A lot has happened just over 8 weeks out! I’m definitely feeling more “normal” now. It’s been a learning curve for sure. I’m beginning to figure out how often to eat and what the portion size should be. I’m playing it safe when it comes to dairy and fried foods. I still have off times/days where I feel nauseated after I eat, but it’s becoming less often all the time. So far, I’ve lost about 25 pounds. I expect to lose some more as I’m probably only taking in around 500-600 calories a day. I finally got into those pants I’ve been hanging on to for so long.
I’ve learned that the portion size is really important. If I eat too much, I’ll find myself feeling sick. Below is a picture of a recent trip I took to Charleston, South Carolina to visit friends. Of course, I had to order shrimp! I had an appetizer and it was the perfect lunch portion size for me.
Emotionally, I’ve been fine. Of course I get frustrated sometimes when I don’t have the energy I think I should have or when I’m dry heaving because I ate too much or I ate something that didn’t agree with me. I just keep reminding myself that it takes time and I’m making good progress.
I’ve tried to keep moving, even when I don’t necessarily feel like it. I think it’s important. I feel so blessed to have been able to attend my daughter’s high school graduation ceremony. A couple of weeks later, the kids and I went out to and Indian Artifacts show in Springfield. Our picture was taken for “Faces in the Crowd” for the Springfield News-Leader.
Getting back out into nature has been helpful. Memorial Day I went on my first solo hike at Busiek State Park which is close to home. I hiked about 4 1/2 miles which is the most I’ve done so far since surgery, but I plan to step it up. I’m keeping trail mix in my pockets and nibbling like a mouse, putting one foot in front of the other. I picture myself not only backpacking, but climbing again. No doubt I will. I’m probably the most determined person I know. 🙂