Wednesday, March 25, 2009

workin' out!

We worked out again yesterday. Sadly, we've only been able to make it once a week. Timing with the gym and when we can leave the kids in their appropriate places is difficult. We did well. I recently read somewhere on the HappilyThinnerAfter.com forum about those trying to maintain and work out at the same time. The words of 'wisdom' were that expect to have gained at least 5 lbs when working out muscles... water retention AND muscle mass increase. So, add that 5 to the allowed 2 lbs above our last hcg weight and it looks like I'm well in the 7 lb limit. I was 158.2 this morning.

This is the first phase 3 where I am happy to be here. Normally, I was anxious to get back on p2. We are not sure how long we will maintain here... it all depends upon how NAET, working out at the gym & our attitude as things get warm & we feel the need to lose again! lol!

I am looking thru my info & will be posting the info I've found on sourdough recipes and lacto-fermented foods. These are excellent, healthy ways to get our bodies back on a good track to health. My kids who were gluten sensitive were able to eat the sourdough pancakes with no problem! They are sooooo yummy & fluffy! We usually eat them with our homemade blueberry or peach jam (I use honey as sweetener in my jams).

I'll post later when I have something else to say!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

hubby's still maintaining

hubby's maintaining quite well on break. I am too.. but about 4 lbs over last hcg date.. not sure why, but it could all be from my gym workout and a flare from horrible places happening this week. I'm just so tired of this I am anxious for the summer heat to help me feel better. I'm no way antsy to get back to p2 which is very odd for me but I am just so tired of not going anywhere right now and I am quite happy to eat. Although, nothing seems tempting or even a tease for me right now. Well, just the hotdogs we got at Costco.. 100% pure beef, no preservatives or chemicals! wow!! yummy!! We've been drinking a lot of fruit smoothies with frozen berries, cream cheese, cream, raw eggs and yogurt to help get the fat content up. They are quite filling and yummy too!! woohoo!

I filed for vocational rehab with the VA and was approved for independent living care. I am anxious to work with them to see what can be done to help me on a day to day scale. If I can keep my flares down, maybe protocol will not be so up & down for me. The hot packs of physical therapy work well to loosen me up & reduce some pain.. but by the time I get home the effects wear off. sigh. I think I need a whole house sauna! LOL!

Well, I've gotta let the bunnies out awhile and maybe take a snooze and drink lots of water...... too much to do and not enough time to get it all done.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

to the gym and we have bunnies!

Yesterday's visit to the gym went wonderfully! I found I'm not nearly as weak as I was last time I was a regular gym attender about 7 years ago! Pfwhew! At least I could keep up most of the time with hubby! I was worried about injuring my weak joints, esp in my hips ... but today I felt fine and not too sore! YES!! I noticed that today I do not have nearly the energy I would have liked... but I feel some kind of bug coming on. Flu-ish feeling hitting me in the lungs & other places so I took several doses of Airborne & Emergen-C fizzies to combat it before it gets out of control. Hubby was sick the other day with fever & achey so I'm working so I don't get it!

Today we finally got the house bunnies for the kids! Not exactly what we were 'planning' on but everyone is happy with our choices. Our 95 lb dog and 2 semi-feral cats are doing well with their new house friends. One cat is terrified and will not go near them! LOL! One is supposedly a french-mini-lop (not sure if they really know, though) one is supposed to be a mini-rex and the other little one is supposedly a satin but I think it is a mini-satin because it is so small. But that last one (Polly) is a brave and curious little gal! Not afraid of the dog who's nose is bigger than she is! I grew up with rabbits outside & showing for 4-H and never thought about having them run around the house. This is quite the experience even for an ol' farm girl like me!!

Weight-wise, I forgot to weigh today so I don't know where I am at in that department. I expect to gain like crazy while my body increases muscle mass. I had ovulation pain this month, the first time since Thanksgiving, I believe so that is causing me to swell today.. ugh! Hubby & I have been doing very well on not indulging too much into the sweet cravings. We have eggs & bacon (nitrite-free kind) in the morning, fruit smoothie that includes a couple raw eggs, cream cheese, yoghurt and milk. And we've been on a fish kick lately. Mostly because we recently went shopping at Costco and got a lot of fish! And because we're pretty tired of chicken and beef.

I am happy that my craving for ice-cream is nearly gone. I've given in to the habit a couple times, but found that I didn't need to eat a lot. There were times I'd eat and want more & more. But not anymore. I think it has something to do with the NAET sessions.

My last NAET showed I did clear the cold & pressure changes FINALLY!! My Monday's list was chemicals in relation to my joints, ligaments & tendon weakness:

bromide,
fluoride,
chlorine,
MMR,
small pox,
arsenic,
cadmium,
plastic,
PVC plastic,
mercury,
terylene (is a polyester fabric or a PET plastic)
DPT

I seem to be too sensitive for accupuncture since every time he's applied it, I go into a flare. I may be sensitive to needles..

Well, I could write a book about my other family member's NAET tx as well, but I am really, really tired and am anxious to get to bed. This is like a miracle for me! My normal bed time is 2 am or later! It is nearly midnight and I have been struggling awhile now to stay awake. I was having too much fun with the lop bunny who was starting to make her way around the dining room with confidence.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

busy month, no time to blog

Sorry it's been so long since my last update. This month has been over-flowing with 2 NAET visits a week for 4 of us in the family and 2 visits a week for me to physical therapy sessions. It all wears me out immensely! The cold front that came thru this week threw me into another spondy flare.. .. ugh... messes up my losses too!

I seem to have gotten most of my sensitivities taken care of except pesticides and cold, pressure changes, and possibly our cat & dog. I am wondering if I am sensitive to splenda since every time I eat ice-cream that has some in it I get a drippy nose! It is either the artiicial sweetener OR the cold. My doc says cold dampens the fire in my belly (which does not help my constipation issues) add sweet to it and it creates problems for my spleen... sigh... oh well. Finally, ice-cream does not have the same 'pull' on me it used to have.

My 10yo daughter has finished with all the NAET and it is wonderful to see her pink and smiling again! She's been so withdrawn and pale/grey colored I was getting worried about her. My 7 yo is slowly getting her sensitivities straightened out and her nose is not quite so stuffy anymore! So we are onto a good path of health even for her! Hubby has gotten over his sensitivities to food & vegetable fats and recently has been treated for eggs, food color and food additives (msg, etc... which we already knew about).

I tried accupuncture again and have finally realized my body is rejecting treatment. It causes me such pain in the areas... and seems to cause a flare! so we will be looking into the possibility that I am sensitive to needles or metal at our next appt. Doc also suggested I start EFT on dealing with my disease on the cellular level and on the level that I forgive myself for any 'thoughts' that I deserved to be sick.... after physical therapy on Friday, I really felt the urge to do some EFT while driving and I think I got a breakthru cuz the tears were flowing! I definitely need some more 'work' in some areas!

As for protocol... hubby & I are taking a break since it's been 3 weeks. I'm not sure how long the break will be. My thyroid is starting to going hyper again and it is creating havoc with my losses. I am so hungry I feel nauseous and dizzy. So I deviate over calories and end up gaining & losing the same couple pounds. I started Iodine on Thurs., since I am deficient and will see if that will balance things out.

Hubby is 7 lbs under his goal weight and it is amazing to see his muscles so defined!! He looks RIPPED without even working out! woohoo! Our plan is to start going to the gym to get some toning workout going during this next p3 break and see what happens. I am hoping the last of the cold fronts are finished coming thru so I don't get so flared when they happen!

Monday, March 2, 2009

more yo-yo

yesterday I was 155.2, today I am 154.8 ... continually yo-yoing. Often, I've found, this is typical.

Hubby is at 146.6!! His belly just went POOF! only showing fat on the love-handles areas now!

NAET for me: I blew the cold test today so I had to re-do it. I've noticed slight changes for the positive in my whole body and even how I feel after I eat. YEA!!

Hubby went in today and he's got issues in chemical, food & environmental sensitivities. He is a Gulf War Vet & suffers Gulf War Syndrome. His exam showed he's got issues with liver & kidney and had problems with his polarity reversing during testing. He has to avoid all processed sugars, corn and wheat for today. Doc tried to add fish & shellfish, but his body would not allow the extra so that will be another day!

DD#2: still weak on corn sugars and is adding wheat, grapes, cukes, melons (signalling a mold issue here)

DD#3: is still weak on milk and is adding rice, wheat, onion, food colors & additives.

New information today: Bromide family of 'ingredients' is highly toxic. Food companies have used it to replace iodine... they are the same family on the periodic table, but Bromide coats our nerves and mimics iodine...end result is our bodies do not get the important nutrient iodine and we get sick. Fluoride is the same family too and does the same as bromide. Odd thing here... hubby (& other gulf war vets) were given NAP pills.. (Nerve agent pills) to build up their body's tolerance for if they become exposed to nerve agent... guess what the main part of the pills were??? Bromide!! Hubby is going to do a 'chelation' of sorts using iodine which in high amts will push out and clean out the bromide that is 'stuck' in his body.