Alright, since my last post, I was attacked with school project after project. Clearly, that meant I couldn't update this as frequently as I would have liked. For the most part, my time has been pretty uneventful. I kept up with my regular exercise and started a training program from a site called WorkoutBOX. Basically for 6 months, I'm given a new routine each month with repetition and set variations weekly so that my body can't "get used" to any specific workout. Everything was going great until Easter sunday, when I woke up with a fever and sore throat. I took that week off to recuperate and intended to return to the gym the following week. Unfortunately, that following week, I had a very strange pain in my throat. Aside from that pain, I had no symptoms- no cough, no hoarseness to my voice, no phlegm/sinus issues, nothing. Except pain. I went for a short walk to see if the pain would interfere with anything, and it made inhaling hurt but only a little bit, though just enough to keep me paranoid and I again stayed away from working out although I did make a more concerted effort to eat clean so that I wouldn't regain any weight. Come to find out, even my doctor couldn't figure out why there was pain because I tested negative for both mono and strep, though what little symptoms there were would imply I had mono. In any case, I got antibiotics, everything went peachy, and I returned today to the gym.
I planned to start off slow, to get myself back to the point I was at prior to getting sick, so instead of my usual elliptical deal, I chose to walk things out on the treadmill. About 15 minutes into it, I felt a sharp pain on the right side of my abdomen, just under my ribs. I drank water, thinking it was a side stitch from the exercise; I'd had plenty of those before as a dancer, so I didn't think too much of it. Water and just a little slower pace and all would be well, right? Right?! No, not so much... The pain slowly got worse and I lasted just under 30 minutes total before I decided I couldn't work through it after all. Made a phone call, met with a doctor, and long story short I now have an appointment friday morning with a surgeon to see about having my gall stone(s) removed. That I know of I only have one stone, but there could be more, I suppose.
With all that said, I'm taking it easy in terms of exercise. I'd rather not make things worse by exerting myself too much, so until I know more, I'm sticking to walking only. Because of my effort to keep my diet in check, I thankfully managed to not only maintain my weight loss, but continue it. At my last weigh-in I had lost a total of 7 lbs. and I managed to lose another 2 since then. Again, my weight loss may be slow going, but the point is that it's going.
I've got this. My health is important enough to make every effort I possibly can to keep it in check. So far so good, thankfully