I see that it’s been too long since I posted, so here goes —
I would say that overall I feel better. I’m still having trouble with endurance when I walk, but I’m continuing to work on it. Mentally, I would say that I’m feeling better as well.
I haven’t posted my weight updates. I forgot to weigh myself this morning, so I’m going to wait until tomorrow in order to keep it consistent. I normally weigh myself first thing in the morning. I lost 1.5 pounds last week. I will post both last week’s and this week’s weight tomorrow.
I have two appointments during the first week of May. On May 1, I go to review my latest blood work with a nurse practitioner. I will also meet with a nutritionist to review my nutrition goals. On May 6, I have a follow-up appointment with the surgeon. I’m already starting to compile a list of questions to ask.
I had a pretty good session with my therapist this past Thursday. We talked about ways to get in the habit, and stay in the habit, of doing some form of exercise every single day. She told me a story about a friend of hers who is a behavioral psychologist. About a year ago, her friend decided to start practicing what she preached.
The idea is very simple, but not something I ever thought of, probably because I can be a bit dense at times. What you do is to link a desired behavior with something you already do, such as eating or brushing your teeth. Her friend’s goal was to exercise every single day, so she linked exercise to something she did every day. Everyone eats and brushes their teeth every day. Everyone goes to the bathroom every day. Just a couple examples. Her friend has now gone more than 370 consecutive days of exercising EVERY — SINGLE — DAY!!
So, I decided to start doing this, so that I can be more consistent with my exercise. Every time I eat a meal or have a protein drink, I’m going to do some exercise beforehand. This way, I will get exercise several times each day. Unfortunately, I already lapsed yesterday. So, I’ve decided to go public on this blog to give myself more accountability. Today is my 1st consecutive day of exercise! I’m also going to add a page to keep count. That way, everyone who reads this will know if I slip up. Wish me luck!