Saturday, June 3, 2017

Monthly Milestones 2017 {6}

Today is the sixth Monthly Milestones of 2017.  If you want to share a milestone post, just leave a comment below with a link to your milestone post, and I'll pop over and visit it and leave a comment, and hopefully some of my other readers will, too. :)  Normally, Monthly Milestones, where I will be giving you updates on how I am doing physically, mentally, etc., will go live on the first Saturday of every month, though sometimes I may be a day early or late depending on circumstances.

Here is how I am doing as of today:

  1. My weight is down another 2.5 lbs.!  I am so excited that my weight loss continues, though I am having a little more trouble with it being steady and consistent, and I didn't quite reach my birthday goal (Today is my and my twin sister's birthday!  Happy birthday, sisser!) of 200 or less.  There is a lot of yo-yo-ing going on.  I think it mainly has to do with being to comfortable at times in regards to the weight loss, assuming it will just happen, and not being honest with myself with it comes to portion sizes.  I am starting to work more on that piece of it, and it seems to be helping.  Hopefully the weight loss with continue, and I will get a handle on consistency. :)
              
  2. The weather has been lovely, so I've been able to stay more active.  I am finding that I need to be active more often than not.  I just don't feel right if I can't get in a decent length walk (I strive for 30 minutes or more, but sometimes I can only do 15 minutes).  It now bothers me to sit for too long.  I think this is a good change!
     
  3. I have to stay on top of my diet and exercise.  As I mentioned earlier, my weight is in yo-yo mode.  I have found that I have to get enough water, walk enough, avoid sugar and excess carbs, eat more protein, and avoid highly processed food or I just maintain weight or gain, and I feel awful.  It is a hard lesson to learn, but one I learn a little more each day.
         
  4. I've eliminated all of my supplements except my probiotic, and am dealing with some more health/physical issues.  I went off all the supplements except the probiotic to see how I felt off of them and if eliminating the turmeric and flaxseed oil would help with my easy bruising issue.  I still bruise easily, so I may add back in the turmeric and flaxseed oil, but am not 100% sure on that yet.  I am dealing with some health issues that I do not believe are related to the removal of those supplements (I do think removing the supplements may have brought them to the forefront), but I do believe they may help.

    Back in mid-April, I had a sinus infection that I went on Doxycycline for.  After I finished it (and I had also gone off the tumeric and flaxseed completely, one at a time during this period and was feeling fine), I noticed an odd looking rash on my legs.  About a week later, I noticed one on my arms.  The original doctor I saw for it thought fungal infection, and prescribed a cream.  A week after that (towards the end of May), I went back in and saw a different doctor because it really looked like petechiae to me.  Turns out, the new doctor agreed and ordered a bunch of blood tests.  They all came back "within normal", but the petechiae are still there and a little more pronounced.  I am also dealing with major fatigue and some joint pain now, along with random fevers and chills, night sweats, losing my voice, dry cough, hearing issues, and other random symptoms off and on.  My plan for now is to give it another week and see how I am.  If I am still having issues, I will go back in and see him and talk about everything, and then (with his consent - I don't want to do anything that may make it worse) add back in the flaxseed oil and tumeric as a trial to see if they help.  Prayers are appreciated!  Thank you!

    We've still not been back to the chiropractor yet, but we hope to do that soon.  The walking and stretching that my chiropractor recommended months ago does help, though.  That's a blessing for sure!

    Also, I want to thank all of you who have kept me and my family in your prayers.  It means so much, and I don't know where we'd be without them.   Keep them coming! :)
      
  5. I'm hoping to get updates done to the blogs soon!  I am hoping to get some recipes ready to post on Natural and Free that will go live in the future starting very soon.  I am also mulling about some ideas for here in addition to Monthly Milestones.  We'll see how much I get accomplished.  I've got a lot planned for around the house, too, so I may have too much ambition and not enough ability.  At any rate, we'll see what happens! :) 

That's about it for now.  How are you doing?  Are you reaching your goals?  Have you tried something new?  Come up with a new recipe?  I hope all is going well with you, and I hope you will leave a comment sharing your thoughts and/or milestones (with a link to your post, if you wish).  As always, I wish you the best of luck in all you do, and hope you will return soon! :)


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