It has been 6 months since my quintuple bypass and the changes are amazing. For starters, the healthy eating habits have gotten easier, and the stretching pain in my chest lessens each week. I still have some good days and bad days. The only major lasting effect is my left shoulder it has locked up from a lack of use while I was in the hospital. They say that this is normal for heart surgery patient, yet this is really painful at times. I continue to seek treatment and have it manipulated in therapy.
There is another amazing update that I’m excited to blog about! I have lost close to 55 pounds so far and there is much more to lose. My waist went from a size 50 to a 44, and even that size is getting loose. My jacket size went from a 56 to a 52, and I am now wearing XL shirts down from XXXL. As a diabetic, I also made huge strides my A1C blood test which measures the hemoglobin levels in your blood over 2-3 months. The number should be in the range of a 6.4 – 7; that is the OK parameter. When I started this journey in January, my A1C was well above a 10. As of July 7, it is now a perfect 6.2. This means I am controlling my blood sugar! I struggle everyday to keep these numbers down by eating right and controlling my portion size.
I exercise at least 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes; I walk briskly. This reduces my blood sugar numbers as well. I am in the gym at least 3 days a week and on July 7, 2010, I was able to run a ½ mile on the treadmill. Before this surgery, I was unable to walk a few blocks. I am going to increase that distance each week. I made my brother a promise to run a 5K race with him, and I will keep that promise.
This proves to everyone that if you set your mind to your goals, you can reach them. I am by no means perfect, but I do not stray from eating healthy and taking care of myself. This is so important to keep up. I find myself missing the workouts when I can’t get to the gym. Find a partner or a family member and go with them; make it fun. Beat your own goals each day and you will succeed! If you have any questions for me reach out to me.