Today is the one year anniversary of my heart surgery, and I have to say that things are going generally well. Not without some speed bumps, of course, but overall I feel better. As I mentioned in a previous post it’s hard to imagine that something so… big… could end up being such a positive. And for all that I really am thankful.
The scars are fading. I have regained most of the feeling in my left wrist… wasn’t expecting that, but it’s a good thing, right? Stamina hasn’t fully returned, but to be fair I have not been exercising like I should. All in all, I’d say an A-.
Ah, the weight loss program. More speed bumps, but not without solid progress. My issues with the food consistency is increasing. My palatable options are becoming more limited. Anything with a bread-like consistency is still off-putting to me.
I have been branching out and trying more dessert-like options, and some are very good. There’s a recipe for lemon bars that is absolutely awesome. I’m still making shakes. There’s a handful of other recipes that are good.
I have also been cheating more often. Not every day, but more often than I should. The positive side is that I have been making better choices than when I started cheating. Instead of a Wendy’s Baconator or some Arby’s half-pound beefy-cheesy thing or a Popeye’s 4 pc meal, all of which weigh in at 900 to 1700 calories, I’ve discovered Jimmy John’s Turkey “Unwich” (no bread, wrapped in lettuce). I add cucumbers, onion, peppers, and pickles, and it’s a whopping 260 calories! Nice, and surprisingly tasty. Add a 20 calorie pickle and we’ve got a satisfying meal for under 300. I could see myself doing this more often even after the program is over… which is kind of the point.
With all that I have, so far and as of this morning, lost 33 lbs. I’m on the edge of slipping into the 220s, a place I haven’t been in near 17 years. So, even with the frustration, I am able to adjust and still make it work in my favor.