Saturday, April 14, 2018

April Snow Showers Bring...

Tonight, I'm sitting here at work (yes, work) on a Saturday night evening dispatch shift and updating my blog.  So, clearly April snow showers are not bringing us anything to do, that's for sure!  In the last 24 hours, we've had a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning (complete with hail) and currently we are in a Winter Weather Advisory.  Don't think you can have all 4 seasons in 24 hours?  Iowa, "Hold my beer!"

This could be us tomorrow morning in Iowa!
Anywho, I've been thinking a lot lately about how once again I've totally neglected my blog.  How I do so much better in my daily food tracking and accountability when I have you all to read about it (or not read about it) and when I put it all out there for everyone to see.  Plus, I enjoy posting the occasional recipe, or maybe my newest find in the WLS world.

When I started this blog YEARS ago, it was my WLS pre-op blog.  A place where I first started my weight loss journey.  Where I wrote about my journey ahead, some of it weight loss related, some of it not.  And then after having my surgery, I would also add in bits and pieces of my not-so-normal daily life.  My ups and downs, my thoughts, my fun purchases and my many, many break-ups with Diet Coke *taking a drink of Diet Coke* (clearly we're dating again).

So, I'm sure this comes as no big shock when I type that I'm going to try to do this thing again.  Be a little better at it.  Be a better Internet blogger friend, even if what I have to post may not be interesting to you.  I know, I know, I've typed this before.  Just like I've typed this before, but my regain has got to go.  I'm tired of carrying it around.  I'm tired of my clothes not fitting and having to buy bigger clothes.  I'm tired of seeing the person I've become, the person that worked so hard to get approved for surgery, to lose 100 pounds and fought so hard to keep it off, only to gain some of it back.  I'm physically, emotionally and mentally tired of the extra weight.  I'm.Tired.Of.It.

Wouldn't life be great if weight loss came with an easy button?
Even though I had my WLS in 2010, I'm still human.  I still make bad HORRIBLE food choices, more often than not, hence the weight regain.  Life doesn't come with an easy button, weight loss doesn't come with an easy button and WLS certainly doesn't come with an easy button.  If it did, no one would be overweight and life would be perfect!  It has taken me many years and numerous times failing things to figure out that I may not perfect and I never will be, but I am me, I have my faults but I'm a pretty good person.  And once I finally came to that realization, I could finally focus back on myself and my health.  I'm not a WLS failure, I failed to use my tool properly. 

Last fall I started having some health issues, nothing too serious, but serious enough that I went to my PCP.  I was sleeping 12 hours a day, I couldn't kick a common cold and I just didn't have any energy.  After a bunch of blood work, it was discovered that my Iron and Vitamin D had bottomed out.  Now, those of you that know me, know I'm not a huge meat eater and I'm not a red meat eater at all, so when the Dr. told me my Iron was low, I wasn't too surprised.  But I have been working my tail off to get that back up.  325mg Iron (ferrous fumarate) a day...yep, a day and 10,000 units of Vitamin D a day.  I started this back in January and within a couple of weeks I started feeling better.  In fact, until the last month when I got sick (thank you very much Mother Nature) I was feeling great!  I had a ton of energy, I was only sleeping 6 hours or so a night and I had started a new lifestyle of eating (more on that next time).  I let my symptoms go way to long, like months too long.  Listen to your body people, it really knows when there's something wrong!

Well, I'm pretty sure I've bored you guys enough with this "Hey!  I'm Back!  Again!" post, so I'll sign off for now.  I just checked our outside cameras and it's still snowing, harder now and I still have an hour and a half of work left *sigh*  Maybe next week will be Spring???

We should have some pretty impressive flowers in our future!

Until next time!

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