Imagine my surprise this morning when I hopped on the scale, hopped off, and charted my progress. I am exactly half way to where I would eventually like to be 🙂 I’m pretty proud of myself – I have had very few experiences that I would consider negative (although one last night, a punishment for too much mayo in my tuna) and feel more energetic each day. I can almost out pace Brighid going through the mall – okay, she’s stopping at every store with a door, but I can more than keep up with her in other instances too 😉
I won’t lie and say it’s easy. There are hurdles you have to overcome to learn to live like this. We are planning to take my stepfather to dinner for his 70th birthday in a couple of weeks. I didn’t want to go out to dinner, because going out to dinner for me means people will feel uncomfortable that you aren’t eating, and waitresses keep coming back to make sure you think the food is okay. My suggestion was to just have everyone over here for dinner, and if I busy myself in the kitchen and doing stuff, it’s not as obvious that I’m not eating like everyone else is. I’m also worried about the holidays. Many other post-ops have said just take a teaspoon of everything and see how it goes, but some of our family’s most beloved holiday recipes are so loaded with fat and sugar! There won’t be any sweet potato casserole on my plate, and probably no broccoli casserole. I am looking forward to the turkey, though!
I say this a lot, but it’s a real learning process. Everyday, I find something new out about being surgically altered. Most of it is good. It’s nice to be regaining self confidence and energy. And the bad stuff – you just have to roll with it. It all works itself out in the end.