My post-op follow up with the surgeon went great! He says I’m doing fantastic, my weight loss is right where we want it to be and I’m doing good hydrating. He progressed me on to the next diet stage: pureed foods. It’s better than it sounds, I can have soft fish and poultry. Mostly proteins, though I am allowed to have some carbs, but I’m going to stay away from them. I want to stay in ketosis as long as possible.

Current weight: 239!! That is 31 pounds down from where I started at my highest weight in April! I have not been this low in a long time! Feels good.

I think I went a little overboard with the food today. I will not make the same mistake tomorrow. Even though it was not much food, and it was in the category of foods I can eat, it sat really heavy on my stomach. I want to do two shakes a day and one meal, but I don’t have any of the shake mix that I like, I only bought samples. I will order some, but have to lighten my the foods I’m eating as well… that’s kinda difficult to do with mainly wanting protein.

I’m also cleared to do arm and leg strength exercises that do not involve my core. I don’t know about leg, I can’t do squats or lunges due to my knee… will find something though. I am cleared to get my MRI done on my knee as well. That way as soon as I’m cleared to do so, I can have my knee surgery. Hopefully before my puppy comes home.

Speaking of puppies, isn’t that picture the cutest group of Golden Retrievers you ever have seen!? One of them is mine. Don’t know which one yet, they will be evaluating constantly and decide before I visit in 4 weeks. I can’t wait! Looking at the picture just makes me want to snuggle one! Or all of them, puppy overload! I have such hope for finally having a puppy to train as a service dog! I pray I don’t screw it up. I’ve been waiting for this for a long, long time. I’m so excited! It’s going to be a lot of work, every day, no matter what. Just like this diet and exercise thing. I didn’t get much exercise in today other than walking around stores, and I should have walked more no matter how tired I was, but I didn’t. Can’t let that happen again. Must get used to doing these things daily.

I also want to start attending more things at church. Get to know people, hang out, make friends. It will be cool to have more than just a very few friends.

We gotta get our current dog, Pickles trained. His barking, snapping, and snarling at people at the door and strangers and friends in the house is beyond getting on my nerves, we have to put him in his kennel when friends and family come over. And then he barks and howls the whole time and I feel so embarrassed. His training that I know how to do is not helping, and I’m not sure how to train him out of it. The trainer for my service dog is coming to evaluate him and see if she thinks we can train this out of him, or what we can do.

Hopefully things will work out. Pickles is a sweet dog, to us. Now if he could just behave when people are over.

~Flea

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