I've been stuck at 135 for a while now and my body fat won't budge from 25%. I don't have an accurate way to check my body fat %, so I'm going by measurements. I strayed from PB and was eating quite a bit of grains for a few months with no exercise at all. Now I'm back to strict Primal and exercising 5 days a week. I'm following the Zcut DVDs and I love it!
I went to the doctor and had him run a bunch of tests to check my vitamin levels, check for anemia, and also check my thyroid levels once again. Hopefully something will show up and give me some kind of idea as to where this horrid fatigue is coming from. Most days I don't even want to get out of bed and I'm so irritable all the time. I hate feeling this way. My doctor tried to convince me that this is just how some people feel and that it might be normal for me, but I remember feeling better than this during different points of my life. Anyway, as soon as I get my results back I'm going to start the eat more fat challenge in one of the threads here.
I started the EMF challenge and lost 3 lbs, but after about 10 days or so I had to stop eating that way because my fatigue and lack of carbs was making me so grumpy. I actually think it sent me back into the carb flu and I didn't realize it. This time I'm prepared and will do much better knowing I'll be through the carb flu within 7-10 days. It's really hard for me to eat super low carb because I feel restricted and when I feel restricted I tend to binge on sweets. I went ahead and got rid of ALL the sugar in my house so that won't be a problem again. I just hope I can keep up with my exercise routine with HFLC.
Everyone has a different comfort level with carbs. Some people can go VLC, others need a higher level to feel right. It may take a bit to figure out what works for you.
As far as your hair thinning/falling out. I've primarily had it happen for two different reasons.
Periods of high stress. You definitely have had that going on.
Hormonal changes. My hair has always been so thick that I could be out in the rain all day and it would never reach my scalp. Approaching menopause with all of its hormonal crap my hair thinned out to where you could actually see my scalp.
Hopefully you can find your balance soon.
I love the title of your journal...let that siren sing! I too have had the Docters say that I am just going to feel this way the rest of my life. But I have had periods of time where I felt so good, like I can take on the world and I refuse to settle for less. You shouldn't either! Keep fighting to find what works for you. I know you can do this!
Woo hoo! I did a pull-up from standing position. I almost did a little dance afterward. And what's even better is I not only did 1 pull up, I was able to do 1 full pull up at the beginning of each set I did today. I started NerdFitness 3 weeks ago and wasn't able to even do 1/2 a pull up, but 3 weeks of pull up negatives has helped tremendously.