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Stalled for Eternity!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

...Or so it seems. I happily finished my 28 Day Bootcamp and wanted to keep up the momentum before, during, and after my cruise.

The week between finishing and my cruise I totally lazed it up. I didn't exercise, but kept active. After all, I was preparing for a week at sea... On the cruise itself I did manage to hit the ship's gym 3 of the 4 days we were at sea. And on land, I walked for hours on end or soaked in the ocean. Once again, kept active and mostly kept up my momentum. When I got back, I found myself "landsick" for several days- I was super dizzy and off-balance. I didn't workout at all because I was afraid I'd hurt myself on the treadmill or twist my ankle walking up a hill (my 'hood is very hilly). I LOVE to travel, but am not a very good traveler in regards to jetlag, seasickness, landsickness, etc. I also had an unusual work schedule starting immediately after I got back that I was trying to adjust to.

I was ready to get back into it once my head cleared from the fog and my schedule was solidified in my brain. Unfortunately, I have a problem and its certainly decided to worsen at this time. I need my gallbladder removed. It is full of stones. Completely full. And I, like millions of Americans, do not have health insurance. So, at the moment I'm stuck. I've been suffering from moderate to slightly-more-than-moderate pain. One night it was pretty severe. So, I haven't been eating much lately. I've definitely not eaten enough to fuel a workout, I'm barely eating enough to fuel my regular activity, but I'm terrified to eat. Anything and everything causes pain of some sort. Who wants to go hit the treadmill when your stomach has a persistent dull pain?

So, I'm stalled. I'm stalled in my fitness and I'm stalled in the next stages of my life that I'd love to be taking already! I want to go to culinary school here in San Diego, but I can't start something when I'll have to take time out, have a surgery, recover, then go back to finish. It just doesn't make sense... especially because the program I'm looking into is only about 9 months long. Then, I'd love to be looking for and starting a Master's program in Nutrition so I can be a Registered Dietitian. I feel like I need to get this stupid diseased organ out first, then I can start on the next part.

I've applied for a public insurance-type program for people with pre-existing conditions. I hope I get it. I don't want to have to foot the bill for a surgery. I'd rather do a laparoscopic surgery than a regular one, so there's more mula right there. I'm crossing my fingers and praying that this situation gets resolved satisfactorily and soon.

I leave you with my towel dog that the wonderful staff on the Carnival Splendor taught us how to do.
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