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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!



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!

Down .6 again and did 1.3 miles!

Ok, so when does 1.3 miles make me break out in tears? When the song playing on the vintage casette player is EXALT HIM!~ My body, or my feet anyway, won’t let me walk very fast for very long, so I did this on my Gazelle (an eliptical machine with zero impact.) We couldn’t find the dvd that came with it, so I found a casette that said Jan and Dean. Well that sounded upbeat, but it was a different tape in the case. What fun “dancing” to the praise music that was on that tape! So just as I round that mile mark the old familiar praise song came on and it just hit me with such a wave of gratitude that the tears started rolling down my face! I am so thankful to be able to not just DO the mile, but push past it until the tape ended (about 25 minutes).

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Monday Weigh-in

It looks like I need to concentrate on getting some exercise every day because my weight stayed the same this week. I’m not using very many of the extra points, so will have to find an activity that doesn’t cause pain and/or flare-ups. That Gazelle machine keeps calling my name any time I walk past it to go sit on my recliner to veg out in front of the tv. My goal for this week is to do at least 10 minutes every day on the Gazelle and continue walking at least 2 to 3 times for a minimum of 10 minutes.

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