Week 4

Today is the start of week 4 which also means the start of solid food and I can not wait to start eating regular meals with my family again. Today I have stuck with my soft foods for most of the day but for my afternoon snack I am going to have a cheese stick and if this goes well then for dinner the plan is chicken meatloaf and peas.

So far my experience has been really positive, I still have not had any problem with food getting stuck or making me sick. Having said that I did have my first case of the “foamies” this morning. If you are wondering what I mean by foamies it is when you eat too much and something gets stuck or there is no room for it to go down then you stomach starts producing extra saliva to try and get whatever it is down and the extra saliva produced needs to be spit out because if you swallow it you just get more.

I got the foamies because I forgot to take my prenatal vitamin just before I ate (they need to be taken with food), so I ate my breakfast of 1 egg and 1/4 cup ground chicken then I remembered I need to take my vitamin so I went and took the vitamin. Obviously I was already full from breakfast and there was no room for the vitamin because within a few seconds I had pain in my upper back and I felt like I would be sick, then the foamies started. I never got sick but the foamies and the pain lasted about 30 – 40 minutes before it went away. This is a mistake I will not be repeating anytime soon!

I thought this week would be harder for me to adjust since I went back to work and I am used to eating while I drive to work and now that is not an option. It turns out that it actually hasn’t been that hard, I just have to make sure lunch is ready the night before, make sure I get up as soon as my alarm goes off and I have to use my time efficiently.

My weight has slowed over the last week and half which is hard to take but I know that this is common and eventually the weight will come off. I have lost 27 lbs since starting my liquid diet January 19th so I can’t be unhappy about that. This week was only 1.8 lbs which was a little bit disappointing but I am not going to let it get me down. The scale is moving in the right direction and I have not been under 230 lbs in years so weighing in at 225.8 lbs this morning for me is a victory.

I am now eating between 600 & 700 calories a day and I am getting closer to meeting my protein goal of 64g – 75g everyday. Now that I am starting solids it is time to really make sure everything I eat is healthy and try and reach that protein goal everyday. I think this is where the hard work will really start, I have to make sure I use my sleeve as the tool it is meant to be by really changing my lifestyle. Healthy eating and regular exercise (once my Dr. approves) will have to be something that I follow for the rest of my life if I want this to work.

Let the hard work begin, I am ready!!!


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