Diamond Head crater in the background over looking Waikiki Beach
Aloha again from the island of Oahu; I have four pieces of very exciting news for Week 22!!
#1: For the first time in 25 years I weigh less than my husband! My husband has never had a weight problem, but he has also managed his weight over the years. He runs regularly and if he gains 2,3 or 5 lbs he immediately cuts back until he loses it so it doesn’t get out of hand. People think he’s naturally thin; and I guess he is; but he loves to eat, loves sweets and if he didn’t watch it, he would have gained those 5 lbs a year just like I did and would have had a weight problem right along with me. I really admire how he just ‘nips it in the bud’ before it gets out of hand. But today, we both got on the scale and even though I’m only 5’3″ and he’s 6′, and I lost only one more pound this week, it still felt great to finally weigh less than him (and I only weigh one pound less…!).
My husband and me on the Diamond Head hike
#2: We hiked Diamond Head crater this week and it I felt great going up and down; passing lots of people along the way, not feeling out of breath, and I made it to the top in about 25 minutes! Diamond Head is an extinct volcano near Waikiki; it’s only about a two mile hike, but it’s steep and climbs 560 feet from the crater floor to the top. Then once you get to the top, you get to climb 72 stairs to the viewing area. It was a wonderful hike and it sure felt good….I did this same hike a couple of years ago with a friend and I did OK, but I remember having to stop a couple of times along the way.
Photo taken on the Diamond Head walk July 2010
Photo taken on the Diamond Head walk March 2012
I use a little soy sauce dish to put my daily pills in and keep them on the counter to remind me to take them!
#3: Anyone who is 3 or 4 months or less post-op will love this one! For a month after my surgery, the thought of taking a pill, even a tiny pill, made me shudder. I would get them out, put them in my cute little soy sauce dish on the counter, cut them if possible and then throughout the day ‘visit’ with them until I finally was able to get the nerve to choke them down one at a time. I ordered the chewable vitamins and although I didn’t like them, at least it was easier than swallowing a pill. As time went on, things got easier; I could take the small ones one at a time, then two at a time.
Now, at 4.5 months post op, I can take my entire plethora of supplements and pills in one gulp! (I don’t take all of them at once as I do some in the morning, some at night, but I could! So I’m here to tell all of you, that whatever the restriction was (swelling?) it does go away! I can also drink water and other things without any problems.