Q - 3 lbs
We ate out a couple of times in the past week. Oiy. PUFAs, and a bit of corn tortillas, and way, way too much melted cheese, and probably an entire salt shaker full of sodium, and I've been a puffy, bloated mess! Throw that on top of, apparently, getting my period (no PMS, but still a little bit of tendency to retain some fluid), and I have felt like CRAP.
Yesterday we were pretty careful with our eating, and I'm down a good chunk of what I have been retaining... though I'm still a little achy. Yeah, it kicks up the fibro symptoms.
So, I was pondering this morning about fibro, and making connections in my own mind, based on the research I've done, and my own history... and I think fibro (and chronic myofascia pain, which I also have) is a result of some sort of nerve impairment/irritation. Some of the symptoms I've had since childhood, but it really flared up after I was seriously messed up by a chiropractor. [do I need to reiterate that this is my own experience, and not an indictment against anyone else? I have a chiro now that I adore. So there] I spent nearly a year not being able to walk unassisted, and the following, hmm, 6 years? yeah, about 6 years, enduring some serious fibro/CMP symptoms, and generally being unable to walk more than a block or two. Stairs were completely out of the question.
This was also during the time that I was vegan. Hmm... here is where I was really pondering. I was a vegan, which meant I was eating ZERO cholesterol, and I was also eating the lowest amount of saturated fat I could, until just a couple of years ago (about the time I was trying raw vegan), when I found out about coconut oil being healthy. Of course, I was also eating a LOT of PUFAs, and an amazing amount of "healthy whole grains"... my dry skin issues started to improve a little with the coconut oil.
My poor nervous system has been starved for eleven years! It's no wonder I feel sometimes like I could just inhale eggs and bacon... and I lick the plate!
My fibro has calmed down so much... it's pretty darned wonderful. I can walk MILES now... and I can go up & down stairs... I did 11 flights one day (actual stairs, not just altitude gain during walks) with no serious pain... and I could walk the next day, too. I'm bike riding again, which is something I could not do, at all, for over 10 years (the PAIN!)
Okay, so why am I verbally hemorrhaging all over about this? I'm not losing weight. Sigh. I am just trying to remind myself how much better my life is now, and that weight is the least important thing about this journey. My health is improving.