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And the Hits Just Keep Coming…

8 Sep

I have been MIA for weeks; not only MIA from keeping you all up-to-date on my weight loss efforts and other fabulousity, but it seems from my every day life in a way.

I should have posted a Weigh-In:  Week Five this week, but, and please excuse my language, shit got crazy.  The headaches got a little better, but then school started.  Getting back on that schedule wasn’t easy, and although I was waking up at 5am, I wasn’t working out the way I wanted to.  I ended up gaining back the weight I had lost, but figured that I could easily get back on track.

The Universe had a different plan.  Last week, I had some back pain.  And let’s be honest, pain is something I live with.  I chalked it up to walking into something and figured it would go away on its own.  Cut to this past Tuesday where the pain became sharp and stabbing and I could barely walk.  I ended up in the ER with a bladder infection.  Who knew?  I had NO symptoms.  None.  Ain’t that a kick in the urinary tract?  It didn’t stop there.  Of course not.  Wednesday found me back in the ER; the infection wasn’t content in my bladder and decided to invade my kidneys.  AWESOME.  103.5 fever.  Chills and sweats ALL day and night.  Achy body.  Migraine.  Nausea. Dizziness.   And still the back pain.

Things are going well today, but I don’t want to jinx myself!  If the fever stays under control today, I won’t have to go back to the hospital.  I’m pretty positive.  So, I gained weight back.  I missed nearly the whole second week of school.  And I’m taking more meds right now than anyone my age probably should.  But, I’m on the mend.

I don’t know when I’ll be able to work out again, or eat things other than Ritz crackers and chicken broth, but I will.  I’m just going to have work extra hard to reach that goal.  But right now, I’ll just be happy to be healthy, regardless of what the scale says!

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Weigh-In Wednesday: Week Two

15 Aug

Okay.  It’s the end of the second/beginning of the third week of my self-proclaimed 33 by 33 challenge.  And in all honesty, it’s been a bittersweet week.  Let’s get down to business, and then I’ll explain.

The verdict:

-3

Yup.  I lost three pounds, bringing my two-week total to -6.4.  Pretty awesome.  Here’s where the “bad” news comes in.

I haven’t worked out all week, and I’ve barely eaten.  This has not been a choice; in fact, it’s killing me to just lay around.  I’ve been suffering from a migraine for over a week now.  I’ve gone to the doctor, had some blood work, and just yesterday had a CT scan.

I don’t know if any of you suffer from migraines, but I’ve NEVER had one like this.  One day, there’s an ice pick in my face, the light makes me feel like Vampire Bill, and all I want to (or even can) do is sleep.  The next day, it’s a dull ache with the dizzies – the sober drunk girl.  And on and on and on.  I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night because of it.  I’ve been even more forgetful than usual because of it.  I’ve got more unexplained bruises than normal because of it.  This just sucks.

Trying to look on the bright side, I’m glad this is happening BEFORE school starts back up because I don’t think I’d last a day with all those loud teenagers.  Eeeeek!  I’m sad that the end of my summer is less than sensational.  I don’t know.  Hopefully my doctor will have some answers today.

So, my weekly weigh-in post has turned into an “I have a migraine” rant.  So back to the skinny.  I’ve got 26.6 pounds left to lose, and I’ve got 18 weeks to do it. I should add that I bought two new pairs of pants in a size smaller than I have previously worn, and I’m in a whole new weight decade (that’s what I call each ten pounds).

Weigh-In Wednesday: Week One

8 Aug

Ok.  So, I’ve been committed to my 33 by 33 plan for a whole week now.  This morning I stepped on the scale, and the result was:

– 3.4 lbs

Yup.  I have lost 3.4 lbs in my first week!  That means I only have 30 more to go!!!  Hahaha.  I worked out five out of the seven days, drank lots and lots of water, and was more mindful of what I put in my face to eat.  I’ve been going back and forth all week with the idea of cutting out gluten because I had done some research about it and fibromyalgia.  Apparently going gluten-free can help reduce the pain and fatigue that comes along with FMS.  I’m all for anything that will make me feel better.  This week I definitely cut down on the gluten, and there were some days where I didn’t have any at all.  We’ll see how it goes.

But, all in all, it was  a successful week.  I feel good about my accomplishments.  If I keep this up, I will definitely meet my final goal!

33 by 33

2 Aug

The title hooked you, didn’t it?  Whatever does it mean?  Let me tell you.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking this week.  The summer is winding down.  School picks back up in a few weeks.  Fall is around the corner.  Things are happening.  This second half of the year may mean Thanksgiving and Christmas to some, but for me, it means BIRTHDAY!  Even though the number keeps getting higher, I still get excited about my birthday.  Maybe it’s “only child syndrome” since I know I’ll get lots of attention.  The kids at school always keep a countdown.  I call my mother every day and remind her about the day of birth.  Because clearly she-who-birthed-me would forget without my constant reminders.

So what does my upcoming 33rd birthday have to do with this post?  You may have guessed that one of the 33’s in the title refers to my birthday.  The other refers to the pounds I have convinced myself I will lose by then.  Even more curious now, aren’t you?

On  31 July, I decided that I needed to make a SERIOUS commitment to my ultimate health and happiness.  And honestly, 33 by 33 just sounds good. Maybe the fabulous title of this endeavor will help keep me motivated.  So, on Tuesday, I decided to get back to my health journal (I fell off the wagon).  I also decided to take pictures and measurements.  I will NOT share those with you because I’m sure you like your eyes.  It was made apparent to me by looking at these pictures that I have a double-belly.  Anyone know what I’m talking about?  My top belly sticks out a little farther than my lower belly.  Not the most attractive set of abs out there.

I printed out mini-calendars that I put in my journal to keep track of workouts (and how many days are in this challenge)!

There’s another page with November, December, and my measurements and starting weight.  I did a quick Google search for calendar templates and found these.  I easily got three on a page.  The smiley faces are to let me see when I workout for at least 30 minutes.  The goal is to fill the calendars with smiles!

Yesterday, 1 August, seemed like the perfect day to start. I met up with my best friend and we went for a walk.  I filled her in and she was so excited about it.  She and I were born a week apart, and have been friends for over 20 years.  Last year, she and I made a contract and bet concerning my losing ten pounds in order to keep a newly purchased pair of summer wedges.  I busted my arse, lost the ten pounds, and welcomed the shoes home.  While we walked, my friend and I talked about the things that worked then and how I can make this new endeavor work too.  Here’s what we came up with:

  1. BE ACCOUNTABLE.  It’s important to let people know what you’re doing and why.  Therefore, I will be sending pictures of my weigh-in (the number on the scale) to my friend each week.  I will also text her after each workout.  This worked great the last time.  If she didn’t get a text from me, she was on the phone, telling me to get moving.  I will also hold myself accountable to YOU.  I will share my ups and downs with you on Weigh-In Wednesday (It just so happened to work out that way, disgustingly cute, I know.)
  2. HEALTH JOURNAL.  It’s also really important to keep a journal, and to do it honestly.  For instance, I had ice cream last night.  Not the way to start, but I wrote it down nonetheless.  I need to see what I’m eating and how it makes me feel so that I can make any necessary changes.
  3. BELIEVE IN MYSELF.  Not to get all Weight Watchers and Jennifer Hudson on you, but this is important too.  I know that there will be good days and bad days, but I can’t give up.  Nothing worth anything is every easy, but I need to constantly remind myself that I’m worth it.
  4. TRY NEW THINGS.  I will continue to try new recipes and new workouts and will share the good ones with you all.

So, as of yesterday, I’m on a mission to lose 33 pounds by my 33rd birthday.  I have almost five full months (or 142 days) to do it.  I figure if I was able to lose ten pounds in five weeks, I should be able to do this.

Weekly Weigh-in

20 Apr

I’m gonna get real with you all today.  Last week when I weighed in on my normal day, I found that I gained about four pounds.  I had gone from 185 to 189.  Yes.  That’s right.  I just told the world how much I weigh.  Well, that’s just not acceptable.  I had gotten down to 184 (that was when I finally got to move marbles), and that’s the lowest the scale has been in a while.

April Vacation saved me.  Sleeping in, walking every morning, and making good food choices helped me get back down to 185.  This was exactly what I needed to get back on track.  I feel good.  Sure, I’m sore, but I know it’s worth it.  I know that I can keep this momentum going and I’m SURE that next week when I weigh in, I’ll be moving marbles.

Weigh-in: Week Five

30 Mar

Here’s another week that saw no change on the scale.

I will admit to slight frustration since I did work out four out of the seven days.

I will also admit that those four workouts probably evicted the Thin Mints from my hips.

My biggest adversary (besides the cookies which are gone now) is stress.  Things have been crazy with school and Molly (she did the underwater treadmill the other night at therapy).  My second adversary is pain.  Who wants to exercise when they’re in agony?  But if I don’t, it will be worse.  Sighhhhhh.

 

Strawberry Scones with Honey Butter

27 Mar

I’ve never made scones before today, I swear.  I have what seems like a ton of strawberries in the refrigerator after visiting Costco last week, and I’m trying to use them as creatively as possible.  Here comes the scones.  This recipe has four ingredients.  Yes.  Four.  Super simple, and the boyfriend assured me that they are super good.

Only four ingredients!

Now, you might be wondering about the Waist Watchers soda.  Well, when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I immediately gave up caffeine, aspartame, and as much sugar as I possibly could.  I never drank a lot of soda to begin with, but I always like to keep a bottle of ginger ale on hand for unfortunate stomach upsets and other sick moments.  The Waist Watchers brand has no caffeine and is sweetened with Splenda, not aspartame, so it’s the only soda I really allow myself to drink.  You can use Sprite or 7-Up instead.

This is about a cup of diced strawberries.

Make sure to dice the strawberries up into tiny pieces, that way you’ll get a burst of strawberry sweetness in every bite.  Here’s a tip:  if your strawberries aren’t as ripe as you’d like, sprinkle them with a little sugar.  The natural juices of the berries will come out and they’ll sweeten right up.  But then again, don’t feel like you have to use strawberries.  If you’ve got some blueberries hanging around, throw them in.  Or even dried fruits would work.  The possibilities are endless!

Make a well in the center of the bowl for the wet ingredients.

Mix everything together, making sure not to over mix the dough.

I was out of parchment paper, so I lined my baking sheets with aluminum foil and sprayed it with Pam.  Worked just as well.  Here’s another tip:  use an ice cream scoop to get even amounts of dough.  Doing it that way, got me 11 scones that were all equal in size.

Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a prepared baking sheet.

Ready to eat!

I had my boyfriend taste the scones at this point, and he said they were good.  When I prodded him to tell me the truth, assuring him that it wouldn’t hurt my feelings, he told me that if he ate another one, he would add butter to it.  This got me thinking.  These scones aren’t super sweet, and they needed…something.  I took the bottle of honey out of the cupboard and drizzled a little onto a piece of scone.  Delicious.  What if I combined the boyfriend’s idea of butter with the sweetness of honey?  Instantly I decided to make honey butter.

Only two ingredients!

Room temperature butter is best for this, but if you have a stick in the refrigerator, just pop it into the microwave for about 20 seconds and it’ll be fine.

So simple!

I squeezed a couple of tablespoons of honey into the softened butter and mixed it together.  Couldn’t be easier.  This is a great trick to have in your apron.  Use the honey butter on cooked vegetables, toast, muffins, etc.  It’s really that good.  And once I had the boyfriend try a warm scone with melty honey butter, he was sold.

The final product.

Ingredients:

3 cups self-rising flour

3/4 cup + 1 tbsp lemon-lime soda

3/4 cup + 1 tbsp heavy cream

1 cup diced strawberries

Sugar, for sprinkling (if desired)

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or foil and Pam spray works too).
  2. Place the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center for the wet ingredients.
  3. Pour in the soda and heavy cream.  Use a fork to gently stir in the wet ingredients.
  4. Once the dough is mixed together, fold in the diced strawberries.
  5. With an ice cream scooper (or a large spoon), drop dough onto the prepared baking sheets.
  6. Sprinkle with sugar, and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  7. Serve warm with the honey butter.
  8. Enjoy!