It's a major bore to hear about people's diets, so I will make this one short post and leave it at that until otherwise necessary. Most of us understand the struggle with driving forces to eat, compulsive something-or-other and the difficulty in changing our un-healthy ways, so ruminating on it all is pretty worthless. I actually like writing about all the birth thoughts and even my cocci experiences. I suppose, in a way, dieting is a health issue, but I just know how incredibly bored I get listening to the litany of what someone did and did not eat during their day. I don't want to bore anyone.
So, partner and I are doing a Slim-Fast fast at the moment as we ready ourselves for Optifast through our HMO. Optifast is medically supervised and I will be having blood work done every 2 weeks to make sure things are peachy. It lasts 20 weeks. 420 calories a day.
I am also eating miso soup with sprinkles of tofu in it - and blueberries. My New Orleans friend turned me on to frozen blueberries as a snack, so I portioned it all out and have those to eat, too. Gotta have those anti-oxidants ya know.
4 Slim-Fast a day (they are 180/190 calories, depending on whether it is a higher protein one or not) and 2 soups plus half a cup of blueberries. One of the Slim-Fasts has a scoop of protein powder in it (27 grams) to supplement what I am doing. Protein is very important to post-gastric bypass folks and, of course, to those in the dieting mode. All told, I will be ingesting right around 1000 calories... trying for 800, but not doing so well with that. Yet.
When I had the gastric bypass, I didn't eat 200 calories until 2 months out... not 400 until about 6 months out. By a year, I was at 800 calories. I lost 100 pounds in 10 weeks - 190 in a year. Fasting does not scare me (healthwise). I've done it before and was never healthier than that first year after surgery.
So, it's day 3 on Slim-Fast (with a couple of seriously sick compulsive slips), I'm going for my initial bloodwork and physical today for the Optifast thingiemajig and we should be on the program by the end of the month.
I hate how out of control I am with food. It's humiliating to be on a diet after a gastric bypass. I remember judging others 5 years out who were fat again... that would NEVER be me. And my oh my how bitter those words are tasting now.
If you feel compelled to tell me how horrid Optifast and Slim-Fast are, I'd appreciate typing and erasing because I am not a dunce - I've studied my options and this is the best one for me to get myself de-toxed and back on a diet plan (post-fast) that keeps me healthier.
Remember, my cholesterol levels jumped nearly 100 points in 6 months' time. That is unacceptable.
I'll toss my weight loss at the bottom of some posts in case you want to sing along.
6/28/06 - 248.5
6/30/06 - 244