Sell The Sizzle Not The Sausage

Although it is only 11 days since my surgery I feel amazing. I have to be honest and say I am still struggling with the food that I have to eat but not in a bad way, I am struggling in the fact that I am sick fed up of sweet foodstuffs.

Oh how I long for a sausage.

Not a packet of sausages, not a plate of sausages, not even a number of sausages in amongst a plate of a fried breakfast of bacon, eggs, hash browns,mushroom, black pudding, beans….add infinitum.

No, just a sausage. A humble juicy meat flavoured sausage.

I used to eat these things with gay abandon, I used to hoover up lovely big doorstep sausage sandwiches and think nothing of it. Now things have changed and changed definitely for the better.

Yet almost paradoxically I do not find myself craving any other foods for any length of time. I suppose I now look at rich foodstuffs with a “that looks nice” but I do not act on it. Before I would have probably thought about the picture and its luxurious look and possible taste sensation and it would have eaten away at me for the rest of the day and unlike now where it would be a fleeting thought and I would rather than go for my healthy option, I would break and go for the very thing I was trying to avoid. A good habit to no longer be beholden to and so grateful of it I have not once thought about chocolate, chips, crisps, bacon sandwiches or even a good old Sunday roast dinner in the time since my operation. I also used to love a strawberry yogurt and a strawberry milk shake. Now I am scunnered by the thought of them yet every day I must obey and drink them down as it is all I am allowed.

If I could say any one thing to my fat self before I started on the road to recovery it would be to talk of moderation otherwise all of the favourite things will soon be gone in the blink of an eye because everything must change after this kind of procedure. I suppose I cannot say this to myself though I can say it to others who are considering their lifestyle. Please do think on. It’s not all roses in the garden once the op has been and gone.

That said, I regret nothing. I am far happier and more confident than I have been in a good long while. I can see a future for myself and it is a good long rosy future at that, I see myself once again travelling the world, enjoying my life, living, loving and no doubt losing. But regardless of this I once again see a life. I see a person, I see someone that can contribute, that will now feel as if he matters to others.

I know that things change and life moves on. I know that we are all different and all have different needs and aspirations I am just glad to be back in this fold where my needs and aspirations do not circle around what goes in my mouth. I have not left the house apart from twice this week and because of that I am feeling a touch stir crazy but I shall start walking again very soon as I need all of the practice I can get for when I attempt my charity walk of the Ridgeway as launched on this site all but 4 days ago. I will of course by the time I do this, be eating proper meals all be they small and taking on only the correct nutritions required, but it is only 14 months until I attempt the walk and let’s be honest it soon goes in so very quickly because 14 months ago, I was just about to write my email to Stephanie Ward of the Bariatric Service to enquire how one was elected for this surgery and now we are here, post surgery, talking about being unable to eat a simple sausage and preparing for a charity walk the likes of which I would have never considered possible before.

Quite remarkable really how this all goes to prove that its the sizzle and not the sausage that matters.

‘Till tomorrow

WBFM Has put all his sausages in the freezer… 😉

2 thoughts on “Sell The Sizzle Not The Sausage

  1. daldot says:

    Hi cam
    Glad to see your doing well and thinking of food, glorious food not been thinking to much about food but would love a sausage sandwich. Yes it’s been 11 days since our op you had the sleeve I had the bypass and in the past 3/4 days I’ve never felt better I’m managing to go for a little walk everyday down to the village shop to get a paper which is half a mile so one mile a day for last 3 days not a lot but it’s a start. I spoke to Caroline (dietician) Monday she said those ultimate for goodness shakes are a good start to the day with 40g of protein and a couple of soups through the day and a slimfast in the evening keeping my energy up hope all is good for you to mate.
    Cheers Dale


    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      Hi Dale, that sounds like you are making an excellent recovery. I have tried a few walks so far although am still way off of my best but I walk anyway and always feel better for being out of the house for an hour or so as I slowly bimble around the local area, after all, I’m not in any rush…! Only really thinking about the sausage Dale, it’s a hardcore hankering I have!
      Anyway I am glad to hear you are on the mend and it will be no time at all before we are eating a chicken salad and other real food!
      Take care bud and do stay in touch.
      All the best



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