My pre op diet was 2 weeks of: Optifast 3 times a day. I was also allowed to eat from approved vegetables. Celery, Capsicum, lettuce, tomato, garlic, mushrooms all low calorie healthy veg. No potato or peas etc. up to 6 cups a day.I was also told to have 1 teaspoon per day of oil to help prevent issues with gallbladder as such a low fat diet can cause problems.On top of that I was also allowed to have Lite Jelly as a treat if I was still hungryI could not have meat, fish, eggs or anything other than stated above.I lost 9 kilos in 2 weeks before surgeryHope that is clear
I found it was good to change between the Optifast soup, bars and shakes. I also made cauliflower rice and turned it into fried rice with vegies and a little soy sauce. I used my 1 teaspoon of oil per day so I could do that. Or made stir fry vegies. Roasted tomatoes with garlic. fresh Asparagus. Lots of different things with vegies.. I was also allowed Jelly.
Congratulations Larnie, you sound like you are well on track and doing good. You will improve every day and feel great pretty soon. Working Mum and Hulk I wish you both all the best for your surgery. It's scary, and stressful, but they are so professional and handle everything very smoothly. You guys will be out the other side in no time. Don't forget to let us know how you are doing. Cheers
Hey Iron Man, you could be Iron Man 2 like the movies lol. But anyway, good on you for taking this step, I am sure you are going to do great. It's a long road but you have already done amazing with weight loss and your preparations so I know you are on the right path to be successful.
I did 2 weeks pre op diet, 3 optifast meals per day (Bar, shake or soup). Plus 2-8 cups of the approved vegetables either stirfried, cooked, or as a salad. I was also told to use a teaspoon of oil per day to avoid gallbladder issues. I could have some soy sauce on my vegies, or I could have balsamic vinegar on my salad. On top of that I could also have Lite Jelly. I lost 8kg in 2 weeks following that diet. Plus a minimum of 2 litres of water a day Hope that is helpful. Good luck with everything Cheers Laggy
One thing I tried which was a welcome change from stir fried vegies, is Cauliflour Rice. I used a whole head of cauliflour grated up with a little oil and spread it out on a tray in the oven and baked it for about 15 minutes. I then made fried rice out of it. Instead of using real rice. It was extremely nice and a welcome change from soups and things. Keep up the good work. you will be post operation sooner than you think Cheers Laggy
Hey Larnie16, I stir fried the vegies, I made vegie soup, I cut up asparagus and stir fried them on their own with a little soy sauce. I made curried vegies. I even made vegetable soup half puree'd and half left chunky which was very nice. It is hard and by the end of 2 weeks I was so glad to not have to do it anymore. I had my surgery 4 weeks ago, starting weight of 168kg now down to 150kgs. I'm 52 and like you was suffering from back pain and joint pain. I can tell you now it has been well worth it, I am already feeling much better moving around. I am not focusing on the end goal at this time. I am working toward better health, lowering my blood pressure, no longer being pre-diabetic, able to stand for as long as I want to. Improving or even getting rid of my sleep apnea. For me the end goal is so far away. But I already see improvements in my back pain and asthma. So keep at it, you will start to see results really quickly. Plus you have the liquids phase to do next. Miso Soup, V8 juice, Broth, Yum Yum Cheers Laggy
Hey MissAsh, I had my surgery 2 weeks ago today. I was very scared too, I weighed in on the day of surgery at 161kgs. So my BMI is over 60. I asked the surgeon how they would deal with someone of my weight because I was also scared of dying on the table. He told me that they are used to dealing with people of my weight and even higher. They do extensive medical tests to ensure you are fit enough for the surgery. Don't forget that any weight you lose beforehand also helps improve your readiness to have surgery. I was very anxious when I went into the theater but they are so reassuring. I had a night in ICU to ensure that there were no issues due to my weight and lack of fitness. Yes I am very very unfit too. Once you are under they are ready for any contingency and have everything there at hand to help you if needed. It is like one minute you are awake, then you are asleep and a minute later you are awake again. I know it is hard, but the best thing is to try to relax because you will wake up more relaxed when it is over. I like to listen to music. I find that helps me a huge amount. I have some good songs if you are interested. Assuming you like Heavy metal My best suggestion would be to make sure you are completely honest about all your medications and physical well being when discussing your surgery and filling out the forms. That way there are no surprises for them.
Sunday 2nd July, 2017 - Tomorrow is my two week anniversary since surgery. I had my visit at the surgeons office on Thursday and all is going fine. They even said I could start to try some Puree'd food. Woo hoo. Unfortunately since then I have started to feel nauseous and so am kind of struggling to get enough liquid in at all. Scales said I am down to 153.1 this morning. I need to eat more protein. Also feeling very tired at the moment. I still think this is the right decision for me, but I am feeling a bit down at the moment, probably because of the nausea and tiredness. Lucky I am off work for a few more weeks yet. They tell you 1-2 weeks off work but honestly I am 52 and this surgery did knock me about quite a bit. Plus side, I am starting to feel the effects of the weightloss even if you can't see them yet. I am finding my back is not so sore and it is easier to stand for some length of time. So I know I am doing the best thing for my health.
PS the Humungous Boobies have not changed at all DRAT!
I'm seeing the surgeon tomorrow for my first post operation appointment. The Dressing are coming off YAAAAAAY. Also looking forward to the Puree faze hopefully starting Monday. Ima gonna puree up my husbands savoury mince if he isn't careful! Anyway doing good so far. Got on the Scales this morning and am down to 155.2kgs. Hope you are all doing well. Thanks for your comments
Hahahaha Devils Marbles! such an accurate description. Thanks Ironman, I can see you are going awesome too. Let us know how you go on your 4 week mark. I haven't regretted it yet, but I am finding wanting food difficult. So far so good. I am looking forward to some scrambled egg