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  • I hear ya --- I've never been to the upper east coast of the US - or ANY points in Canada! But we may be going up into the San Juans this fall for a nice little vacation on our boat I've been to Florida a few times. I almost got to the upper east coast once for a business trip - but a hurricane changed my plans.

    Okay - grass mowed and the sprinker is helping it grow some more!!! I've watered all the flower pots on the patio and gave a couple thirsty hydrangeas a little drink. The boatshop bank account is balanced and I have a whole new stack of bills to be paid (thanks hubby for forgetting to get the mail AGAIN). I'll go to work for a couple hours and then make a bank run, come home and attempt to do some MUCH needed house cleaning! My floors are SO gross! Dang hairy dog!

    Yesterday I did good on the eating but I think I need to skip the dark chocolate. Those are not necessary or beneficial calories. Yummy - YES! but I could certainly do without them. Total calories for the day approx 1200. I think too high on fat though. 63%. Probably could do without the almonds as well. Had I forgone both the almonds and the chocolate my numbers would have been better. I do have baby carrots in the fridge that I could snack on if the need arises. Today I will do better.
    1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
    2. Eat to heal
    3. Move to live
    4. Embrace today
    5. Live with intention
    6. Respect my body
    7. Cultivate joy
    8. Find my passion
    9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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    • Hi Tomi! Glad to see you're doing so well. I discovered something on the Whole9 Life website. They have a SHOPPING LIST!! If you go to the site and use the "Our New Book" link at the top, it'll take you to a brief overview of their book and below that is a list of links with great documents. I've got the shopping list. I think it'll be helpful for me by showing me other options.
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • Thanks, Jenn......... will check it out!

        Edit: Okay - totally cool website! I put it on my favorites bar right next the MDA and Facebook!

        I sent an email to my sister with the link as well. She's still not willing to give this a try even though I have had such amazing results with the fibro issues. She's still stuck in her aches, pains and complaints while I'm out riding my bike and walking miles and miles and miles! I will her credit though - she's lost about 45 pounds just by "being careful" of what she is eating. That means she's doing the CW thing. Whatever............ by next summer I'll be down to my healthy, happy weight and running circles around her!
        Last edited by tomi; 07-11-2012, 12:45 PM.
        1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
        2. Eat to heal
        3. Move to live
        4. Embrace today
        5. Live with intention
        6. Respect my body
        7. Cultivate joy
        8. Find my passion
        9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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        • yeah! those 4 pounds of bloat are GONE! but I'm still up 4 pounds from my lowest in June. I see the doc tomorrow and I'm hoping she will increase my Armour. Its such a slow process! 2 months between titrations! UGH! But I know thyroid issues are tricky and tempermental! A very small adjustment can make a big difference sometimes. I'm just sure it needs to be increased. My energy level is still not good, and I'm still not sleeping very well. And for the calories I'm taking in - I should be losing weight, and I'm not. I eat between 1000 and 1500 calories a day....... mostly in the 1200 range. I should be losing at least a pound a week on that. But I'm not. How frustrating! Hopefully she will just go by clinical indications and not wait on blood tests to increase my dose. I'm taking the very lowest - that can't possibly be enough to make any difference.

          Last night I was up at midnight......... the night before we were sitting out by the fire and I got skeeter bites on my feet! Apparently skeeters can bite through thick socks! So, now I have about 6 bites on both feet -- and it makes it really hard to sleep when my feet are itching and burning! I put a sunburn soother with Lidacain on then twice during the night! It helps for a while, but wears off. I'm not going out without bug spray from now on!

          Still trying to decide about going on vacation in February. We're leaning towards doing a 5th wheel trip down the coast highway - boarder to boarder or whatever time will permit. That will be the most economical - and probably a lot of fun. No agenda, no reservations........... just go and do and see and relax! Sounds good. I'll make a list of RV places along the way so we aren't totally winging it! The good thing about RVing is....... if all else fails you can just pull off to the side of the road and crawl into bed! Its a house on wheels. I will also make a list of optional places to stop for entertainment....... Sea Lions Caves, Myrtle Beach.... stuff like that. Should be fun.

          Its 10:30 and I still haven't eaten breakfast. Not really wanting to. But I will need to eat before I go to work this afternoon. I think I'll just warm up some left over salmon or hamburger patty. Yesterday I slow cooked a nice big roast - but it was a chuck roast, and had tons of fat! Not just marbling fat - but big chunks of hard chewy, nasty gross fat! We pulled it all apart and got rid of the yucky fat stuff - I guess thats going to be dinner tonight. Also - a customer gifted hubby with 6 nice crabs yesterday! All cleaned and ready to put in the pot! So, at 10 pm last night we were sitting in from of the tv cracking and shelling crab! The discusting part was - after an hour of shelling, we ended up with only 18 ounces of crab meat! UGH. We put it in the freezer to be used for future crab/shrimp cakes. YUMMY!
          1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
          2. Eat to heal
          3. Move to live
          4. Embrace today
          5. Live with intention
          6. Respect my body
          7. Cultivate joy
          8. Find my passion
          9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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          • Your vacation sounds nice, except for all the driving. it sounds nice and relaxing, but I think after a bit I'd be tired of roadtripping and just want to stop and camp for a few days. My dad and stepmom drive from Iowa to Vegas every few years and hit the touristy stops along the way (badlands, rushmore, yellowstone, etc), but they reach a final destination where they stay a few days. That appeals to me, more, I guess.
            Primal since March 5, 2012
            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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            • well, we won't have any kind of itinerary, so I guess if we find a place we really like we might stay there a few days. We sorta want to see the southern Oregon coast, but its no big deal if we don't. I'm not a real roadtrip lover either........... but hubby and I want to do something different, and we've never gone south!
              1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
              2. Eat to heal
              3. Move to live
              4. Embrace today
              5. Live with intention
              6. Respect my body
              7. Cultivate joy
              8. Find my passion
              9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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              • Loved Loved Loved todays success story! Thats the kind of encouraging stories we need to see........... not the guy who finally lost 15 pounds and can dead lift double his weight........ who cares! Paleobird is a TRUE success!

                Saw the doctor today. She gave me some reading material on glycemic index and took blood for a TSH. I'm hoping she is also going to do a T3 and T4 with that........ ??? She won't adjust my Armour until she knows whats happening with the bloodwork.

                She had me stand on one of those machines that measures total body fat and then tells you what your numbers SHOULD be! It spit out a little read-out like a visa slip......... says my body fat is currently 45% of my total weight. UGH! My BMI is 33.5%. She wants me to be eating around 1500 calories a day, and burning more calories through exercise. She wants me to lose at least 30 pounds (hello! I'm shooting for 50) and she wants me to do it VERY slowly! She said - get this - over 5 years!!! yes, I said 5 (F-I-V-E) years!! Are you kidding me? I want to lose 50 pounds in the next 5 months! not years! Well, at least there is NO pressure! (I love my doctor).

                So, here's the plan............. continue to eat healthy --- cut out ALL sugar --- do my Tae Bo DVD 4 times a week. Monday - Thurday, with Friday - Sunday off. That means I start on Monday. On the off DVD days I will try to walk to bike.

                READY - SET - GO!!!! I see a smaller healthier me in the future.
                1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                2. Eat to heal
                3. Move to live
                4. Embrace today
                5. Live with intention
                6. Respect my body
                7. Cultivate joy
                8. Find my passion
                9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                • Hi Tomi, finally caught up with your journal again .
                  That pergola is soooo beautiful! I'm sure you'll be spending a lot of time there , I know I would .
                  My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
                  My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
                  Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
                  Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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                  • GRRR - I hate those spambot things.

                    Had a great weekend, if I don't count the little tiff with the hubby. Luckily, it started at bedtime, and by morning he was apologizing - but I did sleep on the couch as a result. Other than that - we played a lot, had a couple great fires in the backyard, spend most of Sunday on the boat - and just enjoyed it all!

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                    We took Zeus to the lake for the first time! He did great - loved being on the boat - but when he needs to do his business we have to take him to shore...... lucky for us a friend stopped by on his jetski - and Zeus seemed to loved the ride! In case you're wondering -- my hubby is a sexy bald man in the drivers seat!

                    I started my Tae Bo today. I was going to start last week, but the body said, nope - not quite yet. Today was the day. I only did the first 1/3 of it, so I'm guessing about 15 minutes. When I started feeling fatigued I let it run and I watched the rest while I cooked and ate my breakfast, of pan fried (left over) salmon. Yummy.

                    The weekend was ok food-wise. But not perfect. I never totally blow it - but I don't always stay as close to 100% as possible. This weekend - a little alcohol and little dessert. But nothing over the top and nothing to freak out about. Weight is a up a little, 191 today. Thats 2 pounds from friday and most likely the alcohol. But - now that I've started the work out - I need to be much more strict on what I'm eating/drinking cuz it would be stupid to put all this effort in exercise just to ruin it with bad choices. Doc wants me to stay near 1500 calories a day and to make sure the majority of those calories are good nutrient dense choices. Meat and veggies - and no added fats from things like creamy salad dressings or nuts. I have never been able to lose weight unless I cut calories to 1200 or less. So I think my goal with be 1200. No snacking between meals and only 2 meals a day. I think I can do that.

                    My birthday is fast approaching........... I'm 52 in just 10 days. Where have the years gone? When I started this in November I honestly thought I would be down to my goal weight by my birthday. I read all the success stories and was so pumped up! So many of the same themes "I just ate meat and veggies and I lost 2 pounds every week! It was so easy!!" I was so sure I was going to see the pounds melting off me and my clothes would be hanging from my bones! HA --- didn't happen. I'm sorta bummed by the fact that in the past 9 months I've only lost 15 pounds. But, I've learned an aweful lot about food, nutrution, and whats going on in my own body. AND, my fibromyalgia is not longer ruling my life! So, its all good!
                    1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                    2. Eat to heal
                    3. Move to live
                    4. Embrace today
                    5. Live with intention
                    6. Respect my body
                    7. Cultivate joy
                    8. Find my passion
                    9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                    • I hope things get figured out with your thyroid soon. Zeus looks awesome on a jetski!!
                      Primal since March 5, 2012
                      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                      • Originally posted by Candy in Wonderland View Post
                        Hi Tomi, finally caught up with your journal again .
                        That pergola is soooo beautiful! I'm sure you'll be spending a lot of time there , I know I would .
                        Glad to have you back! And yes, we are spending a lot of time relaxing by the fire!
                        1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                        2. Eat to heal
                        3. Move to live
                        4. Embrace today
                        5. Live with intention
                        6. Respect my body
                        7. Cultivate joy
                        8. Find my passion
                        9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                        • waiting to here about the Thyroid meds. I'm on the lowest possible dose so I can't imagine there will be any difference in my TSH levels. I hate waiting on lab results.

                          I'm starting to think the glasses that I just got early this year are not the right Rx anymore. When I wear them for very long my eyes start to feel very stressed and tired and I get a bit of a headache. I'd hate to have to pay for new lenses again. I only where them when I have to read something. Otherwise they just bug me too much! Progressive lenses, tri-focal! I'm officially old I guess.

                          I'm starting to feel some soreness in my legs from this mornings short work out! I hope I don't get too sore!!

                          I ate salmon for breakfast at 10 am. Its now 4:25 and I'm feeling really hungry. I wonder if I will make it to dinner. I'm making roast and squash. At least I think thats what I'm making roast......... I haven't even checked to see if there is enough roast left over to make another meal............ time out............... nope, maybe not. Gonna be a peice meal - meal! Roast, chicken thighs and veggies. I decided to have some fruit before I got so hungry I went for the ice cream!
                          Last edited by tomi; 07-17-2012, 01:09 AM.
                          1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                          2. Eat to heal
                          3. Move to live
                          4. Embrace today
                          5. Live with intention
                          6. Respect my body
                          7. Cultivate joy
                          8. Find my passion
                          9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                          • Originally posted by tomi View Post
                            waiting to here about the Thyroid meds. I'm on the lowest possible dose so I can't imagine there will be any difference in my TSH levels. I hate waiting on lab results.
                            I hope your doctor ran more than TSH. It's not uncommon for people who are taking thyroid meds that contain T3 to see their TSH drop a great deal. I take Cytomel and was kept very under-medicated for years because my TSH was in the hyPER range, while my frees had a lot of room to improve.

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                            • HEY! I got quoted by a spambot! Awesome. Not.

                              There is a gal on here who posted a journal. I'll have to look for the link, but she said her eyesight actually IMPROVED after going primal. Her eye doctor was dumbfounded! Maybe your eyes are getting better too?
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • Doctors office called. They did run the frees. My levels are in the normal range, but still have room to increase so I'm supposed to double my dose every other day. That means 15 mg with alternating 30 mg. I hope it helps.

                                As for the eyes.......... boy, I sure wish they were getting better. That would be awesome! But, I'm thinking probably not. My left eye seems to be worse than my right eye - so I guess that could mean my right eye is getting better!

                                Not sleeping tonight. Its just uncomfortably hot in my bedroom, and my sweet hubby likes to cuddle - and he's like my very own heating pad! UGH! Time to go try again cuz the nighty nighty pills are working overtime right now!
                                1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                                2. Eat to heal
                                3. Move to live
                                4. Embrace today
                                5. Live with intention
                                6. Respect my body
                                7. Cultivate joy
                                8. Find my passion
                                9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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