I have been spending a lot of time at Auckland…
Here’s the third post in my little post-op series of posts. This one was written by me on the one month anniversary of my gastric bypass (05/03/2014). This one is actually quite long and detailed, enjoy!
Today is my one month anniversary of my Gastric Bypass surgery! What a month it has been. I can’t believe I feel so well and different already with what weight I have lost. I went for my first proper intentional walk last week and it was so much easier. It got my heart rate up and I got a little out of breath but I wasn’t heaving for air like I used to be after exercise. My clothes that I was wearing on surgery day are already getting baggy and I’m fitting into things I haven’t fit for a few years at least.
Everything has gone really smoothly after surgery and I’m getting in all of my protein and fluid each day. I started on the purée diet last week and everything I have tried so far I have tolerated. I’ve had yoghurt, eggs – scrambled and poached, milk with a tiny bit of cereal, crackers with salmon or tuna on them, puréed beef and chicken. Some meals I have lost interest in half way through and abandoned. I haven’t felt hungry since the surgery and I’ve almost completely lost all interest in food. Only once have I thought I would like to eat something I shouldn’t but then I took a step back and thought no I actually don’t want it at all.
I’m so glad I don’t have to crush my medications anymore. It almost seemed like torture having to get the bitter crushed pill in everyday. I have another week of purée and then I can go onto soft foods! I am looking forward to this stage. It will be nice to be able to add a bit more variety into my diet.
I’m surprised at how easy this part has been mentally too. I was expecting to be all over the place and I have had a couple of hard, down days but on the whole I’ve felt pretty normal. I think the 10 month build up from bringing this up as a possibility to it actually were very good to mentally prepare myself for it. I’m sure I’m going to have rough periods but for now it’s all looking good.
I am sooooooo incredibly glad I went through with this surgery. I really think it’s the turning point I needed to make the major changes I needed to make to be able to live a (hopefully) longer and healthier life. The first week or so after surgery wasn’t fun but now even a month out most of that is forgotten already.
To date I have lost 24.5 kg or 54 pounds.
15 kg or 33 pounds of this was prior to surgery.
9.5 kg or 21 pounds in 4 weeks since surgery.
With today’s weight my BMI dropped under 40!
I am heading towards a huge goal of getting under 100 kgs which I guess is like getting to Onederland for those who go by pounds. I really want to do it by the time of our friends wedding at the end of April which I think is very achievable since I have less than 8 kg to go to reach that goal. My weight loss is getting quite noticeable now and it’s great hearing from others that I look good.
Happy one month to me! We can all cheers with a protein shake. *cheers*