11 Months postop
Cold weather is definitely a struggle. We had a couple days with below zero wind chills and temps in the single digits and teens overnight and I thought I was never going to get warm. The Carhartt Arctic coat I bought in anticipation of the weather was a disappointment, it added a lot of bulk but not a lot of warmth versus my usual jacket. Plus it's a Carhartt so with the double team of being super stiff and the balky zipper they love zipping up can really only be started when you are standing up (ie already out in the cold with an unzipped coat). Gloves are another problem area, bought a smaller size of my go to cold weather work gloves and my fingers were frozen all night so that's another thing I'll have to try to sort. Discovered Darn Tough socks, the extra cushion socks are amazing, so it wasn't all bad.
For good and ill I seem to have lot less difficulty with food. I can do pizza now. Still isn't something I want every day and with the restriction it's not the same experience as preop (working down the equivalent of a slice over a couple hours versus preop where I might put away half a pie in that time). But it's kinda nice to not feel locked out. It's better for my mental state and my food choices if I feel like I could have it but choose not to versus feeling like I am not allowed.
VItamins are kind of a pain. It seems like several will run out at the same time which gets annoying. We can swing them but especially while trying to find clothes that work the constant drip of $ gets a bit tiresome. Foot cramping (and muscle cramps in general) seem to be making a comeback so I'm going to try going back to the last brand of magnesium Malate I was taking.