If you’ve followed Mother of Pearl It Is for a while, you are probably aware that I made a life-changing decision to have Gastric Sleeve surgery for weight loss in August 2011. I was a thin chickadee most of my younger life, and ate what I wanted with no problem. Being a gymnast, dance team member, and active overall helped to keep me lean and trim – that is, until I graduated high school and the activities stopped. Then I met my chef hubby, who fattened me up even more with all his delicious cooking. Having 5 large babies did nothing to help my figure either, but honestly… I can’t place blame on anyone but myself. Nobody forced me to eat like I did.
A couple years ago, at my top weight of 286 lbs., I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. Not to mention that I already had rheumatoid arthritis, and that extra weight was torture on my joints. After years of trying every diet in the book and failing, I decided my life was too important to play with. I still had 4 of my 5 children living at home and a disabled hubby that needed me, and 2 beautiful granddaughters to watch grow up. So, after doing my research for almost a year, I made the extremely tough decision to go ahead with bariatric surgery. Let me tell ya… it was honestly the BEST decision of my life!
Now almost 2 years later, I have lost a total of 80 lbs. At my current weight of 206, I have another 41 lbs. to reach my goal. The problem is I have been at an absolute standstill for the past 7-8 months. I am now able to eat much more than I could after my surgery. Although the majority of my stomach was removed, and will never go back to it’s original size, it can stretch by about 15%. And that’s what I’m worried about… that I may have “broken my pouch.” Even though I eat rather healthy for the most part, I have become complacent in much of my post-surgery routine. I don’t drink my water like I should, I skip breakfast many days, don’t remember to take my vitamins, and have pretty much cut out exercise altogether.
I was searching online when I started to feel crappy again and began having tummy issues .. bloating, tightness, gas, belly pains, etc., and I happened upon the 5 Day Pouch Test for bariatric patients that fear they may have stretched their pouch. So, beginning today, I will be following this diet to see if I can regain some of the training I learned during all of my pre-surgery counseling sessions, support group meetings, dietary classes, etc. I am hoping this test will help me to “jump start” my weight loss once again – not just to finally reach my goal, but to begin feeling good again.
These are the foods I will be dining on for the next 5 days. I can have as much of the prescribed menu as I’d like to satiate my hunger, without overeating, of course. I will also need to drink at least 64 oz. of water throughout the day. The program consists of the following:
Days One & Two: Liquid Protein
low-carb protein shakes, broth, clear or cream soups, sugar-free gelatin and pudding.
Day 3: Soft Protein
canned fish (tuna or salmon) eggs, fresh soft fish (tilapia, sole, orange roughy.
Day 4: Firm Protein
ground meat (turkey, beef, chicken, lamb), shellfish, scallops, lobster, fresh salmon or halibut.
Day 5: Solid Protein
white meat poultry, beef steak, pork, lamb, wild game
That’s it! There are no fruits, vegetables, starches, etc. for the 5 days, just proteins. I will truly miss my salads, but I will add those back in once the test is done.
OH.. and did I mention that I signed up with a bunch of gals at work for our very own Biggest Loser challenge? We are doing it from May 1st through July 1st. I am quite the competitive person, so this will really help me to get back on the ball. I’ve come up with my Top 10 Goals to help me reach my weight loss goal and to start feeling better again.
1. drink at least 64oz. of water daily
2. walk 1 mile at work during my lunch break
3. do a brief 10 minute workout each morning before work
4. eat my protein first
5. take my vitamins faithfully each day
6. make and KEEP my doctor visits
7. weigh in every week
8. chew slowly, eat clean, and allow yourself a “cheat” every now and then
9. don’t get upset when someone says I took the “easy” way out by having surgery – this is NOT easy.
10. stay motivated, enjoy the challenge, and help others along the way
WHAT TOUGH DECISION HAVE YOU HAD TO MAKE IN YOUR LIFE? WAS IT A GOOD OR A BAD CHOICE?