This morning I had my two-week post-op appointment with the surgeon, and it was refreshing because it was the first time I had an appointment in the bariatric department when I wasn’t worried about making the weight loss requirement. Unlike my previous appointments, I even had breakfast (a protein shake) prior to weighing in.
I got on the scale, and it showed 266, which is an 11 pound loss since the day of surgery. (It also means that I’ve lost 49 lbs so far, so I’m hoping that a big, celebratory post will be in order tomorrow!). Then they took my blood pressure, something that in the past has always been on the lower side of the high range. Today it read 119/79, which they said is perfect! I’m thrilled!! They asked me a series of questions about my medication, my diet, my pain, as well as my overall feeling, and told me they were really impressed with how well I was doing. That I was following everything to the letter, and that it showed. (I felt like they were giving me a gold star, and being the girl who is the perfect student, that was amazing).
Then I met with the surgeon, who said that he was impressed with the way that my scars were healing, with my level of energy, and my general health. He said I was a model patient!! He answered a few of the questions that I had, and the entire appointment went really smoothly.
- cleared me for driving!!
- allows me to move on to more activities than just walking. Bike, elliptical, and light weight training – here I come. As soon as all my incisions completely close (2-3 days’ time), I can start swimming!!
- moves me into Stage III foods!!!!
Stage III Foods
The exciting thing about Stage III foods is that it opens up a wide set of textures and tastes that make me feel like more of a normal person again. I get to chew my food! 😀 On Stage III I can eat:
- eggs (although I don’t think I’ll be partaking, since I’m not a huge fan)
- deli lunchmeat, like turkey, chicken, and ham
- soft fish, like tilapia, salmon (in moderation), etc. (No shrimp yet, since those are firmer)
- canned tuna and chicken
- dairy: Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, string cheese, semi-soft cheeses (like gouda, mozzarella, etc).
- all fruit!! I have to peel the skin off of fruits like apples and pears, but otherwise, I can have all of them. Pre-op I was limiting my fruit because of the carbs, but now that my portions are so small, I’m going to have fruit with most meals.
- most veggies, well cooked. (Stage 4 is where I can have raw veggies and greens, which I cannot wait for). They did say to avoid overly fibrous vegetables, like asparagus.
- hard crackers and well-toasted wheat bread
- mashed potatoes
I can work with that! I’m already thinking of fun meal plans. Today I kept things fairly simple:
I can’t tell you how delicious the peach tasted! And having crackers and tuna? So good!
My veggies have to be “well cooked,” and since I really don’t like overcooked vegetables, I decided to grill the eggplant. One small eggplant yielded enough for lunch and dinner for the next few days.
I can already tell that my grocery bill is going to go way down. It’s going to take some getting used to not to overbuy, but I guess that’s all part of my new lifestyle. I am definitely going to keep Eggface’s blog in my bookmarks, because she puts together food that looks so appealing (maybe because Shelly’s Italian, too, so we like the same foods?). In any case, I put one of her famous bentos on my Amazon wishlist, and I’m hoping I get it for my birthday. If not, I’ll buy one before school starts, because it really is perfect for portion control post-wls.
Today was a great day, the whole way around. Not only did I have a stellar appointment, but I am eating food I really enjoy, AND I got to spend the day with my dad. He was kind enough to plant a bunch of flowers for me. (See my IG photo —->).