Lord, what a rollercoaster this last year has been!
If you don’t want to hear about my personal issues, I don’t blame you. Just skip to the bottom.
I had devoted myself to a low carb lifestyle, and had lost 38 pounds, and was feeling great. My diabetes and high blood pressure were totally under control. I was working out regularly with a trainer, and my energy was throught the roof. I still wanted to lose another 20 pounds or so, but I was feeling pretty great about how I looked.
If you have TMI issues, skip this next paragraph.
Last fall I started having some major “female issues.” On the plus side, I will say that my cycle is still every 28 days, like clockwork. Obviously nothing is going on with my ovaries. I had been having painful periods and heavy bleeding that my OB/GYN chalked up to perimenopause, but things started getting REALLY bad. Like put my life on hold for days every month bad. I was in so much pain that I would be lying on the floor sobbing. The pain was down my legs, in my back…and not just during my period week. My abdomen actually looked like I was about 6 months pregnant. My bladder could hold like a thimble of liquid. Basically everything between my belly button and my knees was a train wreck.
Oh, and I gained back 15 pounds of that weight I had lost.
During a three month check up with my internist, I mentioned what had been going on. He referred me to another OB/GYN, and they got me right in. She did a vaginal ultrasound, and an endometrial biopsy. Diagnosis: adenomyosis and uterine fibroids. Solution: hysterectomy.
Oh, and the week after my biopsy my period started and I slipped on a piece of loose flooring at Sears while looking at freezers and dislocated my knee.
Oh, and the week after that we closed on our house, a 1988 Cape Cod fixer upper.
But I digress.
I now had to deal with a huge knee brace and a cane, and trying to get the house fixed up enough so that I could recover from my hysterectomy there.
Do I need to mention that my once clean diet was totally out the window?
My surgery was scheduled for February 17.
- My husband works 150 miles away during the week and is home on the weekends.
- Sons #1 and #2 are out and on their own.
- Son #3 is in college.
- Son #4 is in high school, and is in the middle of high school baseball season.
- My own mother had not one surgery but TWO surgeries (a back operation and a shattered ankle) two weeks before my surgery, and my father was busy taking care of her.
Basically I was on my own on the third day after surgery. There was no way I was going to be able to make low carb meals for myself during recovery.I ate what sounded good, and I ate like crap. Some days all I wanted was ice cream, cheetos and ginger ale. It was the pain pills, not my fault.
I am now three weeks post surgery.
I am starting to get around a lot better, and am getting my energy back bit by bit. I am TOTALLY ready to get back to feeling good.
I have a list of the rules I try to go by when I am on a low carb diet in my sidebar. These are NOT going to work now.
You cannot expect to be able to jump right back in where you were! Go easy on yourself, and don’t expect it to be as easy as it is when you were totally healthy.
I have tweaked my rules for my recovery:
I HAVE MADE MYSELF A PLAN, AND I AM READY!
- I have scheduled in workouts on my calendar
- I cleaned out my gym bag
- I am laying out my walking/yoga clothes at night
- I have planned our healthy weekly meals
- I bought healthy, low carb food
- I made sure I had KetoStix
- I charged my FitBit Alta for the week.
- I am going to track my meals in My Fitness Pal.
- My water jug is filled up every night
HOW DO I PLAN FOR MY LOW CARB WEEK??
- Take inventory of what you have, and eliminate what you won’t be using: The first thing I do when I start menu planning is to go through my freezer, fridge and pantry. I take an inventory of what I have on hand, and I get rid of my biggest temptations in the house!
- Make a list of meals and a grocery list: Grocery Shopping on a Keto Diet
- Prep lots of “legal” foods: How to Prep For a Keto Diet
- Plan for easy, quick meals: Menu Planning on a Keto Diet
- Stock up on snacks: What’s In My Keto Cooler?
- Make sure you have a plan for if you have to eat out: Eating Out on a Keto Diet
- Make yourself your own set of rules, and a plan of attack to make sure you stick to them.
Here are posts in my Keto Basics category:
- What is a Keto Diet?
- What Can I Eat on a Keto Diet?
- Menu Planning on a Keto Diet
- Grocery Shopping on a Keto Diet
- How to Prep for a Keto Diet
- Eating Out on a Keto Diet
- 6 Must Haves on a Keto Diet
- What’s In My Keto Cooler?
- Do I Need Supplements on a Keto Diet?
- What Alcohol Can I Drink on a Keto Diet?
…you can connect with me on My Fitness Pal to see my food diaries:
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