Merry Belated Christmas!
Just got so busy and so caught up in the preparations for Christmas that I haven't posted at all and so much has happened.
For anyone who has a weak stomach for talking about health issues you might not want to read this. As you know from reading this blog I am a 63 y/o grandmother. I have gone through menopause without too many problems or issues. It has been about 5 or 6 years since my last period but about 2 weeks ago I had about 5 days of bleeding, which isn't normal. Of course, I googled the situation and every website I looked at basically told me that this was not a good situation and that I needed to see my doctor. I made an appointment for last Thursday (the 19th). My doctor was not at all encouraging and said I needed an ultrasound ASAP. So I had an ultrasound on Mon. (23rd) at about 3pm. By 5 pm the lab had already sent the results to my doctor and she called me! Turns out I have a septated ovarian cyst http://www.healthy-nurse.com/womens-health/septated-ovarian-cysts
and an endometrial polyp! I am a little bummed because here I am working very hard to get healthy and now something new rears its ugly head but I am also thinking that perhaps the weight loss made it easier to find this. To make a long story short I will be seeing a specialist after the 1st of the year and probably having biopsies and perhaps some surgery. I will keep you posted and would request that those of you reading this who are believers would keep me in your prayers anytime I come to mind.
Wow, I can't believe how much food, especially sweets, are part of all holiday celebrations and get-togethers. Since I am not partaking I am even more aware. I have even been guilty of making it harder for others because I have been making some food gifts. I made peanut brittle and chocolate candy and of course, there was the cookie exchange last weekend. It hasn't been real tough for me because I am in the early days still, I am in the zone but it has made me recognize that next year won't be so easy and that I need to spend this year working on my attitude about food. Yesterday, Christmas Day, I had my usual oatmeal and apple breakfast and then at Christmas dinner at my eldest son's house I had some ham and some raw veggies. I ate a little too fast and then couldn't even finish what I had taken because I think I got a little something stuck in my pouch opening. I didn't throw up but couldn't eat anymore. Later when everyone was enjoying some of the 4 pies that I brought I didn't have even a bite, my choice. I kept reminding myself that rewarding or gifting myself with food wouldn't make my day any better. I just focused on enjoying being with my grandchildren (whom I adore!) and we were also celebrating a birthday of twin little girls, 2 of the 4 sisters a friend of ours is adopting.
I was also enjoying wearing my new sweater and black size 14 pants that I got for Christmas! Getting into a size 14 was more emotional for me than any of the other sizes since leaving my size 22's behind. I am not sure why but when I took them into the dressing room completely convinced that they would not fit and then they slipped right on with no problem I began to cry! The only thing I can figure is that it has been at least 20 years since I have worn that size. I got down to a 16 on my last weight loss venture but no farther. I felt so slim in that outfit and my hubby kept telling me how wonderful I looked so all in all it was a great day.
My weight is doing good, not losing so fast anymore but I am just a pound away from hitting 175 which will be 70 pounds lost. I can hardly believe it. Tomorrow is my 4 month surgiversary. In some ways it seems like it has been longer, in others not so long. I will just keep plugging away as I head towards my goal of losing 100 pounds!
Here are the most recent pictures taken that has been downloaded from the camera.