Friday, April 30, 2010

Day 91 256.4 lbs

OMG!  Down 5.8 lbs this week!  That's a total of 35 1/2 pounds to date!

But actually I know that number is a little skewed because I didn't show any weight loss last week.  However, I did carb out the night before my weigh day last week so even though I probably lost a couple of pounds that week it didn't show.

Doesn't matter though because I am so thrilled with the results.  Everyone started commenting on my weight loss last week.  I'd wondered when that would start happening, but it was really good because it happened the week that the scale didn't go down.  So even though I didn't have the motivation from the scale, the motivation from everyone noticing was far better.

Plus the whole clothes thing is really cool.  I had to ditch 4 pairs of underwear that just hang on me now.  If I didn't still have my lower belly they would just drop to the floor.  Also I put on a blouse last night that used to be too tight and now it's almost too big.  How cool is that?

Now I am also doing the Lipo Ex treatments.  (Have I mentioned this yet?  I'll have to look back at the last couple of posts.)  Yesterday was my fourth treatment and I was able to go ride my bike for 2 hours almost immediately afterwards for the first time.  Hopefully I burned a lot of fat!  I rode for 24 miles and my knee didn't hurt which brings me to my next segment.

The MaxGXL that I've been taking for the last week and a half is what I give the credit to for this latest miracle.  Not that my chiro and rolfer (I wonder if there is another term I could use?) haven't been responsible for most of the improvement because they have.  How much they have helped me is more than I think I can ever repay, but they can't work with the inflammation in the same way the GXL can and I can really tell the difference.  My thumb joints, especially my left thumb which has more of the arthritis than the other, barely feels it at all now.  And all these improvements took such a major leap yesterday.  I mean when I woke up yesterday, I still did my usual limping as my right leg took back on my weight after being in bed all night.  But while I was riding my bike yesterday I realized that my knee wasn't started to hurt the longer I rode like it usually does.  And then later that evening, I realized I was walking normal - without pain!  Gosh that was such a shock!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Day 84 262.4 lbs

Yes, up a little from last week, but I think I actually lost a pound.  What happened was I had a breakdown yesterday because of not having any food in the house and ate a lot of salty carbs and ate late so I know I retained a lot of water. 

But to tell the truth, I ate a lot of carbs this week, relatively speaking.  I believe what happened, besides not having food or time to prepare food, is that for various reasons, I couldn't exercise most of this week, but for a couple of weeks before that I exercised a lot and eating extra carbs didn't bother me. 

But then this week, without the exercise, the extra carbs started setting up the carb cravings.  Anyway, I'm learning.  I know I need to pay more attention to the food.  However, food has always been a problem for me so that will probably always be a work in progress for me.

On the physical side this week, I had a lot of success.  First my chiropractor tried some new things with me and really was able to help most of the pain in my lower back/sacrum.  Then my rolfer worked that entire hip, leg and pelvis and made HUGE progress on the knee pain and hip and groin tendon tightness.  I can really see and feel a difference in my range of motion in the area when I do the Intu-Flow.  There is still work to do but I'm so excited about this progress as I was (once again) beginning to despair of things ever healing.  Now at least I know that they can ... and will.

I'm off hospice so will focus on the exercise more this week.  Still struggling with fitting everything in.  But I'm still making progress so will just keep on keeping on.

Also today I had the first person who isn't in my family notice that I'd lost weight.  Woo hoo!  That was motivating and helped me get back on track.  I think I need to get back to coconut milk shakes again.  I think all that fat was beneficial. 

Still lots of work to do and a long way to go.  Emotionally it was a real roller coaster for me this week.  Like I said I really fell into dispare about my lower right side ever healing this week.  But then I was on a big high after getting all the improvement from the rolfing.  I just have to continue rolling with the punches.  It's no fun to go through but I now know I will come out the other side.  Usually by the next day.

And another hugh deal is that my best friend has had great results using the glutamine trick to control alcohol cravings.  Don't feel like writing too much about it right now, but it means so much to her to be able to have a tool to use.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Day 77 261.2 lbs

Down almost 4 lbs this week.  I guess that makes up for just the one pound last week.  (But after thinking about it, I think last week I was holding on to a lot of water from eating restaurant food more than usual while Bev was here.)  That makes it official:  30 lbs lost!  I'm trying to celebrate that, but my mind wants to gloss over it and wish for the 50 lbs loss.  Sigh.  It can be a struggle to just appreciate the process.

It's been a busy week, but in contrast it's made it feel easy to lose the weight this week.  I feel like it's been no effort at all.  I'm still eating all the leftovers Bev made while she was here.  I don't know what I'm going to do when they run out.  I don't have time to cook!  Anyway, so the food part was easy.  And even though I logged a total of 90 miles on my bike this week that didn't feel like work.  That was just fun.

So weird.  I don't even recognize myself anymore.  Gone are the days of never even getting out of bed for the whole weekend except when absolutely necessary.  I hardly watch TV anymore.  It all changed so spontaneously without me forcing myself.  Kinda cool actually.  And I dare anyone to suggest that it all because I just finally 'decided' to get serious.  What I did do is figure out how to balance my body chemistry.  Once that happened, then the cells started getting what they needed to function properly, my energy level increased and the natural inclination to move and do finally had the energy it needed to remanifest.  I have always hated reading in various books that the reason I was overweight was because I ate for 'emotional' reasons or that I was just lazy.  I always knew that I overate because I was compelled to eat by obsessive thoughts of food and that I was lazy because I had no energy.  And now my experience since starting this program has proven that I was right. 

Now, in other news.....  My right knee is still bothering me.  Enough that I really can't go for a walk.  I don't know what's going on inside of the damn thing, but it better get with the program here one of these days.  At least it lets me ride my bike.  I'd go stark raving mad if I couldn't at least ride my bike.  I started taking a new supplement two days ago that was recommended by my rolfer, MaxGXL.  It's to increase glutathione levels in the body and since glutathione is supposedly the most potent anti-inflammatory we have, it will subsequently reduce inflammation in the body as well.  And since my bet is that a lot of what is going on in my knee is inflammation related then the MaxGXL should make it feel better.  It's too soon to tell yet of course, but one thing it seemed to help with immediately was the teeth clenching when I sleep.  I noticed that first night that my jaw muscles weren't spontaneously tightening like they usually do.  Could be a coincidence and I know I did clench my teeth some last night so I'll just have to watch and see.  But boy would it be great to get rid of that problem.  My fingers are crossed!  It's also supposed to help you sleep better which would be fantastic if that would happen.  I've really run out of ideas on how to help me stop waking up in the middle of the night and not be able to go back to sleep.  Well, other than quit my on call job which I can't do just yet.  So my fingers are crossed for that effect too.

Here's another cool thing.  Last blog I wrote about having some protection from sunburn now that I've changed the way I eat and I wondered what it was that could be giving that kind of protection.  Well, when I was researching the MaxGXL I heard in one of the audios I listened too that glutathione helps to protect against sunburn.  They also said that the better diet one eats, the more glutathione one makes.  So that makes perfect sense when compared to the reports from people newly gone Primal or Raw Foodist.  Either diet is an improvement on the SAD so would naturally raise glutathione levels and improve ones ability to resist sunburning.  And so my guess that it had something to do with inflammation was also right.

I haven't done any more sprinting this week.  I'm still having a hard time fitting everything in.  Will continue to work on that.  Likewise, I still haven't started doing the Prasara Yoga yet even though the DVDs did arrive.  And now I've loaned them to my chiropractor until my next visit which isn't for another week, but that's ok because I start back to hospice this week so probably won't have the time anyway.  Sigh.

I did go out and try to buy a pair of size 20 jeans, but they were still too small so had to settle for a another pair of size 22 jeans.  However, they are big and tend to slide down.  I guess I'm in that awkward in between jeans sizes phase.  I'm betting I'll be able to get into the 20's in another 10 lbs so that should be in about a month.  So much for the myth of dropping a size for every 10 lbs you lose.

And speaking of dropping sizes.  We got the new Lipo Ex machine at the clinic last week.  It uses radio frequency to heat up the fat cells and get the fat to leak out of the cell and into the space between the cells.  You then need to burn that fat, but at least you get to decide which part of the body the fat comes from.  I've had two treatments so far on my lower abs as that it my worst area at the moment.  (Not by much though.  My thighs are an extremely close second.)  And while it is cool that I can encourage my body to take the fat from the area I want it, mostly I care about what effect it might have on helping me avoid having loose hanging skin after I finish losing approximately 150 lbs.  Now maybe my skin might retract on its own as I am trying to give it all the nutrients it needs, but I'm all for hedging my bet with the Lipo Ex.  I have nothing to prove here.  I just want the results.

Until next time.......

Friday, April 9, 2010

Day 70 265 lbs

Down just a pound this week for a total weight loss of 27 lbs, but I'm not surprised.  With Bev here I ate more than I usually do, but I also exercised more than I ever have so between the two I'm ok with the one pound weight loss.  I like to think that I gained at least a pound of muscle this week.  Is that possible?  I don't know.  I tried to Google an answer, but didn't find one for my situation.  One would think that if it is possible to gain a pound of muscle in a week it would be someone like me who hadn't exercised in years.

I have continued to gain strength, flexibility and balance in what seems to me like leaps and bounds.  For example, in less than a week, I went from riding my bike 8 miles using mostly the 4th, 5th, and 6th gears then stopping to rest for at least 30 minutes before doing another 8 miles to going the whole 16 miles without stopping and in 7th gear the whole way with almost no burning sensation in my legs.  And I could have done more, a lot more, but the rain moved in and forced me to stop.  So again, I only got in 2 days of biking this week, but they were really good days.

And the good news continues.  My right side is almost totally back to normal now.  The rolfing made a huge difference in the right hip area and gradually my whole right side has continued to improve throughout the week.  I saw both my chiropractor and rolfer again 2 days ago.  They both beat me up pretty good and I'm still sore, but I feel almost no discomfort in that right side now.  My knee has just a hint of weakness most of the time but I feel even that will have completely resolved in the next week or two.  And I've only had time to take one walk but I was able to do it with very little discomfort in my right side and it didn't last long once the
walk was over.  And because I can now exercise whenever I want without pain, I'm now finally relaxing and just enjoying the process.  Yeah I would like to have already lost a hundred pounds but my life has changed so much, become so much more interesting and varied that I really can't complain.

I've continued to progress with the Intu-Flow.  My balance and strength are so much better now.  When I do the leg range of motion I can lift my legs up higher and hold them up for longer without falling over.  I'm getting close to the point where I can advance to the next level.  Even my arm strength has improved to the point that getting my bike on and off the bike rack is a lot easier.  I can no lift the bike like it weighs nothing.  How cool is that?  I also ordered Scott's Prasara Yoga DVD and plan to start that sometime this week hopefully.  It hasn't arrived yet though.

I also was able to successfully do a couple of sprints on the rebounder this week without hurting anything.  This is most exciting because it means I can now do sprints here at home so, hopefully, will be able to get them in 3 times a week now.  I'm still trying to fit all this into my schedule.  I admit it's all a little difficult to keep up with what with trying to do the food, weekly chiro and rolfing appointments, bike riding, walking, Intu-Flow, body weight exercises and sprinting.  But it's ok.  It's all a work in progress and I really don't feel any pressure to be perfect.  It's all fun right now and I plan to keep it that way.

As for the food, Bev has given me a few new ideas on that.  She made an Italian minestrone type soup only without the beans and pasta that was quite good and worth making again.  She also made both and egg and tuna salad both of which have possibilities but need to be tweaked a little to add some more flavor.  And I did eat a little of the egg salad to test how the rash on my legs would react.  As far as I could tell it didn't react at all.  The rash is completely healed now except for some faint discoloration in the areas where the rash used to be.  It isn't fooling me though.  I know it is hiding out just below the surface ready to reemerge at a moment's notice.  It's going to take a while to really heal it all the way but I don't care at this point.  After more than a year just to have normal looking legs again and to not have to use gallons of hydrocortisone cream is amazing.

Hmmm, what else? 

Well, the sunburn thing is still interesting.  The next time I went out on my bike, I wore a tank top like shirt so exposed more of my upper arm and shoulder than I normaly do and they did turn pink, but not as pink as they would have usually for the amount of time I was in the sun and it didn't hurt either.  Which was kind of weird and still made me feel like I had alien skin.  I did try googling why again and again didn't come up with any definitive answers, but did run across and interesting blog entry from a raw foodist who noted the same effect after switching to a raw food diet.  He attributed the protection from sunburn to cutting out meat and cooked food, which of course it couldn't be because I too have the protection and eat both meat and cooked foods daily.  I'm left thinking that it probably has something to do with the carbohydrates.  Something to do with less inflammation or sugar carmelizing.

I also think I'm going to have to go out and buy a pair of size 20 jeans this week.  The old pair of 22s that I've been wearing are kind of baggy and have the holes in them on the inside of the thighs that keep getting bigger.  I'm both excited and nervous about trying to go down another pant size.  I'll be dissapointed if 20 doesn't fit, but oh well, I'll get over it and just try again in another week.

I'm sure there is more I could tell but just can't think of at the moment.  All in all another great week.  I love all this momentum especially after how slow things seemed to go back at the start of this.  Yay me!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Day 64 Miracles!

So many exciting things happening, I just had to post them right away!

First off, I did the rolfing session 2 days ago that addressed my right hip and leg problem.  Yesterday I noticed that it no longer hurt to walk!  My knee no longer felt weak or hurt when walking.  My hip didn't hurt.  My lower back didn't hurt.  I was walking around with my jaw dropped to the floor.  It was absolutely unbelieveable to me.  So while rolfing is not for the meek or shy, it offers so much in it's ability to 'unfreeze' the damages we sustain over our lifetimes.  I suspected that when I herniated a disc three years that all the intense pain caused muscle spasms in my hip and lower back area and that those areas might have knotted up just like the knots in my back that my massage therapist has worked out.  And now I know that the fascia was also effected.  Man I still can't believe it.  Thank god I tried the rolfing!

The next miraculous thing I noticed was that I tanned without burning yesterday.  That has NEVER happened in my entire life.  Now I had read bits on Mark's Daily Apple about others who had gone Primal and had noticed or thought they noticed this happening, but I never considered it would happen to me.  I want to know what could cause that change?  That ability to go out in the sun and not burn even when you are a pale pasty white from being inside all fall and winter long?  Could it be that not having the sugar in the diet creates that effect?  One poster mentioned that sunburn is an inflammation and eating Primal definately decreases inflammation.  But to have my body react so totally differently to the sun that it ever has before in my entire life after just 2 months on Primal?  I NEED an answer.  Not knowing why this happened is making me crazy! (In a good way though.)

The other thing I noticed is how, after doing the Intu-Flow for a couple of weeks now, that I no longer have tightness in the front of my shoulder.  I would always stretch my arm out at night when I went to bed and just let it hang to try to ease some of that tightness.  Last night I did it just out of habit and I was shocked when there was no tightness there at all!  OMG!  What is happening to me?  It is all so fantastic.  I just want to jump up and down with joy but I still weigh too much to do that yet.  Wow.  Awesome.  Thank god for Mark Sisson and his website!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Day 63 266 lbs

Down a total of 26 lbs now.  That's almost unbelievable to me.  I'm starting to love Friday's since I'm losing weight consistently now.  How fun is that?

I haven't been consistently upbeat this week though.  Last Friday I was pretty down.  I had taken a walk on Thursday and hurt so much afterwards.  It was very frustrating and I didn't know if I was ever going to get to the point where I could exercise.  I had the energy, but my body couldn't keep up with me.  But I iced by right lower back and hip Friday night and then decided to try to ride my bike on Saturday.  Well, that turned things around because not only could I ride, it actually made my right side feel better.  So then it was like, ok, maybe I can't walk for 40 minutes, but I can ride my bike for an hour and a half.

On Monday, my friend Beverly, flew in and she immediately got on board with this way of eating and the Intu-Flow.  But while I was hoping we would make a new recipe everyday, in reality, there has only been one day that we have had the time.  We made a chicken and shrimp, gumbo type soup from MarksDailyApple.com.  At first it was bland, but Bev came up with the idea of adding chicken stock to boost the flavor and another can of Fire Roasted tomatoes and suddenly it was quite good.  Especially after it sat for a few hours.  I didn't think I would want to make it again, but after the changes I just might.

And my eating this week hasn't been perfect, but maybe it's been around the 80%.  (My version of 80% anyway.  I still depend a lot on fast food hamburgers on many days for a meal.)  Last Friday I got a Domino's Pizza as I hadn't had any pizza in 2 months.  I have to say it was good and by the end of the day I had eaten 5 slices and finished the other 3 the next day.  Then day before yesterday Bev and I ate lunch at a mexican restaurant and we at the basket of chips and our main dishes came wrapped in flour tortillas.  But as you can see, neither threw me off altogether.  I actually did another 24 + hour fast after the mexican meal as I just wasn't hungry.  I love that I have the choice of whether I eat or not now.  And I love how the fasting makes me feel.  I feel more energy and get a sort of mood boost.  But I intend to keep the fasts reasonable.  No week long fasts for me.  I'm just coming off about a 36 hour fast this morning and that's about long enough for me.  I just find it really cool that I can go that long without eating and be perfectly fine with it.  I even sat at a fast food place with Bev yesterday while she had a chicken salad and it didn't bother me a bit.  I didn't feel the need to get something for myself.  Freedom!!!

I'm really starting to see and feel the changes in my body now.  I've made such gains from doing Intu-Flow.  I feel so light and flexible.  It's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I still weigh over 250 lbs.  I feel like I'm moving like I weigh 150 lbs.  My balance is so much better and my legs are so much stronger.  Each day I'm able to lift my legs up a little higher, for a little longer, balance on one leg without falling over as much.  I can get up and down off the floor or table (rolfing or chiro table) more fluidly.  I can feel my abdominals are stronger.  And it's pretty cool watching my stomach changing.  Yes, it is still way big, but it is shrinking.  It isn't as smooth and round as it was before, but it also isn't starting to sag which is what I've been leary of.  My skin seems to be retracting as I lose the weight at this point.  I really hope it keeps it up.

I did the rolfing twice this week as I was anxious to get to the session that would work on my lower back and hips.  I just did the hip session yesterday, so it's too soon to tell what effect it had.  I'm feeling the soreness this morning though.  I don't think it was a miracle cure though.  I'm just going to have to accept that whatever is going on in that right side will take time to completely heal.  But I can't really complain because it has improved probably 90% in the last 2 months.  It's only frustrating because it's preventing me from walking which I can do more often than ride the bike - if I could walk that is.

I only found time to ride my bike twice this week.  I would have ridden every day if I could have.  I put my ear phone in, play Pandora on my iPhone and just ride around the soccer fields at the park.  Last Saturday I did 16 miles.  Tuesday I did 12.  I really feel like I burn a lot of fat when I'm out there and it isn't hard, just a lot of fun.  So now I think I'll be able to continue the 2 1/2 lb weekly weight loss for a bit longer now that I've added more exercise in.  I'm doing the Intu-Flow almost everyday and I've added in a very simple body weight routine.  And just so you know, even though it is an easy beginner routine, I can't hardly do any of it.  I'm sure it will be a month before I'm able to do the whole thing just one time through.  But it's a goal to shoot for.

I also haven't been able to start back on the sprints either.  The eliptical I use at my sister's is pretty far away and I haven't been able to find the time to get over there everyother day to use it.  I think I'm going to test out using my Rebounder again.  If I can do it on the Rebounder without it making my right side worse then that would really help.

I'm not sure if I mentioned yet that I helped another friend of mine get started on this way of eating and exercising 2 weeks ago and she's been doing great.  She had an easy transition and hasn't had to use the glutamine like I do.  It has helped to have another local person be as excited about this as I am.

Well, not sure if I left anything important out from this week, but if I did, I'll just edit the post.  I'm off now to savor the 3 1/2 lb weight loss from this week.  Yay me!