Jul 23, 2010
Well, my OH friends, today I learned, the hard way, that it is necessary to follow the stage II/III post-op diet!
I went out to a restaurant for the very first time since surgery today. I was a good girl; I ordered a creamy soup, skipped the yummy breadsticks and salad, and avoided the pasta and vegetables in the soup and stuck to the liquid. There were a few scant pieces of cooked chicken, which I tried, and chewed to a pulp. I took 2 hours to eat, and sipped two whole glasses of ice water with crystal light. My lunch went down well, and I really enjoyed myself. I was so happy to discover that I was on the way to being a normal person again. I realized that I could go out with family and friends, follow the eating plan, and enjoy myself. I really had a good time, and the food was great.
This new found confidence is a great thing. After walking around several stores for exercise and doing a little shopping, my mom and I stopped for frozen yogurt, also a first since surgery. Again, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could be happy with a few slow, small bites of fat-free chocolate. It was DELISH!!!! I took the rest home and saved it to be enjoyed later. It seemed to agree with me.
Well, after running some errands with family, they decided to stop and pick up 2 sausage and cheese pizzas, with cheesy bread. This is one of my absolute FAVORITES!!! The smell alone was getting to me. We got home, and everyone went to wash up. I was left alone in the kitchen with the pizzas, cheesy bread, and the heavenly smell in the air. And that's when it happened. I got brave, and pinched off a piece of that soft, buttery cheesy bread. I popped it in my mouth, chewed the heck out of it, and down it went. For the next half hour, I was sure I had conquered greasy food. And then it happened; I broke out in a cold sweat, my body started to shake, and I was instantly nauseous. For the next 2 hours, I laid in bed, moaning and cursing myself for having ruined a perfect day. Luckily, the feeling passed, but not before a valuable lesson was learned. Stick to the diet, and stay healthy!!
But on a very happy note, I've lost almost 20 lbs. so far, and wore a blouse and jeans today that I haven't been able to fit into in over a year. I was SUPER happy about that!!!!! It was a great feeling.
Anyway, OH friends, I wish you all a great weekend. Hope you enjoyed my tale of idiocy, and that you can avoid similary mistakes :)