Getting ready - Optifast Day 3
May 26, 2017
I've been pleasantly surprised at how I've adjusted to the Optifast diet. I was sure that I would be starving all of the time and then when I did get to drink, it would gag me. Well, I only get a little hungry around 2:30 and I then take care of this with my 1/2 cup of chicken broth (thanks to the community for this tip). I was also thrilled with the taste of the shakes, even the vanilla shake. Thanks to the OH community, I learned how to make that shake taste the very best it could and I actually look forward to my vanilla shake now. What I have noticed though is how many ads are on TV regarding food - eating, washing, growing and disposing of. The only cable TV shows I watch are the local news and Ellen. While watching Ellen yesterday, I noted that for every 5 minutes of Ellen, there were 2 minutes of food. I ended up turning it off and doing my laundry. Thank goodness I have Netflix.
I did get a call today for my pre-op appointment. Normally I would not be too happy about this as I absolutely hate hospitals but after reading blogs of what the appointment was for and what to expect, I am actually glad that it is coming up. I now see it as another milestone in my journey. I am so grateful that I have found this site and that the community is so forthcoming and honest about their experience. It will certainly make my journey much easier and less scary knowing that someone out there has gone through, is going through or is beginning the same path that I am on. I am lucky that I have a very support personal network but talking to and hearing from people that are actually feeling "my pain" or "my joys" is going to make this journey that much more enjoyable.
Well, this weekend in Ottawa is the Great Glebe Garage Sale. This is an annual event where residents of the Glebe, a neighbourhood that spans approximately 10 blocks wide and 10 blocks across, lay out all of the stuff that they no longer want. The weather is supposed to be amazing and my daughter and daughter-in-law will be shopping with me. It means that there will be a lot of walking, and for these two young, healthy and strong-minded women, a lot of eating. I will bring along my water, my shakes and some gum and I have some strategies to help me enjoy this day. I do have to say that on my best days, I find these two very challenging so it will be interesting to see how it goes at this point. Thankfully they have to love me, they're family
Have a great weekend everyone and thanks again for sharing your ups and downs. It really does help those of us that are heading your way.