Monday, September 29, 2008

A New Phase

Technically, I am not on the third and final phase until Oct. 1. But the nurse said that I could eat solids the week of my vacation (about 5 days early) so I decided to start this phase early as well. This will give my body a whole week to get used to these types of food before moving on to solids.

I had an egg for breakfast! A REAL EGG! Not a pureed egg, or boiled and smashed egg - but a real scrambled egg. Fancy huh? I ate 1 scrambled egg and about 4 cubes of watermelon. REAL FOOD! It was delicious! I am totally encouraged because my paperwork says that some people have trouble with eggs and I totally did not. It was easy to eat - no problems at all! Yippe-Skippy!

I am pretty much staying the same weight wise. I go up and down a few ounces - but not much change. I was told that the normal person loses between 10 and 20 lbs in the first 30 days. I am down 17ish. Right on target. I have been told that some people don't lose any more weight until their first fill. I am not sure if those people were really my hope is that once I can get to the gym (after vacation) I will continue to lose. I really feel like my fill is in a good place right now. I can eat - but not too much. I feel satisfied easily and that is key.

With the new phase comes new eating habits. In the past few weeks, I have been eating every 2-3 hours. Now I begin to break it into 3 meals with only clear liquids in between. I must eat until I am full at each meal. Sounds easier that it is.

Friday night I went out to dinner (my first time since surgery) and had a cup of cream cheese potato soup from the Wildflower Bread Company. It was yummylicious! I had eaten about 1/2 of the cup when I told Greg that I thought I could finish the whole bowl and perhaps I would need a fill sooner than I thought. Then I ate another bite... Man that one bite pushed me over the edge. I was full - full. Couldn't shove in another bite if I wanted to - full. In one bite! I think I need to listen to my body better. Perhaps eat even slower. I already feel like I am eating slow, but I was told that the portion that I eat should take me as long to consume as it takes everyone else at the table to complete their meal. I was done and the others still had like 1/4 of their meals left. So I need to s-l-o-w down even more... wow.

I am excited to be almost complete with my phases and to be moving on to my new life. It is defiantly a learning process and I can't wait to learn!

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