WANDERLUSTROUS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WANDERLUSTROUS WANDERLUSTROUS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Please Send Me Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277650 I have been struggling for over 16 years to get to the root cause of my inability to lose weight. I've been working with a functional medicine MD to find the missing piece of my puzzle. <BR> <BR> I am 100% compliant with her program nutritionally and physically. I eat impeccably well, I exercise, I get enough sleep, I drink enough water, and I also focus on stress management. She has recently changed my thyroid medication and has given a great deal of supplements. We are continuing testing ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:28:32 EST Student Loans Have Got Me Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891221 This is totally not Spark related, but I'm really bummed about student loans and when bummed, people usually blog it out, right? <BR> <BR> Between my husband and I, we'll have about $700K in student loans. He isn't done with school yet, but will be in 2016. That means we'll likely pay well over $1 million dollars to pay them. Isn't that just mind-bogglingly insane? <BR> <BR> We had to take out student loans for tuition and living expenses. Both of us went to fairly prestigious schools with ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:08:45 EST I'm baaaaack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801486 I've been Sparking on and off for about 5 years now. I try different lifestyle plans, most of which aren't successful for me. My body doesn't care about the calories in, calories out adage. It does what it wants. <BR> <BR> I haven't been on Spark for about a year. I had a baby and I didn't want to obsess over every single thing I was doing. I gained a healthy amount of weight while I was pregnant, and I've lost it all. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm breastfeeding my baby and he's begun to eat soli... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:48:23 EST I'm Pregnant! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378028 Surprise! I'm just couple days shy of 2 months now. It's kind of hard to keep this kind of news from your Sparkfriends. Now that I've heard a strong heart beat and everything is going well, I figured what better time than now to spill the beans. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are really excited. We still can't believe it. <BR> <BR> My mom and step dad are horrible, horrible people though. When I was walking into my first ultrasound, I got this hateful text from my step dad threatening to take a... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 13:53:21 EST Good News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351058 My husband spoke with his bio professor at school, who recommended I contact the leading researcher on obesity and metabolic disorders. I wrote him an e-mail, and almost immediately, I got a response, recommending I meet with a doctor in my area. <BR> <BR> I set up an appointment for June 21st. This seems like a solid recommendation. The best researcher on the topic recommended the best working physician on the topic. I hate that I have to wait so long for an appointment, but hey, good thing... Thu, 9 May 2013 14:10:35 EST Oh My... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350917 Today marks day 7 on Metformin. That means I have to increase my dose by 500 mg to total 1000 mg. Next week I have to increase my dose to 1500 mg. <BR> <BR> This medication is making me really sick. It's embarrassing to have to run to the bathroom every 2 hours at work. I wasn't able to work out this morning. I wasn't able to clean my house last night. <BR> <BR> I pray to God that this will actually do something. It'd be terrible to go through all this for nothing. Thu, 9 May 2013 11:42:23 EST So, is my doctor wrong? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349696 I don't think I have PCOS. My doctor said, "she had no doubt" I have it. I have every doubt. <BR> <BR> I have low blood pressure. My weight gain has spread evenly throughout my entire body (not just around the abdomen). I don't have male-pattern baldness or thinning hair. I don't have breathing problems when I sleep. I don't have unwanted hair growth. I did have bad acne for about a decade, but it's healed in the past year (without medical intervention). <BR> <BR> I've been off birth contr... Wed, 8 May 2013 10:44:54 EST Metformin and the Occasional Taco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347347 I think I may have lost 2 pounds since I started Metformin on Thursday. It may just be water weight. I don't know. It's too early to tell. The side effects are not fun. I'm trying to stick it out because it takes a few weeks to acclimate. I'm also not up to full dose for another 2 and a half weeks. Fingers crossed this is my missing link. <BR> <BR> If it isn't, I'm ok with it. My husband and I had a long talk this weekend about the situation. He's as determined as me to leave no stone unturn... Mon, 6 May 2013 11:46:33 EST We Don't Add Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344645 If you struggle with the "calories in, calories out" adage, then come join my Sparkteam "We Don't Add Up." <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group<BR>s_individual.asp?gid=60121 <BR> <BR> Please share your stories, struggles, solutions, etc. If you're diagnosed, share the story about how you discovered your underlying condition. If you're undiagnosed, that's fine too! <BR> <BR> Sometimes we just need to vent. There are Sparkers out there who, with the kindest intentions, think t... Fri, 3 May 2013 18:09:30 EST Lawyered! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344354 I usually blog about how terribly unsuccessful I am at getting smaller (losing weight, inches, however you want to characterize it). <BR> <BR> However, today I'm going to blog about something I did well: <BR> <BR> I graduated in from law school in 2012 and I'm working for a company, so the pace at which I learn and am exposed to the real practice of law is slow. We had a headache of a case. The litigator here asked me to jump on and do some research for him. Intuitively, we thought this cas... Fri, 3 May 2013 12:10:41 EST 2-1=4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343087 That's how my body thinks math works. I'm not going to bore you with my story- I can't lose weight no matter how hard I try. Read my other blogs if you really want to know details. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up early to exercise. I got on the scale. BAM! 2 pound gain. Sure, maybe this is water weight. Maybe it's because I just ovulated. Maybe it's the sun's alignment with the Little Dipper and the Universe has some how sabotaged the 10 weeks of work it took me to lose these 2 measly pound... Thu, 2 May 2013 10:30:12 EST Today is The Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341884 Today is the day I get to go for more blood work. I'm really excited. I want to be as proactive as possible to figure out what the heck is wrong with me. <BR> <BR> Fingers crossed the results shed light on the situation. I'm ready for a medical nudge in the right direction. <BR> <BR> I'm really exhausted from fighting this fight alone (well, with the support of my Sparkcommunity and husband). It's time this doctor takes charge and helps me find my missing link. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone h... Wed, 1 May 2013 11:09:46 EST Where is My Doctor House???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340788 5 years since seriously dieting- Up 34.7 lbs (I have about 60 to lose now, instead of that measly 25 I look back on) <BR> <BR> 4 months since seriously monitoring everything via Sparkpeople for the fourth time or so- Down 5.3 lbs <BR> <BR> 11 weeks since starting my doctor's recommended twist on an Atkins program- Down 7.8 lbs <BR> (5 of which came off in the first 10 days- so that's a whopping 2.8 in ~10 weeks) <BR> <BR> (Yes, you read that correctly. When following the Spark recommended ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:14:26 EST Living on a Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333040 Ok, let's state the obvious before I get into this blog entry- I am obsessive. It's kind of ridiculous. When I want something, I'm proactive, and I do something about it. <BR> <BR> I've been this way my whole life. I keep pushing myself past limits I didn't think was possible. Sometimes, (ok more than sometimes), I'm annoying at how obsessive I become about things. In school, I wasn't naturally smart. I worked my butt off, got into grad school, worked my butt off harder than I could ever ima... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:02:32 EST My Doctor is Stumped http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317561 I just got back from the DR who suggested I go low carb. I gave her my food log. They checked my urine, and of course I was in ketosis. Duh- I have been nearly every day since I started two months ago. Initially, she tried to tell me I was eating too much protein. She told me I may be eating too many calories. But by the end of the visit, I think she realized that was superficial advice. <BR> <BR> A few minutes after her initial assessment, I started to let her know how incredibly fed up wit... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 20:08:46 EST I chickened out. This is close to rock bottom. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316347 I was supposed to go to a friend's birthday party. I haven't seen most of these people since about 60 pounds ago this past june. I don't live near them, so I drove out straight from work. I got to their neighborhood about 3 hours early and killed time. <BR> <BR> My husband let me know that the shirt I chose to wear wasnt flattering. He did it in the nicest way. We went shopping for a new shirt before the party- I really couldn't find anything that covered the area he pointed out. No shirt s... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 20:38:04 EST Is there anybody out there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311306 Week 8, Day 2. <BR> <BR> After doing Nutrisystem and working out vigorously for a few months, I lost 0 pounds. Desperate times, desperate measures... I did hCG and I lost 20 pounds for my wedding by June 2012. <BR> <BR> I gained 60 pounds in just a few months after. I'm 5'2. That was nearly half my body weight. I was eating a moderate American diet. I didn't go overboard. I just wasn't doing hCG anymore. <BR> <BR> I got back on Sparkpeople Jan. 1st. I followed the low calorie, low fat rec... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 10:59:41 EST 1 month down- the rest of my life to go. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285024 This morning marks the end of 4 weeks on Atkins. I lost a total of 4 pounds. That's a pound a week. Not very impressive for most Atkins-goers, but for me, it was fantastic. I've been on Sparkpeople for about 5 years now, and with a balanced diet and moderate exercise, I NEVER lose weight. From January until Mid-February, I actually gained weight with a moderate approach. This is just what has to be. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a bad day. I ate a few more carbs than I should have. It was the fi... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 09:57:23 EST Week 3 Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284440 I haven't lost anything since day 10 (5 lbs). I think I have to stop eating fake sugar. Bummer. <BR> <BR> I had a bad day today. I don't have a good relationship with my mother because she has mental health issues she doesn't treat. She's been sending me manipulative emails with accusations and twisting of the truth in an attempt to guilt me and "improve" our relationship. <BR> <BR> I think I'll have a glass of wine and put on a feel-good movie. Tomorrow is another day. <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:01:51 EST Day 14: Induction Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264697 Well, as of tonight I'll have completed the obligatory 2 week induction period. I'm down about 5 pounds. I imagine this is slow for most low-carbers, but my body really really likes holding onto unnecessary fat. <BR> <BR> I don't have anything negative to say about the first 2 weeks of low-carbing. In fact, because things went so well, I intend to continue this phase for a while longer. How long, I haven't decided. <BR> <BR> I just downloaded Dr. Akins' "New Diet Revolution" after I've co... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:42:49 EST Day 10: Yep, that's 5 pounds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259842 Holla! 5 pounds down in 9 days. The math doesn't make sense to me, but it's a good thing. I like this kind of nonsensical math. I wish all scale readings didn't add up in this way. <BR> <BR> It's Friday. I'm feeling good. Tomorrow I'm going snowboarding because my husband's officially on Spring Break!!!! Woohoo! I finally get to hang out with him and do fun things. With this added energy I have from the change in diet, it's going to be a really great week! <BR> <BR> I finished reading Tau... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:31:25 EST Day 9: Worst Doctor Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258579 I had a frustrating day yesterday. Here's the context- <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I posted a message in the "Help! Panic Button!" Section of the website about a horrible experience I had with a gynecologist. Well, the Worst Doctor Ever Saga continues: <BR> <BR> She ran blood work to check me for hypothyroidism or PCOS. She coded the blood work as "gain in weight" a symptom, rather than diagnostically based. As a result, my insurance company wouldn't cover it. So I called her office (because... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:08:52 EST Day 8: One Week Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257552 I've successfully followed the induction phase of low-carb eating with 4 pounds down, extra energy, and a giant smile. <BR> <BR> I say "low-carb" eating instead of committing to Atkins or any other titled program. I'm not sure which program I'd like to adhere to, and quite frankly I may take bits and pieces from a few and put them together according to my body's response. <BR> <BR> I've had one "symptom" of induction, which is slight muscle weakness. I've taken members' suggestions and cons... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:21:25 EST Day 3: Real Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251295 So I'm one of those people who literally can't lose weight (the traditional way). It's not that I don't adhere to the "rules", because I did. I tried everything- Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Seattle Sutton, Bistro MD, Personal Trainers, Insanity (and other strenuous exercise programs), going to doctors and specialists (Endocrinologists, Gynecologists, Allergists, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists). <BR> <BR> There are two times in my life I've lost weight. I starved myself in college (unhealth... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 08:20:04 EST Day 2: The Scale Final Moved in the Right Direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250397 This morning I felt a tremendous victory in my heart, I lost .5 lbs. This may be a loss in water weight, or maybe... just maybe... low carb eating just works for me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I decided to be proactive and try a different approach to being well and getting smaller. After 5 weeks (the post-January 1st promise I made to myself) of getting back to using the tools on SparkPeople, I gained 2.5 lbs. So instead of moping around about it, I just changed my focus to low carb. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:35:08 EST