After a lot of deliberation I decided to take my chiropractor's advice. Today I saw a plastic surgeon about breast reduction surgery. He looked me over, took some measurements and said he'd be willing to operate tomorrow if my insurance agreed to it. He thinks it's *that* necessary. Fortunately I don't have to make an overnight decision. It will be a month at least before the insurance company gives their approval.
I've also decided it's time to get back on the low-carb wagon. I think I've proved my point that sugar + me = phenomenal weight gain. Maybe by putting it out here I'll be better able to commit to staying on my diet. The surgeon said if I lost weight after surgery my chest might look a little deflated - which is fine, I suppose. It's not like things are especially buoyant right now. But I think if I lose even a little weight now I'll have a better outcome than I would if I waited. There are other reasons for getting back on the diet. I feel bloated, I don't bend as well, the health problems that kick-started everything two years ago are coming back... I just can't sit back apathetically any longer. I need to get moving.
As part of my commitment to weight loss, I bought a pair of New Balance shoes tonight. I'm only slightly annoyed to find them online for $5 less than I paid in the store. The moment I saw the purple trim I knew it was love. I barely even heard the salesman say the mesh would keep my feet cool and the ROLLBAR would stabilize my ankles. Yes, they are running shoes and I asked for walking shoes. Yes, they are expensive. I don't care. I am normally so frugal that it will grate on me if I don't use these shoes. I will feel like I wasted money and it will drive me crazy. Oh, the salesman gave me a free T-shirt and a pair of socks with my purchase. I guess that makes up for the $5 overspend.
Wish me luck. If everything works out with my insurance then I think I'll be having surgery sometime between mid-May and early June. That means I'll be fully healed in time to flash Brett Michaels and Joe Elliott at the Def Leppard/Poison/Cheap Trick concert in July. Watch out boys!