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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

With Our Compliments...

Long day at school today, but I loved it.  I got to see almost half of this year’s students—a lot of new kids and many nervous ninth graders!  It was fun, but the best part was seeing people I haven’t seen in a while and having them tell me, “You look really good!” (I can’t wait until my “baby birds” come home from college in October or November and come see me!  Ohhh, the compliments then!)

I wish I felt really “good” (it’s actually “well”, but I’m going to drop my grammar guard for a second).  I’m still so tired, but boy, did those compliments feel good.  And encouraging as well.  It’s nice to know that all this hard work is paying off!

I think that there is some kind of stigma associated with weight loss surgery—as if it’s a “cheat” or taking “the easy way out”.   Well, if you’ve been with me since the beginning, you *know* that there’s nothing easy about this—at all.  If I drink too quickly, I feel queasy.  Food *sounds* much better than it tastes—I had a shrimp today, and it was dreadful—rubbery and tasteless.  I’m living on mostly liquids still—and it’s boring! I no longer enjoy room temperature water—it has to be icy cold or it doesn’t taste good to me.

But I’m pushing through, which I know is the lesson I need to take from this experience.  As an educator, I know that we learn from all kinds of situations, and I’m learning from this one.  And today’s mini lesson?  Even the nastiest protein drink goes down smoothly with a compliment or two. 

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