DOTSLADY's SparkPeople Blog DOTSLADY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Pumpkin Smell-a-vision? I can't help it. This is cute. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>219</em> <em>471</em> <em>147</em> <em>334</em> Thu, 5 Nov 2015 11:41:58 EST HI! It's Halloween Humor Time! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How ARE you all?! Miss you! Blog more soon. I'm on to something AGAIN! ;) Tue, 27 Oct 2015 21:11:44 EST Trending Now: Fatty Liver! Seriously, on Yahoo this minute! I must've been burning up the internet with all my searches. Here's one article from Time if you have the time. (Sitting too much is killing us.) <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Seems my apathetic giving-up attitude (life can be like an emotional roller-coaster when you have health ish-ews) or another Scrabble word, <BR> <BR> an·he·do·ni·a <BR> ˌanhēˈdōnēə,-hi-/ <BR> noun -PSYCHIATRY <BR> inability to feel pleasure <BR> <BR> has c... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:02:50 EST Insulin Resistance & PCOS info/links I found a nice blog I can relate to based on my experience: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Treatment for 4 Types of PCOS. Treat the Cause by Lara Briden, ND: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Insulin sensitivity is improved by many other things including a HEALTHY GUT BACTERIA, and the hormones estradiol, and T3. <BR> <BR> Many nutritional supplements show promise for insulin resistance. The best ones... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 12:54:23 EST PCOS & Sometimes it's not what you eat so much as what you're not. My hair's been falling out by the handfuls the past few months. Trying to not be mortified about it as I pick up each strand on the dark bathroom tile and dark bathroom rug. I've had high testosterone for years. Doctors have only said, "that'll help you with muscle" ... as I've lost muscle not exercising and mostly not eating much due to SIBO diet treatment. Catch 33 there. Between a rock and a hard place. Marcia Marcia Marcia! You need to eat a Snickers. ha! <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> <em... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 13:12:30 EST 9 YEAR SPARKVERSARY! Where has time gone? I was hoping to be at goal by now (again). LOL. I'm stuck on 105 lbs lost (not a horrible thing, mind you! *pats on back*). <BR> <BR> Trying to shake it up again, so I started to weight train...yesterday (so that'd be once now). Today is rest day (yay). I'm SORE (what did ya expect from a fibro chick?!) <BR> <BR> You'd think I'd give this more thought. But I'm taking care of myself by going to bed to do my cellular repair now. Ta-ta! <BR> <BR> <em>384</em> <em>... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:31:16 EST Detoxing: Not For the Faint of Heart I know my liver's whacked, but do I really understand HOW whacked? No. Because if I did, I wouldn't have succumbed to wanting flavor on my dry Greek salad (sans feta, the best part/flavor: the more aged, the more bacteria, the more flavor) at Panera last night. It has crappity crap in it like MSG last I looked years ago. The addict (messy neurotransmitters due to messy gut) in me likes MSG apparently. I used to like burned toast, too. Very unhealthy to eat burned anything. But I digress. ... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:50:43 EST Was I Complaining About My Dogs? & SIBO Conference & New SIBO Test Now I can't stop huggin' on them (even if Coco puked and I had to unstuff her bed manually so I could wash it; and really I have to thank her for doing it on the tile, not rug), ran into the forest after a stray dog, pulled out pillow stuffing from another pillow all over the room, clawed my face trying to lick it, reached up and got the stuffing I'd taken and ran THAT around the room). She's a gangly teen. ;) <BR> <BR> Lil Holly, all 6 lbs of her, is a jumping bean trying to love me with ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:31:13 EST Mike Mutzel Podcasts Are My Fave I'm on FB more than here, ya'all (yeah, I'm Southern today). But I don't blog my life like I do here. I'm always sharing Mike Mutzel podcasts over there (if you're also on FB, let me know so we can wave). I encourage you to check him out as he's so en pointe about relevant health topics (least in my world). I have his book, The Belly Fat Effect <link> </link> , and of course I read 1/2 and moved on to another book (limited attention span due to compromised B vitamin ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:33:22 EST Hormone Update and May Cholesterol Results Paleo doc didn't really say much. He raised my estriol balance in my progesterone cream is all. He again grabbed my fatty parts and told me the hormones responsible: <BR> <BR> knees: thyroid <BR> lower belly: cortisol <BR> upper belly: can't remember (I'll edit when I do) <BR> back fat: can't remember <BR> arm fat: can't remember, but I heard this fat is VERY hard to get rid of (a Sean Croxton podcast, I can't remember the guest) <BR> <BR> He wants to check my neurotransmitters. I'm leery... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 14:01:59 EST I Could Use Hormone Help In learning about the gut, I missed the chapters on hormones. I kinda refuse to learn about them; have no energy for it and my memory doesn't serve me :P I got a bunch of blood labs last week, and the results are rolling in. Waiting for cholesterol (which neither doc cares about, btw, and I know why, but I want to see what effect the diet changes have made to LDL if anything. I look at it as a liver marker of sorts. My LDL is usually high, lowest being 119 and you want under 100. Just call... Wed, 27 May 2015 17:15:02 EST Gut 101-the Effect of Foods by Dr. Tom O'Bryan Dr. Tom has gotten huge in the gluten/gut world since I met him a few years ago when he was going from city to city with his gut speech. Sean Croxton, Underground Wellness, showed him how to market himself/his message so he could reach more people via the internet, so I thought I'd share one of his emails if you're just starting to learn about how the gut can help or hinder your health journey. (Okay, and I'm trying to get a few SP points, too). ;) Seems I've been here since 2006 and don't... Mon, 25 May 2015 00:03:30 EST Recovering from Vacation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am tired, and am still recovering from our 5 days in rainy So. Cal. This is the first vacay since the vacay from hell three years ago (which was the first vacay in forever). And, Yes, I packed the clouds with me, as it rained a lot and was chilly in San Diego. It was nice to get away and have a change of scenery, nice to see family, and nice to get home again. I wasn't prepared for the ... Sat, 23 May 2015 10:38:07 EST First Treatment on FODMAPs for Fibro I'm SO upset SP! Apparently you can't start a blog entry in the morning and complete it in the evening. After pushing the Post Blog Entry button it promptly disappeared. I should have copied it before pushing. I should have written it in a Word doc and copied it over. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. <BR> <BR> I can't write it again. I'm in a time crunch. Suffice it to say that my treatment didn't work all the way, but likely "something" is happening. I don't bloat as much anymore (my bloat wasn't h... Sun, 10 May 2015 20:10:19 EST I don't blame mom, I blame mom's biome. I struggle with sugar addiction apparently (in denial because I ate so well, but the urge doesn't let up!), and in the throws of stress tend to want potato chips, Starburst, and ice-cream (like a recovering alcoholic I'll say that I've been two years off the Lays and Starburst, and almost a year without ice-cream). Sugar doesn't sit so well with my gut/biome. I don't blame myself anymore either. Co-Co for Coco-Puffs comes to me easily as it's in the genes. I blame my mother? I am my mothe... Fri, 1 May 2015 10:16:22 EST BINGO! Cause of Fibro is SIBO! I've had enough testing the last few years to KNOW this doctor is talking about me and my experience. <BR> <BR> Low tryptophan? Check! <BR> Low serotonin? Check! <BR> Low melatonin? Check! <BR> Gut dysbiosis? Check! and on an on. <BR> <BR> If you have fibro, but haven't had all the tests to know, just having your anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain is enough! I hope you can ask your doctor for a SIBO breath test (demand it! Info in last blog entry). Some GI doctors have a breath machine... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 15:10:14 EST SIBO and FIBRO treatment (FODMAPs +) I have been seeing a paleo doctor (occasionally). It's a "boutique" service where I "get" to pay an extra $2k a year for personal attention. You know, like you idealistically believe you'll get from an allopathic doctor? Not to complain. I have credit cards for this. :P He is wonderful, btw. It's SUCH a relief, i.e. no stress, to talk to him because he GETS me! I got him to order me a SIBO test. Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. More on this later, but how did I get here? <BR> <BR>... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:25:59 EST FAVE gut interviews today only They're free today, so watch if you can. Or buy them (so nice they're free for a bit). I'm out the door for an 8 hour drive to see old doctor or I'd catch you up to date. Every time I come here to document weight, I say I'm going to write a blog and don't. I have podcasts and summit videos to watch! DH will be in here wanting me packed and ready, and I'm blogging. :P So, quickly, change your paradigm maybe: <BR> <BR> Digestion Sessions II (sign up!! just google it) with Sean Croxton and Mi... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:15:38 EST Stewart (belated Halloween Humor) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love me some gluten humor. <em>334</em> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 16:20:27 EST Free Eating Psychology Conference link <em>387</em> FYI: <link><BR>m </link> sign up for free speakers regarding different aspects of the psychology of eating. Speakers include Dr. Hyman, Dr. Sarah Gottfried (hormones), Jessica Ortner (tapping), Dr. Perlmutter (neurologist), Jon Gabriel (love him), Dr. Hyla Cass, Daniel Vitalis ... I think there will be 50 speakers during the week. I appreciate the pick-me-up when I'm feeling frazzled -- it helps keep me focused; maybe it will help you, to... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:45 EST H PYLORI. Another route to a LEAKY GUT Much needs to be shared and I know I'll forget some, but here goes. <BR> <BR> My Christmas present 2013 was getting an endoscopy from a new gastroenterologist who wanted to check on the status of my villous atrophy/celiac (it has been since Jan 31, 2006 since celiac endoscopy/diagnosis). He snipped a bunch of biopsies, and I awaited 10 days for results: celiac villous atrophy was great, no problem - yay (I was a Marsh Stage III meaning my villi were nubbins (out of IV who often don't respo... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:20:00 EST Another Genova Test, Massage and a Funny I sent another stool sample Monday to Genova: The Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Profile #2100 ( <link> </link> ). I understand they are changing the tests within this test and not including the parasitology starting Oct. 28th. I was in such a hurry to mail the test I sent it without the cover/box for protecting the vials! I sure hope they get it okay?! ew! The genetics counselor wanted a more recent test. I'm primarily checking dysbiosis/bacterial imbalance within... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:38:20 EST Carrying On From Fun: Carry On <BR> <BR> "If you're lost and alone <BR> Or you're sinking like a stone <BR> Carry on <BR> May your past be the sound <BR> Of your feet upon the ground <BR> Carry on" <BR> <BR> It's marching music: <link> </link> for a mellow march/walk. I misplaced my iTouch and I miss my walking tunes. <BR> <BR> __________________ <BR> <BR> We got Dd moved into her new apt. and with luck and a prayer she will do fine. That's what I said the first day. ... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:05:17 EST Catch Up Time <img src=""> <BR> old pic, I've let my hair grow so I can pony-tail it for walking in the heat. <BR> <BR> I've been a ghost, so sorry, but it was necessary for me to take a break this last year or so. I have maintained my 40 lb gain because I've not been eating low-histamine (more like potato chips, Starburst, and even ice-cream - I should share THOSE labs). The doc had me change thyroid dose from 150mcg to 50mcg and I'm still astound... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:57:46 EST RIP Musti <img src=""> <BR> Jenny on left, Musti on right. Musti would never stay still for a picture, so this is a pretty good shot of the old man. :) <BR> <BR> Our black lab, Musti, was put down yesterday. He was my other lab, Jenny's, puppy. <BR> <BR> His hind legs could not sustain him any longer. He would whine and/or bark from his comfy pillows in my bedroom I think for company or to tell me what, I don't know. After 5 minutes or more h... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:50:26 EST CT Scan Results: Not cancer but let's rescan in a few After I followed the scan machine's instructions to hold my breath, then breathe, etc., the tech said over the intercom that I needed to lower my pants as she didn't know they had metal grommets which interferes with the end product. I do so and therefore have to be rescanned; ie, double radiation, which ticked me OFF! <link><BR>82398582691047.html#printMode </link> <BR> <BR> As usual, I asked for copies of my medical results and guess which pics were ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 22:01:38 EST CT Scan Done I had the CT scan this morning after many phone calls regarding the dye. I got what I'm calling a "dry" scan with no dye. I'd reacted to the Ultravist contrast dye a couple of years ago when I was tested for lung cancer (um, turned out to be GERD) via CT scan. I had an itchy throat which was closing up, heart palpitations/racing, anxiety, dizziness (I've since come to learn that all this is due to histamine intolerance). I was given IV Benadryl (an anti-histamine) and not allowed to driv... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:07:20 EST I'll be seeing more doctors. Kidney cancer? I'll post my ultrasound records later. 2.8cm (about 1") hard mass. Doc said they didn't say 'suspicious' which he didn't like. He wasn't reassuring, and after I looked online, I'm not reassured either. Phew. Need to find my happy place. It has been so long. I picked up a Bernie Segal book at a used bookstore about laughter and cancer; guess I'll grab it off the shelf. <BR> <BR> Supposed to get CT scan next (which I'm not keen to do as I react to the dye) and/or biopsy. Hairdresser... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:04:46 EST Tired of Doctors Kidney pain started 15th of Jan. Got flu on 16th (norovirus or some such 24-hr version coming out both ends at same time. beautiful stuff). Kidneys continued hurting so went to ER (couldn't find instacare) and they did urinalysis which was negative to white or red blood cells. They put me on antibiotics for 7 days. Then I got additional script for more days cause pain wasn't going away. Stopped after 10th straight day. Went back to doc and they said they'd set up ultrasound. Waited da... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:18:28 EST Crazy Cholesterol & Other Labs Jan 4, 2013 <BR> <BR> VAP Cholesterol Test <BR> Test/Ref Range <BR> <BR> LDL Direct 174 H (less than 130mg/dL) <BR> Total HDL Direct 69 (40 or more) <BR> Total VLDL 15 (under 30) <BR> Total Cholesterol 258 H (less than 200) <BR> Triglycerides 72 <BR> Total Non-HDL (LDL+VLDL) 190 H (less than 160) <BR> Total APOB100 calc 118 H (under 109) <BR> <BR> LP(a) 19 H (under 10) <BR> IDL 9 (under 20) <BR> Real LDL 146 H (under 100) <BR> Sum Total LDL 174 H (under 130) <BR> Real LDL Size Pat... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:15:08 EST Food Allergy Cartoon <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 07:47:56 EST New Thyroid Dose December 7, 2012 <BR> <BR> TSH: 8.233 High (ref range .40-4.20) <BR> Free T-4: 1.20 (.80-1.80) <BR> Free T3: 1.87 Low (2.3-4.2) <BR> <BR> New dose started yesterday, Jan 6, 2012: <BR> <BR> Synthroid upped to .150 mcg from .125 mcg. <BR> Cytomel 5mcg added (I've not tried this before). <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:59:37 EST Food Allergy Cartoon <img src=""> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:52:23 EST Keep pushing. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>345</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:32:33 EST Unzipping the Unhappy Me I'm emotionally up and down. DH usually returns home after a 7-8 hr drive Friday nights and leaves on Sundays back to his new work locale out of state. He likes his new job and that's good for him. He was home for a week or so during Christmas holidays and it was pretty okay I guess. <BR> <BR> Miss Julie, Therapist, talked about "isms" in life -- alcoholism, consumerism (shopping addiction), pornography-ism?, drug addiction-ism, etc; how they're diversions from reality. I guess I could... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 17:43:45 EST Cry-y-y-ing ... STILL Another emotional setback. Actually my heart has been talking to me. I've been bawling on and off during the day as I may have mentioned in previous blog posts, not sure anymore. Sometimes I don't know why, and I told Miss Julie, Therapist, that I feel like I have Post Traumatic Stress. She concurred. <BR> <BR> DH and I talked for 4 hrs. So glad the daughter didn't come home. I'm tired of thinking about This and That. I don't talk to anyone else about it except the therapist. I've go... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 03:21:57 EST Thanks for Giving Dd worked, and Dh and I went to a neighbor's. When I look back at my state of mind the past 6 months, I can say I was an emotional wreck: I felt anxiety to the nth degree, but it was a different anxiety than my celiac anxiety as I could handle it. I can attribute this to the fact that I have MUCH MUCH MUCH! better adrenal health this time around due to a better-for-ME allergen-free diet. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I baked a ham and some sweet potatoes. Neighbor was willing to roast a gf turkey ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 13:19:07 EST In a Rabbit Hole <em>172</em> "Je taime mon petit lapin," is "I love you my little rabbit" in French. Forgive spelling errors as it has been since jr. high. I taught Dh to say it when we were dating. His pronounciation was uncoordinated, goofy and very endearing. <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> I'm stressed. I'm SO sick of being stressed. Emotional roller coaster rides, thoughts of moving us/Dd, packing, eating/food. I'm up to 200.2 today. Yesterday, lessee, I ate: 3 or 4 pkgs of pomegranate seeds (equiv to t... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 22:44:05 EST I visited a dietitian <em>150</em> Yesterday I met with a dietitian who had her masters degree. I let her steer her appt with me, and it took a while going through my food history before I started getting to my current issues w/the histaminosis/histamine intolerance. I think she had a routine and the eventual story she got out of me was a surprise. She thinks I'm hard on myself and that I need to relax, which is hard to do right now. I brought some of my more current labs and she didn't think they were bad a... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:57:45 EST Cyrex Antibody Array 5 Results <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This Cyrex test was $575 through my MD/ND, and I got results in early October and am only getting around to sharing now. It's supposed to give you an approx. 10 yr. predictive look at where antibody activity is evident to specific organs/systems in the body. <BR> <BR> My results indicated I have antibodies to my thyroid, which isn't surprising since I have Hashimoto's, and I was also equivocal for antibodies t... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 15:40:52 EST Canada recognizes histamine levels in food? I sporadically checked twitter for histamine hashtags and found an interesting post from the Canadian gov't re: too much histamine in I think canned, maybe jarred, anchovies: <link> </link> (October 30, 2012 entry). Huh. I like that - not that I'd be eating those as I know they're high in histamines GENERALLY - but what about people who don't KNOW they have a histamine problem? Yikes. <BR> <BR> "The Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) and Division o... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 14:45:18 EST Bye-Bye Recliner Since I've been eating histamine foods, my body is reacting: pain, stiffness, achiness. It's a slow climb out of this hole thus far. I haven't had Starburst for a good three days though - YAY! I STILL think about it daily - BOO! Haven't had chips for way longer - YAY! <BR> <BR> Have I mentioned how the past two years I've been growing more, shall we say, amorous? Since the low-histamine, more yet again; probably because I wasn't in pain 24/7 or esp after exercise. That sense of free... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:26:36 EST From 196 to 188 I can't believe I got back up to 196. That's almost 200 ya'll. Scared the H out of me. I'm struggling to stay on the wagon, but have only THOUGHT about Starburst when I'm hungry. I mention it to DH and he knows I struggle with it, and he's about out the door to buy them for me. I tell him he's an enabler. He seems okay with that. He doesn't like it when I'm angry - not that NOT getting Starburst makes me angry - it doesn't. I'm anxious a bit, but definitely not angry. I think he does... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:48:09 EST 25 lbs up and counting Food me: ...right when you don't think it can get worse, it keeps getting worse. I keep getting worse. Starburst. Potato chips. and now honey Greek yogurt. Hmmmm. Tang, salt/fat/crunch and Pudding mouth feel. <BR> <BR> Clinical me: I'm also obviously estrogen dominant per my abdominal ultrasound results (uterine fibroid). My ZRT saliva results prove that: I'm too low in progesterone, too high in testosterone (libido, whiskers, a few zits/boils even). No wonder I can't lose weight... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 22:59:00 EST Old/New News: Labs (Cholesterol, Thyroid, Ultrasound) Old News I haven't blogged for posterity: <BR> <BR> Cholesterol went wacky. Need to find labs. <BR> <BR> Thyroid: got better. Rx lowered from 125mcg to 100mcg. Retested lab scheduled tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Abdominal ultrasound: Uterus measures 9.4 x 3.5 x 4.6cm. Small .9cm hypoechoic region posteriorly in the fundus - possibly small fibroid. Sm. amt of fluid noted at cervix vs a tiny nabothian cyst. No pathologic appearing adnexal fluid noted. <BR> <BR> Well, that tiny nabothian cys... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:06:21 EST Starburst. Potato Chips. That's all I crave. What else can I say but that my middle gut is a swishy mess of newly added Starburst & Potato Chips - 10 lbs so far. I started out good today and it ended badly. <BR> <BR> I will try yet again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to run again. I'm sore; and that's likely because my eating has been SO off with the low-histamine. Today's bfast after my run was leftover salmon (leftovers = higher histamine), watermelon. I juiced up some romaine and cilantro because I... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 23:31:31 EST Still Angry Much has transpired emotionally, but I'm mostly in an <BR> ANGRY <em>28</em> ANGRY <em>234</em> and SAD <em>46</em> SAD <em>39</em> place. <BR> <BR> Food: I've been all off plan eating plain yogurt, salsa and corn chips and Starburst. I've gained back 6 lbs and boy can I feel it! I really liked being 171 and so close to 160ville. I look forward to when I'm back there, so at least I still have some gumption left. I gotta go walk the dog. I'll try to listen to some P!nk to keep... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 10:59:53 EST Angry Birds I don't know what that game's about, but that's our family. I'm still an emotional hot mess. I'm tired of hearing DH's voice wane on about himself and his problems. I'm tired of Dd's anger at me! <BR> <BR> I have fought and worked my way into this and I just don't throw in the towel that easily. I have fought for everything in my life, why shouldn't I? Perseverance usually pays off. Why is this so hard? <BR> <BR> I'm tired. <BR> (Lots edited out, sorry). Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:33:37 EST I've lost 100 lbs <img src=""> <BR> July 15, 2012 <BR> <BR> Random before pics. I don't know how much I weighed because I didn't monitor at the time. I know I weighed around 230s-260s when pregnant. I weighed around 250s when dx w/celiac in 2006, then I gained 23 lbs and it has been a SP journey since (up and down, up up down down). But ultimately, 100 lbs is down and I've got pictures. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:10:29 EST Food Allergy Fun cartoon <img src=""> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 23:30:11 EST