Friday, July 2, 2010

Getting Back to Business

It's Friday. After a pretty exhausting week, I think I am finally getting myself together emotionally. I feel better. I think the prayers, good thoughts, etc really ARE helping. Thank you. Honestly I get most of my support from blog readers. I wish I had more 'real life' support, but most of the people who could provide that live out of state. I hope to do better at building relationships locally; I used to be part of a wonderful support system, but that ended when I stopped going to church. It's complicated... but anyway, I know I can form bonds elsewhere. I've just been so absolutely focused on my children and losing weight that other things get pushed aside.

So the last few days, I have not been 100% on plan. I've had some Medifast meals, eaten my allotted protein and veggies, but also started having more carbs than I should. And last night, I ate something with sugar in it. If you've followed my blog for long, you know how I am affected by sugar. Getting OFF of it has changed my life for the better. But after 4 months of not eating sugar, lemme tell you, it is NOT worth it to go back to that white poison.

I woke up this morning with a headache and the worst joint pain I have had in months. My knees hurt like I'd tried to walk a marathon. I was hobbling! It reminded me of being 278 pounds. I cannot BELIEVE how I used to function at all with that kind of pain... I almost fell down the stairs this morning because one knee gave out from pain. No wonder I sat on the couch 95% of the time before I started losing weight. Anyway, I took some herbal stuff and 2 Aleves this morning and now the pain level is more tolerable. I can walk around, go up and down the stairs, etc, but yes I am still in pain. I had read about how sugar causes inflammation in the joints, but boy, this is proof positive for me. If I want a decent quality of life, I have to avoid sugar. It's like night and day. Last week I was practically bounding up and down the stairs with almost no discomfort, and now I am hurting even WITH medication. Yikes.

I decided that July is going to be my month to go all out and shed as much weight as I healthily can. It's my birthday month (and my daughter's, too!) and I want to give myself the BEST possible gift: health. So here's the plan:

100% compliance with my low carb plan (Medifast) which means 5 Medifast meals, 5-7 ounces of LEAN protein, and 3 servings of vegetables daily. Healthy fats as required, and lots of water. I am not playing any games with condiments and snacks, which are allowed but I was seriously bending the rules lately.

I am also going to do as much exercise as I can without hurting myself. That probably means 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week of walking or biking, plus a bit of Wii Fit. I seriously LOVE that game. My kids even like it, so we can exercise together. And the balance games really help strengthen my knees. Love it... totally fun way to exercise!

As I always say, keep going. Don't give up. We'll all be happier if we work towards our potential and take good care of ourselves.

Enjoy your weekend :)


Jane said...

I am so very happy that things are looking up for you. Never forget your strength, you are a survivor ;)

Lori said...

You can do it!! I can't wait to see the August 1 results!

Salted with Shadows said...

I'm glad things are looking up for you, Lyn. I am in a bit of a rut right now and you are a real inspiration. Thank you.

Ice Queen said...

Owie! And be careful. We don't want you taking a tumble.

You are going to tear it up, this month. Yes, you are!

I hope that things continue to look up for you.

Jennifer said...

Finding what works for you and what makes things worse (sugar) is a HUGE step forward in my opinion. I too have learned so many things along the way. Medifats has taught me to eat 5-6 meals a day to make sure the hungry beast doesnt come out and force my mind to follow suit to eat treats.
And July is my bday too. It makes me want to be my best for some reason this month!! Keep it up Lyn! Glad your daughter is feeling better. Daughter #2 is finally getting better too. What an awful virus that was :(


Lanie Painie said...

So glad you're feeling a bit better. I think a lot of us hit a rut this week for some reason (astrological, perhaps?).

Thanks for dragging me back on track, too. Maybe I'll actually MOVE today. later. mebbe.

AMT said...

i did not know what to post when you were having such a rough time earlier in the week -- but now that things are sounding a bit easier, i feel sort of enboldened to tell you how impressive you are to me, and how much i hope things continue to improve. go. for. it.

BrendaKaye said...

Lyn I think I may have mentioned it before, but I battle two herniated disks in my neck, and the supplement Sam-E really seems to make it feel better. I don't know if it would help your knees, but it might be worth a try. Glad you are feeling better!

Autumnforest said...

You're human--join the rest of us. Yeah, when you look at the flub ups, they are very small glitches in a time line of months and then years... 99.5% of the time you're on task--you can't ask for a better percentage.

Dinah Soar said...

I'm glad you are feeling better about things. God will extend grace, as much as you need...his supply is limitless, just like his love.

Julie Lost and Found said...

Glad you are doing better.

Sounds like a great plan for the month of July! I bet you'll do awesome!

Ms. PJ Geek said...

Your body looks at sugar as the enemy that's for sure. It is really like an allergy for you. I hope you get that worked out of your system soon.

I've started a new food plan and I'm working to have 100% compliance to get the best results. The food addict within e wants to play around, take a bite of this, a spoon of that, less of this so I can have more of that. Right now I'm doing well just doing the plan.

Good luck getting back on track.

Lisa said...

Hi Lyn - I was just wondering how the Medifast snacks/desserts effect you? I remember you did a review of them, but I don't know if that is something you eat daily. I'm pretty sure if I were to eat pudding or cereal bars (the exception being cliff bars), or anything too carb like that it would set me off on a carb/sugar thing that would make me crazy for a day or two. I guess I'm just wondering if there is something out there (snack wise)that I could actually keep in my house that I wouldn't want to eat the entire box in one day. I think I have the same sugar/carb problems you (and apparently millions of others) have. Hi, my name's Lisa and I'm a carboholic.... or carbowhore lol. Keep it up, you look amazing!! Don't ever quit don't ever quit don't ever quit.

Hanlie said...

Yeah, sugar is really destructive. It suppresses the immune system too, so it's not worth having in the diet.

Glad you're feeling stronger and planning ahead. Have a good weekend, Lyn!

Spaghetti Cat said...

Hang in there Lyn, and Happy Birthday month to you and your daughter!!!

NAN said...

WOW! You're doing GREAT! As for the knee, I have recently read that ginger helps with pain and inflammation. I bought a couple of bottles of capsules for my sis who has knee pain- she claims it is better so might be worth trying and calorie free! My 64 year old sisterinlaw had knee replacement in March and finally has mobility so that would be a last option for me...I believe in alternative medicine though and am quite healthy and always have been..hope I didn't jinx myself.

Anonymous said...

Our bodies surely let us know what they like and don't like. I'm the same -- I mostly don't eat sugar but if I have some or too many carbs (esp. processed), for that matter, I can go from bounding up the stairs one day to having to hold the rail and walk slowly the next. Pretty vivid illustration -- can I remember that the next time I'm tempted?

I'm a July baby too. I was going to be at goal this month, now aiming for Christmas. But still -- let's see where we can be by August. You really are such an inspiration to me. Bless you!


clickmom said...

I get the same pain response from gluten, which is also implicated in all sorts of inflammatory disease. Have you thought about doing a challenge and removing other things from your diet for a couple of weeks to see if they are affecting your pain and joint problems like the sugar does? (dairy can be a big one too)

Lyn said...


The Medifast foods are all carb controlled (10 to 15g each) so they do not affect me at all. I have never been "triggered" by a Medifast bar, pudding, etc... which surprized me, as they taste good but I pretty much eat my portion and am satisfied. They have a lot of protein in them which I am sure helps. Seems like sugar really IS a huge problem for my body.


I have been pretty much "off" sugar as well as grains, white four, rice, bread etc for about 4 months now. I feel SO much better when I eat this way. The pain is almost nonexistant. I have bad days with my knees (when we get rainy weather or when I overdo the exercise) but on a daily basis I no longer need pain medication at all, and feel awesome. Oh and I am off dairy for the most part as well, although I have cheese sometimes and there is whey protein in some of the foods. No milk tho. When I add various foods back in like some grains and milk, I will do it very slowly and if anything affects me negatively I will cut it back out for good.

Greta from said...

Hi Lyn. I was AWOL for a while and am back to catching up on my blog reading and posting. CONGRATS for making it into onederland. Excellent work and focus. I look forward to seeing you progress closer and closer to goal.

(And..yes..sugar is likely the culprit for the joint issues. For is gluten...if gluten goes in my mouth my joints just go wacky and get so painful....ugh...but..all the more motivation to stay on track, right?)