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A potential setback and explanation of silence

Posted Oct 25 2009 11:04pm

No doubt you’ve noticed the semi-hiatus at Amanda Lives Well. There are a few reasons why I’ve been mostly quiet over the past few weeks and in the spirit of honest blogging, I’ll tell you why.

The first is that I haven’t been too active and my lack of exercise doesn’t really bode well for a blog promoting wellness. ;) Part of me has been a bit discouraged from the wall I’ve hit with weight loss, but the other part of me wasn’t worrying about that because I was worrying about something bigger.

Without going into much detail, I’ll say that over the past three weeks I’ve undergone several tests and x-rays which ultimately ended in scheduling a surgery for next week. Much to my chagrin, it’s not one of those “cool” hospital visits… like breaking a leg from skydiving or getting stitches after falling off a motorcycle. No, I’m just getting my gallbladder removed. Lame, right? ;)

Fortunately, it’s not terribly serious and if everything goes as planned I will be able to return home the same day. According to my doctors, I don’t need to alter my diet in any way and can continue living my philosophy of moderation – not deprivation! :) Unfortunately, it will take me about two weeks post-op to get back to an active lifestyle.

I wrestled with sharing this as it’s borderline TMI, but it’s worth documenting for my own progress.

After the consultation with the surgeon, they sent me home with a booklet that explained the procedure and told me what to expect afterward. In it, I read something that piqued my interest: “The gallbladder’s job is to store and release a fluid made by the liver. This fluid helps break down fats in the food you eat.” So, naturally I wonder, if it’s not doing its job and the fats aren’t breaking down… does this explain the proverbial wall I’ve hit? Even though that’s not the original reason I’m having the procedure, I’ll be interested to see if it makes any difference.

After two weeks of recuperation (as advised by the surgeon), I plan to restart the C25K program to rebuild my endurance and to get me back in a running regimen. My next goal is to come full circle at the 2010 Resolution Run (which will mark my 1 year anniversary as a race-runner!) and I hope to be able to meet or beat my best time to date (36 mins).

Onward and upward!

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