And speaking of that, today my surgeon told me to get a size XS--I had to laugh, first because I've never worn an XS ANYTHING, and second because I *just* started wearing the small. These garments are going to cost me a fortune! But I'm so happy to have the drains out. I was expecting the drain removal to be excruciatingly painful, but I had four drains and none of them hurt coming out. They just felt very weird, like a snake slithering through my abdomen.
The best part? I can sleep on my stomach now! With the drain in, I was always worried that I was going to roll over and pull the drain out while I was sleeping, so I've been (attempting to) sleep on my back and sides for the past 17 days--and I'm not getting much sleep because I'm so uncomfortable. I'm going to sleep like a baby tonight, I hope :)
I asked the doctor about some concerns I had about the swelling and a couple of spots on the incision that are puckered. She said the puckering is normal and will go away when the internal stitches dissolve. I was worried that my swelling was a seroma because it seems so BIG, but she said it's perfectly normal and it could take 4 months for my stomach to be totally FLAT. She said that it will be flat, though, so I just need some patience. She said a lot of people are upset because they can't fit into their old clothes at first--thankfully I don't have that problem! I would be devastated if I couldn't fit into any of my jeans. So I feel confident that I'm right on track.
The doctor mentioned again that I can start running any time I want to now. I don't know when I'll run again. I was planning on waiting until January--but I feel so good right now that I know I could get back to it soon. I think maybe on Monday (3 weeks post-op) I'll do a very light, easy run and see how I feel. I'm certainly not going to start running like I'm training for a race.
Remember the outakes I posted from the video that Sparkpeople asked me to make? Well, they were making an advertisement for Spark, and they used my clip along with some from other people. And I finally get to post it! Here it is:
I really do love Sparkpeople. I never would have lost all the weight that I did without the tools and resources that they provide. And I've "met" soooo many amazing people! I remember when I first started losing weight, I would browse the site for hours reading about other people's success, and it was very inspiring.
My favorite tool on the site is the Recipe Calculator. There, you can add all the ingredients in a recipe, type in the number of servings, and it will give you the nutrition info per serving. Then you can save that recipe (public or private) to come back to it whenever you need. When you see the nutrition labels on my recipes, the nutrition info was figured on the recipe calculator at Spark. It's a pain at first, to enter all the ingredients for all of your recipes, but once it's done, it's done--you don't have to do it again.
Okay, I'm off to make some turkey burgers for dinner!