Yesterday I presented at a conference at TCU as part of the Community Health program. I was honored to have been chosen to talk in two different topic areas, but yesterday I presented on Obesity Discrimination. I was nervous, I was scared, I was anxious, and honestly I didn't know how this presentation would go, but in the end all things worked out phenomenal, but I digress.
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I was able to really connect with students and lots of nursing majors. Ironically I didn't feel judged, but I felt empowered to share this personal journey as my own subject! I am empowered to know that I am able to be someone that people may know that had a positive experience with WLS and I'm excited that I can advocate. I realized yesterday more than ever that even though I'm skinnier, I'm still that fat girl in some ways. She will forever be a part of me and my identity. I don't want to ever forget all the things I learned during my days of being obese...I will not forget. I will advocate and maybe in the future things can change. This is my hope.
Yesterday I also got my blood work back round 1 with the vampire! I found out that my sugar is doing phenomnal. I hit 81 fasting on my glucose! My HDL was up to 50 which has been a struggle to get there, but thanks to dietary help and niacin I'm making it. My iron, calcium, and all the rest of the standard blood tests were normal. My cholesterol LDL is still above 200. It was 243 and I'm proud that it has dropped from 445, but I also realize I might need some help to get it under 200 and I'm ok with that as I have a history of high cholesterol in my family and heart disease. I'm still going to work to get that lower, but dropping over 200 points is a celebrations. My liver levels the ALT were high at 50 and the highest should be 40. This was high last year as well, but I need to talk to the doc about it. Nothing too worried about because my body is still going through shock, I've been taking some increased tylenol which could cause it, and my anxiety meds could also contribute. So going to the doc in May will be a good where do I stand on this. I'm very happy with being healthier. I'm excited to see that some of the vitamins and such that I might need supplements I don't need because I'm eating the right things. That makes me feel really great!
Ok enough words for me for today, here are some pics. Enjoy!
I know this may seem odd, but I've been working towards healthy nails since December of 2011. WLS patients often get "soft" nails due to protein levels, but these are the longest natural nails I've had since 2008!!! Healthy, not "soft", and my biotin is working.
Here are my TOMS. I love my TOMS and I got them last fall. I'm so proud they are falling apart! Yes, you read that right. That means I've been doing ALOT of walking and it is a honor to have a worn hole in them. Time to patch them up, but all that moving around campus and such means that I earned a new pair :-)
My new recipe binder from pinterest. I'm proud that I've got so many great food choices now!
Date with the Vampire...22 tubes and a glucose test later. This is going to bruise nicely
(its already black and blue and purple too!)