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Goals and plans for mom's surgery week.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

This Thursday is the day that my mom is having right thumb/hand arthroplasty. We've both been hot messes (my mom more than me, obviously) with a severe spike in anxiety. My mom is fiercely independent and despises having to ask for help. I'm going to make myself available for whatever she needs. At the same time, I'm also going to continue my weight loss journey successfully.

I have a goal of being in the 250s by Saturday, which is my next weigh-in. That means that I'll need to remain focused and healthy, despite the uncertainty coming my way.

How will I accomplish this?

1. While she's only asked me to spend the night on the night of the surgery, I've created a "go bag". This bag will be stocked at all times with a pair of sneakers, workout clothes, two servings of my Shakeology, and pajamas. This ensures that even if I'm stuck at her house without any notice, I have what I need to have a healthful meal and utilize her home gym.

2. Routine is VERY important to me, which is why this situation is causing me so much anxiety. I will continue to do my AM workouts with my husband. If I am at her house overnight, I will still get up at 6:00 and do my workout while my husband does his at home (we're doing 21 Day Fix, so he can use the disc and I can access it from my laptop).

3. My mom is a healthy eater...when she eats. Because of the surgery and her usual anxiety being so much higher, she's not very worried about the food in the house. She has a bunch homemade stews and soups frozen, as well as a homemade protein granola cereal. I'm a vegetarian, so I'm going to make sure that there are always eggs and bag of salad mix in her fridge for me. This means that I will have zero excuses to not remain dedicated to eating healthy foods.

4. Because I'll be driving her to a lot of follow-up and PT appointments, I'm going to keep a case of bottled water in my car, along with a few single-serving bags of walnuts and a handful of Fiber One bars. Even on the go, I can eat mindfully.

I am *determined* to keep losing weight throughout this entire ordeal. My mom, who is very small, is so proud of what I've accomplished so far and I know it would devastate her if I allowed her surgery and after-care to derail me. That in itself is fantastic motivation.

If anyone reading this has experienced something similar, I'd love your input/suggestions. Thanks!!!
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  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    FROM YOUR LETTER YOU DIDN'T DO AS GOOD AS YOU PREPARED FOR!! BUT YOU PREPARED!!
    1072 days ago
  • CHEYNOTES
    You sound well prepared! Good job! That's half the battle.
    1079 days ago
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