Today is day 3 of just water. I slept fairly well last night with the last 3-4 hours being pretty restless. Still I woke up feeling fantastic! My blood pressure this morning was 134/96, temp was 97.7, and weight was 311.6. It looks like everything is moving in the right direction. I had an appointment to get my blood drawn at 8:10. As per usual, it was difficult to get one of my tiny veins to cooperate. We ended up getting one vial out of the back of my right hand and the others out of the back of my left hand–after we used a warmer to get those veins to surface. Once I got back to my room, things started to take a bit of a turn. My tongue felt like a hairy dog had taken a roll on it and my teeth felt like they were wearing sweaters. My breath does not taste good. My sinuses feel full and my teeth and gums feel like I’ve had the hulk vigorously flossing for me for a few days. What stared out a small headache developed to the point where I was wondering how I was going to handle it. And, my muscles feel achy like they do when I’m getting the flu. I decided to miss the morning gentle yoga class, instead opting to just lay in my bed and be. I watched a couple of educational DVD’s and the went to the afternoon lecture.
The lecture was given by Dr. Goldhamer. He is awesome. When I was considering coming here I had an initial phone consultation with him and he told me, in a very blunt manner, some realities. And even though it stung (a lot), it was something that I really needed to hear and that I proabably wouldn’t have listened to if it had been sugar coated. Thank you Dr. Goldhamer. Some of the things I took away from the lecture:
- most people are medicated for their poor diet–not their condition
- much like an alcoholic can’t continue to take just one drink, many of us who are obese can’t eat the pleasure trap foods just a little here or there–or we would have done it already
- it is important to recognize your own limitations
When I got back from the lecture I had a great surprise waiting for me in the form of a voice mail. My friend–who I have never met in person–Janet Carter had called to say that she will be in Santa Rosa during the last week of my stay here and would be stopping by to visit and have a meal with us. After that initial consult with Dr. Goldhamer I contacted Janet, as she is one of their True North Navigators (testimonials) and I wanted the low-down from someone who struggled with similar issues and had actually spent some time here. Now I am excited that I will actually be here at TrueNorth when I get to meet Janet in person.
So far this has been a great experience. I have planned to check in with work a bit while I’m here, but I think that will be limited. I’m still dealing with a little bit of brain fog and the amount of time and effort I need to put towards rest is way more than I planned on. But I’m seeing the necessity of it more every day.