Making a big change
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
It's been a long time since I've posted to my blog. Much has happened. I've learned I need both hips, both knees and my left shoulder replaced. The most damaged is my left hip, which makes it impossible to put weight on my left leg. Three surgeons have refused to do the surgery unless I lose weight first. The one at Mayo was the most professional and I have more faith in him. Even though I've lost so much already and kept most of it off, I need to lose another 100 lbs before he will operate. In the meantime, he said I should not walk more than 20 feet as I need to protect my "good" leg. I can walk in a pool, but am unable to climb the steps to get out of the pool. I just bought a step cane to help with that and am anxious to try it out as soon as the sore on my leg heals. I've been chair bound and mostly housebound now for a year. Isolation is not good! In that time I've stayed on my healthy diet of 1200 calories with almost no loss; so at Christmas 2014 I dropped to 800 calories a day. Since then I've lost 12 lbs--not a huge amount in that much time. I've been doing chair exercises, but even those are very limited due to my damaged joints. I try to stay off pain meds but on a good day my pain level is about a 4; some days it goes up as high as 8 or 9. After a lot of research I've decided to try the keto diet (adequate protein, high fat and very low carb). Yesterday I had my lab work done so my doctor has a baseline to monitor my health and I started the diet yesterday too. I've avoided eating fats for so many years, it's quite an adjustment for me. But so far I'm able to stick with it without a lot of problems (I've never been a big bread eater anyway). The hardest might be cutting back so much on fruit--natural sugars make fruit high in carbs. On December 26, 2013 I had bleeding ulcer and lost 4 units of blood--nearly died. To heal, I had to switch to a very bland diet which was higher in carbs. I gained just over 20 lbs of the 103 I had lost. Since going back on my healthy diet and not walking, I was able to lose most of that. I'm hoping this change will help speed up the loss a little so I can have my surgery and be able to walk again. I've had a physical therapist showing me some new chair exercises and that should help too. I've been averaging less than half a pound per week, and that's just too slow. I'm hoping to lose around a pound a week or more. Ideally, I'd like to have that 100 lbs gone in a year so I can have the surgery. Using the computer is difficult for me so I se an iPad now, typing with one finger. It's very frustrating so I may not post often, but I continue to track my food, water and exercise daily. I've been doing that for three years now and still find it very helpful--especially now that I'm on a new diet.