Surgiversary !!! ;-) on September 1, 2012 6:25 pm
WOW III Made it a whole year. Seems like just a few months since I was contimplating having the D.S. I never expected to make it to goal, or be true to the D.S. food plan a whole year without cheating. I've never been able to diet for more than 2 weeks straight in my life before. My D.S. has saved me from major regain during 6 weeks of stress eating with family medical emergency. I lost 6 lbs. Now that I've experimented with a few non D.S. foods, and experienced gaining 5 lbs then lost them, by having some only protein meals, I'm back to work with the D.S. I've been so busy I lost track of taking all my vitamins. Missed a few multi vites a week. GHP caught me with a low "A", and Zinc. Back on the right path once again.
Gym days- at least 3-4 a week are packed full of floor exercises like the plank, stretching, 10 weight machines, incline treadmill- 1-2 miles.
Gallbladder: This year I had to stop the gym for 3 months with gallbladder attack, and removal surgery, along with appendix. Fully recovered, back to my normal activities.
Physical Therapy-:At the Bronson Hospital Gym- working on correcting spine posture because of narrowing foramen causing nerve pain down arm and up back of neck. Sharp bony hips pressing on siatic nerve- very painful while driving. Trying to change position of tailbone while seated and standing to aleviate bruised tailbone pain since I have lost my padding.
Hobbies: With fall approaching, just a few months of good weather left for playing in the garden with landscaping. I am changing out the bulb type plants for evergreens to add more green to the landscape during the winter months. New plants around the mailbox, entry, deck and back patio give a facelift to the house. I'm picturing x-mas lights on the new pine trees covered in a dusting of snow. December is just around the corner !!!
Thinking about the past year, how smoothly everything went from pre planning for the D.S.to post surgery, recovery, gym trainer help with learning the weight machines, cognative therapy weight loss lectures at GHP for 6 months, Moving homes, helping my 2 college kids move and sort out their lives, and endless dog walks in the woods around our new house contimplating lifes little pleasures as a thin person. It was a very good year !!! ;-)
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Long Distance Hospitals on July 11, 2012 6:50 am
ELEVENTH MONTH UPDATE
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Many of you have wondered where I have been for the past month, not posting much. I have been escorting my son through 3 hospitals for a pulminary embolus, and a few other things. Currently we are in Maryland at Johns Hopkins Hospital. his recovery is coming along, and he will be released in a day or two. I decided to search for the best doctors and hospital in the country, using the internet for top awarded hospitals. Hopkins has been awarded the number one spot for many years. since we last lived in Delaware, and shopped in Baltimore frequently, I felt at home coming here for an extended stay. I considered it the same as traveling for my D.S., and other surgeries. While we are here, I am having a few tests done for myself, and seeing top doctors, making connections for future surgeries if necessary. My upper spine issues will most likely need a neurosurgeons attention down the line. I have confidence in the doctors here.
When we arrived 10 days ago I weighed 126, my lowest since D.S. surgery. With no scale to check my progress, I am using my clothing to gage my gain/loss. I am not working out at a gym, but fast walk 2-3 miles a day between the parking and my sons hospital room, and shopping. Everyone walks fast through the Hopkins Hospital halls. Its such a busy place, reminds me of the airport concourses. I think I have lost some upper body muscle, but toned my legs. Pants are fitting a bit looser.
I'm not eating as much from the effects of stress. Maintaining my protein with lots of shakes, protein fruit drinks, deli meat/cheese, meat sticks/jerkee, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, apples, small salads,( Juicy fried chicken wings from the caffeteria are my favorite, my limit = 4. I was tempted to pick up a scale at Bed/Bath, or ask the nurse to weigh me, but I think I am doing fine. I had my prescriptions filled from home and shipped to my hotel, keeping them locked in my suitcase, and in the car when I am out. No excuse not to take them. ;-)