We picked out a puppy yesterday at my sister’s house. It’s a boy, he’s very sweet but has the unfortunate habit most babies have about sleeping all day and staying up at night. He’s a little afraid of the cat and Porkchop has kept his distance from the puppy. He was scared on the way home too, crying in the carrier and finally stopped when he tired himself out. We kept talking to him and gave him some kibble which helped soothe him a little but he still yelped half the way. He’s getting used to his new surroundings and I’m sure he misses his siblings and his mother but he’s exploring more and even tried to eat Porkchop’s food before I pulled him away and put him in front of his own bowls. Our little no-named puppy.
I finished the Al Roker book. He gets into the business of when and how he decided on his gastric bypass around page 52. His experience is probably not typical, he was obese but didn’t have any co-morbidities like high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. His operation, in 2001, took only an hour and half, which is pretty amazing since it wasn’t done laproscopically. He was up and back at work in a couple of weeks and lost fifty pounds his first month. Again, your results may vary, mine did. He did say he didn’t tell anyone about the surgery, just his wife and a few others and finally admitted it when he was about to be outed by the National Enquirer. I admit I understand this, I didn’t tell many people about my surgery either, like Al I worried they would be judgmental and discouraging. People were supportive of Al though he tells how Deborah Norville pissed him off pre-surgery about not being able to tie his shoes but then he makes nice about it. I’m not sure I’d do that. He also talks about how he re-gained 40 pounds and even tried to justify it by saying it still meant he lost 60 before losing it again and keeping it off. He promotes a cleanse that I’m not entirely sure I’d advocate but seems to work for him. He details his menus, what he eats in a typical week and his exercise routine. There’s a section of cleanse based recipes in back, most look pretty good and they are healthy, it even includes vegetarian recipes. The smoothies looked the most promising to me. The only thing I noticed is the portion sizes are bigger than what most of us can eat and would work well for a family or at least another person. Al’s stomach also holds more than mine, he has about 6oz of protein and veg and water for lunch and dinner. My doctor is adamant about no fluids with meals, to stop drinking about half an hour before eating and resuming drinking after meals. But what makes this book golden to me is his advice to family and friends who want to encourage someone to lose weight–shut your mouth, they know they are fat and your drawing attention to it can do more harm than good. Wish my mom and aunts had seen this. It’s pretty good, he writes as if he’s speaking to someone, he throws in a few asides and jokes along the way. The medical side is simple and brief, he’s cautious to not recommend any procedure over any other even though he’s been asked to endorse the surgery and mentions that it is serious business not to be rushed into or taken as a magic pill. He explains how he struggled with eating, how he used food as a comfort and was a “closet eater” even though it was apparent he ate more than he appeared to. It’s a good read for a bariatric patient, his experiences, victories and struggles will be familiar to most of us. I liked the chapter on when he was too thin for the big and tall shop and was able to shop at “regular” stores, how strange and good that felt. It’s a good read for anyone who is close to someone who is a bariatric patient as well, especially someone pre-op. It gives the reader who has not struggled with food or weight issues an insight into how we think and feel. Not everyone has the same reactions and feelings, but some things held true for me even if others didn’t. I’d recommend it as a general info book for anyone having or who has had the surgery and their family and friends. It’s an easy read, less than 200 pages not counting recipes.