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26 February 2013

Hi everyone,
My friend Bella, dear kind-hearted soul that she is, sent me a message this morning to check on me and remind me I hadn't journaled in a while. While I have tried to check in and fill out my food diary every day and give support to my Buddies when I can, I haven't really felt like going into my "stuff" lately. To be honest, this episode of acute diverticulitis has thrown me off my axis, so to speak. Talking to my doctor and googling many websites has led me to the undeniable conclusion that I could not have prevented the attack, nor can I prevent future attacks, and if I am one of the really unfortunate ones, at some point in time, I may lose parts of my intestines to disease.
Before you say anything, yes I realize there is a very small chance of that happening, it's probably more likely I will get run over by a bus or die in a plane crash. I just have trouble accepting the idea that there are aspects of my health that I have no control over. If I choose to be unhealthy then I must accept the consequences, but if I "follow the rules" I should be rewarded with good health, right? I know, ha, ha!, that is very funny. I was eating between 20-35 grams of fiber most days (thank you food journal for that information. How many times have I griped about having to keep you up to date). A lack of fiber is really the only thing that is listed as a possible cause of diverticulosis. That and age of course. My doctor says eat seeds, nuts, corn etc. because there has never been any real proof that they get stuck in the pockets in the colon. Ugh! Sorry this is getting a bit graphic. As to other factors, my exercise habits can always improve. I tend to do it in fits and starts. Most of all I need to get this fat off my abdomen because when all else fails, BLAME THE FAT.
Besides all this angst, the outcome of being ill is I lost 8 pounds pretty quickly. Being afraid to eat wil do that to you. My colored line went from red to yellow without bothering to stop at orange. Of course I don't expect that weight to actually stay off, which is fine. It's probably water and shrunken muscles anyway. What I need to do is get out of my own head about why this happened, accept that it did and move on. Concentrate on making healthy choices with food and getting regular exercise and forget about the rest of it. Time will help. It always does. Thanks for reading. Hope this wasn't too much of a downer. I am doing okay. (hey Bella, thanks for checking on me :))
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21 February 2013

Weigh-in: 164.5 lb lost so far: 7.9 lb still to go: 9.5 lb Diet followed reasonably well
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07 February 2013

Weigh-in: 170.0 lb lost so far: 2.4 lb still to go: 15.0 lb Diet followed reasonably well
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06 February 2013

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05 February 2013

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