One year post surgery; I am struggling with my preexisting IBS, a weight plateau, and a potentially failing gallbladder.
The weight lost, 90+ pounds, and the freedom gained are priceless. The Self imposed Dietary restrictions for my IBS have been challenging, yet yielding positive results when I stick to the plan. My gallbladder is being taken care of by a skilled acupuncturist and a team of medical Doctors, all in my crusade to save the organ from being removed. I know Gallbladder surgery is a simple outpatient little surgery for a seemingly insignificant organ; but I cant quit wrap my head around any organ in our human body not having significance. I like my organs, all of them, I’m not giving one of them up without a fight.
So to add to my massively restrictive Low FODMAP diet, and a somewhat restrictive Bariatric Diet, I am now, begrudgingly, adding a Monday through Friday coffee restriction in effort to follow my acupuncturist lifestyle recommendations for my IBS and gallbladder health.
Today is day two without coffee. Yesterday I went to Whole Foods and stocked up on some delicious fancy teas, I am quitting coffee, not caffeine. Fancy tea adds a small sliver of sunlight to this gloomy situation, alas it is not coffee, delicious, delicious coffee.
In just a mere 48 hours since my last cup-o-joe, I have had some lofty discoveries.
- True disdain for the morning alarm clock when I know that the coffee I smell brewing in the kitchen does not have my name on it.
- Work day mornings are painful, Work day mornings without coffee are truly horrifying
- I am not particularly patient with crying patients.
- Coffee makes me pleasant, or as pleasant as we’re gonna get.
- Caffeine Headaches are real and awful.
- Motorcycles and coffee withdrawal do not go hand in hand. For that matter maybe I shouldn’t be operating a motor vehicle at all.
- I am dramatic and whiny without coffee.
Aside from my coffee, woes, life is mostly beautiful. Still loving my smaller size, shopping for new clothes, and my increased fitness level. Pilates and Yoga continue to be my refuge, and due to the doctors recommendations, I will be getting back into the daily walking routine, my dogs will be so thrilled. I have added weekly acupuncture appointments and am getting back into tracking every single calorie with myfitness pal app.
I have 25 more pounds to go before I reach my weight loss goal, I have been a bit dismissive about the weight loss lately while my focus has been on other physical health issues and navigating the dietary needs of this issues. But now, looking at the whole picture, and being so close to my goal I can almost see it, I am working to balance all needs at once, Mind, Body, Spirit and weight loss.