I never wanted to have weight loss surgery. Ask me two years ago and I would have said “No way!”. Certain things like wanting to have a child, or the fact that I will end up with diabetes, and knowing that I have not been able to lose weight on my own, changed my opinion pretty quickly. To those who might be against this procedure, I am not trying to change your mind in the slightest. The only thing I would ask of anyone is to love yourself. Love the person you are now, love the person you want to be, and do what you have to do to make that happen.
I have now almost completed my two week pre-surgery diet. My surgery is scheduled for Monday morning. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how hard these two weeks would be. Maybe I am lucky, but other than hunger pains on days number three, and number nine, I had no urges to cheat, and felt top notch the whole time. I made it through a 4th of July cook-out sans tons of BBQ slathered food, desserts, and alcohol! I have also managed to sit with my friends at a bar, and go dancing at another, all while not drinking. It is a New Jersey tradition to hit up a diner after bars close, and as if in some parallel universe I did not even feel uncomfortable eating a fruit cup while my friend ate a Taylor Ham sandwich (another New Jersey tradition). While some people can only do 5 protein shakes a day, and others have no pre-surgery diet whatsoever, the point of the diet is to lose a few pounds, and also reduce the size of your liver so it does not become damaged during surgery. My diet for 14 days went as follows:
Breakfast: One portion protein powder w/ 8oz fat free milk.
Lunch: One portion protein powder w/ 8oz fat free milk & 1 serving of carrots if hungry.
Snack #1: 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt.
Snack #2: One portion protein powder w/ 8oz fat free milk.
Dinner: 4-6 oz of filet mignon, ground turkey, tuna, or chicken breast; two carb choices such as one slice of bread and one 3 oz potato or one 6oz potato; 1 cup lettuce w/ cucumber and tomato and fat free salad dressing; one cup broccoli or string beans.
All must be cooked in no fat cooking methods so I used a lot of spices, cooking spray, light BBQ sauce, and I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter spray. I could also change meals around. The yogurt, while suggested as a dessert, quickly moved to an afternoon snack after taking in nothing but protein shakes all day.
This has been an incredible journey so far, and I need to give a lot of credit to all the wonderful people in my life who have shown their support in various ways. Although I’m an optimistic person in general, there are certainly days where I sit here and think that I do not know how I’m going to get through this. I started writing about my journey because I thought that my situation of having fertility issues, combined with having weight loss surgery was unique. I felt alone, and thought writing down my words would help guide me through my struggles. However, I found something that has helped me much more than that. Along with the show of support, I’ve also received truly remarkable messages from people sharing their own personal stories of both infertility and weight loss surgery. These stories have touched my heart, and made me realize something that I should have known all along; everyone’s story is unique. Everyone. We do not live in a cookie cutter world, with perfectly baked gingerbread bodies and sugar glaze for smiles (and if we did how dull!). Even the burnt and broken cookies of us out there are not all blemished in the same place. We are all just searching out our own frosting to cover wounds, put us back together and make us feel perfect.
Dana Pollati is first and for most, a Jersey Girl. She always has an opinion and is never afraid to share it. Dana is a wife, artist, lover of life, hater of the phrase “FML”, and a life long unsuccessful dieter. When she’s not working for a digital publisher, she spends her time drawing pretty pictures, searching for that great vintage find, reading palms, walking, walking, and walking again. Discovering creative ways to share life experiences is really what keeps this girl moving forward.