Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Feeding My Sleeve

It is simply gorgeous in Southern Illinois today.  The temperature is a comfy 70 degrees F, the sun is out, wind is mild and it's just beautiful.  When I got dressed this morning, I found that I had no clothes that were really appropriate for this weather.  Almost every piece of clothing I own is too big for me now.  I'm down to a couple t-shirts and a couple pair of jeans.  So, I decided to go shopping.  I went to Cato (one of my favorite stores) and right there in the fitting room, I felt like crying tears of joy.  I could wear a size 20!  Only four months ago, I was in a 26/28.  Wow, just amazing.  So, I bought two pair of capris, three shirts and a pair of flip flops.  I wasn't going to buy any new clothes for awhile, was going to hit up some thrift shops, but I just couldn't resist.  It really has been a happy day because of this, so proud of myself.  Yet, I'm still in disbelief.  My mom says she's very proud of me, everyone says I look great.  Even a former boyfriend (who I'm still on good terms with obviously) said that there is a dramatic difference.  I really needed this today.  I've been a little discouraged because I've been on a stall.  The stall came about a week and half ago, while I was sick with the flu and just starting purees.  Now, I'm on soft foods and the scale still isn't budging.  I hope it starts back up soon.  I will go see my surgeon tomorrow for my one month followup.

You may be wondering what I can eat now.  I've moved on to soft foods.  Things that can be chewed easily and are soft. Tonight, I made dinner for my family for the first time post-op.  Actually, that's not true.  I've made convenience foods for them, but last night is the first night I've actually made something nice that I can sit down and eat, too.  I made steak, green beans and au gratin potatoes.  Wait, you say?  I'm not supposed to eat steak?  Well, this steak is incredibly tender, and I could actually cut it with a fork.  It's simple to chew and feels fine in my sleeve, so I'm counting it as a soft food.  It's Loggins New York Strip Steak and I found it in the frozen meat section at Walmart.  They were a little pricey, but considering I used to pay about $8 per ribeye, I figured it's a fair trade off.   They aren't as tasty as a ribeye, but it'll have to do for now.

Above, you see a photo of my dinner plate before I began eating.  Note that it's not a full size plate, it's a salad plate.  Also, please excuse my table.  It's a hand me down that's been handed down many times.  I'm planning on buying a nice dining room set in the very near future.  What you see is 3 oz of New York Strip Steak, 1 Tbsp of green beans and 1.5 Tbsp of au gratin potatoes.
 To the right, you see my finished plate.  I ate about 1/2 of the 3 oz. steak, most of the green beans and about 1/4 of the potatoes.  I'm full.  Notice my fork has some potatoes on it.  I was about to take another bite, but then I started to "feel" it and knew it was time to stop.  Okay folks, here's the tally for my dinner:

Calories:  68
Protein:  8.4 grams
Carbs:  3.3 grams
Fat:  2 grams

I was very satisfied.  Dinner was great!


  1. Wonderful update!! You are rocking it, girl! Interesting about the differences in recovery, etc. There is no way I could eat more than a few bites of anything right now. But I have eaten six ounces of soup at a time, so I know my stomach works! My transition to dense protein and regular foods (as I'm supposed to be eating) is a bit more problematic than I expected.

    Congratulations to you on the dressing room victory and the fun new clothes!! Super, super cool.

  2. Way to go Lisa. I am slooooowwwwlly moving on my weight loss journey too. Thought about having a separate blog for it from my regular one but no clue what to call it, or if I'm brave enough to announce to the world my poundage, etc.!

  3. Woo hoo for cute smaller clothes! Your dinner looks yummy, I get that "feeling" too and know that just one more bite is not going to happen.

  4. Julie, most things I can only eat a few bites of, too. I went to Denny's with my mom, husband and daughter the other day. I had two bites of meatloaf, 3 or 4 or green beans and a couple of mashed potatoes. Just couldn't eat any more!

    Terri, the only reason I share my actual weight is because I know I won't be there forever!

    Sheila, thank you! I think I'm addicted to clothes shopping. :D