Weekly Check In – 9/4/2019

Seven weeks out from surgery, and here are the numbers I care about:

  • Weight: 336
  • Blood Sugar: 124

Not sure what’s going on with my blood sugar apart from the fact that I’ve incorporated fruit back into my diet. This is still a good number though, so I’m not gonna lose sleep over it (yet). No idea how I lost so much this last week, but I’m beyond happy with it!

Yesterday was my third day back at work, and it went much better. Two observations:

  1. I think I had a minor cold or flu last week (I had my flu shot the week before so maybe my body was just dealing with that), and I think it really kicked my ass in a very subtle way.
  2. It’s just possible that I’m older and weaker than I used to be. I had major surgery seven weeks ago, and I’ve been recovering by powerlifting and doing three hours of cardio every day lying in bed, moving my body a tiny little bit, and relearning how to eat. Seven weeks of reduced activity, extremely low caloric intake, and significant (62 pounds) weight loss. And yet somehow I’ve had this idea that I should be able to walk around and do my job with the same level of ease as last spring, when I had half as many classes.

The male ego is fucking ridiculous. And stupid.

I’m happy. I love being back at work. I’m so unsure about so many things, but I’m a pretty great teacher, and it’s what I’m meant to be doing with my life. Having that kind of direction is a blessing that can’t be described.

Breakfast lately has been 2 ounces of blueberries pulverized into 5 ounces of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt with an immersion blender. 14 grams of protein, 97 calories. It gets me through exactly one class, and then it doesn’t matter if my leg is on fire, I have to eat something before putting it out. On the days where I’ve meal prepped, no worries. On the other days, it’s a fast drive to the grocery store before hitting the writing lab. Buy one thing, since my pants pockets are still unrefrigerated (in 2019!), and head back to the grocery store after, before my last class. It’s doable. Meal prep is so much better though.

Here, have a graphic: