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……..you 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.