The Waiting Game

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 really worried about the sleeping. The good part is I have a recliner that has power reclining and I can recline the legs and back separately. So, I plan to sleep on that. The bad part is that I have always had lots of difficulty getting to sleep and really have difficulty sleeping on my back. So, I’m worried that I won’t get much sleep and will be exhausted. But, I know if I have to keep my head elevated and sleep on my back for awhile.  And, later when I do the tummy tuck/breast lift I also will have to sleep on my back.

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.

But, the bottom line is that I’ll be less active.  And, the first several days after the facial surgery I’m going to be really bored (since I can’t use my eyes much) and I’ll be eating that soft food.  So, I worry about that.

I may be worrying about nothing.  About 25 years ago, I had a jaw osteotomy.  They basically lengthened my jaw by cutting it apart.  I couldn’t eat solid food for 6 weeks after words.  It wasn’t a soft diet.  It was a liquid diet.  When I had the surgery I weighed about 126 pounds and was just to get to my then goal weight of 125 pounds.  When I weighed in a couple of weeks after surgery I was below 125 pounds.  In fact, I lost almost 10 pounds during the 6 weeks.  I remember that I basically ate two things for the entire time.  I took chocolate ice cream and make milkshakes with it.  And, there was this one soup that was really good if I blended it (wasn’t much to look at, but it tasted good).  I found out that there are only so many milkshakes that you want to have every day.

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 am sure that once I have the pre-op things will be busy but right now time drags.

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.

Flatout Pizza

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.


  1. Darlene Wright says

    I understand your concern about not being able to exercise. I lost over 100 pounds and thought I had to exercise vigorously every day to maintain my weight. In the last year I’ve had a major surgery and also found out I need knee replacements. My activity has dropped way off and surprisingly I am 4 pounds less now than I was this time last year. I still struggle with maintaining and would like to get back to my personal goal which is about 8 pounds less. Best of luck to you and thanks for sharing your journey. You are very disciplined with your eating so I think you’ll be find. You may even lose weight if you don’t feel like eating in the beginning.

    • says

      That is heartening to know. I just know how much exercise helps me. But, at the same time, I had to take a few months off exercise about 2 years ago due to a leg injury and I made it through that and still lose (although more slowly). Still, I know I have to stay vigilant.
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  2. Laurie says

    When I had my tummy tuck I lost even more weight in the following 6 months. I read several people on Real Self who had the same experience and were saying that it was due to the extra calories needed for healing.

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