Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Week 5 -- Recovering

So, it's been 5 weeks since my surgery.

My scars are pretty much healed and I can lay on my stomach without too much discomfort. Bonus, I can roll over at night without any pain at all. Every once in awhile the kids catch me just right in the gut and it hurts but mostly I forget the scars are even there. 

I'm still on the same diet (come on, you knew I was going to talk about food) and will be until November 21st at which point I'm hoping to be able to reintroduce salads into my life. I miss them. I will also be able to try red meat as well. I can't tell you how tired I am of chicken. I eat a lot of chicken. Well, I guess I should rephrase that. I try to eat a lot of chicken. It's weird. I'm able to eat an entire 5 oz cup of Greek yogurt but I struggle with a couple ounces of chicken. So I'm still trying to figure out how to get upwards to 900 calories in my diet without the protein supplements. I think I might try hummus... that has protein in it, right? Eggs are still the bane of my existence. I haven't found a way that I actually like them so I pretty much just eat a Greek yogurt every morning for breakfast. Here's hoping I don't get tired of yogurt anytime soon.

I've gotten sick a few times -- something which is not pleasant by any stretch of the imagination. A couple times from eating too fast so now I try never to let myself get that hungry and once or twice from eating something too spicy which gives me sad face because I like spicy food. 

Something weird about life after surgery (that I hopes goes away) is when I eat or drink my middle back hurts. I'm not sure why that is but I'll feel fine -- no back pain -- I eat or drink and all the sudden my back is killing me. Weird, right?

Oh I guess I should mention that I've lost 49lbs so far and I've dropped 3 pants sizes. (like how I just slipped that in there with little fanfare when really I'm whooping and dancing around in joy)


Things I Still Miss:
Chugging. I've always like chugging drinks now I have to be a dainty drinker. It drives me nuts.
Eating. I put the tiniest of portions on a tiny plate and I still can't finish them.
IB Profen. I'm guessing this will ALWAYS be on the list
Salads. I desperately want a ginormous salad.

Things That Are Better:
Smaller Sizes. I had to buy a new pair of PJ bottoms because my other ones were literally falling off of  me.
Energy. I feel better and am able to keep up with my kids and do things I was missing out on before.
Self Esteem. Having friends you haven't seen for awhile hang out of their car as they drive past you walking and tell you how fabulous you're looking.

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