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The 60 Pound Elephant in the Room

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

A team member asked me this morning if my doctors knew what I was doing to lose the weight? As I started to write my answer, I realized that all the improvements in my health over the last year have been made possible by committee, rather like the Blind Men in the Blind Men and the Elephant story:

The Oncologist said my fatigue was due to a B12 deficiency. And it helped and he continues to order Pet Scans. And those reports continue to come back perfect. And they are delighted I am eating lots of fruit and vegetables.

My chiropractor said many of my problems were due to a wonky (my word) neck and Vitamin D3 deficiency. Right on both counts. They also had a book by Dr. Fuhrman in the lobby when I was going there daily. That started my journey toward nutritional excellence and they encouraged that.

My primary doctor got me started going to the Livestrong program at the YMCA with its strength training, and working with weights on the lower body that chased away the neuropathy. That made me realize work outs in the deep water of the pool would be very beneficial. The primary was going to the Zumba extravaganza with his family and thought I might like that. Don't know why he thought I'd like it. But I DO like the Aqua Zumba class, and I ordered Zumba DVDs to do indoors when it storms.

My primary doctor also beams at the 60 pound weight loss, blood pressure down, cholesterol down, the migraines and tinnitus and balance problems gone. He can't believe I lost 10 more pounds since March 26 despite the start of thyroid meds. Neither can I.

And that brings me to the other "member" of my committee--you all of you in my corner of the room here at SP and the tools which have made all of this possible.

Not a one of you knows much about everything I'm doing, but you all play a vital role in my success all the same, and somehow, all of it appears to be creating a very healthy me.

The best part is, you wouldn't recognize the elephant any more!!

Now, I'll go pick up my new thyroid medication. A delicious dinner and the pool are waiting!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PKBOO3 6/5/2013 8:21AM

    So proud of you! Great job.

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PATRICIAAK 6/4/2013 11:13PM

    Team work makes the dream work. You are the central person here. Congrats.

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ANGEL1066 6/4/2013 10:37PM

    Sounds like you have a good crew! I have found D3 , B12 and pool exercise, especially in the deep end running, very helpful for my leg pain and nueropathy also, even in the chilly pool I have now, 72 degrees to day, brr! I hope to get better on track with the fruits and veggies as the garden starts coming in. So glad you are doing so well!

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LINDAF49 6/4/2013 10:32PM

    I love the way you put the committee all together and just want you to know what a treasure you are in my health path and what an encouragement you are to me... I have hope of finally loosing this weight I have carried for 33 years, almost half of my life!! Healthy me coming down the path gently and slowly but very sure of the direction.

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L*I*T*A* 6/4/2013 7:49PM

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GAILRUU 6/4/2013 6:39PM

    I have been taking B12 plus thyroid meds. I hope it helps.

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KELLIEBEAN 6/4/2013 6:38PM

    Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. I agree, the SP committee is also helping me become the healthiest version of myself.

Continued success to you!

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*RENEAT* 6/4/2013 6:11PM

    Great job! If this was done by committee you must be the chairperson! emoticon

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    emoticon I've got a long trip to town tomorrow, to visit two of my team internist, who helps me on several fronts, and my podiatrist/surgeon, who may need to remove another neuroma in my right foot. Good doctors are a must for some of us.

I've learned a lot from you and I guess some of it, I've learned from your doctors. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 6/4/2013 5:25PM

    emoticon I love the support and encouragement I have gotten from SP!

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