Hysterectomy & oophorectomy part 3

I’m three months post op now and honestly I feel better than I have in years. I’m so glad I had the surgery. It sounded drastic at the time but 12 day cycles were exhausting me. I was either bleeding or pre menstrual pretty much all of the time.

The constant hormone fluctuations meant I spent half my time trying to not snap at someone or burst into tears. Now I wake up with energy and look forward to the day ahead. Honestly I wish I’d had it done far sooner.

I’m running more than I ever have in my life, the extra energy had to go somewhere. I’m certainly not an ultra runner but 21 miles in a week feels like a success to me. More importantly I love it, the freedom of being outside, just me and the dog plus very loud rock music.

CrossFit is taking longer to get back to as my hormone levels with hrt are not quite right which is affecting strength but generally I feel amazing so I don’t care.

Here’s to hopefully feeling better and better as I get further away from the operation.

*edit, the op wasn’t of course just due to short cycles. I was bleeding very heavily and had a dangerous thickening of the endometrial layer. However being free of the short cycles is absolutely fricking awesome

Weight loss – 23 inches (off the main bits and bobs)

One of the first questions I get asked is if I’ve lost weight over last year’s challenge and this year’s. Now although that wasn’t the aim the answer is absolutely. At a slow and steady rate. I don’t actually weigh myself but I do measurements and I know I’ve gone down a couple of dress sizes which for me usually equates to a couple of stone. In total since the beginning of my first challenge (CrossFit) I’ve lost 23 inches of the main measurable areas, of course I will have lost a bit from everywhere. With the sugar and booze free year I don’t necessarily think it’s the lack of those two that have made me lose weight rather the avoiding those two means many less impromptu calories and many more sensible decisions made.

It’s actually really difficult to over eat with whole foods. Plus sit down paddle boarding (I’m working on it).

Aside from missing certain foods such as an ice cream when I was at the beach with my son’s (they both had huge ones) one of the big struggles I’m having is getting enough calories especially on training days.

Today for example I burned (according to Garmin) 1000 calories across one dog walk and 2 CrossFits. Now as I’m trying to gain muscle and strength that requires a surplus on weight training days. Even a slight surplus. Which means getting around 2800 calories in my face. Sounds like bliss right? But in your head you probably aren’t thinking eggs, meat and potatoes rather pizza or something else highly caloric.

The great thing and in this current situation the difficult thing is that whole foods contain fibre, protein and fats all of which fill you up.

In fact I’ve found one interesting thing, take all the refined sugar out of your diet and you get full very quickly. Even removing the low amount of sugar in my diet before this fundraising year has had an impact. Some researchers suggest this is due to lowering of insulin levels throughout the body.

It does make me wonder if our modern food is simply too caloric and not satisfying enough. This would make it easy to over eat. I’m not however a nutritionalist just a woman with a blog having a ponder.

I didn’t get the chance to blog yesterday, but it was fabulous day. My son’s and I went stand up paddle boarding, well I mainly went sit down paddle boarding. I did stand a few times but went straight over fairly quickly. I’m blaming the broken toes, or the waves or something else. It was huge fun though and I definitely want to try it again, I’m just trying to find somewhere that I can hire paddleboards for a couple of hours without it costing a fortune each week. The only photo of us is with the small humans also paddleboarding that day.

Meals of note in the past two days

Yesterday was eating out at the beach and the safest option sugar free wise was mackerel and salad. It was actually wonderful.

Today to get a few extra calories in meatballs and spuds with broccoli and a homemade sauce (really easy just passatta, dried oregano, dried garlic and fresh basil at the end of cooking). It was lovely but I did leave two spuds.

Dog walk today was a trip through fields and by the castle, next to river was good and cool for J dog. Kids here are so lucky to be able to grow up playing in the river across the summer. Having grown up in a city I just think it’s wonderful to have all this within walking distance.

I’m off to eat some strawberries and cream now.

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Featured image is a floral celebration of the moon landing J dog and I saw on our walk.

No weigh! – time to measure up

I don’t weigh myself, I haven’t for years. I use to. But I don’t have a healthy relationship with scales. I had a number of friends in my teens/early 20s with eating disorders and as a result a number that I think I should weigh still exists in head. That number happens to be extremely clinically underweight. I hoovered around it for a number of years due to a combination of genes and poverty as a single parent (many years back) but as I got older that number as with many things became unimportant. I know however scales would give me a mind f**k so I don’t use them.

I do however feel totally ok with a tape measure, that’s my preferred guideline and at the start of my last challenge measured myself to see what impact the year of CrossFit would have on me. I’m going to continue to do so across this year again out of interest.

It’s also no coincidence that both the challenges I picked are health based. After my daughters illness I was a little chubby, that’s not a great example to her. Although it’s perfectly normal after massive stress. I want as part of these challenges not only to raise awareness and money for research but also to set an example to her. Not that I think living healthily will save her from her genes but we all know that a healthy lifestyle makes it easier to deal with a recover from illness and surgery. The healthier she is the better she’ll cope. The healthier I am the better I will look after both of her brothers (who have their own struggles) and her.

Anyway the waffle bit done here’s the measurements I started with at the beginning of my CrossFit challenge and now. I’ll keep an eye on them during this year also, I’m keeping calories the same as before the challenge. Between last year and today I’ve lost 17 inches (on the areas I measured). I wonder what a year of no sugar and booze will do…

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Day 27 – I discovered the most delicious blueberry and cocoa mousse.

At lunch time I was really fancying something dessert like, I threw silken tofu, frozen banana and frozen blueberries in the blended with a little cocoa powder it was literally heaven!

Food today in pictures and words

Breakfast

Corn crackers, mushroom pate.

Lunch

Broccoli, cauliflower, sugar snap peas and baby corn streamed with eggs, olive oil and black pepper on top.

Dinner

Chicken cooked with coconut oil, a whole load of spices and lemon juice. With salad, hummus, coleslaw and grapes.

Snacks

Carrot

Bell pepper

Dark chocolate

Chocolate mousse explained above

Today’s exercise – adapted for broken toe

Total sugars

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