I woke up this morning wanting to snuggle more with my hubby, but alas off to work I go! I knew today may be a little tough, but I am determined to make it. I felt energized this morning and not sluggish. I didn't feel like my body weighed me down and I didn't have anything bad for me yesterday either! I was so proud of myself. This morning I got up and prepped for work. Excercise will be done prior to bed tonight :-)
Prepping for work was a little tricky. Here is what I brought to work with me today:
1. magic bullet
2. two pre-made smoothies without the liquid
3. blade for magic bullet
4. 1 yogurt
|my smoothie cup in the fridge!|
7. bottles of propel water
8. baby spoon
I started off with my "Sticky Monkey" Smoothie (#2 from yesterday's post)
Smoothie #2 - "Sticky Monkey"
1 1/2 cups of milk
2.5 tbsp of peanut butter
1/2 of medium banana (left over from smoothie #1) that was frozen
Milk = 12g
Banana = 1g
Peanut Butter = 4.5
Total = 17g
I increased the peanut butter in response to my body yesterday and fighting the hunger and sugar. The smoothie was smooth and a little frothy. I sipped it on the way to work and finished it off at my desk. When I sat down I had a moment of huge anxiety. How was I going to deal with candy being in the office? I'm on soft food - omg what are my co-workers going to say? How am I going to prepare for hunger today? Low sugar? Then I thought to think that this was super crazy for me to do. Ok I had to blog and get all this out. Here is where I am. I hope you all don't think I'm crazy, but it is like being a little kid again...you just want to be normal! Life as a WLS patient is anything but normal.
|Hello Kitty is helping me on my liquids|
Pre-lunch time and post 1 bottle and half of propel zero, I had my second smoothie for the day. I wasn't that hungry, but I knew I needed to fuel my body. Smoothie #4 was delcious.
Smoothie #4 - "Tropical Creamsicle"
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 banana sliced thin
3 tsbp of strawberries (pre-sweetened with splenda)
1.5 heaping tbsp of dices pinneapple and some juice
Milk = 5g
Banana = 1 gram
Strawberries = 3g
Total = 9g
Total for the day so far = 26g
What I really liked about this smoothie is it was chunky, think, and smooth tasting. It let me chew a little bit since I didn't over mix it for the pinneapple. I enjoyed it and it filled me up pretty well. I had to remember and slow down fill the fullness of my tummy and stop for a bit.
3 hours later, I'm hungry again, but luckily for me I've got another smoothie prepped ahead. This smoothi is great for the sugar drop that I usually get around 2 or 3 pm every day and it is wonderfully fulfilling.
Smoothie #3 - "Sweet and Tart" (#3 from yesterday's post)
6 oz of OJ
1 small handful of blackberries
1/2 cup of strawberries (that I had pre-sweetened with splenda)
Note: I added more OJ this time to make it more drinkable with the berries and to increase the sweet flavor that I was craving
Strawberries = 2.5g
Total for the day so far = 31.5g
One thing that I've learned alot about in doing this program and research is how I can find protein in fruits and veggies. Though I haven't made any veggie shakes, I definitely could do that as part of this system. I am amazed at how much protein comes in other forms. I think I had my protein blinders on and was focusing on just meat, cheese, and dairy. There are so many more options out there! With options comes temptations and today at work there was one huge one - pound cake. I wanted a bite so bad so I took it chewed it up tasted it and spit it out....I can't believe I have no will power!
Tonight for dinner I had a sensible dinner. I made cauliflower that was similar to mashed potatoes that was steamed and then mashed with some margarine and sour cream. I heated up some canned carrots. I also made some chicken tenders that was baked in a shake and bake method. Now, this if the first real food I've had in over 48 hours minus eggs, but I have to say I felt the difference in my pouch. It took me a very long time to eat my dinner and I almost ate in shifts. I was able to balance the chicken and veggies and I felt full - noticed my fullness - and was able to stop and chew. I even commented on this to my husband and he just smiled because it was back to the old tummy. I was really hungry this evening and I don't know why, but I'm keeping my head up and will continue to try. Protein so far with dinner is 63g.