My 4 week post-op was yesterday and I wanted to take a minute and let myself know where I’m at right now with diet, exercise and breastfeeding.
First, breastfeeding has been a challenge. I thought I was home free a few weeks ago but it ends up there are good days and bad days. If I have a rough day with hydration then I can’t breastfeed the following day. My hypothesis about my liquid intake being the key to breastfeeding is 100% proven in that my calories don’t matter but if I miss even one glass of water then I don’t produce enough milk to satisfy my daughter and I have to resort to formula. She doesn’t mind but I don’t particularly like it. Good news is that if I up my liquids and continue to breastfeed then I start producing more milk. My liquids intake I’ll write more about below when I talk about my diet.
Second, exercising! This is surprisingly easy. I walk every day and work in the gardens. I am getting between 6,000 and 10,000 steps every day. The key to making it more steps is in my protein intake. Are you sensing a theme here? Breastfeeding = liquids, exercising = protein… Anyway, I have a LOT of fatigue later in the day if my protein isn’t getting in but mornings are still my preference for exercising so I can usually hit my low number of 6,000 steps. I’m also starting to lift more even though I’m suppose to limit myself to less than 20 lbs till 2 months post-op. I figure if I move into it slowly then it won’t hurt anything. I’m also working up the courage to start jogging but I think I’m going to wait another couple weeks just to make sure everything inside is healed up before I start jostling it around.
Third, the dreaded “d” word! My diet is a LOT more varied now that I am on “soft” foods. Really, I just avoid hard things to chew up into mush; like steak, nuts, seeds, etc. But I’m also avoiding breads and pastas. I had a donut today and it was bad, bad! I was sick for 2 hours, at least, so I won’t be trying that again anytime soon. Really I had no business trying it but I’m glad my sleeve did it’s thing and convinced me not to do it again. I still really miss coffee but June 23rd will be here sooner than I realize and I can’t wait! Now, for the nitty-gritty.. I am eating about 800-1000 calories right now and getting about 60-80 grams of protein and about 48 ozs of liquids. This is a great day and I feel fabulous on these days. Unfortunately, my weight loss has completely stopped!!!!!!!! This is more than a little frustrating. I can’t figure out if the weight loss stall is because of the 3 week post-op stall that everyone else gets OR if it’s because my calories are too high. Who has ever heard of 1,000 calories being too much to lose weight?!?! I hesitate to lower my calories, though, because then I’m tired and sluggish all the time. I also have a hard time getting my liquids AND proteins in when I focus on the calories. I guess this is the time to experiment so we’ll try the higher calories for another week and see if I lose anything, if not then I’ll go back to protein shakes and lower my calories and see if it jump starts the losing again.
Love and God’s blessings,