Friday, March 21, 2014

With Just Two Shakes a Day

First of all, please forgive my bummer blog post from yesterday. I was freaking out, majorly.

Turns out, I was worried for no reason. (A special thank you to the readers who commented and tried to ease my worry. I'm a worrier by nature, and I thank you for your kind, reassuring words!) My root canal went perfectly. I try not to use the word perfect too often, but this was truly the case. I don't think you can ever have enough good reviews of a root canal out on the internet, so let me share with you my experience.

I was honestly frightened when I arrived at the office. They gave me papers to sign, which only made me more nervous. There were risk factors listed that I hadn't even thought of. That only made me worry more. By the time I got back to the exam room, my body was literally shaking. My legs were shaking, my arms were shaking, my lips were even shaking.

The first thing the dental assistant did was take an xray of the tooth in question. The doctor examined the xray and the tooth itself. He tapped it, and felt around the area to see if there was any swelling. I was lucky, and had little to no swelling and pain at the time. He gave me shots of novocaine, in which I did not feel. He numbed the area with a topical gel first, which really helped. He went out of the room for a few minutes, to let the area heal. He tested the area to see if it was numb enough, and then he began his work.

The doctor was very gentle, and kind. He would give me updates on what he was doing, and I felt at ease. It was over before I knew it. It took a total of 45 minutes from the moment he began, until I was checking out. I felt no pain during or after the procedure. It's the day after the root canal now, and it feels like nothing even happened. Granted, I haven't tried to eat on that side of the mouth yet, but I will be limited in doing so until I get my permanent filling.

The bottom line: root canals are not as bad as I thought. I had a wonderful experience, and I'm so glad that I went through with it!

As for my breakfast this morning, I drank a liquid breakfast.

Please know that just because I am using Slim Fast as my meal replacer after my root canal, that I am in no way an advocate of Slim Fast as a long term solution for losing weight. I don't believe that with just two shakes a day, I will lose weight and become the healthy person I want to be. I actually have a beef with any and all "quick weight loss" products.

As you can find in the "My Program" tab above, I believe that if you are looking to start a weight-loss program, you should gain as much information as you can. Information is a powerful thing.

Something that I have learned throughout my weight-loss journey is that I am not willing to make any changes to my diet that I am not able to maintain for the remainder of my life. I am not willing to drink two shakes a day or give up carbs. Knowing this has saved me a lot of time and money. How did I come to this very fine and basic conclusion? It was by gaining information from the experiences of others. For example, when Suzy did something drastic to lose weight quickly; she gained the weight back just as fast once she returned to her normal lifestyle. By gathering this information, I learned that I didn’t want to be on a diet for the rest of my life. Rather, I wanted to lose weight by practicing a healthier lifestyle.  

I have learned that you should eat lean protein at breakfast, and I have learned what foods were considered lean protein. Through information gathering, I have learned that the amount sleep that you get in a night effects weight-loss; that you really should be drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day; and, that it is possible and could be potentially harmful to drink too much water in a day. I continue to learn new things that help me reach my weight loss goals, everyday.

1 comment:

  1. Oh man, getting lean protein in in the mornings has changed my whole appetite! I stay full from breakfast longer and am less likely to feel snacky in the morning.
    Glad your root canal went well. You're very brave!