(This is the fourth in a continuing series, #FitBitTheOwl.)
It’s been since last September since I posted about my progress with the perimeter walk – my “backyard fitness plan where the only mirror is a positive attitude!”
When it rains, it pours both figuratively and literally. We had one of the most beautiful falls in recent memory and the perimeter walk with Penny and Barkley was an established habit. The three of us were really enjoying the outdoors, the fall colors, the early sunsets and the fresh air. The daily 2.5 to 3-mile walk was not only refreshing physically but mentally too.
In preparing for winter weather, I purchased new snow boots and snow pants. I was NOT going to let the cold weather and snow keep me from succeeding in my business plan to better fitness in mind, body and spirit. Then it began to rain, and rain, and rain… even the dogs wouldn’t go out with me. I do have a treadmill, but I rationalized myself right out of that boring activity pretty-quickly.
The scariest “rain” storm came late in October when I awoke in the middle of the night in a pool of blood. A medical emergency that caused me to miss a week and a half at work. Nothing like a phone call to your husband, who is out of town on a business trip, informing him to come home immediately to really start thinking about how easy we take our health for granted. A myriad of ultrasounds, CT-scans, and a medical procedure determined it wasn’t cancer, but the surgery would be in my future.
It was difficult to get back into the backyard again walking the perimeter. The dogs missed our time together, but October took a lot out of me.
Then more rain, then snow, and then the holidays. Need I say more?
It’s the new year and back to square one
January turns out to be cold, damp, and rainy. For the love of scotch! We have not seen a winter like this with more rain than snow!
Then it is back to follow up doctor appointments and another doctor referral.
“You have two choices”
After being sick last fall, I thought I had at least maintained my weight, but I was 4 pounds heavier. My primary care physician who gave me the verbal spanking last summer that inspired, The Perimeter Walk, was not pleased. He referred me to a new endocrinologist for a second opinion since he wasn’t so sure my current endo was doing me any favors. (My inner eye roll, “not another doctor.”)
After changing my prescription and talking at length about my health goals, this new endo gave me the same recommendation as my gynecologist last fall. Bariatric surgery. After explaining why some people of have difficulty losing weight than others, he said, “You have two choices.”
“You can continue to be diligent with your diet, portion control, increase your exercise output, and just be happy with the way you are.”
“You can consider Bariatric surgery, more than likely you will be able to decrease your medicine dosage, and lose the weight.”
After discussing with friends and family who have had different types of Bariatric surgery, hearing their stories, a strategic planning session is in order. Two different surgeries for two different potentially long term life-saving consequences.
This post in the “FitbitTheOwl was supposed to be about “The Bonus Plan” where I was to discuss strategic planning for successful results. I didn’t realize that the strategic planning I thought I would be having would involve such considerations.
While research and consider what to do next, if any readers of this post would like to share their stories with me privately or for future posts on Bariatric surgery or how you achieve your health goals, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @thebloggingowl. I would love to hear from you.
Until next time!
The Perimeter Walk – “Backyard fitness where the only mirror is a positive attitude!”
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