Being a few days out from surgery, I am still in the “pain zone.” This experience is giving me a fresh perspective on how difficult it is to deal with pain, either chronic or acute. I find myself easily getting discouraged and thinking rather fatalistically. It’s been 4 days and I have to stop myself from feeling like this pain will never go away or that this is ruining my weight loss (which, according to my scale that I should not have stepped on, this is true). I remember feeling this way when I was pregnant and had severe morning sickness for months on end. I had to keep reminding myself that it won’t last forever; I won’t always be in pain. On that note, though, I have a real respect for those who deal with chronic pain and these feelings of hopelessness.
Since food is an easily accessible stress reliever and comforter for me, I am using lots of mental energy to steer clear from starting that habit again during this time. Now that I am further away from my addiction with food than ever before, I have the drive to exercise to relieve stress and it’s frustrating to not be able to exercise yet. I’m trying to journal and read books and watch some T.V. episodes that people have suggested. Here’s where I need from you! What can I do to get through this time?? What have you done that has worked? I need an attitude adjustment. Also, if you’ve been on medications that have caused weight gain, in your experience, how have you lost this weight? How do you keep a positive outlook?
Alright, people, whip me into shape!