Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pain Free


As I'd mentioned, I've been cutting way back on sugar and grains and adding in more protein and healthy fats. I was rewarded with a 6 pound drop last week, which just goes to prove my point that those foods cause inflammation and swelling which lead to severe arthritis pain for me. Last week I was to the point of almost hobbling in pain when I woke up in the mornings, and my hands also ached terribly. I couldn't even open a jar for myself. Now, the way I am eating is reducing inflammation and getting rid of the massive amounts of water weight and swelling in my joints, and it feels really good.

I took it further yesterday and went back to a Medifast 5&1 plan (5 packaged meals, a snack, and a dinner consisting of lean protein, veggies, and healthy fat). Overnight, I dropped another 2 pounds and my arthritis pain is GONE. My headaches are gone, my heart palpitations are gone, my brain fog is gone. It is really astounding the difference, even though I'd experienced it before. I forgot how much better I feel off the sugar/carby stuff. It's crazy how you don't realize how terrible you feel until you get out of the muck. Wow. I just feel.... clean.

I am off to run errands. My daughter is all better and went to school, I took the pup out for awhile, and now I am going to get some work done!


Anonymous said...

Yay Lyn! I am so proud of you and have faith in your abilities to accomplish whatever you set your mind to.

I got back on MF just over a week ago and dropped 11 lbs the first week. 11 lbs of water, inflamation, and junk. Now on to the real weight loss...

I'm not messing around this time. I was trying to be flexible on weekends, blah blah blah - but now it's just following 5&1 as written. Everyone else around me will just have to deal with it.


Floriana said...

Good luck to you, Lyn. I hope you'll make it work this time around.

Tiffany said...

I love that "clean" feeling! I have a very similar reaction to the bad carby/sugary stuff (except I don't have the arthritis issues). Something else I've found that makes me feel FANTASTIC... spirulina. You might try adding it in too. Just a thought. Keep up the great work!

Diandra said...

That's great! The only person you should be listening to when it comes to your health is - you. (No, I won't stop adding my two cent now and again. But I know that you know better than I do what is good for you.)

Maybe you can use this time and come up with ways of cooking medifast-like meals with "real" ingredients, if that's what works for your body?

Princess Dieter said...

I'm really, really happy for you!!! Go, Lyn!!! Wonderful. Please, please write a note to yourself to remember how good it feels to NOT be all inflamed and in pain, so you can avoid the temptations in future.

I wish you only the best. I know in the future, you'll find the real-food balance you need, but for now, this works for you, so hallelujah for progress.


Allison said...

I can completely relate. While I tried medifast for a month, I'm not a fan of processed food and I couldn't rationalize it for myself. So I instead tried paleo, and after a month I've started adding a bit of dairy and starchy veggies back in and I feel great. I don't need coffee in the morning anymore to feel human (even though I still LIKE to have 2 cups), and at the end of the night I don't feel sore climbing the stairs to bed. And no morning headaches either. And this "diet" hasn't even been hard to maintain!
Good for you for finding what works for you and knowing how to enjoy food as well.

Marilyn said...

Hooray, Lyn!!! This sounds GREAT! Pain-free is what it's all about! XO - M

Anonymous said...

So glad to read that you are doing what works for YOU!

Karen said...

Awesome! Glad you are feeling better.

The cool thing is that when you get to transition and maintenance, you can add foods back a little at a time and know exactly what works for you and what doesn't work.


Anonymous said...

Great to read your update Lyn.


Sheryl said...

I'm a Medifast vet, too, Lynn. But I've fallen off in the past and find my way back. Why, some may ask? Because like you said it is a tool and it works--although it is challenging in the beginning before you get into ketosis, it ultimately provides a much-needed respite from food and food prep. I've tried to do the whole foods, vegetarian, counting calories thing--I always end up obsessing over food. Also, like you, I'm very carb sensitive, and even the healthy whole grains would lead to cravings.

Nevertheless, I wish you the best and hope you make it to goal and through transition. You are so close! I know some have mentioned counseling to you before--which I know first-hand is hit or miss--but maybe you can find a professional well versed in disordered eating and SAD who can help you get through any rough patches that come up. I wouldn't be surprised if when you reach new low weights that this will bring up some anxiety or other issues for you.

Anyways--all the best to you! It will be much easier to deal with maintenance and figure out what that will look like for you when you are coming from a carb-restricted plan like Medifast and not battling cravings.

Have a great on-plan day :).