Getting ready…

Oh, what am I doing? 🙂 J/K. I’ve been prepping to do Atkins 40, starting this week. With my health issues, I don’t think that keto or even Atkins 20 is the way for me. Yet. I have my MCT oil, wild-caught salmon, eggs, chicken, guacamole, bouillon cubes, etc. Now, I just need a plan.

My friend has done this before, so I’m using her experience and advice. Thank you! I’m her coach with BB and she’s my coach in this. 🙂 Don’t get me wrong. I love the Portion Control plan. I’ve had lots of success on it. But, I’ve come to a realization. I’m a carb junkie. I need to break the cycle.

I’m tired of low blood sugar levels. I’m tired of the narcolepsy that comes after having a sandwich. I’m really tired of the brain fog. Part of that could be my fibro, but it gets worse after carbs. It took me years to figure out the patterns.

So, this is me taking control of my health. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

Ask Dr. G.

This week, I went to a fundraiser at my son’s school. I honestly believe that I got more out of this night than the school did.

Dr. Deborah Gilboa, a.k.a. “Dr G.” is a Pittsburgh physician, and a parenting and youth development expert. And she’s funny. All of her anecdotes and advice come with a soupçon of comedy. She’s been on shows such as Good Morning America, Rachel Ray, and The Today Show. She’s written articles for Yahoo News, Parents.com, Consumer Reports, The Wall Street Journal, and many more.

This night’s talk was about “Teaching your Kids Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience.” Let’s face it, raising healthy, balance little humans can be tough. Some of the subjects that she touched on were chores, teaching boundaries, and saying that dreaded word: “No.”

We all want our kids to be happy, right? The formula for happiness (according to a survey) is: Confidence+Strong Relationships+Being Good at Something= HAPPY. Common sense, right? Not really. We want our kids to be happy RIGHT NOW. So much so that we’ll bend our own rules and not follow our inner guidance just to give them Instant Gratification. “Ah, look at them. They’re not complaining or moping around the place. They’re happy. I’m happy. Oh, a notification on Facebook.”

We all need to focus on integrity and values. What kind of adult to we want them to become? Is your kid going to be that person at work that no one wants to do a project with because they’ll end up doing all of the work? No, me neither.

I highly recommend checking her site out: www.askdoctorg.com.

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Keto/Atkins

So, I have been researching and researching and RESEARCHING the ketogenic diet. For those who haven’t heard of it, its supporters claim that it can heal anything: cancer, fibro, RA, epilepsy. Actually, it came back into prominence with a doctor “prescribing” it for his patients with epilepsy. Honestly, there’s so much history about it, it would take me forever to write about it. Google it. 😉

I believe that I’m going to start doing it next week. I’m always hesitant about new plans. I don’t want to mess it up. I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas and borrowing books from the library to get recipes. I’m still not ready. But, I will be.

I’m going to approach the whole thing kind of slowly. I’m going to try Atkins 40, then 20 and then full-keto. Don’t worry, I’m not going to be buying the junky-grocery store-hawked processed foods with the name on them.That’s not what Dr. Atkins was about. It’s more Paleo in nature. High fats, medium-low protein, and low carb. The idea is that your body will start using the fats for energy (like it’s supposed to do) instead of the sugars.

If you’re tired of having blood sugar crashes, like I am, then this may be something that you’ll want to look into. I’ll keep you updated!

My First Post: The Introduction

Hello!

A little bit about me. So, I guess that you’ve probably figured out that I like working out. That much is a given.  I’d like to share some more with you.

Health

I am 41 years old now.  I was 15 when I was diagnosed with (at the time it was called) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). I spent six months struggling with the hopelessness of not being able to do the things like a normal sophomore. I missed four months of school.

Not only did that set me back in school, but there were all kinds of rumors about me. I heard that I was pregnant. Yeah, right!  I died. Felt like it, but no. Of course, I was faking being sick. That’s what I heard the most.

I’ve spent most of my life going between periods of good health and being bedridden.  Try adding to that a baby, work,  and being surrounded with people who can’t understand.

My Next Steps

In an effort to “get healthy,” I found a doctor to help diagnose my problems. We tried SO many tests. Lupus, Lyme, RA…. they all came back “negative.” Well, Lyme was a close one and I was pre-diabetic. Finally, she gave me the “Fibromyalgia” diagnosis and a slew of anti-depressants and anti-seizure meds. Yeah.

One of the scripts most-often given to FM patients is Gabapentin. It’s for nerve pain and seizures. One of the common side effects is weight gain. For me, it was pretty rapid. I gained forty pounds in about six months without having any changes to my diet. Just WHOOMP!

I broke up with my doctor after she told me, “Well, I don’t know what else to do with you.” Nice, right? I gave up. I was fat and miserable and I was in incredible pain. My weight ballooned up to 235. I felt hopeless.

 

The Change

In the summer of 2015, my son asked me to play catch with him. I really didn’t want to do it, but how could I tell him that?  I knew that it was too hot for me and that I’d get wiped out from playing? That’s when I had it.

I started seeing a nutritionist, which was nice. “Nice” because she meant well and probably did help others. At this point, I needed a little more structure, while still having freedom to change up my routines. That’s when I fell in love with Beachbody.

I had signed up with the company years before and was assigned a coach. That’s as far as I got back then.  This time, I started following her on Facebook. I saw an interesting bit about a free challenge group and I JUMPED into action. I haven’t looked back since. 🙂

 

Now

Having a chronic illness has shown some incredible challenges. I’ll post about the process at another time. This is the Reader’s Digest version of my experience. To make it short: my pain levels have drastically decreased and I’ve lost 60 pounds. No, it was NOT overnight and it wasn’t all easy. BUT, it was WORTH IT!!!