I’m 17 days in to this new life. So take what I have to say with that knowledge ... I am new to this! This may be “honeymooning”. Or it’s just my “glass half full DNA”.
In these months leading up to surgery and these last 17 days I’ve learned a lot about me.
I’ve learned that my personality preceded my weight. When people describe me they rarely mention my extra 130 pounds. When I tell them of my surgery ... they are astonished! “Why? They ask.”
Truth is, I miss my self. I miss being active. I miss playing tennis, skiing, hiking. I miss fancy clothes and being comfortable in my own skin. I miss the ease of moving about the country! But I’m 60. I’m no spring chicken.
I did the surgery not to be thinner as much as a preemptive strike against diabetes. You see, all 4 older siblings have diabetes! Surgery was a no brainer.
10 years ago I broke my neck in yoga. 10 years ago with the installation of my metal neck my thyroid was removed. Over 10 years I’ve put on 12 pounds a year on average. No matter what diet or exercise program I tried.
This “tool” is a game changer for me. You see, I believe I’ve tasted and enjoyed everything I’ve needed to. I believe I’ve offered myself a huge gift of extra years to my life as a result of this surgery. I see the process as a huge blessing not a curse.
I spend my days protecting my inner stitches. Trying to avoid foods that may cause a “leak”. I have been out to restaurants and have wanted the big meal but have been satisfied with the soup ...I am learning.
I’m dealing with the thinning hair, the dry skin, the constant reminder of vitamins, the logging of food, the attention to protein and the need to nap! I’m forcing the water...the occasional constipation.
I have no regret ... yet! But I am older than most who go thru this process. I’ve got more time on planet...
I read some of your struggles and I say a prayer for swift relief of your challenges! I’m here for you! I’m a pretty good cheerleader! Reach out!
Thanks for all your support! This “newbie” appreciates your courage in taking this huge step toward your personal health!
You are fierce! You are mighty! You are warriors! Love every pound you release! Be blessed in 2018!