Gail S

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  1. Update: So this morning I had an emergency appointment with my chiro. He was surprised at how bad I as feeling. In his words I am having an acute flare up. He is also puzzled as to why we just can't get any forward progress. He mentioned I may need to move away from boot camp (my time in that environment may have ran its course) and look more into yoga. We are also talking about my stress level in regards to what is going on in my life right now (brother dying of cancer) and what impact that can have. The plan right now is to rest, ice and more rest and ice. Take some short level walks (basically keep moving) Keep my food in check and try to reduce stress. I will be going in again Monday for adjustments and therapy. Definitely staying away from boot camp at least until we get this under control. In the mean time we are going to explore different options such as different workouts, different MDs, tests, etc and see if we can map out a plan going forward. I love the fact he and his office team is 100% behind me in assisting me to regain my health and is not afraid or too busy to research alternatives.
  2. Thanks everyone for your ideas and thoughts. All this support is greatly appreciated. Alana: Yes, I agree rest can be a scary thought although I a learning that taking a break from my exercise routine is not necessary a bad thing and I love my boot camp so much that it is not a problem for me to go back. slw600: 5&1 plan is exactly what I was following and while I am greatly for the help it gave me initially to give me the jump start I needed (or kick in the rear depending who you talk to) I was more than ready to move on. It has been difficult not to focus on the weight I want to lose but over this last year between my chiro and my trainer (and now Whole9) I know the number of the scale is no the ultimate decision of health. It is a very poor measure. I just want to make sure I am not fooling myself. Tom: As much as I would like the fact that success would be a straight linear line to the end goal I have found it definitely is more of a windy road with lots of turns and twists. Thanks for including your own journey. It is helpful to know others have had to try change things up to find success. It gives me hope. kb426: Here are some answers to your questions. Up until this week my sleep has been excellent up until approximately a week ago and then the pain has been definitely interrupting my sleep. My stress levels are definitely off the chart. I have a sibling who nearing the end of his battle with cancer and that is definitely causing lots of stress. I do know that is most likely influencing some of the issues I have been having but it also is something that I have been stressing about for last 4 years so it is not totally new. My actual TSH level is low in that is is .49 when the normal range starts at .3 and my iron levels are good. Breezygoat: Thanks for the recommendation
  3. I need some ideas on what I need possibly change to obtain more success (sorry for the length of this post but I am thinking the history may give someone some idea of what i may need to change): My history. I am a 45 year old female who until 3 years ago ate the standard American diet and experience all the symptoms that come with it. I was morbidly obese (think 300+ pounds), low energy, rising glucose levels, cholesterol, etc issues. Definitely heading down the wrong path. Three years ago I started on a life change to change my health and my future. Using a national advertised plan that had me eating 6 times a day and mostly highly processed soy food-like products I managed to drop 120 pounds in ~ a year. I was feeling better and all my health numbers dramatically improved. Then two things happened. First I hit a major plateau and second I had been educating myself on food and became 100% convinced that I needed to get away from the processed foods and go more whole food focus. I also had added exercise and had been doing a couch to 5k program along with some exercise videos in my home At this point I still felt I had ~80 pounds to lose. Over the next year and half I experiment with all sorts of different food ideas, anything from juice fasts, raw, vegan, etc but didn't feel any of them were sustainable. Also my chiropractor recommended I get involved with a formal exercise program focusing on strength/core training along with some cardio. I joined a boot camp program which alternated strength and cardio days and over the that same year and half I had improvements in strength but my weight did not budge. Then my weight suddenly increased (~40 pounds in a 3-4 month period) so I had some basic blood work completed (I have a strong family history of thyroid issues) but nothing really showed up except for my glucose levels where slightly elevated but my A1C were fine. My MD decided to take a wait and see attitude My trainer recommend the Dallas and Melissa's book so I picked it up and read it. Wow, it made a lot of sense so starting Sept 17 I jumped on board with my first Whole30. In 30 days, I started sleeping better, my skin cleared up, my energy soared, I lost weight (16 pounds) and felt the best I have had for a long, long time. This way of eating just felt right. It was great not to weigh and measure all my food and not be controlled by the scale. I decided to continue to eat this way for another 30 days and re-introduced dairy and grain just to see how I would react but did not leave them in my diet long term. I had on occasional cheat but have also returned immediately to 100% clean diet. In the next 30 days I lost another 6 1/2 pounds and was feeling great until about a week ago. I have continued boot camp training but have been restricted for the past 3 months to only strength days due to a nagging knee and ankle problem. The issues I am trying to figure out are: 1. A week and a half ago my energy took a severe dive and now I feel is even lower than it was before I started the Whole 30 2. I can't seem to get pass the nagging problems I am having with my knee, ankle and shoulder. The strange thing is they are all on the left side. My chiro, trainer, and myself seem to think inflammation might be causing the problem. I have went back through my diet to make sure it was clean and nothing had creeped in but it looks good Tonight was the final straw when I couldn't complete the workout because of the pain. (I iced tonight and plan to see the chiro tomorrow) 3. I completed some more blood work and everything again came back fine except my glucose levels were still slightly elevated. Now though my platelet count is very low and my thyroid (TSH) level is right on the bubble of being low. My MD once again is saying wait and see. I am trying to decide if I insist that additional things need to be looked or if I need to find a new MD or go a totally different route (and what that would be I have no idea). (I actually feel like my body is just a total mess and the more I try to correct the more messed up it gets It is like a fight that I right now I feel like I am losing) I definitely want to continue eating as clean as I enjoy how it makes me feel but I also need to figure out the above issues. I need to be making some forward progress in my overall health but once again feel stuck. I welcome in any thoughts or experiences any of you might have. Thanks in advance for your help. Gail
  4. Thanks for the responses. I think given my pass of yo-yo dieting, low-carbing, carb cycling, processed food addicition etc I am not at the point I can trust my body as it is still confused. I am convinced that it will take more than 30 days of eating whole foods for my body to recognize that this is the new norm and give me appropriate signals. At this point I feel I need to watch, wait and continue to be compliant with the whole 30 guidelines. I definitely didn't get this way overnight and as much as I would like it, my body is not going to heal overnight either. Gail
  5. So I completed a Whole30 on October 17 and saw many improvements in energy, skin, mood, weight, etc. I decided to continue on and now am on day 36. My issue is how do I know when to eat? I just do not get hungry very often. Right now I am eating breakfast and usually not hungry when lunch or dinner time rolls around but I eat anyway. Sometimes I am hungry but most of the time not. I know I have a long ways to go to totally heal my body from the damage caused in the past from diets, processed foods, stress,etc. (which is the reason why I am continuing past 30 days). So do I just continue to eat following the food template and wait for my body to heal and give me the appropriate signals or do I wait for actual hunger. Thanks in advance for your thoughts. Gail