Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm writing this filled with hope that all of you had a great thanksgiving holiday.

As for me, the last two weeks have certainly been eventful. The week leading up to thanksgiving is a very vague blur in my mind. I had an extremely severe case of strep throat and some type of stomach virus. I also had a slight kidney infection, due to the kidney stone that has not passed yet.

I went three days without eating, and two days without drinking all because I was either unconscious or in too much pain to swallow anything. I could not even talk the better part of two days.

Things started to get better towards the end of the week, and I had my first serious hair cut since the surgery. I actually had highlights and color put in my hair to chase the gray while I still can. After all, as I'm looking at the calendar I'm realizing that time is very tight and I need to get my mid-life crisis scheduled and taken care of.

My family then took its first real vacation in many, many years. We spent two days down at Disneyworld and I actually rode every ride I wanted to! That's another thing I would have never dreamed I'd be able to do before the surgery. We caught the Cirque Du Soleil show (La Nouba) which I highly, highly recommend, and then we spent three relaxing days at a hotel on the beach in St. Augustine, Florida.

All in all, it was a very fulfilling vacation that I would have never been able to enjoy nearly as much prior to the surgery.

We took the trip with my wife's brother, his wife (who's from Brazil) and their two kids, a three year-old and 11 month-old. We had planned to have a traditional thanksgiving dinner at the local Cracker Barrel in St. Augustine, but went with Plan B and had dinner at a Ruby Tuesday. I had two modest trips to the salad bar and a cup of soup.

Did I miss stuffing my face with turkey and all that stuff? Yes, I did. But I think I'm missing it more because we didn't have turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce at all. We're going to make a traditional thanksgiving meal for Christmas instead. I was very, very satisfied with my meal. We've started a new tradition with going to the beach -- we're already talking about going back. And a bad day at the beach beats a good day anywhere else in my book. It's nice to think that we could base celebrating thanksgiving on a vacation destination - and not associate it with overeating.

As far as my progress goes, by the end of the week of strep throat I had lost 13 pounds! I've gained about 3 of those back since then, so I'm sitting at 80 pounds lost since the surgery at 252. That's 96 pounds since the start of the year.

My tight jeans are tight no longer and I'm going to have to shop for pants with a waist in the 30's! I can't believe that. The last time I was at this weight was before my youngest daughter was born, more than 7 years ago.

There's so much more to write about, but I need to pace myself.

Thanks so much for reading. All of you who read this and share your thoughts are high on my list of people for whom I am thankful as I have reflected upon during this thanksgiving season.

Keep fighting, and please share your stories here.



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