Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag

5 week update

Jan 15, 2014

I'm a little more than a month out of surgery, and I'm a little amazed at all that's happened. Here's a bit of a recap, as much for my recollection as anything.  
  • It feels odd to have no sense of hunger, yet it feels like I need to be eating all the time in order to get my protein in. I need to eat a fourth meal in the evening, around 8:30 or 9, in order to get close to where I need to be, even though I'm still often falling short of 60g... definitely need to work on that.
  • I'm officially wearing smaller jeans, down from a 20W to a misses' 18, and smaller undies. I got some new shirts, too, and a misses' XL seems to be hit or miss on the fit, but hopefully that won't be the case for long.
  • Several people at work mentioned that they've noticed my weight loss. While wearing a new top the other day, 3 people commented that "I'm melting," which is pretty cool to hear! 
  • Yesterday, I successfully had my first dinner out. For our wedding anniversary, Husband and I went to Outback Steakhouse (classy, huh?), and I had a 6oz steak and broccoli. I ate about 1/3 of the meat and half of the broccoli and did just fine. It's too weird that I can eat that little and feel as though I've had an entire Thanksgiving meal-- but I can definitely tell that those nerves are growing back and I can feel the sensations of fullness now.
  • I'm starting to get sick of eating the same things. Grilled chicken breast, baked fish, plain shrimp, and string cheese, over and over and over. Time to start figuring out how to change it up a bit, but that shouldn't be hard now that I've got some energy back.
  • Boooo hormones! I've heard that it's to be expected with weight loss, but it sucks to finally have a "shark week" after about 2 years without them (hooray IUD!), not to mention a bit of PMS. I've also had to tweak one of my psych meds, which gets kind of screwed up by estrogen changes, but that should help things even out in general.
  • I've joined a walking team at work, which is good encouragement to get my butt moving. We do group walks a few times each week, hitting up the loop around the office park. Husband and I have also ordered a treadmill to be delivered tomorrow (we actually ordered one from Sears before Christmas but it never arrived and I'm still fighting for a refund), so I can log some time on that every night and that will help as well.
  • Protein bars are awesome. My current favorite is the "Think Thin Brownie Crunch," 230 cal and 20g protein with no weird protein-powder texture. I ordered a whole bunch of flavors from an online vitamin shop, so I've got more flavors to try, and half of a bar makes a great breakfast.


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Surgery Date
Aug 11, 2013
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Before & After
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At my brother's wedding, several weeks before attending my surgeon's info session
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