OK. I have some EXCITING news that is personal. (All caps for emphasis only.)
First, I want to say that I do NOT have a “product” or “plan” to sell. I have NOTHING to sell anyone regarding this. AND I will NOT try to tell you what I am doing will help you because I do not know that. In fact, this post is not even about what I am doing!
First, my philosophy of health. I believe if you give the body what it needs in all areas (not just nutrition, but also lifestyle) and you work on getting fit, then the body will adjust itself to its optimum weight, which is not going to be the same for everyone. I believe there are things we can do that “reset” the immune system and help bring healing to it and the body.
We are all unique and I do not believe our bodies all have identical needs. SIMILAR needs, yes. But identical, no, especially with all the damage we have done to our bodies. I believe genetics plays a part in things, but I also believe we can overcome a lot of the genetic stuff if our lifestyle and nutrition are tailored to deal with that. Once healing starts to happen, there may be a point where what the body needs changes. Some people need to take drastic measures to give their bodies what they need to start that healing process.
I have been asking my Designer/Creator for awhile to show me what MY body needs. Remember, I am talking not just nutrition, but also lifestyle. You can have great nutrition and a lifestyle that counters it and vice versa. You can also have bodies that are not able to absorb nutrition and steps need to be taken to get the body to be able to use the nutrition you put in it. I have been making changes to my lifestyle and nutrition over a long period of time and I have not been super consistent with some of the changes I have made. Some things I had to try to see if it is “right” for me. And I am not done tweaking, yet.
In my lifestyle, I am not able to “exercise” due to recovering from Adrenal Fatigue. My body needs rest and, sometimes, a LOT of rest. I can be active, but I must stop short of triggering an Adrenalin flow. It is important I not overdo it. So, what I am doing does NOT include “exercise”…or should I say…strenuous exercise. I have learned to listen to my body and my Creator as to what is good for me and what is not.
For awhile, I have been seeking info on what might help me with my health. Again, it wasn’t about losing weight. It was about getting fit and healthier and letting the body adjust its weight accordingly. As I would hear about things from other people and sources. I would get a definite sense of something being for me or not. Sometimes, I would get a sense that the whole thing was not for me, but that there WAS something within whatever it was that contained info pertinent to me and I needed to “figure it out”. I needed to glean what was for me and what was not.
There are people who do not understand this…well-meaning people who kept wanting me to try some product. But I knew that product was not for me. Funny thing is…a video promoting one of those products actually contained info that validated what I am doing without the products! Do I use “products”? Sometimes, intermittently, depending on what I sense I need. But it is in limited amounts according to what I need at the time. And there is no one product that I can say was the single thing that made the difference. It is everything put together over time. Plus, some of what I do goes against what you often hear is “necessary”.
So, what’s the news? Well, it may not seem like a lot to anyone else, but it is huge to me. Let me give some background. I went through a “perfect storm” situation for a few years that contributed to my gaining weight and becoming very unfit. I believe my highest weight was somewhere around 180 (for a 5’3″ woman). Since I did not have always have a working scale part of that time, I cannot be totally sure, but I am pretty sure. I was at least in the 170’s. And maybe up and down. My living situation was one major contributor to the weight gain. Menopause (slower metabolism) was another. Stress was another. Anyway, the weight came on and I was at a loss to do anything about it.
Then we moved into the house where I had more freedom to move around and be more active. I was told the weight should start to come off simply due to the greater activity of being in a house. But it did not happen. Then I figured, I might as well do something to get more fit. It was starting an exercise regimen that was the final straw that triggered a fatigue so severe I knew something was not right. I was more than just “unfit” and “out of shape”.
When I finally got health care through Medicaid, I went in for a physical and started looking at what was wrong with me. My wonderful NP/sister/friend ran all kinds of tests. They all came back “normal”, but she took that and the symptoms and figured out what was going on. That is when I finally knew what I was dealing with. Phew! That is half the battle right there. Post Exertion Adrenalin Fatigue is what she called it. No, you won’t find anything with that specific name, but I don’t fit the full classic description of anything else. This is the best description of what I have. I believe, looking back, that I was dealing with it for a very long time, but thought it was something else when it appears to have actually been a combination with that something else.
So, I embarked on my journey. When I started going to my appointments I had managed to get down to around 170 and in the 160’s. But there I got stuck. I don’t believe in “dieting” to lose weight, but I knew I needed to get fit and I needed to figure out what my body needs that I was not already doing.
Well, I am very excited to say that I am losing weight. Although I am tracking my weight, I did not write a specific date down. I just know that, since we bought this brand new (read accurate) scale about 2 weeks ago, I have lost 5 1/2 pounds and this morning I finally broke back down into the 150’s! Woohoo!
I am used to about a 3-5 pound fluctuation during the day and from day to day. But not only have I been losing, but my evening weight (which would typically be higher than my morning weight) has been lower than my morning weight. Some days I would go up, but very little. The next day I was back down.
Will this trend continue? I do not know. It is too soon to tell. But I am EXCITED! I believe something is changing in my body. I believe I have finally hit on what MY body needs and I am seeing the evidence that I am correct…or at least on the correct track.
I have not shared what I am doing because that is not what this post is about. And, besides, it is what works for ME…not necessarily for you. (Although it might and I am not opposed to sharing.) This post is about CELEBRATION! I have hit a milestone and I am rejoicing. It has been a very lonnnnnnnnnnnnnng haul. I hope you will rejoice with me!