Let’s get caught up

St Jude is amazing and I’m always honored to have them on the show. I’m looking forward to getting this scheduled, recorded, and released. I want to help any way I can.

I’m having minor, outpatient surgery at the Cleveland Clinic later this month. It’s not a huge deal and I’ll be fine but I learned that I will also be on what seems like pretty heavy restriction for about two weeks afterwards. I wasn’t expecting that. It’s going to be a challenge for a bunch of reasons. I’m so active now that slowing down is going to be very frustrating for me. The kids are older and can take care of themselves for the most part. That’s a huge blessing. That doesn’t change the fact that I’m going to be limited for a little while and that makes me feel nervous. I’ll just figure it out. I always do.

I go to the gym five days a week and it’s become a huge part of my life. It’s one of the ways I’m managing my depression and constructively dealing with some of my anxieties as well. It’s helping keep me centered and moving forward as well. Missing two weeks is a big deal for me and I’m hoping that I will still be able to go walking. I’ll feel better if I can at least do that.

My current plan is to use that time to get a shit ton of work and writing done. I want to the best use of that time if I can.

While I’m admittedly feeling a bit lost, there are some overwhelmingly positive things going on as well. I’m most likely going to meet a major weightloss goal this week sometime. I came really close this morning, so it’s just a matter of time and I’m hoping to cross that line by the end of the week. I feel so good about that and I’ve worked really hard to get here. I also had my labs run a week or so ago and made huge progress on my Triglycerides.

Over the last couple of years, I had managed to bring all my numbers back down into the really good range, but my Triglycerides were still elevated. Since February of this year, I was able to bring my Triglycerides from 178 to 74. That’s huge progree and I’m sitting in a really good place now. I feel so good about this. I had challenged myself eariler in the year to bring this number down, and I hit it out of the park. I’m setting some new goals for myself and will work on them throughout the winter months.

There are things going on in my life that I wish were different but that’s par for the course, right?

The take away from this update is that there are some really positive things happening and I don’t want to lose sight of that. I love my imperfect life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. That said, there’s always room for improvement and I’m okay with that because constant improvement is always my goal.

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