Rasing Body Temp
Entry One: Initial reset.
Yesterday I spent the day trying to "reset".
"Resetting" differs from simply raising your temp. Everyone has a basic point that their temperatures cycle around throughout twenty four hours. Your temp raises and falls throughout the day, consciously or unconsciously, but always within its range. Resetting means that your temperature will cycle around a new high point, and have a higher range.
Resetting basically involves staying indoors all day covered in blankets, wearing tons of clothes and monitoring your temp til it gets to 37C. Once you reach 37C you're supposed to keep your temp there for three hours.
The highest I got it was 36.9C. This was after a piping hot shower and coffee, and I only lasted there for about half an hour... Most of the day I hovered around 36.3C / 36.4C (97.34F / 97.52F).
My legs, feet and hands were on fire for the whole day. My muscles were aching. I had absolutely no hunger or thirst. I forced myself to eat but only managed 1.4K cals.
By the time evening came I was really uncomfortable. Eventually I couldn't bear anymore - I stripped off a bit and actually cried a bit..! I felt exhausted by the heat.
I went to bed wearing: two pairs of leggings, three pairs of socks, PJ bottoms, strappy top, t-shirt, long sleeve t-shirt, jumper, robe, with a fleece blanket wrapped around my middle.
And the sleep was Epic! Conked at 11pm, slept til 7.30am, woke for half an hour, slept again til 10.30am. Practically 11 hours!!! A little bit of sweating, but not much. This is a great result.
I always thought that binging helped me sleep because my tummy was full. But it didn't always work: sometimes I would binge and have a crap sleep. Now I wonder if particular kinds of foods were responsible for the sleep because they raised my body temp. I always slept best after a sweet (rather than savoury) binge.
Let's see what tonight brings...
I had plans and cabin fever, so no more lounging around under blankets and fur coats. Took a very hot shower, brought my coffee with me (Steve recommends that), and dressed as warmly as I would in the depths of winter... (today was the first nice day of spring :P)
I really noticed how in the shade or indoors I needed every stitch of clothing to feel warm, and in the sun I immediately started sweating. It's rare for me to find a happy medium.
I'm currently back in my house wearing two pairs of tights, three pairs of socks, trainers, vest, tshirt, long sleeve t-shirt, cashmere dress, fur waistcoat, winter coat, covered with a fleece blanket and I'm only marginally warm. It's not cold outside. Did I mention I'm indoors?
I also didn't have much of an appetite again today, but I managed to eat 2K cals. I didn't want to undereat again after undereating yesterday. Since I started doing this I'm also craving a lot of sugar?
The most difficult thing about this is going to be dressing warm enough... I like clothes and having my own style, and it's pretty hard to dress the way you want when 1) you're 12 lbs over your "acceptable" weight, 2) You have to layer everything (makes you look even bigger).
I'm hoping that if I can correct my night-time body temp this will make day time regulation easier (Steve says that). But other than that, I think I might take thyroid supps. I just don't see how I'll manage to do this otherwise.
Also, Steve wrote back to my query on the forum. It freaked me out a bit. He said:
I'm not sure what to make of that. I know I said I didn't want to "launch an attack" on my body, but at the same time, he knows a lot more about it than I do. I'm always distrustful of any kind of authority, but for once in my life maybe I could override my (arrogance?) He asks for a donation of $150... It might be worth it.WARNING: Until we understand things better, I suggest NOT pushing your temperature up any more than is comfortable, except during brief tests. While you are fiddling to find out what works, your Central Metabolic Control System is fiddling back, to determine what is needed to defeat your efforts. If you fiddle enough, you can make future resetting VERY difficult.
What do you guys think?