Lisa's Diary reveals the emotions and day-to-day experiences of a real patient in Fort HealthCare's Bariatric Program.


February 9, 2011

THE FIRST ENTRY OF 2011! Better make it a good one!

I was minding my own business, loading my tray in the cafeteria for the pre-Super Bowl celebration that my workplace was having, when someone following my diary took a peek at my selections and reminded me that I hadn’t written anything for a while. I also ran into Lisa Ashwill, the dietitian who helps all of us bariatric patients figure out our diets. No pressure there, right?

I wasn’t too self-conscious; I am what I am, and typically choose wisely. I got the hamburger patty, potato salad and a couple bites of everything else they had to try, but that was pushing it (no doubt I got half the slice of cake down!). Free food always tastes good.

What else? My weight loss is about the same, holding because I’m not doing any exercise other than my nightly hound walk. I tried a promotional deal at a local circuit fitness joint, but I ended up quitting because I just didn’t enjoy it. I still think about working out quite a bit, but unfortunately, thinking doesn’t burn calories. I can honestly say I’m never going to love it like some do, but I’ll continue to push myself a little.

I had my first two vomiting experiences last month, and they were preventable. The first was caused by not chewing well enough, followed by drinking liquids. The second episode was from eating what I shouldn’t have.

I work in a department where I can be called in at almost any time, so personal meals are pretty low on the priority list. I went to grab something quick, so I took a small bite of a donut and a sip of a V-8 — bad choice! I hadn’t even had a crumb of donut since before my surgery, and that little taste did the trick. Maybe I’ll try it again in a year ;)

Not to be gross, but when you throw up food right after you swallow it, it doesn’t have time to get that “icky” taste, so it can ruin the flavor of the food for you. However, if you’re going to vomit, it does happen almost instantly — so if you have any inkling about it, run for a receptacle!

I do want to share a recent shopping experience. Shopping is not generally my idea of “fun.” I was looking at winter jackets and, wonder of wonder, they didn’t have my size! That has always happened to me, but normally because everything was too small. This time they were all too BIG! It’s the first time in my life that I can remember that happening. Good thing, though, because I saw someone this past weekend wearing the jacket I wanted, so I didn’t like it anymore. Saved some bucks there! ;)

I don’t think I will be losing 100 pounds by my one-year anniversary, and I’m not sure if I even want to go that low. We’ll see! I have a medical mission trip to Haiti in the spring that I’m focusing on now, and from what I hear about the food, extra pounds won’t hurt me. I have to take extra precautions in case I would happen to get any food stuck. Rice and beans tend to be a staple there, along with some occasional goat. I would hate to have a goat stuck in my gullet!

Down 66.2 pounds!

Talk soon…

— Lisa

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