Let's Try This Again ...
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Well, although I've been in SparkTracker a lot this year, I've not posted until now. So, let me recap.
Last Labor Day, I went to Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville, AR for surgery to remove what turned out to be a 33-millimeter kidney stone. And for the record, I wouldn't wish kidney stones on ANYONE. I told my daughter, who was double breach when she was born, that I'd rather be in labor again than to have another kidney stone! The surgeon informed me that the weight of the stone, which was the size of an old time silver dollar, had pushed the left kidney on top of the stomach, and the stomach was bruised. He warned me that I might 'have a little trouble eating' for as long as the next three months.
BOY, DID HE UNDERSTATE WHAT HAPPENED!
What happened is I came home and had such severe nausea I couldn't eat ANYTHING. For the first month, I did well to drink a bottle and a half of Ensure a day. I struggled to make my primary care physician understand what was going on, and it was only when she spoke to the surgeon that she fully saw the severity of the issue. It was January before I could eat 'normally', which at that time was still a lot of soft foods, soups, and diet TV dinners.
I dropped from 237 to 207 in all of this. When I finally became able to eat again, I didn't watch what I was eating simply because I ate what my system would allow me to accept. At the same time, I changed jobs and moved from Harrison to Russellville in April. The stress of the move and the new job caused my stomach to flare again. So I focused on trying to stay well and do well in my new position.
But, I have misbehaved. I have to confess a sin (being a good Catholic ... lol). I have become addicted to the 6 piece buffalo chicken strips at Sonic. DROOL!! I have taken what was an occasional habit in Harrison and made it a daily ritual here in Russellville. The result? I've gained back to 225 as of this morning.
Sooo. This morning, I went to Anytime Fitness. In Harrison, I had just started going faithfully to Anytime Fitness, when the surgery halted it all. The Anytime Fitness in Russellville opened this month, and I went today and met with Audrey, who will be my trainer. I am going to try to go 3 to 4 days a week when work will allow. (More on that in another post later ...)
Keep your fingers crossed for me.