Well, here I am at POD11. It's been long and short! I guess I should post what I did pre and post surgery:
So I've always been a very clean eater. No oils, no sugar, no salt. I count and weight my food because my goal is 20% body fat and building muscle. I follow a contest prep/bodybuilding kind of diet. So…I normally drink, at minimum, 4 litres of water. Yes, I know it sounds like a lot! I eat every 3-4 hours, protein at every meal and water, water, water! I also add a ton of fibre/supplements into my diet, which includes: flax, psyllium, hemp hearts, ginseng, ginger and chia seeds. I also use/rotate: iron (I have a low count), b12, c, d, evening primrose oil, e and omega 3/6 - mostly because my food diet is so low in fats.
I have one cheat meal a week. I plan my cheat meals. When I play with my calorie intake, I play with my fat and carb intake, but never my protein intake. My calories required to maintain my current stats are 1886 calories/day.
I continued to work out everyday, as usual (normally 5-6 days/week). I continued to hydrate 4-6 litres per day. My hydration routine is just plain water and detox tea! But 4-5 days before surgery, I started drinking 1 litre of plain coconut water, detox tea and water. I continued this throughout recovery. So far, my swelling in limited, even after a full day:) There's no science here, just what I think will work? It's probably different for everyone:) LOL.
My eating was pretty much the same throughout…I eat a high protein diet. I think most people think that eating less will help you lose weight, but it is quite the opposite:) I eat a lot of proteins, limit my fruit to 1 or 2 servings per day and consume my fruits before noon, everyday, so my body has time to burn it off. Fruit is still sugar and carbs…
My activity so far? I'm actually on my feet most of the day. I was climbing stairs and walking around lots after POD4. On POD7, I left the house and walked around the mall, went shopping for some school supplies I had missed and other randoms. My kids came home:) I suddenly got super busy!
POD8 was going to the park with the kids and random chores all around the house…busy and tiring still. LOL.
POD9 included driving to work to do some work…I know. LOL Boooo….went to Costco and made my 7 year old carry stuff and push the cart. Then it was back home to cook dinner, clean…the usual:)
POD10 was meeting the new piano teacher, shopping at Ikea for something for work, driving to a birthday party and helping out there and then going to a BBQ to see some friends.
POD11 is making the kids read, clean up, regular chores. In a little bit here, I will have to sign off and make lunch and get ready for church. Right after that will be a birthday party, a quick dinner for the kids and Katy Perry tonight!
How am I walking? Upright for the most part, but I am still a bit slow on my feet and I stay hunched when I feel like my stitches are pulling. I don't like to push it because I've read a few posts about people incisions opening up 3-4 weeks later because they pushed too hard. So I figure I'll be patient and not push it unless I have to.
I'm sleeping flat since POD7, but I do keep pillows under my knees all the time. I'm wearing a sports bra mostly now. I love the one from Jockey, because it's soft and comfortable. It was cheap, too. Got it at the Jockey outlet in Florida:)
So ladies, so far, recovery has been really good…I can't complain and I feel grateful that things have been going well so far. There's swelling, but it's very minimal. Most of my days have been great:) I've experienced far worse things in my life and this one is OK. It's easier than my c-sections:) Probably because I could be drugged up:) LOL.
Happy healing ladies:) I start work on Tuesday:) I'll be POD13 then!