It has been a while since I have written. It isn’t that I haven’t had anything to say, it’s just exhausting saying the same things over again.

Typically in my life, some things improve while new issues arise, and that remains true for these past few months. Because of my WFPB lifestyle, my severe photosensitivity has almost vanished. I can now be exposed to sunlight without the immediate burning and blistering, accompanied by nausea and fatigue. Of course, there is always a catch…now my face erupts with an upper lip melasma, which is a brown discoloration of a particular area of skin…a very noticeable, semi-permanent lady stache. Not to sound ungrateful, but the universe has a fucked up sense of humor.

The summer has seemed to go by so quickly. The majority of my time has been spent indoors, recovering from the few events outdoors that I have been able to enjoy. My boys’ first real baseball seasons, family trips to the pool, a long overdue trip to the zoo, and thanks to my sister, in a few weeks, a 4 day trip to the beach. I am overwhelmed with joy to see my boys as they step on the beach for the first time. This will be a much needed break for the entire family.
Of course, my health is trying to prevent this trip, but I am going if I have to drag a doctor to the beach with me.
I have started getting the hang of WFPB cooking. At first I was biting off more than I could chew (pun intended) and trying to take on more complex recipes. I also had unrealistic expectations for my health and weight loss goals. I am conquering simple recipes and snacks. I have cut out bread and processed foods completely and my sweet tooth is slowly disappearing with the discovery of nice cream and baked sweet potatoes. My stomach has never felt better and my skin looks great (aside from the mustache). I know that things will continue to improve.

Lately, I have been battling orthostatic hypotension, and a bad case of plantar fasciitis. It has put a damper in my workout schedule, but I know once I can get things under control, I will be back in the gym. Next month, I will have surgery on my foot to fix the PF, so I know I will be writing up a storm while I heal. Then I plan to be back in the gym with a vengeance. Stay tuned…

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