Friday, March 26, 2010

Day 56 269.6 lbs

Oh Happy Day!  I broke into the 260's today.  Now down a total of 22 1/2 lbs.  That puts me a week ahead of my goal as I was only hoping for being down 20lbs by the end of March.

It feels like it has been a long week.  Last weekend started out with being so busy that I hardly had any time to eat.  By Tuesday I was getting so weak and shaky I decided I just needed calories so stopped at Wendy's and got a chicken sandwich, fries and a small Frosty.  The Frosty was good, but the fries tasted weird.  I ate several more fast food meals after that, but managed to pull it back together yesterday.  I'm just so busy on my hospice weeks that there is no time to cook and so the food gets monotonous real fast.  I'm hoping to try some new recipes over the next couple of weeks as my best friend is coming to visit so I'm taking some time off and she is anxious to give the Primal Lifestyle a try.

Still making good progress physically.  My chiropractor continues to see me once a week and is doing traction on my neck and lower spine.  I am limp free most of the time and my shoulders are almost even now.  The only problem is my knee gets sore again after every adjustment and after every Rolf session so this week I've been sore for 4 out of the 7 days and have not exercised, other than doing a few sessions of the Intu-Flow, all week.  I'm hoping that will get better in the near future and won't keep me down for that long anymore.  I want to start back doing some sprints on the elliptical this week.  I'm anxious to get that 9 times more fat burning advantage!

So my focus over the next week is to try some more recipes and get some more variety.  Especially some vegetables.  And to start sprinting.  The 'lift heavy things' part is going to have to wait a little bit longer, but I plan to have all elements going by the end of April (when hopefully I'l be in the 150's woo hoo!).

Friday, March 19, 2010

Day 49 272.2 lbs

It's official!  Down 20 lbs!

Wow.  20 lbs in 7 weeks.  Whodathunk?  I'm actually trying to wrap my mind around it because it doesn't seem real to me.  I remember how scared I was to start eating this way.  (And thanks to this blog I can actually read what I thought.)  It felt like a leap of faith to start eating fat and I was scared what life would be like to live without all of my favorite junk food.  After all, I'd never been able to beat the extreme hunger and cravings before.

This week I did a 24 hour fast.  It wasn't planned, it was just that there wasn't anything in the house that was appealing and since I wasn't really hungry anyway I just didn't eat.  And just like I've read on other blogs, it was easy.  I really wasn't hungry.  Now I do find that when I first wake up is when I feel the worst so to speak.  Kind of weak and shakey.  Not every day though.  Not today.  I think it has to do with how many calories I manage to get in the day before.  Somedays it is hard to get in a lot of calories, but then I just use that to keep it mixed up.  Other days I try to eat a lot so that my body never knows how many calories it's going to get.

This week I discovered Scott Sonnon and his Circular Strength Training, specifially his Intu-Flow program.
It is the perfect program to help me rehab my knee and the rest of my body that has been so unused and misused all these years.  And thanks to the miracle worker that is my chiropractor, I also became able to go for walks again this week.  Such a simple thing to take for granted until you can't do it anymore without having your whole right side ache for the next 3 days.  And today I plan to ride my bike for the first time in more than 2 years.  (I got it tuned up this week.)

So really a tremendous amount of progress this week and I'm so glad I have this blog, because as I go through the week, one day at a time, progress seems so slow.  I've actually been kind of down this week which is stupid considering all the great progress I've made.  Little, but big things like finding one day that I was sitting crossed leg on my bed in my jeans!  7 weeks ago I couldn't sit cross legged period for more than a minute without having the circulation cut off to my legs.

And food continues to be a struggle.  I'm so limited now from the allergies.  I've had to give up chicken as well since I guess it is too closely related to the egg protein.  I've been using restaurant food to get me by - BBQ pork from Corky's, meatballs from Olive Garden, and taco salads from Casa Mexicana.  I tend to eat the shell though when I eat mexican, but then I just let that be my high calorie day.  Hasn't seemed to hurt since I'm down more than 3 lbs this week.

As for my thyroid program, I've built up to 75 mg of T3 as of today.  I'll start weaning back down tomorrow in preparation for the 2nd cycle as my body temp still likes to hover around 96 degrees a lot of the time.  I had a feeling it was going to take a lot of cycles to get the thing to move.  I also read in Mark Sisson's book, The Primal Blueprint, that while the liver is insulin resistant that it won't convert much T4 to T3 and the only way I know to reverse that is to exercise enough to deplete my glucose stores in the liver.  Thankfully, I'm on my way to starting to be able to do just that.

Will be interesting to see what I can accomplish in the next week.  It is a hospice week though which means I just never know how much time I'll have.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Day 42 275.8 lbs

8 AM

Yippee!  I was so relieved to see the weight this morning.  I was hoping for at least 277 lbs and I got more than a pound more than that.

I can see that that may be my pattern because I'm finding it difficult to get enough to eat during my hospice weeks.  So twice now I've seen big drops on those weeks and smaller drops on my week off when I have more time to eat.

Having said that, this week, because I would get so hungry sometimes, I went to McDonald's twice and got the Chicken Selects.  The first time I got a 5 piece and used 2 containers of Ranch dipping sauce.  The second time I only got the 3 piece, but I ordered a cherry pie as well, but they were on special for 2 for a dollar so I got that and, gulp, ate both of them.  Real hunger is hard to fight.  That plus monotony of diet.

I did go to Corky's BBQ this week and bought a pound of the pulled pork.  It's very tender, but very lean so I added butter to it and just a little sauce.  Boy was it good.  No, I didn't eat the whole pound in one sitting.  It gave me 3 meals.  Each time I added a little bit more butter even though I felt like I added too much the first time because I'm still getting used to the fact that it is OK to eat fat.  I still ended up feeling like there wasn't enough fat in it, but I bought another pound yesterday so I'll have more chances.

If I can find the time, I'm going to look at some crock pot recipes.  Some of the reading I've been doing suggests that that kind of cooking is closer to the way things used to be cooked.  Richard, over at , posts a lot of his meals and he has some crock pot meals that have inspired me.  It's all a question of time and money.  I wish I could eat eggs again as they are cheap.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Day 39

5 PM

Yay.  My thyroid medicine finally arrived today.  That means tomorrow I can start working on getting my metabolism raised back up.   I sure hope it doesn't take a year and I sure hope I get some more energy soon.  The weather is gorgeous and I would like to be outside exercising in it.  If only my damn right leg would stop hurting!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Day 38

9 PM

Been very busy with hospice.  Didn't get much to eat these past 3 days.  I battled with my mind driving home this evening.  My mind wanted to stop and get some crappy fast food.  My other mind didn't.  I wasn't really hungry even though I probably had only had 300 calories for the day.  In the end I came home and made a coconut milk shake and had some sausage.

I was too busy to make dinner for the past 4 nights and the rash on my legs has been doing good, so I'm about to decide that the rash is an egg allergy.  Damn.  Bad news.  There goes an easy dinner for awhile.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Day 35 279.2 lbs

9 AM

I'm disappointed with my weight today.  I was hoping to have lost 2 lbs, not gone up .4 lbs.  But I guess I was half expecting it.  Not because of how I've eaten.  I've stayed primal for the most part except for the hamburger buns (which I'm now ready to give up). 

No, I figure the reason is I was down 4 lbs last week, which was artificially high I think, from being sick and not eating much.  Hopefully next week I'll be down to 277.

And I'm also hoping to start walking next week.  My knee continues to improve although I saw the chiropractor yesterday and he tugged on that leg again and now it's a little worse.  But today's Friday and since I start back on hospice today it will be Monday before I can go for a walk.  That gives it 3 days to heal up some more.  On the other hand, I also go back to the chiropractor on Monday....  So we'll see.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Day 34

Skipped a day blogging yesterday, but it is getting monotonous.  So I probably won't keep posting everyday.  I'm not sure I'm going to keep counting days either, but then I don't have any better ideas for titles at the moment.

Only things of note today is that I went back to lettuce leafs for hamburger buns.  I tried the rice bread but it was so dry.  I'd rather do the lettuce.

Then tonight, for dinner, I still did the eggs and bacon, but I added some picante sauce and half an avocado.  Thanks to Kurt over at PaNu for the idea.  I always used to eat eggs that way on a tortilla.  I just hadn't thought of doing it without the tortilla.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Day 32

8 PM

Woke up this morning feeling terrible.  I was so tired and shakey.  I don't know if the fact that I didn't eat enough calories yesterday had anything to do with it or not.  I didn't eat any eggs for dinner last night.  I just had some bacon and then I was still hungry later so had 3/4 of a Lara Bar, which I know is just candy basically, but I just couldn't eat anymore eggs.  They made me so nauseous the night before.

So I made a coconut milk shake early this morning about 7 AM and that helped a little.  I still fell back to sleep for a little after that.

Today I had my first Rolfing session.  I really think it's going to help.  Can't remember if I mention it before or not.  My sister told me about it and it sounded like it was exactly what I needed to help get my body back into alignment and to help the chiropractic adjustments hold better.  I'll go once a week for 10 weeks to get through the initial series.  Immediately after the first session I no longer felt like I wanted to list to the right anymore.  He also pointed out, just like the chiropractor did, that I walk with my feet pointed out - like a duck.  When I deliberately try to walk with my feet straight, it feels like I'm walking pigeon-toed.  I'm a mess.

My sister ordered my thyroid medication today.  It should be here in a couple of days.  My temp this afternoon was only 96.0.  No wonder I'm barely functioning!

Food for the rest of the day was two fast food hamburgers.  (And yes, I ate the buns.)  I'm just going to have to do what I have to do until the thyroid program starts working and I get some more energy.  The one good thing is that even though I've thought about going back to my old ways and just doing fast food until I have more energy, I can't bring myself to do it.  Hamburgers are one thing, but I just can't go back to the burger, fries and coke thing or tacos or pizza.  So if I have to live on fast food hamburgers and coconut milk shakes for a while, well, that's a lot better than it could be.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Day 31

4 PM

Not sure where to jump in explaining things.  No, I haven't fallen off the Primal wagon, but I have added another problem to my list of things to overcome.

This weekend I started looking around the blogs for info on hypothyroidism because I am so completely drained and can't recover from this cold.  Then I remembered a book my sister lent me months ago that I never read called 'Wilson's Temperature Syndrome'.

Long story short, I feel certain that my thyroid system is disfunctional.  My temp yesterday, 3 hours after waking, was 96.2.  No wonder I feel so crappy.  Luckily my sister is a doctor and has already treated one patient for this so can get me started soon.  I have no energy to blog any more today.  I have been eating my normal stuff.  If you want more info on this syndrome look here.