Friday, January 29, 2010

5 days to go..

I've been busy trying to follow my pre-op diet. Haha. I've been reading your blogs but not commenting or updating, so I apologize for that!

As for the diet, it goes well. I have cheated a few times, but no biggie. I avoided sweets altogether until last night when I had my "last meal" at Cheesecake Factory. And don't you know, I just had to get the peanut butter cup cheesecake. But I figure since I only go once or twice a year, it is okay to indulge post-band and take a piece home with me.

My 5 day liquid diet started day, and I plan to follow it fully. I get to have protein shakes, soups, creams, broths, and all the sugar free ice cream/Popsicles/jello that I want... which I can guarantee you will not be much. The protein shakes are filling me up for a few hours at a time, so that's a surprising positive. The only thing is, I have had such trouble finding a brand that doesn't make me want to barf. I bought four samples from GNC and only really liked two. The first one ended up being a meal replacement (bah!) and I can't remember the name of the second one. So looks like I'll be going back and perusing the aisles some more.. the guy who works there is like huge. He's kind of scary.

In other developments, I have an amusing (at least to me) story to tell. So I haven't told THAT many people about getting the band. I only told my close friends (of which I have 3-4) and my immediate family (parents, brothers, in-laws). I also told my husband's cousin who is very close to us and had lap-band surgery in April of 09. Beyond that, I haven't told anybody else. I never told people they couldn't tell (except for the cousin--but that was before I made my decision), but I never told people they could tell others either. Well, I don't know what I was thinking because my mother-in-law is apparently telling everyone in the family. Not that I care, but I would have liked her to ask me how I felt about it first. And then, to top it off, my father-in-law is an MD and everyone who works at his office knows. Ha. But the amusing thing to me is, though I told them about this in November, my father-in-law has decided to ask a colleague who is a lap band surgeon if he would be willing to budge on the price for me so I don't have to fly out of state for it. (They don't know I'm going to Mexico, and I don't want them to. They think I am only going to San Diego. It's best if they don't know because I don't care to hear any one's judgments.) So he has spent the past week checking on the price and trying to get some leverage for me to get this surgery here in my town. So far, the surgeon quoted a very reasonable price, but it didn't include the hospital or anesthesiologist. So ya know... if he can't work out an arrangement here, then I am still going in five days to get it done in Mexico. I appreciate his offer to help and see what he can do, but I wish he had thought about asking his friend sooner. Oh well.. I am just so ready to get this show on the road. I'd be willing to wait to do it if I COULD do it here for a reasonable price, but I don't see my luck being that great. Plus, I'm just ready to do this already. Three months of planning and waiting has made me a very impatient girl.

I'm starting to get hungry.. luckily my mom-in-law has some homemade vegetable soup. Yum.


  1. Oooh, I do love that peanut butter cup cheesecake. If you're gonna have a last meal, that's a good one to have.

    Glad the liquid diet is going well. Stay strong and remember it really doesn't last forever so you can do it.

    As for not mentioning to people whether they can tell or not, I told a cousin and an aunt and literally the next time we had a family gathering (like a week later) EVERYONE knew about it. Including the random guests who just happened to be visiting. I have a big gossipy Irish family, so I wasn't surprised. They were all encouraging and supportive, but it really made me laugh.

  2. Hang in there - it will be over before u know it!

  3. I'm going through the same thing, although I am only on the liquid protein drinks and a few veggies. So far, so good. But I can't wait for the surgery. Hope it all works out in Mexico or if you can get a better deal where you live. Been wondering how you were doing.

  4. Hi Ashley,

    Shelly on her blog, "The World According to Eggface" speaks highly of GNC's Maximum Protein by SEI Pharmaceuticals. The brand isn't carried in GNC stores in Canada so I haven't been able to try, but maybe you can get some samples the next time you stop in to your local store.

    Here's the link:

  5. Thank you all for your comments.

    Kristin, that is pretty funny. Our family is gossipy, too, but only because we're Southern :)

    Thanks for the encouragement, Dawn!

    Sandy Lee - I'm glad I'm not the only one stuck drinking these horrible protein shakes. I wish I could have some veggies...

    Bianca, I will try it next time I go to GNC. Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. Ashley - I'm just writing to say I'm thinking of you today - Band Day!!!

  7. Thanks Jennifer!! I'm bout to go in.....nervous! and excited!



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