Where to Next?
Thursday, July 18, 2019
After seven months of trying, I left Precision Nutrition.
The program wasn't working for me. I was doing the habits, but I wasn't doing much more. I felt as if I was doing nothing more than doing what I needed to do to check the boxes. I never felt fully engaged. I had to ask myself why I couldn't make any progress when I was doing something. I was being consistent. I was taking steps. Why wasn't anything happening?
Recently I learned there may be more going on.
My right hip pain was improving, but never fully recovering. I would take two steps forward, but there would always be one step back. My therapist was becoming reluctant to keep treating me. He felt I needed more than therapy. He sent me back to the doctor to confirm I had something more than irritation. On top of that, despite the rest and the adapted workouts, my left hip began hurting. It hurt even more than the right one.
The hip doctor took x-rays. My balls sat in the sockets exactly where they should. There were no calcifications. There was no bone-on-bone. There was no reason for impingements. He said it was time to consider the problem might be systemic. I might have some internal inflammation going on. He gave me some Prednisone for the immediate pain (and it helped) and had me go for a blood test.
I spent a few days worrying. My grandfather had severe rheumatoid arthritis that crippled him for the last 30 years of his life. What if that is also my fate? Could I have something worse?
The blood test came back negative for the horrible stuff like RA, Lupus, and Lyme. It came back positive for a generalized inflammatory condition. My next step is to see a rheumatologist and figure out the best way to treat it.
Is the inflammation the reason I can't lose weight? Is it the reason why I seem to have joint injury after joint injury? It is also possible my weight is why I have inflammation.
I have to concentrate on these issues right now. I need to target my diet more and think about getting well rather than losing weight.
I am looking at anti-inflammatory diets right now. What foods do I need to eat more of and what do I need to eat less of? I eat a lot of anti-inflammatory foods like berries, but I probably still eat too much sugar even though I struggle to cut back.
Precision nutrition taught me to take things one day and one habit at a time. I will continue to do so. I have to decide what my habits will be and what my days will consist of. I need to come back to Spark People to track my foods and make an honest assessment of what I eat every day and how it might be contributing to my pain.
The challenge will come in the next two weeks. I'm taking a trip to Spain with my family. Vacations are tough. I have to keep in mind people eat different foods in Europe. Breakfast is often a white flour product in my Mediterranean countries. Do I go with the flow and hope to undo the damage when I come home, or do I make some special orders?
Right now I will only focus on today. How do I feel? What can I do? What can I eat?
For my latest adventure I am unmoored and unguided, but I will find a way.