Stuck like Chuck

Oh my. I had forgotten just how nauseous Savella makes me. Feeling dizzy too. Wow, I really am struggling to keep it together!
Here is a question. Normally, I would have a cracker and ginger ale, or a slice of bread to settle my stomach. What can I have that’s keto friendly?

I haven’t missed bread much, so haven’t felt compelled to make any keto bread, but maybe I should, at least for moments like this.

I did not eat any breakfast, just Bulletproof coffee. I made it without HWC today, just in case dairy might upset my stomach more.
I’m at work and deadlines won’t let me go home, so I think I’ll take a few minutes to go lay in the car.

Wish me luck,
J

Updates

Day 13 of the keto diet (171.6 lbs)

I had a man explain to me on Facebook last night that the diet was keto not Keto and that it didn’t matter what you ate as long as your macros are intact. He was one of those nice fellows whom everyone in the group adores and defended vehemently when I suggested that eating grains was not in line with a keto diet. The group follows him because he is a nice guy that tells them they can have grains and rice and ice cream on their keto diets. Anyway, he browbeat me until I quit the group.

The group was helpful at times when I had a question, but it was also frustrating with the number of people asking “Can I have this chocolate cake?” or “Can I have Pizza on Tuesday nights and not get kicked out of keto?” (as if it were a club). It was obvious that 80% of those that started asking questions had never read the intro material provided by the group’s admin. I looked for another group and found one more suited to my age, but haven’t heard back from them yet. I’m not sure that I need one anyway since my situation is so unique.

The Fibro gets harder and harder to deal with. I am drinking one bulletproof coffee and one 5 HourEnergy every morning to try and get fog lifted to get through the day. My focus is almost gone. I am still holding out hope for the keto diet. After I become fat-adapted (after 3-4 weeks) keto dieters have energy and mental clarity. If the keto can drown out he Fibro maybe I will too. I have every finger crossed for this.

If not…I am going to talk to my doctor about Memantine (Namenda) for the fog. If that doesn’t work….well, then we may be talking disability. I fear my cognitive ability has reduced to the point of not being able to do my job much longer.

I am also thinking of adding these two supplements to my diet.

  • Omega-3 fatty acid
  • Acetyl-L-carnitine

I also used to take Savella. I am going to start taking it again tomorrow. I remember it really helping long ago, but my stomach became intolerant of it, so I stopped. I’m willing to try the stomach again..anything to lift the veil.

Jo

Ketones and Coffee

Day 3 Ketogenic diet

I weighed-in this morning, and much to my surprise, I was another 2 pounds down. I think this part of the process is still shedding water weight. However, I am showing trace amounts of ketones this morning on the test strip, so I expect some of the weight loss to be fat soon.

I wasn’t hungry this morning, so I opted for Bulletproof Coffee from Whole Foods.

I also purchased Onnit MCT Oil to add to my coffee in the mornings. There is a ton of info on the web (look here) about MCT oil and Ketogenics so check it out. I’m a real rookie at this diet, so feel free to comment about your experiences too.

I am really hoping that two of the heavily promoted benefits of the MCT oil, mental clarity and energy, are effective for me and improve my fibromyalgia symptoms.

Have a great day!

J

Energy

As you will see by my soon to come updates, I have been working on me.

I am now pressing hard to work out daily, and to eat right daily. Yeah, I don’t always make it, but, you gotta try, right?

My spouse has had some major health issues this year, and was recently told that she was “this close to being totally disabled”.

This was a wake up call for me. I realized that I had a choice. I could do all I can to get stronger, to take care of myself so that I can take care of this family, or a could wither, struggling to take care of myself, much less the challenges she will face. My son is only a teen, and I don’t want to put him in the situation to take care of us both, so I had to stand up.

My game plan is to beat the Fibro, the arthritis and hip surgeries. To beat the migraines and the high blood pressure. I need to be strong enough to take care of a sick wife, to spend long hours in the hospital at her bedside, and still have the strength to smile through homework help with the kiddo.

Basically, I need to get my cape out of storage, get it ironed, and learn to wear it, full time!

I know lots of you do this very thing, day after day. You have ill spouses, special needs children, mothers and father who don’t know who you are anymore. You work your asses off every day to bring light.

I read your stories, I cry with you. I also learn from you.

I learn how to be strong from you too. Since I have started working out, I have met lots of strong men and women who’s stories would break your heart, and yet, they lift me up, and I learn how to live grace, and how to be the strength my family needs.

So, this is where you find me today. Let’s move forward together, stronger, smarter and healthier.

 

Monday update, maybe she has lost it?

First, I got my keyboard working, so It’s a lot easier to post now.
Second, I just had a few things that I found interesting and wanted to share.

The first article is about coconut oil. I am just learning to use this stuff, so this was useful:
4 awesome ways to use coconut oil

And this is a really good one! 10 causes of Fibromyalgia your doctor doesnt know about. There were some very interesting points if you suffer from Fibro.

Lastly, I came home and worked out. I spent 25 minutes on the elliptical, at a fast 60 rpm’s for most of it! My spouse wanted to know why I worked so hard, but honestly, it was the music. I found a really motivating soundtrack that took me away. She is right though, the Fibro will flare tomorrow, just wonder how much. I’ll just have to suck it up because that was the best workout I’ve had in weeks!

Keep working toward your goal!

New year, new leaf!

Hi Everyone!

I turned over a new leaf (again) a couple of months ago, but haven’t been blogging about it. Now it’s time to get things caught up!

I don’t plan on posting a quit meter very often, so I’ll catch you up, then leave it for special occasions.
1 year, 7 months and 15 days. This one is in the bag!

I have been posting a weekly diet post on Facebook, but I’m bringing that back here.

I didn’t weigh-in last week or post last week, because I wanted to take a break. I think it allowed for a little reflection on the holidays and what is going on with my body.

Sugar, sugar, sugar. Sugar is bad. Duh! I ate a lot of sweets over the holidays, always my downfall, but I have honestly never reflected on how it effects me. I think for every bite of chocolate came hours of craving for more. During the weeks I’ve been “good” I have had few cravings, and a normal hunger response. The first few days after my last “sweets fest” saw intense cravings for sweets and was hungry all the time.
Now that I have reasserted my eating plan, I have felt a lot better with less cravings.

Lots have folks have asked me why I am dieting. First, selective clothing choices can hide lots of extra poundage, and I was heavier than I looked. Second, one of my 2014 goals is to maximize my health. In 2013, I was diagnosed with hypertension. Already dealing with Fibromyalgia and degenerative joint disease, the high blood pressure diagnosis was a clear signal that my body needs a change. For 2014, working with my doctor, I intend to remove as many of the contributing factors to these problems as I can. A friend described it very well, “Take the blood pressure drugs and eat the mashed potatoes and gravy, or stop eating the mashed potatoes and gravy so you can stop taking the drugs.”

I have been reading a lot about foods and am slowing getting rid of the foods that cause or contribute to inflammation and high blood pressure. I have also decided to add three foods to my daily diet. These foods seem to have amazing benefits for the body, and I plan on reaping some of those.

I won’t list all the benefits here, Google is much better at providing this info than I am, and even a quick search for each of these will be an eye opener.
The first, coconut everything. I buy whole coconut and toast my own and drink the fresh coconut water inside. Coconut oil, extra virgin cold pressed, is helpful inside and out.
Second is Kefir. Yep, your bodies ability to process nutrients is just as important as the nutrients themselves.
Last, and this is the one with the biggest bang for the buck, Chia seeds. This one is good for everything, and may be a big weapon in the blood pressure fight if all the hype is true.

So, that is where I’m starting the new year. Better food and more exercise for better health in 2014!

I’m 1.4 pounds lighter than last weigh-in, and just a little smarter (I hope). Who is with me? Let’s make this year amazing!

Jo

Wow, I am doing good.

No clue as to where it’s coming from, but I am still doing it. I know, I started working out every day on May 19th, so it hasn’t been that long, but I have worked out every day since. For someone with fibro, that is a great big damned deal!!!

I am thinking about adding a second work-out in the evening, if only 10 minutes on the elliptical. I am just thinking though. Every evening I finish all my chores and such, then think of doing that and fall into bed exhausted anyway. 😉

I haven’t weighed in or anything, but my clothes feel just a bit looser.

it’s time

Well, it’s been a while.

Happy news first. My quit meter is 11 months 5 days.

The bad news, my partner started smoking again about a month ago. I have reall y put my foot down, and am working hard on her to quit again.

The rest of the bad news? I have let myself fall apart since January 1st.
I have gained a LOT of weight, now up to 176. My blood pressure went up to a crazy 160/100 consistently, and the migraines got horrible.

I have taken a few positive steps.
Although our insurance changed to a horrible plan, I have been to the doctor a lot this year, trying to get things straightened out.
I am now taking 2 blood pressure meds. One help with migraines (an has reduced them a lot). The other has a diuretic.  I am maintaining about 130/80 now. I still don’t know what has caused this. Although the stress is high, my colesteral is crazy low.
I also started full time progesterone and estrogen to get my hormones back in line.
I think the fibro is well controlled, with flares every 2-3 weeks. I am having a lot of problems with my right knee, but I’m not ready yet to deal with it. After losing oth hips, i’m still not ready to be told the knee is gone, so I’ll continue to baby it.

What needs to happen now, is a lifestyle change. I need to go on a diet and find some sort of exercise program my body can handle.

my problem is both time and motivation. I just found time tonight, found?, no made time tonight to paint my toenails. Something I have been trying to get done for 4 weeks. Sigh.

So, bear with me, here we go, a 51 year ol woman trying to find herself once again!

Wish me luck!

Jo

Too late

It’s very late, and this blog is who I have to confide in.
Meds took me to sleep quickly, but now I’m wide awake. Having a rough flare right now, hurting my back, butt, thighs and calves, all the big muscles are hurting.
Chest hurts, but I think that is anxiety. Work is tough, and thinking about it makes me uptight. Relationship is doing the same thing. So I need to not think about either.
I wish I had 3 days in a cabin in the woods alone for some downtime.
Sigh

I am grateful that I have a job. I am grateful for meds that help a lot of the time. I am grateful that my partner is sleeping here beside me.