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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!
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