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In Preparation Mode

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I'm in preparation mode this week. I had my pre-op visit with my primary care physician yesterday. I had an EKG, an overall check up and we went over my blood work. My lab numbers are fantastic! This is another example of a NSV (non scale victory) and my doctor was pleased that I have lost 11 pounds since the last time I saw him. I had additional blood work today plus a chest x-ray.

I managed to do 65 minutes on the stationary bike after my x-ray and blood work but I was really struggling for some reason. I brought down the resistance level on the bike which helped. I ran some errands and worked in about 3 hours of walking during my time out and about. When I got home, I was exhausted. I'm fairly sure that one contributing factor was the amount of protein that I had consumed between breakfast and 2p.m. I only had about 20 grams, which wasn't nearly enough. This is something that I struggle with every day. I will make an extra effort tomorrow to take a snack with more protein than the snack that I brought along with me today. That should help the fatigue issue. Old habits sometimes get in the way despite the new habits we have in place. I can tell that I'm anxious and stressed by the fact that I didn't eat enough today. That combined with my hypothyroidism makes my metabolism really tank. I will do better because I want to have energy and feel better.

I only have a few more things left to complete before I'm ready to have my surgery. I'm proud of myself for being so organized. That just goes to show you how valuable all of those years of teaching and creating schedules and lesson plans are in my current life!
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    emoticon on fantastic labs!
    I struggle w/getting enough protein in sometimes too...I just have to remain mindful.
    Sending positive vibes that surgery goes w/out a hitch! emoticon

    1840 days ago
    I'm not a big protein eater myself.
    1841 days ago
    When I'm really motivated, I will peel hard boiled eggs, remove the yolk and put them in my cold pack. This works best when I do it the night before so that I'm not rushed as I run out the front door!
    1841 days ago
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    1842 days ago
    So glad that the doctor recognized your great accomplishment -- 11 pounds is nothing to sneeze at!! Stress can take away your energy, too, you know. Going to the doctor and getting prepared for surgery is stressful indeed. More protein is a good idea,, though. Portable good protein can be harder. It's easy to take fruit or crackers, but meat, milk, eggs, greek yogurt all need refrigeration or freezer pack. The whey and soy protein bars usually have so much sweetening and not so good stuff they aren't the best option. Maybe you have a good solution.

    See you tomorrow eve! -Marsha
    1842 days ago
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