hey guys! happy friday! got any big plans for the weekend? none here.. sadly.
i started my liver shrinking diet yesterday! but first, i’ll show you my last meal:
mmm sushi. i ate until i was stuffed, but this place has the BEST sushi in town for a great price.
the point of the liver shrinking diet is to reduce the size of your liver by up to 40% so it is easier to perform the bariatric operation. in completely non-technical terms, the liver sort of sits on top of your stomach, and to attach the band, they need to lift the liver out of the way. if the liver is too big, the surgeon can make the executive call to stop the surgery and wait until the liver has shrunk enough.
the diet is a lower carb, low calorie, high protein diet. the surgeon gave me a list of what is acceptable and not, so this is what i’m currently doing:
- breakfast: Ensure high protein shake
- snack: diabetic friendly yogurt
- lunch: Ensure high protein shake
- snack: cucumber with 2 T greek yogurt mixed w. ranch seasoning
- dinner: 4 ounces of lean protein + unlimited veggies
yesterday, since i was at the hospital, i didn’t get very hungry, but i’m feeling the effects today. as i type this on my lunch break, i’ve had all but the yogurt, and i’m pretty hungry. i’ve been trying not to think about it, but its happened more than i like. i know i have a food addiction, and i’m going to have to work on this habit, because after i’m banded, i will need to control myself. the band wont stop what i’m putting in my mouth. it will just help me feel fuller, quicker.
so anyway, i had 3 appointments at the hospital yesterday to get ready for surgery may 8th. first i had the pre-admittance testing which included blood work, an EKG, and a chest xray. they all went fine and after about an hour and a half, i was finally able to drink some water. you cant eat or drink anything before the apt, so i was THIRSTY by the time i was done.
next, was the physical with the nurse practitioner. she was super nice and answered all my questions. she told me what to expect and all that other jazz. it was a fairly quick appointment, then i had to wait around for another 2 hours for the next appointment, with the doctor. that appointment was simply going over the surgery one last time and signing all the consent forms.
all in all, it was a good day, i’m more excited than ever to get to this surgery over and done with and get to the good part.
i think i’m going to start tracking my weight at the end of each post, like highest, current, goal, total lost. just for myself so see how far i’ve come.
hope you all have a great weekend!!
- highest weight: 303
- current weight: 295
- goal weight: 170
- weight lost: 8