Yes, it’s been a year since I decided the Roux en y Gastric Bypass was going to be my next rabbit trail. Yeah, that picture is me, unfiltered with no makeup, wild-haired and gap-toothed, the real me, yo. I’ve said often, about hard things in my life, that the time will pass, no matter what I do with it. I might as well make use of the time, right? Being stuck sucks. What I had done up until the August-2015-point-on-the-timeline-of-my-life hadn’t worked. Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is insane, so I had to do something different. I did.
There was a lot of torment and fear of the unknown in those months of nutrition appointments and research about what the weight loss surgery would do to my body. But I’ll tell ya, it was totally worth it. I’d do it all over again. I had this strong sense that anything would be an easier recovery than back surgery. I was right. RYGB was a piece of cake (mmmmm, cake) recovery-wise compared to what I had endured during back surgery. In fact, I didn’t take any pain killers post RYGB. The hardest part for me was eating slowly and methodically for 3 months. If you think about it, that’s a pretty small sacrifice to make for the amount of weight I’ve already lost. It was like retraining my mouth muscles (muscle memory) to move slower. I’m not perfect (and will never be), but I know when I eat too fast. I avoid foods that get stuck easily (usually a bread/meat combination). Overall, the transition has been so much better than I expected.
Here’s a link to my very first blog entry: August 2015 post. This is when the rabbit trail began.
If you’re stuck in a loop, change. Do something different. The time will pass, and it’s all about what you do with the time that changes everything.
Until next Friday. Love you loves.
*This week is a shorter post because I’ve got a lot of anxiety about going back to work. Not just going back to work, but getting the kids ready to go back to school. It’s a crazy busy time of year. I’ll write more about anxiety next week.