One snail

One snail

Friday, July 19, 2013

Checking back...

Well, it has been many weeks since I've made a post here.  Life DOES get in the way, including one of my co-workers having a stroke, my dad having surgery, and going out of town to a conference.  Since my last post, I have lost another 20 pounds (so down a total of 120), but it should have been more.  My body and mindset went into a maintenance-mode, so I didn't gain, but didn't lose.  I am now 7 months post-gastric-bypass, and I'd like to lose another 40 pounds before my surgery anniversary date in December.

I know I can do it--I lost 40 pounds BEFORE my surgery, getting ready--but I need to re-focus.  One of the things that has really gotten in the way for me is my continuing pain from arthritis in my hip.  I had hoped (and my orthopedic doc had hoped) that losing weight would reduce the pain, but that didn't happen.  I finally went in for updated x-rays, and we found that not only do I have no cartilage left in my left hip, I have significant bone spurs on each side of the joint.  So...I am going to go ahead and have it replaced.  At least losing weight has made the surgery much safer for me.

The hip replacement is scheduled for August 16--exactly 4 weeks from now.  I need to start on some specific exercises for my hip to get ready, AND I want to see if I can lose 5 pounds by then.  I still won't be able to do too much walking on my treadmill, but will do what I can.

So, that's my update!  I hope to get to check in on some of your blogs, and stay more connected.  Leave me an update on yourself or link to your blog if you read this!

P.S. I am looking forward to doing the the My Tiny Tank Walk/Run sponsored by Tracy over at My Tiny Tank!  It's in celebration of her 13th year surgery anniversary, and is on July 24th, so check it out if you want to join choose your own mode and length of walk/run, so it's right up my alley right now!