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  • Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
    Just what I f*cking need... Brad's bloodwork came back low on testosterone... so every 2 weeks he's going to get a shot to boost it. Really?? I'm already beating him off with a stick every day as it is. The LAST thing I want is for him to have MORE testosterone... I honestly do not enjoy having sex - whether it's technique, hormones, birth control, stress, or whatever - I do not enjoy having sex and the last thing I want is for him to want it more. Please tell me this won't up his desire... please.

    Can't he just change his diet??? *sigh*
    Ha Ha same thing happened to me. I was thinking, there is no way my husband has low T. He went on the skin rub. Then after the next visit, my hubs came home with viagra. I said, "Honey are you and your Dr. trying to kill me?"
    Primal since 9/24/2010
    "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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    • Paula, I sincerely hope that's not the path we're traveling down.

      I told Brad I will not give him his shots. If he's going to do this shot thing, he's doing it without my blessing and without my support because I don't think it's necessary. I sincerely believe that we can correct his issues with diet - of course, it would take time because he'd have to lose a considerable amount of weight to eliminate the cortisol that his belly fat pumps out, but it can be done. He's only 29! I can't believe he's got any testicular problems causing this. Especially since his drive is insane and he's very capable of making babies, so it's not so low that his sperm count is depleted or anything like that.

      worst part is that it was a PA that diagnosed him and prescribed the med for him, rather than an endocrinologist, which I'm learning is where the prescription should actually come from. It makes me wonder just how much power we give our doctors when a PA can change the make-up of our hormones.

      I sent a message to my DO asking her to weigh in. This is what I sent to her.

      "I made an appt for Brad to have his thyroid checked. It came back fine. However, his testosterone came back "low" and Mr. Blouse prescribed testosterone shots once every 2 weeks. I haven't seen the lab results, so I can't tell you where he fell in the ranges.

      I just think this is a bit overkill for what is likely not a real problem. He's young, turning 30 next week. He's got a crazy sex drive that I can't keep up with. He's 100 lbs overweight, so yes his hormones will be a bit "off" but I doubt it's anything that weight loss and exercise can't fix.

      I really dislike the idea of him taking hormone replacements when I'm trying my damnedest to get our family OFF of lifetime medications. Can you weigh in on this? Thanks!!"

      Hopefully I'll hear back from her.
      ..
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • That seems like a reasonable email to send. I hope you get the response you need.
        5' 9" 47 YO F
        PB start June 2, 2012
        Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
        Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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        • Oh yum! Primal meatloaf! Enjoy!
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • I have not heard back from our doctor yet. Sometimes she responds to my facebook messages, other times she doesn't. I wonder if she'll respond this time or not. I'm seriously considering interviewing some doctors to find out which ones will help us get to the cause of problems instead of just treating the symptoms. I'm so tired of doctors giving one med for this, then another med for the side effects, then another med for those side effects, etc. It's stupid! FIND THE CAUSE and MAKE IT BETTER!! Stop drugging my family!

            Today marks the official start of the August W30. Weigh in today was 189.8... The point 8 is bothersome, but since it's 189 before the point, I'll say I'm back to 189. Which makes me happy. I'm starting my 3rd W30 without having to relose weight I'd lost once before. Glad for those last two days of detox/flush.

            Feeling a slight tenderness in my legs after running yesterday. Nothing real bothersome, just a reminder that I actually ran yesterday. Which reminds me, my Vibrams should be arriving today! I can't wait to try them on! I plan to walk in them the rest of this week (except during work) and then try running in them on Monday.

            My house is getting cleaner and cleaner every day. It feels nice. Thanks to the energy bursts I'm getting because of primal/paleo, except the bad thing is that they come in the evenings which makes going to sleep at a decent time a bit difficult. Last night, it took a while to fall asleep - possibly b/c of the energy surge, but also probably contributed to by the slight rift between me and Brad.

            Last night I was prepping to mop the kitchen and dining room floors at 8:30 (yes, late) and asked Brad if he could put Makenna to bed b/c she was whiney and obviously ready to go to sleep. His response was "Why can't you?" I said "Because I'm getting ready to clean the floors." At 8:45 I finished up and went to scoop up Makenna to put her to bed and he spouted off something (I can't remember what now) and my response was "I asked you to do it". His response was "So because you want to change everyone else has to conform?" I asked what that was supposed to mean, but he didn't answer. For starters, I've never asked anyone to conform. I cook a certain way. You either eat it or you don't. I don't force anything down anyone's throats. I don't demand that anyone eat a certain way except the meals I prepare! I haven't forced Brad to stop taking antidepressants and never said he couldn't take the hormone supplements, just said that I won't administer them.

            I have been cranky the last couple of days. Not sure what it is. Possibly sugar withdrawals - I'm on day 3 of the no sugar/no fruit thing. I'm more easily annoyed and have a shorter fuse than most days. It's likely sugar, but it falls right in line with what the PA told Brad on Monday. Money is tight too. There are a lot of stress factors there, so maybe that's why I've been so pissy. I'm not sure what I need to do to change my mood around. Hopefully it'll just correct on it's own.

            But one less stressor exists now. My house is seriously shaping up. I have spent hours recently ensuring I clean my kitchen at night, do all the dishes, and wipe down all the surfaces. Last night, I swept and mopped the kitchen and mopped the dining room. Monday night I did a bit of laundry, picked up all the toys in the dining room (the dining room doubles as a toy room) and swept the floor. So, aside from some paper clutter on the counters in my kitchen that don't ever get used for anything other than housing paper clutter, the kitchen and dining room are clean. I need to finish folding the laundry that is piling up in baskets on the dining room table and put it away so we can utilize our table again. I think it would be nice to kill the tv and sit as a family for dinner.

            Our recliner broke-broke this week. The one arm had been falling to the side for a while now, but the chair itself was still useable. The cable that puts the footrest up broke yesterday. We'd been meaning to get the chair out of there, move the couch into it's position and then bring a spare couch up from the basement for additional seating anyway, so I think that'll finally happen this weekend. I wish I had the couch I lended to my sister b/c that couch and the one in the basement are a matching pair. My living room would look less hodge podge with that other couch, I think. Instead we'll have a burgundy reclining couch and a regular beige sofa with mismatched end tables. I can definitely state that we'll never spend that kind of money on furniture EVER again. The burgundy set has been slowly falling apart since 2009-ish time frame when we bought them and the beige stuff we've had since 2004 and is still in perfect condition (and we only spent $400 a piece on them, compared to $2,000 on the burgundy set). Oh well... such is the life of a family trying to get out of debt.

            Anyhow, enough rambling... time to get back to work. I hope everyone's having a nice Wednesday. I'm so ready for Friday evening to get here.
            Primal since March 5, 2012
            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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            • Boy, when I started in here, you had only lost 12 pounds. Or was it 2? Anyway, you've been doing really well since I've been away. Congrats! And family members climbing on board too...
              5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
              Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
              Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

              More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
              - Lewis Mumford

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              • Good news! No complaints today! lol Just the usual stressors - money, time management, etc...

                Yesterday was a really good day on the food front. It was the official start of the Whole30 and I nailed it. Food was spot on.

                I didn't get any housework done last night - except the usual kitchen cleaning (well, dishes was all I did) b/c dinner took longer than I had expected to prepare so I quickly did dishes while our daughter was in the bath - which she got late b/c dinner took so long.

                Got my Vibrams yesterday. I wonder if they fit properly. Seems tight on my little toe and it's like wrestling a bear trying to get into them b/c the 'sock' is tight. Might have to return them for a size 42 instead of 41. Brad and I are going out for dinner to celebrate his birthday this weekend (of course, he chose Olive Garden... jerk! j/k) and we plan to hit a sporting goods store so I can try on a size 42 to see before I send these back. Since I'm a RRS VIP, I get 90 days to return them.

                Speaking of Olive Garden... they have a fantastic gluten free menu... but I'm scared b/c I really really really like their breadsticks and they make me drool when you add alfredo sauce... and that's precisely what Brad intends to order when we get there. My first real challenge and I'm scared to face it. I know I can do it, I just don't want to. I don't want to fight that fight. I want the parmesan crusted chicken with the fettuccini alfredo and breadsticks! I do! I want the texture and the garlicy punch! *sigh* why couldn't he have picked something like Texas Roadhouse where I can get a big steak, sweet potato and steamed veggies?? I know if I ask him he'll be fine with going to TR, but it's his birthday and he should get to choose where we eat. I'll just have to be strong...
                Primal since March 5, 2012
                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                • You can do it! I am going to do my best to avoid eating out for the whole month, which I think will be manageable since that's rare anyway. It's not the cheats that worry me, it's the bad oils.
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                  • Odd. Salt tastes good to me now. I was actually craving salt on my eggs. Make me wonder if my thyroid is speaking out to me. I'm interested in having a full thyroid workup done because my hair is falling out in CLUMPS! It's gross. I have to clean my brush out daily. I have to use Liquid Plummer (or however it's spelled) on my shower drain WAY more frequently than I should (as in, I cleared the drain at some point last week and this week showertime is also bathtime). Heard the first sign of thyroid disfunction is hair loss. I have enough hair that I don't have to worry about bald spots or anything, but the plugged shower drain is rather bothersome. it's gotten to the point where I brush my hair before showering in hopes of getting most of the loose stuff out before getting in the shower. Doesn't seem to make a difference though.

                    I have a pap smear scheduled for the 31st. I'll ask her to do the thyroid work up then. Free T3, Free T4, TSH, T3 uptake, etc. If there's a problem, hopefully something homeopathic or naturopathic will be enough to fix the problem.
                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • Thyroid and iron, I would say. Iron was the cause of my hair falling out last fall. It's still slightly low, but higher than it was (wasn't quite anemic) and the hair loss stopped within a few days of supplementing.
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                      • My iron is ok. I donate blood regularly and I'm consistently at a reading of 12.0 or higher. Because I was at 12.1 last time and unable to donate, I am now taking a StressB+Iron daily just for shits and grins b/c I'm tired of them telling me I can't donate b/c my iron is low by 0.4 points... They said it's likely low b/c my body had just created new red blood cells and that'll cause a slight dip in the iron readings.

                        Not overly concerned about it, really. Just annoyed more than anything by the crazy hair loss/clogs. That and they're gross...
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • Yeah, I'm pretty sure my vibrams are too short. The left one hurts my little toe. I don't think it's a "getting used to it" thing. My toe touches the front of the shoe and the part that hurts is between the toes, as if the toe 'sock' is too short and the fabric is digging into the area between my toes. The right one feels pretty good, except for the feeling that my foot is coming out of the heel cup. I'll go for the next size up, I think, and see how that works. But first, I'll try them on in the store. I ordered a 40, but maybe I need a 41 or even a 42. We will see.
                          Primal since March 5, 2012
                          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                          • I've heard the little toe is a problem in these so you're not the first to have to swap. Hope the 2nd pair do the trick. I haven't been tempted by them, but you never know.
                            5' 9" 47 YO F
                            PB start June 2, 2012
                            Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
                            Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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                            • I am going to find a store this weekend that sells them and try on the different sizes. Hopefully I find a size that works. If not, I'll exchange them for a different style of shoe - maybe a barefoot runner without toes. Like New Balance or Merrill or something.

                              I kind of wonder about the long term effects of spreading the toes like that...
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • Jenn,

                                I just read most all of the 93 pages of this journal. First, congrats on the 32# lost, that is a great achievement. Also what a fantastic achievement to be able to come off the Lexapro, great.

                                I noticed that you seem to really like berries with coconut and whipped cream. I make the following:

                                Put two cans of full fat coconut milk in the fridge over night. Open them the next day and skim the cream off the top of both cans into your mixing bowl and whip. In a double boiler melt some dark chocolate (at least 70% or higher) and add a little raw honey depending on the bitterness of the chocolate. Fold into the coconut cream and serve over berries. Better yet put the mousse into the fridge overnight to allow it to set better. Serve over berries. Simply amazing.

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