Well, I have really been negligent about posting this month. I think this is for a couple of different reasons. the first is that I have been busy! School ended, and I thought I would have some down time, but instead have had a lot of meetings etc. to get everything coordinated for my summer research jobs. The other reason though is that I went through a long - 15 day I think - stall, and I was SO worried that I was going to be the WLS failure poster girl. Wasn't sure I should be posting recipes, because what if I was leading everybody down a primrose path to regain and continued frustration?
I've come to the conclusion that at this point, stalls just happen. There doesn't really seem to be a connection between what I eat during a particular week and what the scale tells me - though I really eat pretty much the same balance of carbs/fat/protein and calories 90% of the time. My pattern seems to be: stall 14-18 days then, lose for 7-10 days, then stall some more... I suppose I can learn to deal with that.
I think worrying about failure is pretty normal for new pre-ops - after all, if we had been successful losing weight in the past, we would not have needed WLS, right? I am trying not to let the numbers on the scale determine my feelings of success or failure, but it is a challenge sometimes! The good news is, I have dropped 5 pounds in the last week so, with luck, my monthly stats will look decent when I hit my four month surgiversary next Tuesday. I have reached a 60 pound total loss as of yesterday - just one pound to go until I am halfway to my goal!
I have started to experience some hair loss - enough that I think that's where the 5 pound drop on the scale came from! So far it still looks ok - but I am having a lot come out in the shower and on my hairbrush everyday, and they are pretty much shedding constantly - my husband has mentioned that the house has long hairs draped pretty much everywhere. I did recently have it cut a bit shorter, with layers, and have it colored and highlighted, and that seems to make it look fuller, even though it is actually thinner.
I can now actually zip up my size 16w and size 18 misses jeans - without having to lie down flat on the bed to do it. Having said that, I can't actually breathe once they're zipped up and they create a muffin top that is fearsome to behold, so I can't wear them out and about yet. Still, last month they didn't even fit up and over my backside and belly, so there is some improvement in size, although my waist measurement has been frustratingly persistent - no change this month at all! This doesn't make sense, since I can see that my proportions seem to be improving - a nice hourglass figure is slowly emerging! I have heard that the gut is the last to go - we'll lose weight everywhere else first.
The other two things that are a bit distressing at the moment: I have lost most of the double chin, but a strange wrinkly wattlely spot seems to have been left behind ... only visible from certain angles and when the light hits it in a particular way, but still - I hope to heaven that this shrinks because when I catch a glimpse of it, it freaks me RIGHT out! The second thing is, now that I am losing fat from my back and sides, I have uncovered a really unattractive set of "back boobs" visible on my sides from behind if I lift my arms. Fortunately, I am able to kind of stuff them forward in my bra, so they don't really show when I am dressed .... but EEEWW!
Shopping has been fun. I went to Winners (A Canadian store similar to Ross and TJ Maxx) and bought a few blouses, a ruffled cardigan, a sundress, and a gorgeous red rain coat- that is too small right now, but should fit beautifully this fall and winter (size 14!) The blouses are a tiny bit snug, but I need them for a trip to the UK in a month, and they should fit just fine by then. These days, when I find a pair of jeans that is flattering, I buy the size I need now, and the next size down - too often I have returned to find that a style that I like is out of stock or has been discontinued - and life is too short to wear ugly baggy jeans, now that I am actually liking my body shape! I CAN"T WAIT to be able to shop in regular sizes - the selection of plus size clothing in Canada is pretty crappy and overpriced.
Although I haven't been posting, I have been taking pictures of lots of yummy food that I have been cooking - so get set for a bunch of recipe postings over the next few days! Here's what is coming to this blog soon: Protein Pancakes, Frozen Blueberry Greek Yogurt, Roasted Vegetable Platter, Feta and Tomato Relish, Smoked Salmon and Avocado "Sushi" Rolls, Cheese "puffs", Orange and Chili Glazed Salmon Fillets, Low Carb Breaded Chicken Nuggets, Strawberry & Marscapone Tart, Broccoli Slaw, Honey and Maple Glazed, Cedar Planked, Salmon, Grilled Porterhouse Steak, Caesar Salad with High Protein / Low Carb Croutons.
Lots of yummy high protein and low carb stuff! And Ice Cream that is totally indulgent TASTING, while being 100% weight loss surgery friendly! Woo Hoo!