It has been quite a week with good and bad. As word has probably spread, Pepper passed away Monday. But Diana and I both had some big steps towards our future careers.
Pepper had lost a good amount of weight recently and took to purring a lot more. Diana thought about taking him to the vet, but we had hoped he had just shaped up. After all, he played with Kalika a lot, and being, I think, the alpha with a kitten to watch over now might kick in some instinct to not be a fat slob. Apparently that wasn’t the case. However, he was still active, never complained, and never gave us any indication something was wrong other than the weight loss. From his position when I found him outside, apparently it was quick and fell as he was walking. So far, it’s been sad, but everyone has handled it well.
On the other end of the circle of life, Diana had the chance to be a doula for a friend of hers. As typical with babies, she wound up going to the hospital at about 1:30am. The baby was born healthy around noon. Definitely a long night and day for Diana, but she got in a nap the afternoon afterwards, and then that night slept about 11 hours. But it was a great experience and renewed Diana’s interest in being a doula.
The weight loss is still going well – I am feeling immensely better than when we started. However, I have been having more hunger issues. Usually I’m getting a little hungry right about the time for next meal, and that’s fine. I’m fine with that even off the diet (and keep telling the kids that they should be hungry before a meal). But sometimes, like right now in fact, I’m hungry sooner and stronger. That’s not as much fun, especially while cooking the kids dinner and cleaning up all those yummy smelling left-overs. But we manage.
Today’s class was on nutrition and there was even some stuff that I didn’t know, and I thought I was moderately informed on that subject. Plus there’s a few really funny people in the class (“You’re a glycemic index!”). So it’ll be an interesting time every Wednesday night. We also got some recipes for making a couple Thanksgiving dishes that we can swap out a couple Optifast meals for. We might try it at one or both of our Thanksgivings. We’ll see.
As for my weight, well, I wound up losing 11.4 pounds! Better still, my blood pressure dropped 24 and 16 points from my physical just before starting the program. From 146/100 down to 122/84 in just 2 weeks! Still need to get the diastolic down, but it’s a great start. I guess losing 11 pounds and quitting my job makes a big difference right when my doctor was starting to talk about blood pressure meds.
Thanks for all of the support and encouragement! It definitely helps!