Take A Hike!

finn hike

I took Finn hiking again the other day and for the first time, I could smell the woods through my nose. It made me sit down and really take in nature. I love the quote by Henry David Thoreau that says, “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”

The quote makes me think about how united we should be with nature. I say “should” because we’re more united with our phones, our televisions, our video game consoles, our laptops, our iPads… nobody goes outside anymore. How sad is that?

How sad is it that we would rather burn our eyes on stupid useless information than be in nature and smell the amazing smell of nature?

I’m guilty, too. I’m addicted to my phone, and I hate it. When I go hiking, I don’t even turn on music most of the time because I want to hear Finn’s barks, the birds singing, the leaves rustling in the wind, and water talking.

I need to go outside more. We need to go outside more. Turn off the technology and go outside and smell the fresh air. It smells amazing. Plus we all need more vitamin D.

Go outside and go hiking and then let me know it went!

P.S. don’t forget your mosquito repellent and sun block!

Well, here goes…

For a long time now, I have had a really hard time losing weight. I blame it on depression taking all of my energy and motivation, but I have to admit, I’m also lazy. My weight is not consistent; I can lose 5 lbs., not do anything wrong, and overnight, I’m back up 5 lbs. and have a hard time getting it back off. I don’t know why, and my doctor has done all kinds of tests with no answers. I was diagnosed with an eating disorder a couple years ago (binge eating), so that doesn’t help.

I am on medications for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, neuropathy, and vitamin D deficiency as well as mental health medications.

I’ve been on the keto diet since February of this year and I feel like it has given me more energy, but I still can’t lose the weight, even when I haven’t cheated or binged. Because of all this, I talked to all of my all of my doctors and healthcare professionals and decided that weight loss surgery would be right for me.

I made the appointment with a weight loss surgeon and on May 8, I was approved for the sleeve gastrectomy surgery. I will be going through 12 weeks of a supervised diet, as well as information seminars and appointments, psychiatric evaluations, and other evaluations to make sure I am mentally and physically ready. In August (or around), I will have the surgery.

During the sleeve gastrectomy, a portion of the stomach is removed, leaving a “sleeve” for food. This procedure also decreases the hormone which causes hunger. The average excess body weight loss is 60-70%. The success stories consist of people being able to get off most of their medications.

I feel like this is what I have to do to be healthy. I’ll be keeping everyone updated here on my blog during this journey, so be sure to keep up with me!

To all that have prayed for me, please continue. This is a major decision that I needed to make.