Firstly, Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrated yesterday or are waiting until today to celebrate. I celebrated by adding some nutmeg and cinnamon to my chocolate Optifast shake to give it a taste reminiscent of pumpkin pie (urgh, my favourite). It didn’t taste like it, obviously, but it’s quite a nice addition.
Secondly, there are so many things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving, but I will just say this: I am so grateful for this opportunity to have weight loss surgery and to work with the fabulous health care team that I’m working with, and all of those who have supported me thus far, and will support me afterward in my recovery and beyond.
So. It’s been two weeks today since I started my liquid diet. I’d love to say it’s been easy, but it hasn’t. Also, I weighed myself this morning and was up 2 pounds, which leaves me at a loss of 11.5 lbs as opposed to the 13.5 lbs I had lost the last time I weighed myself. I know, I know, I shouldn’t focus on the scale as much because there are so many variables which play into it, but it is a bit of a letdown when all I consumed yesterday was 650 calories. I got all four of my Optifast shakes in, as opposed to just the three I’d been struggling with for most of these two weeks, but didn’t have any of the veggie broth yesterday. Maybe that had something to do with it, or maybe the fact that I didn’t get enough water did. I don’t know, but still, 11.5 lbs is still something to be very proud of.
For those wondering: this diet is meant to shrink the liver so that the surgeon has better access to the stomach through laparoscopic surgery. Canada is one of the strictest countries in the world it seems as far as length of liquid pre-surgery diet is concerned, as well as what we are allowed to consume: only four Optifast and a cup of broth a day. Better safe than sorry, I guess.
Another thing that probably has contributed to my weight loss slowing down is the fact that I just can’t really leave home, because I feel awful most of the time and have a lot of gastrointestinal issues that I won’t get into, for your sake and mine.
But not all is bad. Hell, nothing is bad (except how I feel physically, but that’s to be expected). As of this morning, even though I was up two pounds, I lost even more inches! I’ve lost 11.5 inches off of my waist, 4 inches off of my thighs, 3 off of my biceps, and 3 off of my calves. So I will count that as a victory indeed.
One week today I’ll be make the two and a half hour journey to the hospital to get my surgery (the next day).
I have a killer headache and not much energy, so I’ll end it here. I hope you’re having a fabulous day.