The head hunger is strong

Stitch83
on 2/8/18 3:55 pm

Day four of optifast and I'm feeling okay, haven't felt ill yet. But....it's the first day that I reaalllyyy want food. Probably not helpful that at lunch people were eating take out, pizza and fresh breadsticks, but it wasn't then that I really started needing food. Dinner time! All I want is a cheeseburger or a chicken breast, something real dammit lol. Three weeks is feeling like an insurmountable length of time tonight. I'm doing good at spacing shakes out and putting in broth/Popsicles/jello at times so I don't really get too hungry but my brain is thinking about real food. Head hunger tips??

HW: 285 CW: 274 Dr. Grantcharov St. Michael's Hospital

OBN Referral: May 2017 Orientation: June 5/17 Nurse: Aug. 17/17 Doctor & SW 1: Oct. 4/17 Nut. Class: Oct. 30/17 Dietician1 & SW2: Nov. 16/17 Dietician2: Dec. 11/17 Surgical Ed. Class: Dec. 18/17 Surgeon: Jan. 9/18 Surgery Scheduled for: February 26, 2018!!

KatieCJ
on 2/8/18 4:46 pm

I go to bed early if I can.

I also save my last shake for around 8:30-9:00, so that I'm not hungry when I go to bed.

On Monday, I went in the hot tub to distract myself.

i also read OH and FB groups to help motivate me.

Referral - April 2016 (NP sent my referral to Medical Weight Loss Program); Orientation - Aug.2.2017; First NP Appt & Bloodwork and ECG - Aug.21.2017; Sleep Study - Sep.18.2017; Social Worker Appt - Oct.3.2017; Dietician Appt - Oct.6.2017 ; Breath Test (for H.Pylori) - Oct.23.2017; Heart Echo - Nov.16.2017; Second Dietician Appt - Nov.16.2017; Pre-Surgical Class - Dec.20.2017; Meet the Surgeon - Dec.22.2017; Surgery - Feb.27.2017

Stitch83
on 2/8/18 5:00 pm

That is my plan tonight. A Popsicle and then bed. Hoping it will be easier tomorrow. My fat brain has managed to negotiate itself in to believing that one plain chicken breast each night is a fair replacement for the shakes. I am not giving in but this fat brain is really hard to shake.

I took the dog out to play to distract and was going to read some but I can't shake the thoughts. Will get there!

HW: 285 CW: 274 Dr. Grantcharov St. Michael's Hospital

OBN Referral: May 2017 Orientation: June 5/17 Nurse: Aug. 17/17 Doctor & SW 1: Oct. 4/17 Nut. Class: Oct. 30/17 Dietician1 & SW2: Nov. 16/17 Dietician2: Dec. 11/17 Surgical Ed. Class: Dec. 18/17 Surgeon: Jan. 9/18 Surgery Scheduled for: February 26, 2018!!

michelle W.
on 2/8/18 4:52 pm
RNY on 06/12/17

I walked alot to get rid head hunger... :) and made sure that I drank alot of water... that helps..even now after surgery with head hunger

Referral - March 23rd 2016 TWH Orientation - June 15 2016 Social - Sept 6 2016 Nurse - Oct 3 2016 Nut Class - Nov 14 2016 Psych - Dec 14 2016 Nut Jan 4 2017 Surgeon - Feb 24 2017 Pre-op May 23 2017 Opti start date May 29 2017 Surgery Date - June 12 2017 HW-285 CW - 176.2 Opti start weight - 261.5 SW - 256

Preop-23.5 Opti-5.5 M1-13.8 M2-14.2 M3-11 M4-9.5 M5-9.9 M6-6.8 M7-9.4 M8-5.9

Stitch83
on 2/8/18 5:02 pm

I definitely haven't had enough water today so will have a bunch and hopefully that assists. Played outside with the dog today hoping to distract myself over dinner...damn cold makes it so unappealing to walk.

HW: 285 CW: 274 Dr. Grantcharov St. Michael's Hospital

OBN Referral: May 2017 Orientation: June 5/17 Nurse: Aug. 17/17 Doctor & SW 1: Oct. 4/17 Nut. Class: Oct. 30/17 Dietician1 & SW2: Nov. 16/17 Dietician2: Dec. 11/17 Surgical Ed. Class: Dec. 18/17 Surgeon: Jan. 9/18 Surgery Scheduled for: February 26, 2018!!

Murt65
on 2/9/18 4:30 am

I almost ate a muffin yesterday without even thinking about it! I was in a meeting that was much longer than anticipated and they brought in pastries. I was like oh great and grabbed one and just before I was going to bite it I said oh no I can't eat this ð??-. I have set the calendar for the first day I can have real food with taste and picked my recipe to purée. I hang on to that. Plus Hamilton allows a green salad so I can chomp on that. Just remind yourself this is the worst part and soon you will eat again. I have 5 more days on OPTI. I'm counting down

St. Joes Hamilton - Referral June 16, Orientation Aug 16, Group Dietitian May 17, Nurse May 17, Social Worker Aug 17, 1:1 Dietitian Aug 17, Medical Internist Aug 17 - postponed to Sept 18. Meet Surgeon Nov. 2/17 Preop Feb 12/18 Surgery Feb 16/18

Stitch83
on 2/10/18 5:34 am

Lol! It's just so natural to snack when something is near. It's a hard thing to resist for sure. Im having a little bit of a hard time with purées and how I'm going to do that because I'm not sure exactly what I want to purée. Never done that before. What are you making? 2 and a bit more weeks...so long.

HW: 285 CW: 274 Dr. Grantcharov St. Michael's Hospital

OBN Referral: May 2017 Orientation: June 5/17 Nurse: Aug. 17/17 Doctor & SW 1: Oct. 4/17 Nut. Class: Oct. 30/17 Dietician1 & SW2: Nov. 16/17 Dietician2: Dec. 11/17 Surgical Ed. Class: Dec. 18/17 Surgeon: Jan. 9/18 Surgery Scheduled for: February 26, 2018!!

MichelleS61
on 2/10/18 11:41 am - Lindsay, Canada
RNY on 02/26/18

I'm not going to make anything in advance as everyone keeps talking about how your tastes change and and getting stuck with stuff, if all else fails I can always buy some baby food. I know I'll be able to rely on my husband during that stage as he's semi retired and will be home with me.

I've bought enough protein shakes, powders to get started, then in I actually like the Premier Protein shakes I'll get my husband to pick up more at Costco. After all by choice I'd never have a Vanilla Optifast ever again, and I thought I'd probably like that one more. I tried adding coffee but wasn't too keen on that taste so my fall back now is about 1/2 tsp of cocoa, seems to cut the sweetness, I also add enough water to drink through a straw so I don't have to get my nose too close. But I got on the scale this am and have lost 12 lbs this week, realize its all water weight but it does make it seem worthwhile.

Good luck and keep at it. We can do this.

HW: 288 CW: 264 SW: ??

TWH: Referral Aug. '16, Orientation - Nov. 30 '16, Social Worker - April '17, Nurse - March '17, Nutrition Class - May '17 - Psych - May '17 - Dietitian - June '18 - Surgeon Oct. 6 '17, Start Optifast Feb. 5'18 - Surgery Feb. 26'18

Stitch83
on 2/10/18 4:26 pm

The vanilla is truly awful, I've been adding crystal light type things to give different flavour, so far I like pineapple/coconut, pomegranate and strawberry/banana. It just cuts the after taste a bit. I too am drinking with a straw, I mix them up with ice in the magic bullet. Much better. Very nice to see all the weight loss! Means we are doing it right.

HW: 285 CW: 274 Dr. Grantcharov St. Michael's Hospital

OBN Referral: May 2017 Orientation: June 5/17 Nurse: Aug. 17/17 Doctor & SW 1: Oct. 4/17 Nut. Class: Oct. 30/17 Dietician1 & SW2: Nov. 16/17 Dietician2: Dec. 11/17 Surgical Ed. Class: Dec. 18/17 Surgeon: Jan. 9/18 Surgery Scheduled for: February 26, 2018!!

RosieBelly
on 2/11/18 8:19 am

I am glad someone else dislikes the vanilla! I just hated it and used one a day with SF strawberry syrup and drank it as fast as I could. Wait to puree, you may find smells and tastes as not the same right after surgery. I could not stomach PP shakes.

referred Jan 2016 intake May 2016 left programme returned June 2017 final pre-sx class Oct 2017 surgeon appt Oct 2017

Opti Wt Nov 4/17 226 lbs BMI 45 Sx Wt 212 lbs RNY surgery Nov 23/17 M1 -18 M2-9 current BMI 34.5

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