My best advice is...let everyone else do the physical work, and you need to supervise! :)
This is the time in your life where you need to focus on YOU! Listen to the doctor ((and don't deviate from their advice))...BUT...listen to your body!
((NOT to scare you, but when I had my surgery, in the hospital, I kept telling my hubby something wasn't right (he thought I was being a baby). Not to scare you, and I'm sure I'm an exception to the rule, but I ended up having emergency surgery the day after coming home. (btw, my hubby listens to me now when I saw something isn't right, well, with my body he does...otherwise he says "UH HUH" and moves on with whatever he's doing (typical guy, LOL) The doctor felt pretty bad too. But now, I am 110% wonderful and happy!!))
Here is my best advice/comments after having the surgery:
-DRINK DRINK DRINK! I HATE Gatorade now, but you have to sip sip sip. You don't want to get dehydrated. (Also, it helps with pooping, LOL)
-Baby food isn't all that bad. You just have to season it. (and once you can start your protein shakes, the baby food fruit (particularly banana) is a really good addition)
-CHEW CHEW CHEW!
-Do NOT drink after eating. I have done this ONCE. Not only does it push the food out of your pouch, the pain/discomfort is INCREDIBLE!!
-Take your vitamins!! (unjury has a great vitamin that you only have to take once a day, it's chewable (a little too sweet..but...) but you HAVE to take it!!
-Take your fiber (ugh, I know...but you don't want to strain to only produce a 'marble')
-While we are on the subject of poop, I take a stool softener..it seems to help
-Don't think you can eat something before it's time to. I have read where some folks pureed food the first week or two thinking it would be OK. Their pain tells me it wasn't.
-Exercise, at least walk. Makes a big difference
And the MOST IMPORTANT thing...Have fun and enjoy your new body. The transformation is surreal. I'm only 5 months out and 80 lbs down...but I look and feel so much younger. My energy now is UNBELIEVABLE! My daughter only sees me about every 6 months (she now lives 250 miles from home) She saw me the weekend before my surgery, but I saw her last weekend and she just smiled and said "Mom, you look so young!"
This is probably the biggest decision you have ever made. This is a tool, not a fix all. You will still have to watch what you eat and exercise...but it gives you the boost to get your new life started.
Good luck and prayers to you all!