relationship create excuses to fail. Focus on improving YOU so you can be the best you can be. It seems a bit self-centered when you say it out loud but it's the truth, the path forward is to focus more on YOU, don't let others bring you down.
Good luck - get back on the path to success.