A Visit to the Dentist made me happy?
You betcha it did and I am going to tell you why. I had to take my son back to the dentist to have a tooth pulled. (He handled it like a pro!) We were there the week before my surgery. Whenever we go my little girl loves to play in the toy corner. I am always happy about that because I can’t fit in the chairs in their lobby. I was happy to be out of the eyes of the others waiting because I had to sit on the edge of the chair. WELLLLLL, today I went and I was able to fit. It was tight, but I was able to fit in the chair and I didn’t have to ask for another chair in the exam room. I wanted to jump up and down, but I decided my lack of composure would make people think I was crazy!
If you haven’t been in my shoes you have no idea how happy this makes me. If you have, then you can share in my joy! Obesity causes people to feel ostracized and isolated from the world. When you are as large as I am/was, you can not live your life like others. You can’t just accept a ticket to the local hockey game or baseball game because you worry about whether you will fit. You probably don’t fly because you worry that you will even fit WITH a seat belt extender. You don’t go shopping with other people for clothes because you can only buy things at 3 or 4 of the 50+ stores at the mall.
So you see, obesity isn’t just a physical health thing, it is very much a mental health problem as well. It’s very isolating, but I am busting out of that life! I have said all along that it’s more about gaining my life back than a weight loss number. I know the two correlate, but I chose to not focus on the number and focus more on getting my life back and doing the things that I have been unable to do.
A Day in The Life of Me
As promised, here is an average day for me when it comes to food, liquids, and meds.
- 8am – Thyroid Pill
- 9am – 1/4 c light Greek yogurt, multi vitamin
- 9am-11am – 8oz water, Protein drink, Prilosec
- 11am – 1/4 c light Greek yogurt
- 11am – 1pm 8oz water, protein drink, anti depressant (prescribed by surgeon)
- 1pm – 1/4 c healthy request Cream of Chicken Soup
- 1pm – 3pm 8 oz water (minimum), Calcium pill
- 3pm – 1/4 c healthy request Cream of Chicken Soup
- 3-5pm – 8oz water, 8oz 1% milk, Iron Pill (not surgery related, I am anemic)
- 5pm – Healthy Request Cream of Brocolli 1/4c
- 5pm – 7pm – 8oz water, 8oz milk 1%, B12
- 7pm – 10pm – 8-24 oz water, Calcium, Vitamin, Anti Depressant (one each hour)
The times in Bold are my “meals”. In between its all about getting in lots of fluids and supplementing with Protein drinks. Protein and fluids are super important. Protein is important so that your body doesn’t burn off muscle. Fluids are super important as well for obvious reasons. Right now it is a bit easier because I don’t have to worry about drinking with my “meals” because everything is pretty much liquid for the most part. Later when I get to eat actual food I will have to stop drinking fluids 30 mins before a meal and for about 30 mins or so after a meal. You want your food to stay in your stomach to keep you full but it is also so that the fluids don’t push your food too fast through your intestinal track.
I will be on vitamins for the rest of my life. My stomach and intestines are different and they way they were put together causes malabsorptive issues that are permanent so I will have to supplement the vitamins forever. It’s a small price to pay to get the weight off. This surgery also means that I must get the most out of my food. I need to eat super healthy foods so that what my body can absorb is all good and full of natural vitamins and minerals.
I am looking forward to the next phase of eating that introduces soft foods and meats. I have to go back to the list, but I know fish and chicken are on the list along with very well done veggies and some fruits (peeled). Excited to start putting together some healthy, all be it small, meals!
My Weekly Weigh In
Since I won’t be going to the Dr as much I am going to be doing weekly weigh ins at home. I dug through my junk drawer and found the 3 AAA batteries that I needed to crank up my very dead scale! My weight was 364.6! Holy Cow! I am down 40.4 lbs
This journey is hard and I am looking forward to being able to put more focus on my physical journey as the year countdown has begun for my hike to the Y. I get emotional thinking about this day and the friends that will be there to support me.
Thanks to all who read my blog and if you know anyone who is on their journey or who may need some motivation please send them here. To know I help others is how I can accept the horrible things I have had to endure in my life.