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A new journey with functional medicine

Well friends it’s been far too long since I’ve posted and rather than trying to fool you with all kinds of assorted excuses I’ll just tell you that I’ve been extremely fatigued and lacking the energy it takes to even try to keep up with a blog. After a year of taking a controlled substance for what the doctor said was narcolepsy only to find myself drifting off to sleep at work again and not wanting to fork out the money for an even more expensive controlled substance I quit taking all my prescription medicine. A couple of months later my blood pressure shot up and I broke down and filled my prescriptions minus the “awake pills”. Now what???

I’m a big proponent of listening to my body and trying to figure out what it is telling me. Ms Google had all kinds of suggestions about what might be causing this fatigue and I tried a few of them (adrenal, sugar, exercise, etc.) but try as I may, nothing has really and truly helped. One suggestion that kept cropping up during my web searches was something called functional medicine. I won’t even attempt to describe it because I haven’t had my first appointment yet, so please as Siri or Google and they’ll both be happy to explain it to you.

On April 9th I will meet with three people who make up the functional medicine team. If I understand the description correctly there will be an MD, a nutritionist and a physical therapist who will evaluate my symptoms and work with me to find solutions that will help me live a healthy life. I truly and more than 100% believe (and have tried to convince my doctors for YEARS) that most of my health problems are caused by or at least made worse by what I eat. Yes of course I know (and they admit) that a hypoglycemic needs to eat 6 small meals, keep the carbs low and avoid sugar… but what ELSE needs to be done to stay healthy? Yes I KNOW that nightshades increase the inflammation of arthritis and might cause fibromyalgia flareups, but what ELSE does the same thing? Why is it that when I’m out of town and eat pizza my feet and eyes don’t swell up like they do when I’m at home? Do I REALLY have to take gout medicine all my life or can diet make it stay away? Is there a natural cure for hypothyroidism? How about a natural solution to high blood pressure? Are you getting the picture? OK, so if you are in the category of the curious on-looker please join me on this new journey. If you’re already on a similar journey please, by all means share your experiences! Everyone is very different, so what works for one of us might not work for someone else and I certainly have no plans to profess to be an expert. I will, however, gladly share what does or does not work for me.

Happy trails and trials!

Sharon

Stuck in a rut

This will be short and sweet… Kind of like that tiny bowl of low fat ice cream I just finished. It’s been way too long since I posted and I promise to get better. My weight loss continues at a slow crawl, but slow and steady wins the race, right? My bone spurs have kept me from enjoying daily walks, however that isn’t a legitimate excuse for not exercising at all. Can I say that I’m too tired aft work to hop on the Gazelle? Yeah, that works for me! The important thing is that I’m sticking with it!

Mourning loss with joyful heart

Yesterday as I donned one of my favorite winter outfits for the last time I had mixed feelings. I was sad because it is so beautiful and I even considered trying to shrink the part-wool sweater, only to be reminded that most likely I’d end up with a 15 inch long by 4 foot wide piece of felt! Thinking back over the years to times when it was impossible to button the bottom half of the blouse under the sweater brought much joy because I knew that small as it might seem, losing 27.4 pounds and many inches has made a significant difference in the way my clothes fit and the way I feel. Now if only I knew where there was a local clothing exchange that didn’t require money to change hands…..

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Stir-fry veggies!

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Yummy doesn’t this look good? Pictures on this blog are usually taken with my Samsung Replenish, so please excuse the poor quality. I have couscous waiting to be added to the veggies when they’re done. Veggies = 0 Points Plus, Couscous = 4. Pretty good!

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10% and still losing!

I am happy to report that I lost 1.6 lbs over the week that included Thanksgiving! WOOHOO!!! Weight Watchers gave me a 10% star, then a note about losing too fast!?!? If I lose over 2 lbs a week I expect the lecture, but not 1.6 lbs. Oh well, it’s great to know that even with traditional holiday food I can still lose weight!

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As my GPS would say, “recalculating!”

The plateau I’ve been coasting on for the past few weeks has finally been broken! I lost 1.4 pounds and had my points reduced again. Now I get 30 points plus per day.

I need to adjust my year-end goal from 30 more pounds to something a bit more realistic. Let’s shoot for 10 pounds between today and the weigh-in on December 27 (the 26th is a holiday, so I won’t have access to the scales here at work.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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1 down, 29 to go by Dec 31!

The total loss so far is 23 pounds leaving me with 29 to lose by the end of the year. This might not sound like the best time of the year to do this, however I’ve already found some yummy sounding holiday recipes. I can’t wait to try her pumpkin pie bites! If you haven’t been to her blog yet you’re missing out on some awesome recipes and inspiration!

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