Monday, October 7, 2013

Prohibition

bustin-out1I had a phone consult with my surgeon this morning. I knew that there would be a number of drastic changes coming my way once my digestive system was re-plumbed, but I learned this morning that the prohibitions of food and drink will happen sooner that I thought.

My Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass surgery will take place on Monday, October 28th, but I will need to begin a total liquid diet on Friday, October 25th, ceasing all intake of said liquids at midnight Sunday. I’m not sure yet about how I feel about knowing that the last time I will eat something solid with reckless abandon is less than three weeks away.

Also, I have two weeks of coffee left. I learned that I must cease caffeine intake before I start the liquid diet. I can resume, albeit in much smaller quantities 6-weeks post-op. But that may be difficult because drinking water, one ounce at a time will be my new full time job. I purchased a small glass with ounces marked on the outside. I figured it will be handy when I can start ‘eating’ smooth soups during weeks three and four post-op. 

I have in the past demonstrated that I can commit to healthy eating and exercise in short bursts, adding in the restriction of a smaller stomach will serve as a kind of safety net to keep me from sabotaging the work I do in the gym. So many people call this surgery a “tool” and that is how I choose to see this process. It will aid in my transition to a healthy lifestyle. I am committed to a moment of inconvenience as I transform to the healthy, more active individual trapped inside.

1 comment:

  1. I've been watching my hubby do this since the 12th of July. The whole 'one ounce at a time' thing wasn't as hard as he thought it was going to be. He got used to it pretty fast. He had to do the whole liquid diet thing for 10 days pre-op and three weeks post, then could move onto the pureed baby food like stuff. He has lost 110+ now and is still losing! He has also "lost" his BP meds already and his water pills. It is really quite amazing what a change that 110 lbs has made.... Good luck John. I hope this works out for you the way that you want it to!

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