My surgery is seven weeks away and I can feel my excitement level rising. I have joined a couple of Facebook support groups and a web support group (Obesityhelp.com). I have been reading lots of posts and getting plenty of tips from folks who have just had surgery, are months out, and are years out. I figure that if I go into this with tools to help deal with certain issues, it can only be good.
Tears come to me when I read about folks who talk about what they have been able to do that they couldn’t do before and it got me thinking about all the things “normal size” people do that are taken for granted. I started ticking off in my head a list of what I can’t wait to do and decided I’d put it to
paper electronic paper so that if I’m having a tough time I can go back to this list and see exactly why I’m having/had the surgery.
Walk up and down the stairs without having a death grip on the railing
Sit in a theater seat comfortably and be able to actually use the arm rest as an arm rest
Ride a bike
Do house/yard work and not be exhausted
Get down on the floor to exercise, or sit, and be able to get back up without looking like a fish flopping around out of water
Garden, garden, garden!!
Go to an amusement park and ride a roller-coaster with my son
Put my underwear on standing up without falling over. Seriously.
Climb mountains. Okay, that may be a stretch. I have never had the desire to climb a mountain, but it’s nice to know I could do it.
Run Jog a 5k
Cross country ski, snowshoe
Sew my own clothes if I want to
Sit on my husband’s lap. Without cutting off his circulation.
Play tennis. This is a fun thing, in no way, shape, or form do I take the game seriously. I have never been that good.
Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowza, Yowza, Yowza)! You folks who survived disco in the 70’s get the reference. For the rest of you poor souls, check out Chic.
Swim in public – this one may take awhile
Go for a hike. Maybe camp. Those of you who know me understand that my idea of camping is a Holiday Inn. Don’t know if weight loss will change this outlook. I know Tim would be happy if it did.
Be able to stand on my feet for a length of time without being uncomfortable
Buy cute shoes. I said cute, not high heels. Those days are gone.
Paint my toenails
Go for a massage without being self-conscious
Cross my legs
Have more of a selection for clothing purchases
To be able to walk into a room without scanning it to see if I’m the biggest person there
Be able to outrun the zombies if there is an apocalypse
Live life to the fullest extent. I can’t wait.