Sunday, November 17, 2013
Excellent article about weight loss and body image issues. Everyone should read this and click on the links to see her pictures.
Friday, November 01, 2013
So I have been doing all sort of stuff in the effort to get me sleep better, specifically to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. I have to say that I think I am getting the best sleep I have in years.
It no longer takes me forever to fall asleep and most days, I stay asleep till around 4:30-5 am and I do not need an alarm clock to wake me plus no meds for sleep.
What have I been doing you ask????
I have been following the suggestions from Dr. Kruse’s site Leptin reset.
• Reducing the amount of lights that are on when the sun goes down (called eliminating blue lights). The artificial blue light messes with the melatonin hormone and does not send the signals to your body that it is dark, you need to sleep.
• I wear blue blocker glasses at night, no later then 7. This really blocks the blue light and makes watching TV pretty funky. I am getting a new pair since the one I have are oh so sexy…..not and now that the time is changing they might be going on as soon as I get home.
• I have shut off the Wi-Fi in the house. Read up on EMF’s if curious why.
• I have a f-flux program on my laptop that reduces the amount of light coming from it to simulate the reduction in evening light.
• Never thought that this mattered but I try to make sure I am done eating my 7. It all has to do with hormones and I have found that if I do eat too late, I don’t get the best sleep.
• Oh and I have a bunch of magnets under my bed. Again, read up on EMF’s if curious about this.
• Plus I am working on getting all of my hormones fixed so I am sure that also is helping.
The DH is noticing that he is starting to sleep better too and has no idea I have a magnet under his side and I will be upping it sometime soon. He has never had an issue with falling asleep but sometimes his sleep is not the best but he still eats crappy carbs and sometimes right before bed. I can do only so much
Now if I could just get my furry alarm clock to let me sleep a little more and not come in the bedroom to see if I am breathing or if I want a little cuddle time with him, that would be great. Hubby says to just knock him off the bed, then he will leave you alone but how can you knock this little love bug off the bed. He’s just so effing cute (oh and he plays fetch too).
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I saw a new doctor yesterday, specifically a neuropath that deals with hormonal issues in women. I was so freeking nervous about this since I have not had luck with doctors and this issue and even had to deal with some quacks (concentration camp PA). I did manage to NOT weigh in again at a doctor¡¦s office. I just cannot handle that issue right now. I have been working so hard on not letting the scale rule my life it would just not be good for me yet and yes, I am putting my head in the sand in regards to the scale ƒº
It started off with him asking a lot of questions and some where hard to answer since I have been feeling off for so long. I had all of my lab reports and a 4 page summary of what has been going on the for the past 20 years. I am a very analytical person (I am a quality engineer) and so I took all of my labs and out them in an easy to read spreadsheet and put similar tests together and what the optimal ranges should be and the units of measure and highlighted the ones that I had questions on and felt were relevant. He just kinda laughed and says that he sees this a lot from engineers and that it was very helpful.
He said that it looked like there was nothing in my diet that would be causing an issue (duh, I am one of the cleanest eaters out there and pretty sure that I am an orthorexic but that¡¦s for another blog). We discussed my exercise addiction a bit. Once he got to my labs he knew what my issue was. My thyroid is just not working right even with being on a pretty good dose of Armour thyroid meds. He did asked how I got my GP to put me on Armour since most traditional doctors do not (research and letting him know what I wanted for MY body is how).
Being on 90 mg of Armour, if it was just the fact that I am not making enough T3, that should have helped it but it did not and still left it in the gutter. What is happening is that I am not converting the T3 to T4 and it is just becoming reverse T3. It is important to get all three thyroid levels checked. He was not sure why but he had a fix and said that I should start feeling better within a couple of days, whooohoooooooooo. He reduced my Armour (the T3 hormone) and added Cylomel (T4 hormone). This should help my body actually convert the T3 to do the job it needs to do. Without doing a reverse T3 test, this may not have been detected and it probably what was happening last January when I first went in.
From www.stopthethyroidmadness.com ¡§Excess Reverse T3 is a growing problem for thyroid patients. It can be caused from chronic adrenal dysfunction (too high cortisol; too low cortisol) as well as having low ferritin/iron problems. Even low B12 and other imbalances, plus chronic stress, can cause the excess.¡¨ Luckily my cortisol levels are still good but the B12 and ferritin are low.
I started taking B12, selenium and iodine as these are all vitamins and minerals that support the thyroid. He also wrote a script to get me on BHRT for the low progesterone. He usually likes to tackle one issue at a time but said my case it would not hurt. I should be getting that in the mail in the next week. Hoping that the combination of the two is just what I need to get where I want to be both mentally and physically.
I did ask how he felt about HCG (and no, this did not cause my thyroid issue, I have had this for a long long time). He had in the past prescribed it for patients and it worked for them but chooses to not do it anymore since he is already on the outside of the ¡§traditional¡¨ medical practice and since this treatment has not been studied enough, he does not want to deal with the medical boards than he already does due to his practice. Kinda sad since they do need more doctors to really study this. I told him that I really wanted to do another round soon to get this weight off that I gained since the thyroid is tanked but suggested that I wait and see how it goes with the new meds. I agreed, no next round for me in September.
I am still going to follow the Leptin reset and eat my BAB with lots of protein and fats but as my garden harvest starts kicking in, eat as many veggies from it as I can. I have some BEAUTIFUL tomatoes, cucumbers, some non-goat eaten cabbage and squash coming in. I would have had a great rutabaga if the stupid goats would not have eaten them¡Kgrrrrr, goat meat anyone. Still going to continue my cold baths in hopes that it will help boost the healing of the thyroid. Email me if interested in cold thermogenesis.
Only time will tell if this helps. I have been chasing this for so long I don¡¦t want to get my hopes up too high but I so need this to work.
So, if you feel that you are doing everything right and feel that something is just off check your hormones and learn as much as you can to help your doctor. Traditional doctors are just not well versed in this area. Your are responsible for your health and do NOT expect to go to a doctor and ask them to tell you what¡¦s wrong without giving them guidance.
So, I will keep everyone posted on how the next couple of weeks go. I hope to start getting back into some exercise and in 2 weeks I will be flying out to Denver to see my favorite band with my sister (and to check on the SIL) and do some hiking at Red Rocks for sure and maybe run down to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
Monday, August 26, 2013
As many of my long time Spark friends have known, I have been struggling for years and years to get the final bit of weight off. What I was doing and was told to do did not show the results that it should. Calories in versus calories out did NOT work for me. I ended up with an eating disorder and an exercise addiction thanks to my desire to fit what society said women should look like.
About a year ago I was about to go off the deep and just stop eating all together then I heard of HCG. I tried it and it worked great for me and I got down to a size and weight that I was pretty happy with. I always knew that something was off with me and was hoping that it would reset the hormones that were off. In most people it would but not me. The hormones that HCG works with were not the ones that were way off.
Since my last round I have steadily gained weight despite eating low carb, eating when hungry, stopping when satisfied but not stuffed, something was still not right. I started doing Dr. Kruse Leptin reset and Cold Thermogenisis but still keep gaining, something was really really not right.
What I learned on the Leptin reset site is that women are very very hormonal (no DUGH!!!!!) and that I needed to get my levels checked ASAP. I wrote up a list of the tests that I wanted done and why and when to my GP and he agreed to run as many as he could. Not only was I gaining weight but I felt like I was in a fog (especially the second half of my cycle), my libido was low, I was sleeping like crap especially in the second half of my cycle again, I felt achy a lot, loss if interests in stuff, some days I just felt like the tank was on empty, I was getting ACNE again (WTF!!!!!), hair kept falling out. I was basically just falling apart.
After I got my first set of labs back, the puzzle pieces starting to come together.
When I got the first set of results back the main thing that hit me over the head was that my T3 and RT3 levels were messed up even with being on Armour for my thyroid. Why was this? It lead me to really look into my female hormones. Unfortunately, I had to redo the tests that I had the GP do because there is a specific time in the cycle that these need to be taken at (grrrr waste of money).
I did a saliva hormone test that tested the female hormones again as well as a 24 hour cortisol test and iodine.
Got the second set of hormone testing back last week and did get some good news about that. For one, it shows that my cortisol levels are good. Higher in the morning then dropping off at night. I think that this means that my adrenals are not shot, whoohooo. Cross that off the list of things to worry about and try to fix.
My progesterone as measured on day 21 of the cycle is way way low. 79 pg/ml on a scale of 75-270, estradiol 2.1 pg/ml with a range of 1.3-3.3 giving me a ratio of Pg/E2 of 38 when optimal is 100-500. I am estrogen dominate which means that I am not producing enough progesterone which is really messing me up.
No wonder I feel like crap, keep gaining weight and my thyroid is tanked, my Pg is low. My T3 levels are 2.3 pg/mL on a scale of 2.3-4.2, my T4 is a 1 ng/mL on a scale of 0.8-1.8, my reverse T3 is 21 ng/dL on a scale of 8-25 giving me a RT3 to T3 ratio of 10.95 when it should be at least 20 and above.
I have a bunch of other levels that are way low too and need the doc to explain to me how they are all related and which ones specifically to work on getting higher and which ones will just fall into place.
As much as I HATE that I have gained weight back after doing three rounds of HCG, I am trying to look at it as a blessing in disguise. I know that I have been hormonally off for quite a while (almost 7 years). The fact that I could lose on HCG but not keep it off when I was eating when hungry and stopping when satisfied and eating Paleo foods showed me that something was wrong. When I started doing the Leptin reset and CT and I was still gaining that really lead me to look into everything else much much deeper.
Robin Woodall’s Weight Loss Apocalypse, Dr Kruse and this site have hopefully saved me from another 10 years of hell. I have learned to eat when hungry and stop when satisfied and not eat XXX amount of calories because that is what the formulas have told me too. I have (hopefully) broke my exercise addiction and stopped using it as a way to punish myself for being fat. I do want to start working out again just to make sure that I am strong and I do love the endorphins but just cannot yet. I am learning that what size of pants I am in or what the scale says should NOT dictate my happiness (this is a tough one). I am loved and cherished by people who do not care what size I am.
I have been “off” for so many years now that it will take all the patience that I have to work on getting back to optimal since I want to be there NOW!!
Next blog will be about how the visit went and to say that I am nervous is an understatement after having seen 5 doctors and a PA’s who could not help me figure this out.
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