From Here to Health

My journey back from autoimmune disease

January 22, 2013

Today was a low key day.  I love it when one of those days comes along on a weekday where I don’t have anywhere I have to be at any specific time.  Sure, I’m still a homeschooling mom of 3 with a part time business so I wasn’t lacking for things to keep me busy- but I just like it when I don’t have to “get dressed and get somewhere” if I don’t want to!  It was a day off from CrossFit so I took an easy 30 minute walk while watching The Biggest Loser.  In light of all my adrenal issues it makes me wonder how those people can work out like they do and not risk adrenal fatigue?  I know they need to lose the weight, but it seems like the way they do it might not be the best way?  Anyway, I also did 30 minutes of yoga (15 this morning and 15 this afternoon).  I have Bethenny Frankel’s Skinny Girl Workout on my Kindle and I love that I can take it anywhere in the house (or outside for that matter) and do it.  So convenient.  Can you guys tell I’m in love with my Kindle Fire HD???  I will admit that Bethenny is a little annoying, but the workouts are good.  They are challenging strength wise but they don’t get my heart rate up which is good since I am trying not to do much cardio right now.

Couple other pieces of good news- I got my latest round of blood tests back and things looked better.  My testosterone was up from 16 to 28.   Granted, my doctor would like to see it closer to 60, but that is still nearly double and I do think it is making me feel better.  My thyroid numbers look pretty normal at this point but due to my history he thinks they still need to be tweaked so he has me starting a low dose Armour thyroid this week.  We’ll see how that goes.  The last piece of business- No Belly Bloat tonight!!! Woo Hoot!!  I’ve been listening to the Everyday Paleo podcast and they addressed a similar issue and seemed to think it was either from too many veggies (which seems weird, I know- think it has to do with too much fiber, especially if you have suffered from any digestive issues) and/or an issues with fructose digestion.  I think I could fit into both of those categories so I am trying to keep and eye on my evening meal since it seems that is when I am most susceptible.

I started reading Liz Wolfe’s Paleo skincare guide last night so I will let you guys know what I think about that soon.  I already started doing the oil cleansing (which I love) and using Grandma’s Lye soap (which I also love).  My hubby has bad problem skin (cyctic acne) so I can’t wait to see what I can do with him.  Using oil on his face pretty much creeps him out, but he trusts me so he is going to let me boss him around in this arena for a while and see what happens:)

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Virgin Diet Finale

So today was my last day on the Virgin Diet.  According to the book it is now time for me to systematically add things back in.  I haven’t really decided if or how I am going to do this part of the program.  Let me back up and give you a short synopsis of my experience thus far.  I want to say up front that I was not perfect on this plan.  I had perfect days, but not all 21 of them.  What seemed to give me problems was the sugar.  I didn’t have any refined sugar, but I did have some leftover paleo treats that I had frozen after Christmas.  With that stated, let me tell you what changed for me over the course of the 21 days.  I started the plan really hoping to lose about 10 pounds.  That did not happen.  At best, I lost 2-3.  I only had 10 to lose to begin with and I was already eating primarily paleo, so this diet wasn’t grossly different from my regular eating.  However, I felt better.  I have been sleeping great, my *ahem* intimate life is better (more responsive), I have more energy and my skin looks great!  As a side note, I have started using the oil cleansing method and I love it.  Not sure how much of the great skin is due to the new skin care regime or the diet.  I suspect it is some of both.  I definitely think that dairy is a problem for me and I have no intention of adding it back in any time soon.  I am thinking maybe 3-6 months from now I might give it a trial.  Even though I was hoping that eggs were not a problem, I think they may be.  I am going to try adding them back in in very small increments- like in paleo mayo- but not eating huge amounts of eggs dishes.  We’ll see how that goes.   As for the gluten, corn and soy- bye bye forever.  The peanuts may still be an occasional treat.  I so love peanut butter and think I can handle it every once in a while as a treat.  The hardest part for me for sure was the sugar.  I am considering doing the 21 day sugar detox in February.  I’ll keep you posted if I do.

Here is the best thing that came from doing The Virgin Diet.  I finally feel like it is ok if I don’t lose this 10 pounds.  Let me say that one more time.  I don’t HAVE to lose this 10 pounds.  I gained this weight about a year and a half ago and have been trying to get it off ever since with no success.  Through this process I realized that eating healthy and feeling good are their own reward.  I’m tired of chasing after that number on the scale.  I will admit that I believed I looked better without the 10 pounds, but I feel better now.  I’m happy and energetic.  Optimistic and cheerful.  Joyful and (at times) a little randy!  So I don’t think I want to restrict calories and do cardio like a fiend to chase that number.  Turns out, I love reading. ( I knew this of course, but I hadn’t taken the time until the last couple of months).  And, I want to improve this blog.  My computer skills are woefully inadequate.  I want to cuddle with my kids and watch movies.  All things that would likely go undone if I felt like I needed to do more calorie counting and cardio. So….all in all….The Virgin Diet was a huge success:)

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Book Review and Workout Revamp

So you all know that I revamped my diet this week.  After reading The Metabolic Effect Diet I am revamping my workouts as well!  For those of you who haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.  Many of the recommendations run parallel to the Paleo way of eating.  It is very high protein, low-carb.  One thing I love about it is that there is no calorie counting.  The authors Jade & Keoni Teta focus on how you can turn your hormones on to burn fat and keep you lean without really having to focus on it 24/7.  The workouts are fast and intense, which is great for me.  In the past I was one of those people who would run for hours on the treadmill, then do a zumba marathon, then feel compelled to walk on the treadmill while watching tv.  I cannot express enough that IT GOT ME NO WHERE!  Actually, that’s not true.  It got me an autoimmune disease.  I was totally unaware at the time that too much cardio was inflammatory.  I was working under the assumption that more always had to be better.  My unchecked cardio marathons were part of what put my body into inflammation overdrive.  That was a bit of a tangent, but my point was that this book really explains in simple terms how less is more. They emphasize short weighted training sessions and walking.  Both activities that our paleolithic ancestors would have done on a daily basis.  Here is what my training schedule is going to look like:

Monday- ME (Metabolic Effect) circuit (20 mins); 30 min walk

Tuesday-30 min Bodyrock workout (the authors recommend doing intervals instead of walking some days if you want)

Wednesday – ME circuit; 30 min walk

Thursday – 30 mins Bodyrock workout

Friday – ME circuit; 30 minute walk

Saturday – 60 minute walk

Sunday – 60 minute walk

I’ll keep you updated on my progress!

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