Saturday, September 26, 2009

6 Months

It has been 6 months today since I lost my "OL Goat". It still feels like only yesterday.

I still feel lost and alone. I feel like I only go through the motions of living day to day. I'm not really living. I guess I am just doing what everyone else expects me to do.

I try to be strong, but, it's not really that easy to do. I function, I suppose, but how well remains to be seen.

I miss you Wayne.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A daily dip in the deep end could add years to your life

I began a new exercise regiment yesterday. Swimming.

With my bones in the shape they are in, my doctors have been telling me to do water exercises for years. Well Monday was my 51st birthday,,, (ugh!),, my oldest son Travis gave me some birthday money, so I put it to good use.

I went to the Holiday Inn Express in town and bought a pool/fitness room pass.

The fitness room is very small, 2 treadmills and a recumbent bike. Oh, and of course, a scale!

The exercise equipment and I don't quite see eye to eye yet, but a few minutes a day and eventually I hope to get a better relationship going with it. HA!

I have spent about 2 to 2 1/2 hrs a day in the pool. Not always swimming, but always moving.

I have met some really nice women there, who are very encouraging. One lady, Barb, loaned me a book of water exercises from the arthritis foundation. I am going to study it to find the best ones for me to do.

So, not only am I getting exercise in but I am also making new friends, and that's always a great thing.

Until next time,

Friday, September 18, 2009

Just a little update

I am just a little over 3 weeks post-op. Things are going pretty good. I need to get more exercise in but other than that its all ok. In this pic, the blouse I have been unable to wear in years and the shorts were too tight.

I haven't been weighed for a while, but last weight loss count I was at a loss of about 30 lbs.
I have moved on from the full liquid diet to pureed and soft foods with finely diced meats.
Its hard getting my 60 to 75 grams of protein in daily and drinking 64 ounces of fluids, examples: flavored waters, crystal light, decaf tea w/splenda. This little pouch can only hold so much and with no drinking a half hr before or half hr after and eating 6 "meals" and taking several vitamins and other medications several times a day, it ain't easy getting it all done.

I am trying though. I made this choice and one way or another I WILL SUCCEED!!!