I am pleased with this week’s progress. It seems that taking the week off from the gym didn’t have as ill an effect as I thought it might. I did try to eat under 1200 calories every day to make up for the fact that I simply wasn’t as active as usual. I was in a knee brace until Friday, so I kept my activity to a minimum this week to let my knee recover from the sprain I sustained while running on Monday. Continue reading →
I had a one-year follow up with my primary care doc on Tuesday, which turned out to be fabulous. My labs came back beautifully:
My fasting blood glucose was 81 and my a1c? Completely normal. Liver enzymes were back down to normal levels after having been high the first two months of this year. My iron levels are great, and all my electrolytes are normal. Blood pressure is fantastic and better yet–my doctor used a REGULAR SIZE CUFF to take it! No extra large cuff this time! She was thrilled that my health was vastly improved, and we started talking about mammograms and all that jazz…yep, it’s time for me to start doing those on the regular as now I am a lady of a certain age. Since my gyno isn’t practicing any more, I got a recommendation for a new one (who ONLY does gynecology, no obstetrics–thank goodness) who I will be calling to see in the fall once school starts. I have to figure out if she is on our new insurance that goes into effect September 1. UGH INSURANCE.
That was the first doctor’s appointment of the week. Today’s appointment was the bigger deal since it was with my surgeon, who I had not seen since last August when my husband had surgery with him.
I went in prepared. Like any other ‘A’ student, I had a list of questions to ask.
I’d made a to-do list for today, and at the top of it was giving my new running shoes a go at the gym. That was moderately successful. I tweaked my left knee and aggravated a decades-old knee injury, so there won’t be any running for me in the foreseeable future.
Second on that list was to call each of the credit card companies that I had accounts with for stores that sold plus-sized clothing so that I could close the accounts. I sat and called each one, methodically, systematically, and with great cheer closed each account.
As I closed each one, I felt a weight being lifted from my shoulders. It also felt a bit like slash-and-burn clear-cutting of a field. And I suppose it sort of is, in a way: I made way both literally and metaphorically for new clothing choices by shedding the keys to the stores that for so long were my only choice for clothing.
And now that I can wear an XL in misses clothing, the possibilities for me to look pretty freakin’ awesome are wide open.
This week’s progress was a surprise, as I was on the road again this week at a conference in Houston. Travel tends to wreak havoc on my routine, and I sometimes don’t make the best choices with regard to eating and exercise despite plans to do so.
My husband and I went to the hospital where I had my surgery last year and tried to recreate the photograph we took before I went in for my surgery. I didn’t keep the outfit I wore to the hospital, so I chose something that was pretty darn close.
Today is a pretty important day in my life. A year ago at this time, I was recovering from my sleeve surgery.
It’s almost insulting that the very last photo of this yearlong series shows me posting a gain. But I have several things working against me this week: vacation eating and all its sodium; all the sitting done in the car yesterday in our vain attempt to make it to Gulf Shores (we did NOT); Ma Nature is due any day now, and my scale needs new batteries (it is weighing inconsistently–I weighed four different amounts in 4 different trips to the scale this morning). For all that I gained this week (which wasn’t much, all things considered), weight was the thing that was the least important.
I am neither a medical professional nor am I a mental health professional. I am a bariatric surgery patient sharing what I have learned through my personal experience with the vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG). I am also a biology educator with a keen interest in obesity research. If you have medical questions or a medical emergency, please contact your doctor or other qualified health professional.