It has been quite some time since I’ve written–I had to go back now and check to see when the last time actually was–February. And here we are in July. So what’s been going on?
We were lucky enough to travel to Florida twice this year already. The first time was just for a long weekend for a friend’s wedding, which was lovely (but the drive was NOT). The second time was for our family vacation to Anna Maria Island. It was a very pretty place, and somewhere on the Gulf where I had not actually been, so it was nice to travel somewhere new. Later this month we have to take a long drive again, but this time to Colorado. I have a conference to attend for my Thirty-one business, and Eddie always comes along for the ride. This will be my third year going, and I’m excited to see what’s in store. After this trip though, we will be saving our pennies, as we have one more trip planned at the end of the year for a good friend’s wedding–in Cancun! We’ve never been out of the country, which reminds me… passports… and we opted to have this trip be our anniversary/birthday/Christmas present to one another. We are “experience” people and would rather go places and experience things instead of have actual possessions anyway, so not getting the physical gifts on those holidays is not really a big deal to us. We will have the memories!
Eddie had a double osteotomy last summer and is still healing from the second one. For those who don’t know, they cut a chunk of bone out of each of his thighs, essentially breaking them each, then put a plate in and wait for the break to heal. One of the breaks is still there (how he walks around I have no idea) but it is slowly getting better. Once it’s healed up, two more surgeries will be in the works to remove the plates, as they are causing a lot of pain and discomfort in being there. Hopefully once the plates are out he will have more relief from the daily pain he is in. He is the toughest person I know and I don’t know how he does it. No other choice though, so just have to keep plugging along and live the life you have!
Despite his surgeries, he’s still done great maintaining his weight loss from the sleeve surgery in February 2013. Over 2 years post-op and he still maintains a 200+ pound weight loss! At his lowest he was around 160, but he is more comfortable hovering around 190, which is what he’s maintained. I’m so proud of him! I, however, have struggled with re-gain. I could blame it on a number of things in my personal life, but the bottom line is that I stopped following my bariatric diet plan, and when you do that, you gain weight. I lost my Poppy, I had a stressful year afterwards, I had a giant tumor pop up in my breast and had to have surgery to have it removed (no cancer!), and a host of other stressful things happened that I couldn’t control, so I let my eating get out of control too. I am working hard now though to get back on track and lose what I gained in the last year (60 pounds), and then hopefully some beyond that. My initial goal though is to take off what I had gained back. It seems that no one really talks about re-losing the weight after a post-op gain. I’ve gone to support groups to seek motivation from others who may have done it, but those people aren’t there. I’m sure they exist, but they’re not around to be motivation… so I will be my own motivation, and I will then go to those support groups after I’ve succeeded so that I can be the motivation for someone that might be going through this too.
I guess there’s not a whole lot more going on right now, just mostly same old same old… plugging along and rolling with the punches!