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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!

Another 5 lb Star!

It felt good to finally lose again after the past couple of weeks! I was down 3.2 which finally takes me over 20 pounds lost. To some, that might not seem like a lot for almost 5 months, but when you consider that I’ve lost a gazillion inches… well okay, not quite a gazillion, but almost TEN INCHES off my hips… I consider that quite a victory!

I got back in to the pair of jeans I wore to New York City in 2001 when I was privileged to accompany my daughter on a trip she won. She submitted artwork that was published on a cd cover for budding young artists and got to attend their concert. I remember thinking that Alicia Keys was going to makes it big and well, can I choose them or what?!? Anyway, I digress… I had altered the waistband on those jeans because it was way too big, then couldn’t wear them because that’s where I put on weight. It felt sooooo good to be able to wear them again and retire some of my fat jeans!

My goal remains 30 pounds by the end of December which will put me over the 50 pound mark. When I finally see that leading number 1 instead of 2 I will do a major happy dance!

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Woohoo I met my first milestone!

I’ve lost 5.8 pounds in three weeks and that includes a holiday weekend! Oh and also includes three days of increased points (40 instead od 34) due to accidentally typing in 148 instead of 248 last Monday. I kept wondering why I had so many points even after correcting it. The points tracker online thought I was on maintenance!

I am very pleased with WW online and look forward to the next 100!

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