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Monday, June 13, 2016
I'm revisiting this topic again this tear because I've received a lot of questions about my fasting for Ramadan this year.
In every major religion, fasting is a required tenet. It is a time to refocus your mind and reset your body. For these reasons, I choose to fast and I have been fasting for Ramadan since well before my gastric sleeve surgery in 2010. However because I am a weight loss surgery post op, I choose to make modification and accommodations in order for me to be healthy during the month long fast.
Did I already tell you that I was a VSGer? I sure I mentioned that fact at least a couple of times. I'm already starting with a much smaller stomach capacity, so take that fact and couple it with the super stomach shrinking power of Ramadan fasting, and by the end of the first week and can get in more than a small bit of food. I'm able to eat I can have a cup of soup and be full for what seems like hours. There is just NO room for food and water at iftar, the meal eaten after sunset. Because of this fact, I allow myself liquids during the day.
I make this accommodation because the goal of Ramadan is not to end up in the hospital needing an IV.
|I ate one enchilada. That's the equivalent of a corn tortilla with a sprinkle of cheese inside.|
This year is the longest and hardest Ramadan fast because it occurs over summer solstice. If I can't eat until the sun takes a nap, that makes for extremely long, extremely trying days. Sundown today is at 8:36pm. Starting dinner at that time is not an option for somebody with acid reflux. This year, I've made an additional modification and I elect to end my fast at 7:00. By doing so, I allow myself at least a two hour window before bed and I minimize the risk of waking up gagging and choking when my food comes back up from because I ate too close to bed time.
I make this accommodation because the goal of Ramadan is not to end up in the hospital with aspiration pneumonia.
Take what I do as just a guide. I allow myself these modifications because I beleive that my intentions are true and my heart is in the right place. Having liquids doesn't mean that I get to have a milkshake or imbibe mimosas. My goal is to stay true to the spirit of Ramadan, patience, understanding, empathy, and compassion while honoring the unique needs of my own body.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
So I've stepped from behind the keyboard and I am front and center stage. A national stage no less.
|Dr. Scott Kahan, Patty Nece, Me, and ted Kyle|
I spoke on the same stage as the Surgeon General and Michelle Obama.
Just like the Jefferson's, I'm moving on up.
The experience was so incredibly profound that I'm actually still trying to process it almost a full week later. I told my story and in return many more people opened their hearts and shared their own. It sounds like a line, but I left with my vessel overflowing and I'm ready for it to spill over and water the seeds that we are beginning to sow.
To Patty Nece, Dr.Scott Kahan, Ted Kyle, and every single person there at that summit, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Friday, February 19, 2016
So, on my surgiversary I'm out shopping for jeans, and 6 years later, I can squeeze these Tyrannosaurus Rex legs into a 12. Life ain't bad.
I don't have any grand proclamations or sweeping sentimental statements. Life is life.
Surgery doesn't guarantee love, happiness, riches or wealth.
But navigating life 150 lbs down is much much easier.
Not worrying about fitting into places...not worrying about getting winded just walking the store...not worrying about a seat belt fitting.....I can live with those Nots.
Right now, the only thing I'm worried about is buying one pair of jeans or two as I walk around Target with my favorite guy in the world.
Happy Surgiversary to me.
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