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And so it begins . . .

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T Minus 14 days and counting. Today I begin the liquid diet prior to my surgery. Yesterday, I “celebrated” by waiting for 20 minutes in the Sonic drive thru for a batch of their onion rings and a double cheeseburger. Likely the last double cheeseburger of my life. I actually didn’t have dinner last night, but did splurge a bit. Teri wanted ice cream since she was sick, so I went to DQ and got myself a oreo/heath blizzard along with her soft serve. But as of 6PM last night, I’ve had nothing to eat.

This morning, I filled up my water bottle and carefully measured out scoops of protein powder into little snack size baggies. The jumble of vitamin and mineral bottles was too much to contend with, so I’ll tackle them tonight. I did take my Kirkland chewable children’s vitamins (Dinosaurs!) and my chewable 500 mg Vitamin C tablet this morning. YUM!

So for the next two weeks (And actually a month after my surgery) here’s what I can have:

  • Protein Shakes 2X per day @ 30gm protein per shake
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Sugar free popsicles, sugar free Jell-O, Sugar free juices
  • Broth, Boullion or strained clear soups
  • Tomato, Snappy Tomato or Clamato juices
  • Fruit juices that offer less than 12g of sugar per 8oz serving
  • NO Milk and NO Sugar
  • NO Carbonated beverages
  • NO Caffeine

I actually stopped caffeine about 1.5 weeks ago, so I”m good there.

Tonight when I get home, I’m going to sit down with my list of supplements and figure out which ones have to be taken in the morning, mid-day, evening and before bed. Then I’m going to get out my little baggies and make up a month worth of supplements so I can just grab and go in the morning. I’ll probably also do the same with the protein powders to make this as automatic as possible.

Struggling with a decision. It was suggested by a couple friends of mine this weekend that I take before, during and after shots of me, both head on and profile. I’ve hated having my picture taken for so long that this becomes a REALLY tough decision. Especially with me just in shorts, showing of my gut. I probably will, because I think it will be good to know where I’ve come from. Where I never want to be again. Don’t worry, If I post any photos, I’ll try to limit them to face shots. 🙂 OR REALLY small thumbnails so as to not upset the children.

If I’m cranky for the next couple of weeks, I’m going through withdrawal. I’m looking forward to seeing just how much weight I lose in only 14 days on this diet. I’ll bet I lose 20 or more pounds before surgery? Shall we start a pool? 🙂 That should give me the requisite 10% weight loss prior to surgery since I’ve already lost about 15 since I was approved. (If you do the math, you can figure out how much I weighed to start this journey.

I’m likely to be blogging more as I progress through this . . . stay tuned, thanks for your support.

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    Steve Bargelt | Aug 13, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Best of luck my friend!

    I was thinking that I might be able to do this (the diet) until you said NO CAFFEINE! WTF? Are they INSANE. Caffeine DRIVES MY LIFE!

    I could NOT do it. No way. Needs me some coffee!

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