One of the things the very nice consultant said the other day really resonated with me. He said the single biggest thing I could do to help with virtually all my health problems would be to lose a considerable amount of weight, and to start by losing as much as I can before my op. I know he's right.
As a matter of fact, I have actually been dieting for the last few weeks, with fellow blogger Joy's help and support. Joy is the perfect role model, as she's successfully lost so much weight and has done it systematically and with an enormous amount of planning and sheer determination. I put on a few pounds at the start of lockdown, but realised I couldn't go on doing that, so by taking advice from Joy, planning and loosely following a mixture of Slimming World and Pinch of Nom recipes, I have so far lost around 10 lbs. Even the consultant was impressed and said it was an excellent start.
However, the weight loss has stalled a bit the last week or two - I haven't put any back on but nor have I lost any more. So I've decided to cut right back on carbs for a while, eat more veg and be very mindful of portion sizes. I've also ordered an exercise bike, which will be delivered early next week - walking any great distance isn't really an option due to the excruciating hip pain, something I hope will be eased by losing weight. An exercise bike seems a good solution, I shall have it in the lounge so it's staring me in the face all the time, rather than up on the landing or in the spare bedroom like the last one was, meaning it rarely got used and we got rid of it in the end (the computer thingy on it had long since stopped working anyway).
I'm feeling very determined at the moment, hopefully that will last!