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Today is Aug 25, 2012. I have one day of Optifast to go. I'm so excited, I'm doing my happy dance (on the inside only). My dad said last night that people were asking if I was nervous, and my mom told them that no-one would be able to tell even if I was. Yep, I'm nervous too; mostly about whether or not I will do as I'm supposed to. I have a positive feeling about the surgery itself. I know it will work. The only thing I'm questioning is myself. I have cheated while on the Optifast, had a couple/few bananas, some rice crackers, bite of roast, over the last 12 3/4 days. I am down 11.8 lbs though. I've never had constipation in my life before this journey; I guess there has always been lots of food in my system to push it through, but I was pretty uncomfortable last week; decided to not take my iron pills, and added some no-name benefibre stuff; it's all helped. Thought I might throw up with the first optifast; tried the vanilla, blah, yuck. It has become more tolerable as the days have gone by, but has to be very cold. I can actually get it down in less than 1/2 hr now. Chocolate, which I didn't think I would like (threw up a chocolate milk shake when I was about 8 yrs old, and had never had another milk shake of any flavour since then), has turned out to be easier to swallow.
I've been trying to increase my activity, but since I don't like to exercise I don't call it that. Mowing lawn, walking dog, biking, swimming (ok, really just running and doing some arm motions in the water) at Sauble Beach most evenings, but not exercising.
Ok, you (read "I") should write everything down as you (I) go, otherwise you (I) have to rely on faulty memories, so, this is what I remember:
Referral: Sept 2010 (took 2 years to get my doctor to agree to a referral, guess he felt I could do it myself)
Orientation visit: Sept 4, 2011
1st visit with Nut, RN, SW: Dec 16, 2011
Meet surgeon: July 31, 2012
Start optifast: Aug 13, 2012
Surgery date: Aug 27, 2012