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Friday, January 31, 2014

It’s been a while so here is an update.

Made it through the holidays and finally getting back to boring normal. My SIL stayed with us for two weeks and that wreaked havoc on my sleep. She is so unhealthy and her circadian rhythms so screwed up that she was awake at night in our living room with the lights and TV on then would fall asleep in the middle of the day. This means that I had to keep our door closed to sleep which the cats did NOT like. Scratch, scratch, scratch, mom…….we want in. Scratch, scratch, scratch, mom…….we want out. Scratch, scratch, scratch, mom…….we want in again…… no we want out again. Mom…… up yet, you need to get up, I want to play. It hard to get mad as them since they are so freeking cute.

I still will not get on the scale but did feel that the weight went up a bit and it was probably due to too much wine. I have been feeling lately that it has been going back down.

I am still on the path of healing the hormones. In the past 2 months I have learned so much about hormones and I had a whole bunch of testing done in December and some of the tests came back a little better, some worse. There is a hormone that is called the mother hormone, pregnenolone. This is produced from cholesterol and is used to make all the sex hormones and cortisol. Well……..mine level is like at the bottom of the grand canyon and this rattled me. It was not great during the July tests but not sure I could get any lower. Combined with all of the other hormones being off, I think that I am still paying for the years of working nights, going to school, working out and high high amount of stress that I was under 7 years ago. I know that I had an adrenal crash then.

So what has happened is that the pregnenolone is shuttling everything to keep the adrenals and cortisol levels happy at the expense of all of my other hormones. Which means that no matter what I was trying to do to lose weight, nothing was working. All the working out I was doing to excess and under eating was stressing the adrenals even more, making the hormones imbalance even worse. I have to say that I do miss working out but right now, that is the LAST thing that my body needs is more internal stress.

My next step is to get a little bit more testing done on the GI tract to see what is going on with that and then I should have most of the puzzle pieces together to make a game plan to get me back to healthy.

I am still eating my BAB with lots of fat and protein until I am satisfied. I don’t eat again until I am truly hungry and then I eat more fat and protein. Sometimes that it not until 2 pm and then, if that is enough I really don’t eat dinner. Not counting calories or macronutrients since for me, it does not matter with the hormones being off. I am trying to eat carbs seasonally which means very very little. If it can’t grow where I live then no eating it, for the most part. So for the winter NO FRUITS at all!!! Just because I can buy them in the store does not mean I should be eating them due to where I live.

I am also in love with my cold baths. On the weekend I try to get in over 2 hours a day and the water as cold as I can get it and it is amazing. It just seems to be so calming to be in cold water and for anyone interested google cold thermogenesis.

I have been reading and learning a ton. I have come to realize that diet and exercise are only a small fraction of the puzzle of optimal health. That’s probably the reason why I have appeared a lot less on Spark, I just do not believe in the whole calories thing that is being sold anymore. It may work for some, but does not nor did it work for me.

So if you are not getting the results that you are looking for my dieting and exercise like mad it is something else.

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JYOTI68 11/21/2014 9:21AM

    Hi ..just happened to read your Blog but it is very interesting what you are saying about the hormones. I never actually go to the doctor other than yearly physical and all my labs were fine last time. My doctor gave me Phentermine to try to loose weight but I never took it because I am afraid that I will die of heart attack before I would actually loose weight. Sounds very similar for me that I was so good at loosing weight 4 years from now. I worked all day shifts and even if I failed at 50% diet control, I was able to loose weight. After I started to work nights and not to mention about the family stressful situations, I kept on adding about 10 lbs a year. I have been off the nights not from last couple of months. I randomly have to do them here and there but I am mostly day shift but I seem to not do well with loosing weight. Although I thought that something (Hormones in my body) is wrong in my body, I still think that my diet is bad as I had been binge snacking at night only. I maintain a perfect low carb diet during the day. I feel sluggish and lack of motivation and tired even after resting 7 hours of sleep every day. I would love to know about the hormonal labs that you got done to see if anything is wrong. I do want to try hard this time to eliminate the diet and exercise part from this math to say that my hormones are to blame. I can't say that yet as I am not maintaining a healthy lifestyle. People say to me that you are older than you used to be and that's why you can't loose weight but I am talking 4 years from now...not 10 or 15 years from now..SO I do believe that working those night shifts has something to do in my system. I don't know for sure because I have colleagues that are skinny and have no trouble with weight and been working for many many nights but something different about them and me doing nights is that I know that they eat very very little and that when they go home they actually sleep whereas I was always up and never slept good to finish my errands and tasks..So I did not really sleep well at all...

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WILDANGEL72 7/12/2014 9:25PM

    WOUBBIE referred me to this blog, and I'm glad. It's nice to know there is someone else going through the exact same thing I am. I was starting to wonder.

Can you list the tests you had, if it's not terribly personal for you? I've had thyroid testing and am on synthroid now for that, but still no change at all. I gained for no apparent reason, after years of being thin and active. Now nothing I do takes it off. 1200 calories and 8 hrs/week in the gym had no affect. I've been low carb for years, so I went low carb/high fat, still no results. Grain free, nothing processed, no artificial sweeteners, no fruit, no alcohol of any kind, natural and homemade--this is my lifestyle, but no results. I'm just...stuck. My weight fluctuates up and down the same 5 lbs no matter how many calories, how much exercise, how little carbs or how much fat. I'm just stuck. It would be so helpful to me if you could let me know what other hormone testing you had so that I can request those from my doctor. Please feel free to send it to me by private message if you'd rather post it publicly. Thanks for even just sharing your experience; it's helped already just knowing there's someone else. Good luck with your own situation, and I hope everything resolves for you.

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MYLADY4 2/3/2014 9:58AM

    There are so many places that one can get tests from. Luckily, I have a GP that has been AWESOME about doing the tests that I want. I put together a list of what I want and why and he orders them all. The tests are not cheap!!!! My last set I was at 80%/20% with my insurance and with the clinic that I go through there is a HUGE discount. Almost $5000 of testing cost me just under $200. I am learning how to play the insurance game to maximize my benefits. A lot of the other tests I have to pay out of pocket but this year I have taken out the max in flex spending and will be using that. We also get $1000 up front from our insurance that I will be trying to use up. There are many on line testing companies that one can get tests kits from without a doctors note, Access Labs, Genova, Life Corp are just a few. Sign up to get their emails and watch for discounts.

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DDOORN 2/2/2014 9:34PM

    Hmm...cold baths...? Talk to me about that when the summer muggies kick in! :-)

We are each our own unique experiment on what works or what doesn''s sticking with it and putting one foot ahead of the other that makes a difference for each of us.

Great to hear from you again!


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-LINDA_S 2/1/2014 11:56AM

    Great to hear what you're up to! I so agree about the whole calorie thing. I am wanting to have hormones tested but am not sure what is the best method, since blood tests aren't always accurate and I don't have a doc that uses saliva tests right now. I'll have to fix that!

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SKATER787 2/1/2014 12:41AM

    Fascinating. Are you doing the blood test through Life Extension? I just had to bug my doctor to prescribe testing for HBA1C, homocysteine and hs-CRP. The standard package didn't include those. Hormonal test would be a logical next step.

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  Very interesting on the pregnenolone. I have adrenal problems and can't lose weight either.

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WOUBBIE 1/31/2014 8:09PM

    I was really glad to see that you posted a blog tonight, I've been wondering how you were doing and if you'd made any more headway. Fascinating! Glad you're learning so much!


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Top 5 reasons athletes get fat, and

Sunday, December 08, 2013

what you can do about it.

Interesting podcast.

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DDOORN 12/9/2013 9:41AM

    Good info to know! Thx for the share!


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FREEME1980 12/8/2013 7:37PM

    Enlightening. Thank you Nicole for sharing.

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-LINDA_S 12/8/2013 5:39PM

    Thanks, Nicole! Hope you're doing well!

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Awesome article on body image after weight loss

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Excellent article about weight loss and body image issues. Everyone should read this and click on the links to see her pictures.

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MJREIMERS 11/21/2013 8:07PM

    emoticon This article brings up many "issues" that people don't face until after they lose weight. This was a great article that tackles the tough aspects of "the journey." Thanks again!

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STRONGMOMMA2014 11/18/2013 12:45PM

    That really touched home, big time! Thank you for sharing!

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DDOORN 11/18/2013 9:26AM

    Yes, I've been aware of Julia's efforts for some time...WAY impressive, courageous woman!


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WOUBBIE 11/17/2013 9:29PM

    That was really good. Thanks!

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THOMS1 11/17/2013 5:18PM

    Great article. Thanks for the info. emoticon

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Sleep improvement, whooohoooo

Friday, November 01, 2013

So I have been doing all sort of stuff in the effort to get me sleep better, specifically to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. I have to say that I think I am getting the best sleep I have in years.

It no longer takes me forever to fall asleep and most days, I stay asleep till around 4:30-5 am and I do not need an alarm clock to wake me plus no meds for sleep.

What have I been doing you ask????

I have been following the suggestions from Dr. Kruse’s site Leptin reset.
• Reducing the amount of lights that are on when the sun goes down (called eliminating blue lights). The artificial blue light messes with the melatonin hormone and does not send the signals to your body that it is dark, you need to sleep.
• I wear blue blocker glasses at night, no later then 7. This really blocks the blue light and makes watching TV pretty funky. I am getting a new pair since the one I have are oh so sexy…..not and now that the time is changing they might be going on as soon as I get home.
• I have shut off the Wi-Fi in the house. Read up on EMF’s if curious why.
• I have a f-flux program on my laptop that reduces the amount of light coming from it to simulate the reduction in evening light.
• Never thought that this mattered but I try to make sure I am done eating my 7. It all has to do with hormones and I have found that if I do eat too late, I don’t get the best sleep.
• Oh and I have a bunch of magnets under my bed. Again, read up on EMF’s if curious about this.
• Plus I am working on getting all of my hormones fixed so I am sure that also is helping.

The DH is noticing that he is starting to sleep better too and has no idea I have a magnet under his side and I will be upping it sometime soon. He has never had an issue with falling asleep but sometimes his sleep is not the best but he still eats crappy carbs and sometimes right before bed. I can do only so much 

Now if I could just get my furry alarm clock to let me sleep a little more and not come in the bedroom to see if I am breathing or if I want a little cuddle time with him, that would be great. Hubby says to just knock him off the bed, then he will leave you alone but how can you knock this little love bug off the bed. He’s just so effing cute (oh and he plays fetch too).

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LISAINMS 11/8/2013 11:11AM

    A good night's sleep is a good thing!

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MRS.CARLY 11/7/2013 7:35AM

    Yea, I find if I leave the computer and the iphone ALONE about 2 hours befoer bed, I sleep much much much better!

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-LINDA_S 11/5/2013 4:16PM

    Tell me more about the magnets. What kind are they and where do you get them? I was toying with the idea of ditching the wireless but am not sure if it would be too inconvenient. I'm getting U-verse for TV and internet when I move, and I imagine it will have to be set up wirelessly. Glad you're getting some better sleep! Usually I'm OK, but the last week or so has been bad and I wake up way too early. Maybe when I'm adjusted to the time change it will help.

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SCRAPPER1124 11/3/2013 11:38AM

    Have you ever had a sleep study done? I did and found out I had sleep apnea. I also looked into all those other aspects (EMFs, lights etc) that you had spoken about and there is definite merit to those also. Yours sounds more like what they call circadic rhythm disorder.

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DDOORN 11/3/2013 7:42AM

    Few things can top a decent night of sleep...woo hoo!


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CINDYTW 11/1/2013 11:15PM

  emoticon Glad you are doing better! I am starting small with the changes, I did eat breakfast every day this week but today! Got up to 40g. so far. Going to add bacon I think!

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  Interesting about the magnets etc. I'll have to read up on that. You have a very cute kitty.

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As my doc said "Finally at peace in your body"

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Yes, yes I am.

I think I am finally on the road to getting the hormones fixed. It has been a full month since I have been on a lower dose of Armour and added Cytomel and progesterone and I have to say, I am finally starting to feel better. The brain fog had dramatically improved and energy is starting to come back. The weight gain appears to have finally stopped and may even be starting to head back down. I WILL NOT get on the scale since it does not matter anymore.

When I saw the doc yesterday I did let him know that I had more HCG at home and for the first time in as long as I can remember, I no longer have the overwhelming feeling of needing to lose weight. I don’t know how much weight I have gained in the past 3 months but let’s just say that some of my size 10 pants are in the back of the closet. That’s when he said that I was at peace in my body and it described how I feel perfectly. I am not thrilled that I gained but I am no longer beating myself up about it since there was nothing that I could have done about it with the hormones being off, NOTHING.

I am no longer doing detrimental things to my body to control the weight or negative self talk. What I am doing is eating a BAB with enough fats (4 pieces of uncured all natural bacon every morning and coconut oil in the coffee) and protein right away in the morning to leave me satisfied and I have no clue what the calories are. I eat a good lunch when I am truly hungry and stop when I am satisfied and the same with supper. Sometimes on the weekend I only eat 2X a day and that’s OK. No snacking!!!! Just 3 meals a day. I am taking nice cold 50 degree baths 4 times a week (google Cold Thermogenesis if want to find out more). I am taking a number of supplements to support my thyroid and overall health.

So no more starving myself or tracking everything I eat to make sure that I am eating within someone else’s guidelines for my body. No more exercising to the point of injury or exhaustion. No more exercising to burn X amount of calories or to reach X amount of hours. What I will be doing is to start strength training again cause I really miss it. I will try to do a little HIIT but if it does not feel right, then it’s out.

I am doing a little more other stuff but it is somewhat outside of mainstream (like my CT) so I am not going to mention specifics here.

So that’s my update. I had a blood draw yesterday to recheck the thyroid so I will see how that looks next week.

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THOMS1 11/17/2013 5:24PM

    It is wonderful to be at peace with ones body. Some days I think I am and then some I'm not. I lead a very healthy lifestyle and exercise five mornings a week but not to excess. I watch my diet and stay within my calorie range most of the time. Still I would like to lost a couple more pounds but don't worry too much about it. I wish you success and am happy that you are at peace. emoticon

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-LINDA_S 11/5/2013 4:23PM

    Sounds like you really have a healthy attitude now! I'm so happy for you!

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FREEME1980 10/29/2013 12:48PM

    Your words sound very freeing! emoticon

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KABOOPER 10/15/2013 10:02AM

Good for you, finding peace in your life is a HUGE accomplishment!
I have it about my body on SOME days, but other days...ugh!
Now if I could just find it in all other aspects of my life...heaven!

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MRS.CARLY 10/13/2013 12:27AM

    starving one's self is for the birds..and even the birds won't starve themselves!

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XRSIZE18 10/11/2013 4:33PM

    Sounds like you are making some great decisions for your overall health. I'm glad for you!

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LORI-K 10/2/2013 7:56AM

    emoticon I am so happy for you that you're feeling better physically and mentally! Yay!

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STRONGMOMMA2014 10/2/2013 7:21AM

    So happy for you!!!


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WOUBBIE 10/1/2013 10:56PM

    One of your very best blogs! I'm thrilled for you!

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DDOORN 10/1/2013 9:36PM

    "At peace with my body" doesn't get much better than that! Wow, now it's MY turn to be jealous...! :-)

There have been some articles about "intuitive eating" recently at Huffington Post. They make boatloads of sense and it is ultimately what I would like to accomplish. To some extent I already have: when I ditch the tracking and just eat what I eat my weight levels of pretty steadily with little fluctuation. The only problem is: it's what I feel is 40 pounds too much and acceptance of my body at this weight has so far not been possible. Grr...!



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BOLLIEPOS 10/1/2013 2:06PM

    Good for you for accepting yourself just as you are! emoticon

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