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Day 175: An experiment


Monday, November 11, 2013

Whoops, it's been a little too long since the last blog post!

My struggles continue, so while I know it is not the best idea, it is the only idea I have at the moment. I am not going to track my food. This obviously will not help with weight loss, but I think it will help with stress. I stopped in the middle of last week, and it has helped a little. At least I don't log my food, see the numbers exceeding my range, and feel bad about myself.

I am still measuring things and maintaining proper portions, so at least there's that. I did have a minor crisis this morning, as my little container of milk fell over and spilled in my bag, leaving a trail of milk droplets. So there went breakfast. Grape Nuts without milk isn't really possible, haha.

My blood work was perfect, so my exhaustion is not related to my thyroid. To be honest, I wish it was. At least that I can fix. How do you fix fatigue when you're getting 8-9 hours of sleep at night?

The support is still limited, but I've reinforced the relationships I have to hopefully make it a little easier to get help when I need it. At least I'm able to pinpoint the fake support and not let it bother me.

We'll see how this lack of tracking goes for right now. I've got to fix other things before I can refocus on my weight loss. Onward!
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KAREN608 11/26/2013 12:12PM

    For me, sometimes I test okay for thyroid and other times not. So I really feel now after a lifetime looking back, that when the thyroid was not working well, I was very fatigued, and when it is working okay, I am improved. Then I factor in what I am eating (I need carbs for energy), how much water I am drinking and if I really got good quality sleep. It's a getting to know ourselves process, this fatigue. Sometimes we figure it out, and sometimes not.

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ANALOGY 11/18/2013 12:27AM

    Fatigue is really hard to figure out. I can blame a little on sleep, because I don't get 8 or 9 hours most nights. But I don't sleep horribly in general. I got my thyroid hormone levels fixed and felt no different. Same for testosterone. One year I got checked out by a sleep lab, an endocrinologist, a cardiologist, a pulmonary doc, and a couple shrinks just to make sure I wasn't depressed without knowing it. I got one to prescribe me a few different antidepressants just in case, took hormones, tried provigil for sleepiness, nothing really helped. I had my sinuses cleared out surgically and started a bunch of allergy drugs in case that was my problem. I got tested for a ridiculous number of strange rare infectious diseases just in case, including the ones associated with CFS, which I don't have. I'm just sleepy/tired too much.

Which is my long way of saying, like Irishmum, I understand the frustration with exhaustion. I had a year or two of not being very functional, gradually got better, but my energy levels have never returned to what I'd consider normal. It sucks. Just does.

And it really sucks weight-wise. The reason I gained a lot of weight a few years ago and wound up getting pointed to SparkPeople by you was that I had tried to white-knuckle acting normal for a year then just gave up and got sedentary for a year. I know not to do that, at least.

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FUNGIRL81005 11/11/2013 5:57PM

    Plod on...Plod ON!! You got this..... emoticon

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ABBIE0224 11/11/2013 1:12PM

    Have you thought of alternative doctors to help you out? I started going to a nurse practitioner who specializes in natural remedies... She was the one who told me I have a thyroid condition (I know it is not your thyroid but still), I have cortisol issues, where I can't sleep at night because cortisol rises in me... I also found out I need higher levels of vitamin B & D then what I was taking, much higher then the standard dosage.

It is just a thought to have someone else check for things you might not be thinking could be the issue.

I hope things take a turn for you. emoticon

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IRISHMUM3 11/11/2013 12:24PM

    I wish you could find a "fixable" reason for your exhaustion. I understand that frustration. Sending hugs to help you on your journey!

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ROX5CAR 11/11/2013 11:35AM

    Keri- you definitely have to do what's right for you, but it's part of the Mocha commitment you signed up for.....to track.... Also, look @ things you are eating...maybe there's something in your diet that could contribute to fatigue...

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