Yesterday was a bear, I was sick most of the day. I was barely able to eat or drink. Stomach was very iffy. This is especially difficult since I am trying to eat extra calories and GAIN weight.
If you remember, my original goal weight was 185. When I (a) saw how much height I had lost in the last three years (almost 3 inches), (b) the degree to which my legs had atrophied due to the neuropathy (of unknown but independent origin) in the lower legs (especially the left) and muscle weakness in the hamstrings (especially the right, due to the lumbar stenosis), and (c) my then BMI, I lowered my goal weight to 180, with the following proviso. If the back surgery alleviated my leg muscle weakness, then I would raise my goal weight to at least 185 and perhaps even higher. I would just have to see what level of workout stress, and consequent muscle development, the surgery afforded my legs.
This seemed to be working out well after the first back surgery when I gained significant strength in my lower legs (thought to be unaffected by the stenosis and therefore not expected to improve with the surgery to alleviate the stenosis). However, after the second my right thigh has been numb from the knee to the middle of my crotch. While the left thigh has improved a tiny bit in the last few weeks, the right thigh is now numb (but in a smaller area and to a much lesser degree. I remain hopeful that both will improve.
Now, the surgeries themselves (4 in the last seven months), has been very taxing on my body, and following each of them, I have increased my calorie intake (budget by 300 to 400 calories) to allow for regrowth and rebuilding. This time however, despite my best efforts I have continued to lose weight. Yesterday morning I was 173.3; this morning I was 170.5 lbs.
Yesterday, because of whatever was ailing me I was barely able to exceed the maximum calorie budget that SP provided for me. Even then, I was only able to do that by eating bread and peanut butter. Everything else and most especially my mainstays of fresh produce and lean meats were anathema.
Today was a much more pleasant experience. I ate virtually everything I've denied myself the last 2.75 years -- especially in terms of quantity; including a large cheese sandwich, a raisin muffin with two gobs of PB, and two Mrs. Budd's chicken breast pot pies. This better work because I don't think I can eat much more. ;-) In the early years of our marriage (1969 - 1973), Beth used to marvel that I could eat in excess of 5500 calories per day and lose weight (if I was playing ball every day). Yet, today, I could barely break 2500, intentionally.
Oh, yes, I stopped taking narcotics two days ago, and my back pain has varied from none to minimal..
Anyways today was a beautiful Fall day, and I took a walk and shot the following pics on the road (loop) that makes up our subdivision.
Notice that even the evergreens lose an enormous number of needles in the fall. It was amazing how many neighbors were out raking and blowing and vacuuming leaves. It was also amazing, how this late in the fall, the tree frogs were still croaking their loud barks at the remainder of the backfly prey (not too bad) that had come out at dusk.