Friday, October 5, 2012

I Once Was Lost......but Now I'm BACK! :)


I've not been blogging now for over a year....I just fell into oblivion and couldn't bring myself to climb out. I have pretty much quit writing - anything & I'm "okay" with that .... I think!

So, overall recap - lost 40+ lbs. because I went off all my meds except my lung stuff and then let a doctor convince me I needed Sythroid again...needless to say, gained back almost 25 of the lost weight!!! Now I'm struggling to re-gain control of me.

I did however have a nutritionist recently explain to me that because I have Hypothyroidism, I cannot use stimulants for weight loss, they act in the opposite fashion! I now have a high protein intake and watching my fat/sugar. I also attempt to walk & exercise daily. We'll see....

Anyway, the flare-ups come and go still - which still sucks! All in all though, I'm hanging in there & hoping to get back on track with my blog.

Until Next Time!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Checking in

Hello followers!

I haven't been here in what seems like forever! Have had ups and downs lately and unable to get my act together enough to blog - ugh!

Well, the newest thing...I've now lost somewhere around 30 lbs. and I'm feeling more and more like my old self.  The only hard flare up I've had that bares remembering was brought on by a rock concert - lol! Well, we stood out in the heat wave for almost 2 hrs. waiting to get in and then had a SRO concert that lasted another almost 3 the time it was over, I seriously thought I was going to have to be carried to the car.

Needless to say, it wiped me out for a couple of days but by that Friday I was back on the road to Chicago and did the whole tourist bit with my girls and a dear friend.....such is the life right? lol!  Anyway, I was extremely glad to see the end of July and welcomed August with open arms, until I found myself in the ER, that is.

Thought I was passing kidney stones but found out I have a fatty liver??? Figures, I lose weight and my flippin' liver finds it! lol! I'm not going to concern myself with this issue because I'm eating so well/healthy and it's all in God's hands for me now.

Put the kids back into public school this week and I can now close that chapter on the home-school phase of our lives. It was an experience that I would not trade for anything in the world but they needed the high school experiences and I need to seriously need to concentrate on working again - win, win!

So, that's just a brief recap of what has been happening and with any luck and determination, I will get back into this blog with more consistency :) Hope all is well with all of you!

Until next time!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Another Day

Haven't posted in an "eternity" but I am still here! The weather has taken another brutal swing & it has, of course, has sent me into flare-up orbit! I'm dealing but some of the recent days have been rough.....

I'm happy to say that I'm still "all herbal!" I have lost about 12 lbs. and I'm making my daily walk of about 1 mile, when the weather permits. Even while fighting the pain in my hips, I feel like I've cheated myself if I don't get my walk in.

I've not had any real new developments that needed sharing - just wanted to make a quick post to let everyone know I'm still kicking, all be it right around ankle height! lol!

Until next time!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Soggy Times

The weather here has been dreadful and I just haven't felt like posting lately. Anytime we are overcast and rainy like this past week, I just want to loll around like a slug....and pretty much have been.  Easter has come and gone and although it was extremely nice to hang out with some of the family again, it still provided its own type of stress for me - ugh!

Our area is going through major flooding of historic proportions and who knows what tomorrow will bring. My kids are on a count down to school being out for the summer, hubby is working 60+ weekly and me, well....I'm still broken but I think I'm on the mending side of broken right now :)

A few months ago I decided I was going to try to "fix" me. I have started by ditching all of my prescription medications. I now take only herbal supplements; "D", Calcium, B-12, Flax Seed (occasionally) and I also have added a Water Pill to my daily intake.This, so far, has been a prudent move on my part as I don't feel "dependent" and I seem to be acclimating to the new routine quite well.

I also began a program, ran by a dear friend, called "Healthy Living." This is a program designed for healthy weight loss via worship and support. It isn't drastic as far as food goes either. It is more about monitoring your intake - period. You watch the amounts of sugars, carbs, proteins, sodium, etc. Not just one or the other, you watch it all - it makes a real difference.

To date I've lost about 12 lbs. Not much in the overall scheme of things but a great start and just the boost I needed to keep going. I still haven't checked out the local doctor - it's on my "to do" list but right now I need to handle things this way as opposed to that way. lol!

Currently, the majority of my problems come from stress and that stress is centered around personal relationships. However, I'm hoping come May 9th - all will be set right again. I'd love to elaborate as to why that particular date but right now, it is simply a theory I have going and I wouldn't want to "jinx" it! lol!

So, here's to staying dry and afloat, medicine free, unstressed and eating healthy!!!!

Until next time!

Until next time!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ankles Away

I have found that the description for Fibro is a bit misleading - well, kinda's often described as "overall body pain" and that is true but also a tad bit deceptive. For me anyway, I do have pain from head to toe but not all at once. I have lovely little twinges I call, "hot spots!"

For example; right now, my "hot spot" is my ankle. Out of the clear blue it started aching and swelled up. I have an ankle brace because it has been known to be one of my spots. It flares, sometimes for a day, sometimes for a week and then it clears up...that's what all of my "hot spots" do.

Nope, anti-inflammatory medicines do not help with these either, for me anyway. Generally, I have to treat the ankle just like a sprang in every other way though. I brace, elevate and ice until I feel like I can walk normally again. It is a total pain in the rump but it's just how it is.

Last week it was my hands, elbows and shoulders. Out of the blue, my fingers swelled to the size of sausages and I even had a hard time removing my wedding band.  This, fortunately, is almost always temporary - as in, hours if not minutes.  However, it doesn't keep it from being both strange and annoying :)

Because I'm on a new health conscious "quest" I have taken a stance this week - I have decided to eliminate what prescription pills I can and replace them with herbal supplements. I have altered my food intake and have pushed very hard along the lines of physical activity. Yes, that could all have something to do with my phantom ankle pain but I am determined to not allow it to shut me down completely.

I have a route I've been walking which is about 1 mile and when the weather turns, (as it has lately,) I use my indoor stepper. I want to get into a shape other than "round" - actually, I'm more of a "pear" shape and, as I've stated many times, I don't like it! So, I push on!

Let's just face it - with emotional issues, weather, toxins and whatever other stuff out there that can cause us spoonies to flare, just waiting on us - we have to take a stance somewhere. There will be consequences to my actions but there are whether I do anything or not, right?

So, with my ankle firmly braced, elevated and iced, I bid you all "ta-ta", until next time!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Here I Go Again!

I've done it again, I've let my stress level get so high that I'm flying head first into a flare up! Darn my low boiling point and quick temper to bits!! Being that we are on the threshold of St. Patrick's Day, I'm gonna go ahead and blame it on my Irish heritage lol!

Joking aside, stress is one of the worst enemies of #spoonies - for me personally, it can throw me into a flare up quicker than an aerobic work out. For the last week or so, I have been building up to a major blow up and it came to a rolling, boiling head today. Now, as I sit here and type this, I'm hurting from stem to stern. . . ugh!

I tried to work out my frustrations by doing things around the house and in the yard today. The weather here is too beautiful for words so I cleaned up the yard somewhat and then decided to install the window blinds I bought last night.  The latter of those two was not one of my more brilliant thoughts - they are up and they look nice but "Oh My Gosh!"

My daughter and her friend we listening to me struggle and timidly asked me if I was okay, to which I responded, "I didn't have this much trouble giving birth!!!" They laughed but me, I was ready to cry - see I'm not smart enough to use a drill so I was trying to tap and drive screws in a VERY confined area. I insist on putting the blinds within the window casing/framing so not only is it confined but the angles are darn near impossible!!

So, my neck, shoulders, hands and arms are really feeling the brunt of the flare because they have had the most exertion. Couple all of that with the stress and I'd have to say, "I guess I picked the wrong day to quit using Xanax!" lol! Sorry, couldn't miss an opportunity to kinda quote one of my favorite movies of all time - "Airplane"

I have to add that several of my friends have helped me lately with one particular agitation. They have given advice, support and empathy. These simply acts of kindness and camaraderie have kept this episode from being 10x worse - so, "Thanks friends, you know who you are!" :) You just gotta love people and social networking sometimes!

Until next time!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I'm up!

Well, I had ample opportunity to sleep in but instead, I woke up with yet another raging headache! It's the stupid curse of the sinuses and knowing that still doesn't make it go away! lol!

I haven't blogged for awhile because I've been battling the sinuses and the teenagers :) We are cramming as much as we can into this final semester and hoping to get where we want to be before May....ah, the beauty of homeschooling - I don't have to give them "Spring Break!" ahahaha!

Another advantage is P.E. any way I want. So, we've been walking. However, I pushed myself with my walking the other day - it was feeling really good so I walked about a mile...needless to say, I HURT! I am still not loving the shaper shoes I bought and I don't see that relationship improving any time soon. They feel weird on my feet and I've had them for over a month now.

Haven't yet checked out the area Doctor - time has gotten away from me. Need to leave myself a big note on my computer so I will remember to check. In the meantime, I have added B12 to my daily regime of pills. So far, I like it and yes, I do feel a tad bit more energetic as well. - yeah for me!!!

I will try to remember to post the ongoing results of that little experiment too - note; Shaper Shoes - kinda a bust; Doctor - Not yet; B12 - so far, so good!

Until next time!!