I had mentioned last week that I was going home to check up with my primary care physician. I have to meet with her once a month for the next six so that she can record my progress for the insurance company. They prefer if someone loses 10% of their weight before bariatric surgery. In month one, I lost about 3% which is excellent.
I was still nervous to see what my doctor had to say. I wasn’t sure if what I have been doing was good enough, but she reassured me that I was doing better than she had expected. She shared something interesting with me; I was only one of two patients to ever lose weight in the first month of the pre-op diet at her office. I just thought that was a bit shocking but I was so relieved that she was happy.
Some things that I took from the meeting:
- 1,500 calories: I think that this is pretty fair and so far I haven’t had much of a problem sticking with it. Every once in a while I will have a day where I am around 1,600 calories but I’m still eating healthy foods. Counting calories has really showed me the value in a well-planned meal. If I know I’m going to be eating something high in calories, I can easily adjust my other meals so that I am not going over-board. It’s really all about planning and being aware.
- 20 grams of sugar: So far I have found this absolutely impossible. I’m not sure if she just meant “bad” sugars, I need to get that clarified. Tracking sugar has really opened my eyes. I can’t believe how much is in nearly everything! Even things like protein bars can be loaded with sugar. I get a lot of my sugar from fruit. It’s more natural, so I’m hoping that’s not as bad.
- 80 grams of protein: She told me that a range of 60-95 is usually good. I figure sticking around 80 grams a day is good before surgery, we shall see if it has to be adjusted once I actually have gastric bypass. I don’t find it hard to get protein, one day I actually had 122 grams! Most of my days start with a protein-packed smoothie, which really helps. For lunch I eat a salad almost every day, usually containing chicken or turkey. I make sure my snacks during the day are something like cheese, nuts or protein bars. My dinners range, but I eat a lot of tofu or typically vegetarian foods. They are surprisingly loaded with protein. It also doesn’t hurt to drink a protein shake in the afternoon. I can’t imagine I will have any problems getting my protein in post-surgery. I have become nearly obsessed.
So I’m onto month two and so far, so good. I have become a pro at resisting temptations. Easter will be the big test! I still plan on eating what my family serves, just controlling my portions. No more plates full of mashed potatoes! If you want to see what crazy antics I get into over the holidays, follow me on Twitter @HilaryFlint.