Time seems to drag right now. Everything is on hold. My facial surgery is scheduled for May 9th. I know that I will be busy after the pre-op on April 26th. But, until then there isn’t much to do. I keep going through reviews at Realself to make lists of things to ask about or to think about doing before surgery. Some of the list:
1. Maybe get a neck pillow. Someone talked in their review on Realself about the savemyface pillow. They have those on Amazon. I am
2. Maybe get some gel packs for my eyes. On another blog I follow, I saw a blog post where the poster (who had eyelid surgery) found these really tiny gel packs for each eye and they looked great. I will wait on buying this till after the pre-op though since I want to hear what the surgeon recommends.
3. I need to buy some tops that button up the front. I really don’t have any — well, I have one. Everything else goes over my head and I’m sure I won’t want to do that the first couple of days after surgery. And, since I plan to have a tummy tuck/breast lift in a few months and a lot of people recommend wearing dresses for recovery from that, I need to get that as well since I don’t have any of those either. Maybe I could find a couple of dresses that open in the front and would work for both…
4. I’ve been making a list of soft foods I might want to buy to have on handy for the first few days after surgery. I’ve seen some suggest jello, ice cream, pudding — all things I don’t usually have in the house. And, I want to be careful that I don’t bring in too much stuff that is high calorie. But, I keep reading that I won’t feel like eating anything that isn’t really soft for several days.
I must admit I am worried about weight. A big part of losing 65 pounds and maintaining it has been exercise. I see a trainer twice a week and do a lot of walking in our hilly neighborhood. Or, when it is hot I use the treadmill or recumbent exercise bike I have here at home. With having the tummy tuck later, it is going to be a long time before I can do weight lifting with a trainer and I am worried about being sedentary. I hope I can at least do the treadmill at slow speed relatively soon (of course, I’ll do whatever the surgeon recommends…I don’t want to take any chances). I know that it will be about 6 weeks after this surgery before I can do real weight lifting and then 12 weeks after the tummy tuck. I am going to finish up my current set of personal training sessions this month and then take a break until I’ve gone through both surgeries and the 12 week recovery from the Mommy Makeover. So, that means probably 5 or 6 months with no weight lifting. I hope I can do slow walking on a treadmill fairly soon after the facial surgery, but I will have to see what the surgeon says.
So, I ended up losing weight despite daily milk shakes. The story had a negative result though. At the end of the 6 weeks, I could finally eat solid food again and I was really craving it by then. Coincidentally, a few weeks after that, I had to go out of town on a business trip for two weeks where I would eat out 3 meals a day. By the time I came back, I was at 130 pounds which was 5 pounds over my goal weight. I didn’t want to weigh in above goal so I decided not to go back until I was back at goal. Well….bad decision. It was years (and many pounds) before I went back.
I recognize this situation is different. I won’t have to eat soft food for 6 weeks. It will only be for a few days. And, now, I wouldn’t avoid a weigh in like I did then (learned that lesson). Still, the fact that I will be doing less exercise most of the next 5 or 6 months does worry me. I think that during this time my primary goal will be to simply not go more than 2 pounds above my goal weight. I’m a little over 5 pounds below that now, so I hope that will work out. I am mindful that during recovery from surgery there are times when there is swelling so I may have some times when my weight jumps up (especially in connection with the tummy tuck).
And, since there isn’t much more I can do right now to prepare for surgery, I keep thinking about these kinds of things.
I did make an appointment to get my hair colored next Friday. I sort of wanted to wait another week but my birthday is on the 25th and I wanted to get it colored before then since I’ll go out that day. I would normally get my perm redone in mid-May but will be postponing it since that will be right after surgery. I am trying to grow out my hair to shoulder length and got the perm a few months to help with my hair growing out.
On another note, I finally tried making a Flatout Pizza today.
This worked out really well. I was in one of those moods where I was tempted to go out to eat, but I didn’t really need to do that today. But, I wanted something different. I have been planning to try making one of these so I decided to do it. I used the Light Original Flatout (2 SmartPoints). I like this flatout because it is mostly whole grain. There are some Flatouts that are entirely whole grain but none of the stores near me have them.
I baked the flatout in the toaster oven for a couple of minutes. Then, I spread 2 light cheese wedges (3 SmartPoints) on it. I used the HEB brand, but you could use laughing cow. I put half a package of Boboli Pizza Sauce (2 SmartPoints) on it. Then I put on an HEB Spinach and Feta Chicken Sausage (3 SmartPoints). And, some sliced red onion. I could have stopped there for 10 SmartPoints, but I had points available so I put some shredded pepper jack cheese (5 SmartPoints) on top.
I then put it back in the toaster oven for 4 minutes. This was so good, and very filling. It was 15 SmartPoints which was a lot, but I could easily have cut points by having less cheese on it.