Sunday, September 27, 2009

starting another round

Today I am loading again. I also started the testosterone, progesterone & estrogen supplements on Friday. I've been on sulfasalazine (a DMARD) for almost 4 weeks and I am noticing results. My pain is less and I am able to do some exercises without the severe pain & long healing time afterwards. I've been able to do quite a few workouts using an exercise ball and am very geeked with my success.

So.. hopefully all the pieces of the puzzle will fit together to get these last pounds off. Sadly, I have to re-lose 10 lbs again... but that should go by pretty quickly if I look at my previous history of losing. Can I lose 20 lbs in the next 5 weeks? OhhhhhhH! that would be my fantastical goal! Since my pain levels are down considerably, I am not craving the ice cream I usually crave when in high pain. So my deviations should be non-existent!

My main problem is to eat enough calories when off protocol and my appetite is so very low, my body stores everything as fat. Dairy is the only thing that really appeals to me. I am hoping by the end of this round, I'll have my body straigntened out hormonally and maintenance should be better. I've noticed my body temp is up... normally I'm cold, cold, COLD all the time. The past few days I've noticed I'm quite a bit warmer. This is good news because that means my body's thermostat is higher... meaning burning more calories and working better! WOOHOO!

So.... depending upon how hungry I am tomorrow will determine if I 'load' again tomorrow or not.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Hormones

It has been a struggle for me these past many moons. Trying to get ahold of my pain and weight has been the battle. And I seem to be the loser!

I found out, via a friend, that there are other hormones that can be deficient and those symptoms are:

~ abdominal obesity
~ fatigue/low energy
~ reduced muscle strength
~ depression or anxiety
~ collagen 'disorders' (aging skin/joints/bones)

etc...

Those are the ones that stuck out at me. And I remembered that it has been only recently where I have no muscle strength.... adding to that this problem where I cannot lose the belly fat and the fatigue. The pieces are adding up.

I suppose it could all be just related to the spondylitis and osteoarthritis in my hips. Maybe it is from the hashimoto's thyroiditis. Or maybe there is a missing piece.

As I think about the whole picture of me...it makes sense: If my thyroid levels are low, my progesterone, testosterone & estrogen levels are low.... why wouldn't my growth hormone/pituitary function be low too? They are all inter-related in a complex way.

My doctor agrees with me and took many vials of blood to see where I am at and has given me the OK to start on some specific supplements to get my pituitary working at a better level. Maybe THEN I can get these last 20 lbs off my gut for good! And have some energy. And maybe my joints can gain a little health in the process too.