Sept. 15, 2018
I'm so grateful for the Edmonton Bariatric Specialty Clinic (via Alberta Health Services) and the truly thorough education/support provided by their caring healthcare professionals. This past week alone, Keith and I spent 4 hours over two separate days, absorbing the practical info they offered. With my surgery getting closer, this was excellent. We covered topics like psychology, nutrition and preparation for pre and post-op needs. Over these past two years of absorbing knowledge from this clinic, I've come to realize that weight loss is a complex matter and it takes a large investment of time, energy and willingness to learn. They've helped me become a sponge, seeking out as many sources of credible research, realistic goals, and sources of support, encouragement and inspiration as possible. There is no "one right way" to achieve success, as each person's journey is unique, but there are many common denominators that the clinic teaches about, and for me, they have been game changers.
I'm so much healthier than I've been in years, and I'm looking forward to this trend continuing. I've been loving how we can park in the farthest corner of the lot (not ever by choice, mind you, lol), and I can walk from there to the clinic office, then down to the far end of their very long hallway and back, then across the pedway and through the main hospital, all the way to the food court and back again for the next appointment, and then doing most of that in reverse again before heading home. I don't get out of breath and my knees never hurt. My ankles allow me to do it, where they used to torture me just getting in from the parking lot. It's a huge quality of life improvement, and all I can say is, I'm grateful. 💗
Sorry, but here are a bunch of selfies I took yesterday in the clinic's bathroom. I was feeling sort of pretty, and wanted to capture it. Lol