Whew. Week over. Luckily for me since I don’t work Fridays. Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it to try and cram everything into 4 long work days. But I always say that on Monday. Or Tuesday. Or Wednesday. I never think that on Thursday. Or Friday. 😉
Thank you ALL for being so sweet. I think everyone know what those weeks are like. Not fun, anyways.
Lily update: Miss Lily’s knee cap has separated from the ligament/tendon (not sure which, I’m rusty!). Doc said she should be holding down the couch for 2 weeks and they will re-assess for surgery at that time. She was given anti-inflammatory meds in the meantime and I think she’s feeling a bit better, but it’s impossible to say whether it’s true improvement or the drugs kickin’ in. So, that’s that. I’ll keep you all updated. Some of you love Lily as though she were your own. And well, she kinda is…this is like the Prevention RD & Lily’s blog, you know. 😉
My Lap-Band meeting went REALLY well last night. I strongly emphasized the role of diet and exercise as a lifestyle change. I went on and on about the diet and then said, “If you’re thinking that following these guidelines is going to be tough, maybe this isn’t the path for you. The Lap-Band is an assistive device, it doesn’t flip a switch in your brain to control craving or alter your unhealthy lifestyle habits. If you are seeking Lap-Banding you should be doing what it takes to make forever changes with or without that band. Don’t waste time now, capitalize on this opportunity and the people sitting beside you. This is a forever, not a today and tomorrow.” I felt like a politician or something. Kind of empowering, actually. 😀
My firm approach in the group setting produced some discouraged looks. It produced some excited looks. But in all the faces, it resonated an understanding that there’s a lot of ways to skin a cat, and that Lap-Banding is not a sure fire way to lose and maintain a weight loss. It comes from within. It comes from a drive to achieve goals. It’s determination and persistence.
I’m expecting some patients to drop out of the program, but I’m expecting the right candidates to plow full speed ahead in making all the appropriate strides towards gaining the life and lifestyle they want to lead. You are all wise to recognize how rewarding my job is — I see people’s lives changing from one meeting to the next. It’s truly amazing.
Thank you for all your support. Your comments are always so heart-felt and motivating to me. Someone asked how I make the time to post each day, and it’s because this is my Zen. You bring me happiness and the strength to make it through weeks that I just want to throw in the towel. Thank you.
Question: Do you have a Friday afternoon routine? Do you do anything to celebrate the end of the week? What are you doing tonight?
I always have a beer on Friday evenings. Always. Not wine. Beer. Tonight will be no different 🙂
Random Question: If you’re an American Idol fan, who do you want to win?