The day of my surgery seems to be getting closer by the minute. Sure, it’s barely April and my surgery is in July, but it feels close to me. But it’s like, April is almost here, then it’s May, then June and that’s my last month with a normal stomach! Seems like it will be here very soon!
So….we did our taxes and got a little refund and I bought some things. Spent some money. Yep, I went a little crazy buying stuff. My husband and I had a “talk” last night, pretty much he begged me to stop going crazy! I mean, I bought surgery supplies from Amazon (like a pill splitter, a pill crusher, some little hot plate/mug warmers to keep food warm, 2 oz food freezer safe containers, an ADORABLE turquoise ice cream maker to make protein ice cream a la Eggface’s recipes, etc.) Then I bought some more protein bars from Bariwise, some Torani syrups for protein drinks, a new bathing suit from Lane Bryant, pool shoes for aquatics classes from Zappos, a new top and shorts nightgown set for the hospital (apparently you don’t want to bring an actual nightgown because they are always checking on your incisions and stuff and they’ll be looking at your underwear in a gown) from Lane Bryant, a lightweight knee length robe for the hospital and home from JC Pennys, some workout tops from JC Pennys, two types of protein coffee that I want to try, etc. OMG! Do I need all of this stuff? Probably not, but it is all stuff that I’ve read on people’s blogs that was helpful in their surgery journey and stuff that I thought I would “need” to have.
My weight loss is going okay. I’ve lost 23 lbs. now. Not tremendous, but I think I’m really on a great plan, and I’m comfortable with it, which is really important. My knee is still killing me and so I haven’t been working out, but I want to try to do some of my Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds videos this weekend and see how my knee does.
I really wanted to join a gym recently, here’s how that went: So I did a lot of research about gyms in the area and what kind of equipment they had, if they had a pool, what their aerobics classes are like, what times they are, and of course, prices. So I went to visit some local gyms, including Curves, Victory Lady, Urban Active, the Recreation Center at my University, the former Bally’s which is now Red’s or something, and the local hospital Mercy HealthPlex Western Hills. Most places didn’t have a pool and doing water aerobics classes is something I really want to do. I think it’ll be good for my knee as well as after surgery, exercising with low impact stuff.
So having a pool really narrowed down the bunch, to only the University Rec Center, Red’s and the HealthPlex. I toured Red’s and it was okay. Some equipment, a pool, nothing exciting but nothing scary either. Just a plain old gym. The aerobics classes and water aerobics classes schedules were okay, but not a lot were available in the times I’d be able to work out (after work at 5:30pm or on the weekend). I briefly toured the UC Rec Center, and every single person working out was a beautiful, tight bodied college student. All the girls had shiny hair with bouncy ponytails. The guys were all magazine gorgeous. I am sooo over that place. No way would I work out there. I would be a fish out of water.
I went to the HealthPlex and O.M.G.!!!!!!!!! It was sooooo beautiful! They have a crazy beautiful building, which looks new and shiny on the outside and inside. They have a very full water aerobics and regular aerobics schedule, with plenty of classes in my time slots. They have a spa attached where you can pay extra for massages. They have gorgeous locker rooms with lots of supplies provided, great showers, a regular pool and a warmer “therapy” pool, a hot tub, dry sauna, wet sauna, etc. It was heaven.
The down side? The price, of course!!! My university Rec Center is $36.66/month. Red’s is $25.00/month. The amazing, beautiful, fully stocked HealthPlex is $64.00/month. So yeah….expensive.
Talked with the hubby about it and after that conversation, I decided not to join anything right now. After the surgery, I really want to join the HealthPlex. It has everything that I need and the people are all normal – some thin, some overweight, some really obese like me. There are teens working out there alongside 40somethings, alongside grandmothers.
Right now I really don’t have a lot of extra free time, since I’m working full-time, taking some self-improvement classes, have obligations on weekends, etc. My hubby felt like adding in hours more of exercise per week would negatively impact the family (i.e. spending time with the kids). I understand his point completely, but don’t I have to be healthy and happy and take care of myself first so that I can be around to take care of others? Oh, well.
In June, my self-improvement classes will end and so will my weekend obligations, so that will free up time. And then surgery in July!!!
Even though I’ve only lost 23 lbs. people are already saying that “Well, you’ve lost that weight by yourself, so you really don’t need surgery!” to me. ARGH! Look at the statistics of people being able to lose tons of weight on their own, plus keeping it off for months and years. UGH. So not feasible. I need the surgery so I can have that tool or weapon in my arsenal.
I have to lose 40 lbs. to not get the full one-month liquid diet. So I’ve lost 23 lbs., but 10 of those were a weight gain ABOVE what I weighed at the surgeon’s office. SO in their eyes, I’ve only lost 13 lbs. U-G-H!!! I feel like I can’t win! But I am just going to try my hardest and see how it works out. If I lose the 40 lbs. then I only have to do a 2 week liquid diet.
Right now with my eating plan, I eat under 1,000 calories a day. On rare occasions, I eat 1,200. That might be too low, but I am eating a lot of things that I will be eating post-op, like no carbs, no soda, no sugar, etc. It’s getting really easy for me. Yay!
So this weekend is Easter, so we are going over to my sister-in-law’s house on Sunday. We are all bringing things: ham, salad, mashed potatoes, etc. I’m bringing a lightened up deviled eggs recipe, some sliced onions/tomatoes/lettuce for ham sandwiches, and I’m gonna make some chocolate cookies w/ frosting to get the stuff OUT OF MY HOUSE! We got these free coupons for cake mix and frosting and I was like, Seriously, God? Seriously? So I figure I’ll make cookies out of it and give ‘em all to my sister-in-law and let her and her family eat all of them. Problem solved!
I’ve been looking at and re-doing my “food funerals”. I’ve really pared down the list and honestly, I don’t even feel like going to one restaurant. I’m doing really well with my eating plan and my desire to eat those old “favorite” foods is like disappearing.
For my birthday though, which is next weekend, we are going to Buckhead’s, where I will have that food funeral, so that’s at least one. So I’ll get their yummy house salad and my favorite blue cheese dressing (homemade), some fried green tomatoes with spicy mustard sauce, and some chips and queso (my favorite). That’s what I grew up on in Texas – chips and queso. There are so many kinds of queso, yellow or white, thick or thin, really spicy or mild, chunky or smooth, I’ve kind of become quite a connoisseur. My 2ndfavorite is to dip French fries in queso. Hello, calories!!!
But no cake and ice cream for my birthday. Instead, I want to have a fruit display similar to what Eggface had for St. Patrick’s Day, where you make a rainbow out of red strawberries, orange mandarin orange slices, yellow pineapple chunks, green grapes, blue blueberries, and purple blackberries. It looks too cute online. I can’t wait, since I really don’t eat that much fruit right now!
Happy Easter everybody!