The Puree Diet is in Sight!

This is the second post in my little series of posts I found from around the time after my gastric bypass surgery. I originally wrote this on 23/02/14 so it was about two weeks after my surgery. Again I apologise for the writing things have changed on all fronts since then! You wouldn’t think so now but I took barely any pictures of myself at this time so although scrambled eggs were part of the soft food phase it was as close as I could get with photo’s I actually took at this time.

I only have 2 days of my liquid diet after surgery left! On Wednesday I will be three weeks out from surgery and it’s gone quicker than I thought it would have. While the liquid diet after consisting of 4 Optifast shakes a day hasn’t been too bad and far easier than the 2 weeks prior to surgery I’m looking forward to eating again.

I have been really tired this week and I think it’s from a combination of a whole heap of things. My Mum has been helping me out with my toddler for the past two weeks and while she has been a godsend and I couldn’t have done it without her it’s been hard on me mentally having her around all day everyday. I have really appreciated her help but man am I looking forward to getting back to normal next week. I think mainly surviving on protein shakes for the last 5 weeks is starting to take its toll and is contributing to my tiredness as well.

I have been getting lightheaded when I stand up lots of the time over the last few days. A couple of times I’ve had to sit back down or hold onto the wall as I felt I was getting close to passing out. Hopefully a bonus from this is that my blood pressure is nice and low again but it’s not a nice feeling all of the time. I’m going to take it easy this first week back to normal being a full time Mummy again so have only made plans for two days in the week.

In my second week following surgery I lost 2.4kg or just over 5 pounds. So now in total I have lost 21.4kg or 47 pounds! I’m pleased with my progress but think I may have hit a stall for the first time. My weight hasn’t budged at all since Wednesday morning which is my ‘weigh in’ day. I guess with the amount I’ve lost over the last four weeks my body is just regrouping before letting more melt off.

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  1. Sian at 7:43 pm

    I remember when I had my wisdom teeth out it was such a weird feeling after a week and a bit of liquid food (I had a bad extraction!) my mouth was aching to chew something, odd feeling.
    I’m applying again soon, all positive vibes and finger crossing appreciated hehe x

    • Melissa Peaks Author at 7:55 pm

      Good luck! I really hope you get through this time. You should cope well with the liquids phase if you’ve already done it before too. Thanks for reading my blog Sian I really appreciate it!

  2. Gemma at 4:35 pm

    Ok so finally reporting from the ‘other side’ – one week post-op yay! It really wasn’t that bad and my current biggest worry is getting through another two weeks of fluids only, when I don’t even have my veges to look forward to! I am surprised to feel hungry, but expect it will take some time for signals to settle and for me to understand my new digestive system. In any case I am rather desperate to get to the purée stage and at the moment it feels a long way off. Thank you again for your blog, I think it’s given me a lot of easy language to use around my friends and family. Things that might once have been difficult to articulate have been normalised in my mind by reading a lot online and your writing in particular has helped.

    • Melissa Peaks Author at 12:23 pm

      Congrats on your one week anniversary! I’m glad to hear it all went well. It does get a bit boring not chewing anything but you can do it. I was really cautious because I didn’t want to do anything to hurt my new teeny tummy. That’s one of the best compliments I’ve had about my blog I think. I’m so happy to hear it’s made it easier for you to communicate what’s going on with your friends and family. Keep it up, you have so much to look forward to and I know you’re going to rock it!

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