Disclaimer: I'm not a medical professional, smarty pants, or anyone you should listen to for advice about your health. I am just sharing my experiences and chronicling my journey.
As most of you know, I've had trouble with my weight loss since finishing the half marathon in April. Exercise and food were good, yet nothing on the scale was changing. I've had increasing fatigue, stress and insomnia. I went to my general practitioner who did blood tests and declared me normal.
I've considered giving up, throwing a hissy fit, weight loss surgery, hiding under a blanket until 2012, and accepting that this is how things just are and I need to suck it up.
I felt like I was in an epic battle: Emmie head versus Emmie body. The WILL to do something without the ability to do so. I wasn't ready to stop fighting, but I was just beating myself up.
I started working with J&M Strength and Conditioning, and Jim and Molly suggested Paleo, which is something I was familiar with from my Atkins days. I have been 80% Paleo for about 90 days now. My workouts have been cut back due to the stress and fatigue (see me talking with Jim about this here), and I started seeing a functional medicine doctor, Dr. Edwards with Balance Health and Wellness.
- very low adrenal function
- non-detectible levels of testosterone
- vitamin D deficiency
- super low melatonin
- sleep apnea (only 84% oxygen saturation at night)
- low DHEA
- definite allergy to egg whites and yolks, slightly less with beef, and slight with pork
- super low cortisol levels
I've never been so happy to hear that I'm broken. I've wanted answers for so long, and for the first time in a long time, I see that there is a path to getting me feeling much, much better, and improving how my body functions. I've felt like a walking, stressed out, overtired zombie for months, and the thought of feeling “normal” is so exciting. I told Dr. Edwards “you have no idea how tired I've been” and she said “yes I do, I can see it right here!” and I had a eureka moment.
This doesn't mean that there won't be work involved. Step 1 is to get a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea, which makes me super depressed. I've lost over 110 pounds and per the hubs, stopped snoring, so I had no idea sleep apnea was still a concern. I'll get the machine in the next week or so.
I'm also on weekly B-12 shots for a month, and am now taking several supplements like Omega 3, Vitamin D, and melatonin. I have my action plan and another appointment to evaluate next steps in 6 weeks.
So, here's to being broken, and for having a plan to fix it 🙂