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  1. Vian

    Mirena?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Being pregnant scares me more than having an IUD. Though I do cringe when I remember what it was like to have it put in or when I get a twinge of discomfort.
  2. When I started my weightloss journey 3 years ago I had about 100lbs to lose. I've lost 55 now and plateued for about 2 years because I was focusing more on some health issues than weight loss. Now I've got the health issues sorted out mostly, I'm trying to lose weight again. I was always overweight, since maybe 3rd or 4th grade. I think it had something to do with being bullied a lot in school. I was also tall (5'9" as an adult, but always taller than other kids growing up too) and kind of awkward. In highschool I was about 200lbs, so I was a bit chubby, but not huge. Then I got married when I was 19 to an abusive asshole who was 13 years older than me. Not only was he verbally abusive, he also wouldn't know a green vegetable if it bit him on the ass, so I ate a lot of junk. When I lived with my parents, we weren't the pinnacle of healthy eating, but mom always made sure meals had plenty of vegetables with them and did her best to make them healthier. I packed on 70 ish pounds during the 3.5 years I was married. Got divorced, but I was still working at a job I hated. I got fired from the job a couple years later because a coworker was mad at me and lied to our boss about me, but I see it as a blessing. I went back to school and really dedicated myself to losing weight. That's when I lost 40 pounds, but I didn't do it in the healthiest way. I went low fat, calorie counting, exercising every day. I mean, I wasn't doing too bad, I was probably losing weight in a healthier way than a lot of people do (starving themselves) but I had psoriasis that started spreading and getting worse and worse, so I switched my diet to paleo for about a year, getting more and more strict as I went, then went to the autoimmune protocol to try and heal my psoriasis. It's much better now, though still not in remission, but stable enough that I want to lose the last 40-50 pounds. The hardest part for me is that I'm a sugar addict (though my consumption is WAY lower than it used to be!) but any amount of sugar keeps me from losing weight it seems.
  3. I hate batch cooking. I hate eating leftovers that many times. I can manage having leftovers from dinner for lunch the next day, but beyond that and the thought makes me sick. Plus it doesnt taste good to me. As for increasing carbs, i dont think that would work for me. I get a carb hangover when i binge on carbs, and by binge i mean eat a half cup of ice cream. I feel best when i keep my carbs under 75g a day, I'm just a sugar addict. Finally, on the subject of dairy, while i seem to tolerate it well, and i love it so i tend to make excuses to eat it, i dont feel like its making me healthier. I feel like my progress on healing my psoriasis stalls. At the beginning of the year i did a whole30 with no dairy and no sugar. About 30% of my psoriasis healed up. Then i went back to dairy and sugar and it stopped healing and has stayed the same since. So im pretty sure im going to keep dairy limited to a "sometimes" food in the same category as sugar.
  4. I totally agree that i need to increase protein and reduce fat, but ill never be low fat. I rarely reach my protein goals each day. This morning i tried having 4 eggs with breakfast, ill see how well that holds me till lunch. I could barely get the last couple bites down though. I also skipped the melon and coffee, so much less carbs. I have counted calories before, back when i was a student and had a lot more time on my hands and ate a lot more processed stuff that came with nutrition lables. Now i have a full time job and a lot less time to be measuring every ingredient i put in a pan and then going and researching it's nutrition facts. As for the money, i dont buy much meat. I buy a whole chicken every week for $6 to $8 that lasts for 2 days worth of meals, and then usually one or two other days worth of protein. Like i said, i have half a cow and a whole lamb in my freezer. I spend at least half my budget on vegetables alone. This week i bought $30 worth of veg at just trader joes. And i will eat it all, too. I menu plan for each week, so im only buying what i need. Also, i have a lot of food sensitivities. I have to but $6 a dozen pastured corn and soy free eggs because my psoriasis flairs if i dont. I react to wheat, nightshades, some nuts, soy, corn, mustard. So what i am able to eat without making my skin peel off and bleed is a little more limited than most. Im going to try increasing protein and reducing carbs and fat a little bit and see what that does for me.
  5. For me it's not just about calories, I also really care about the health aspect of foods. I tend to avoid anything that is artificially low in fat, particularly low fat dairy. If I do use dairy, it's always full fat, because grass-fed dairy fat is an excellent source of fat soluble vitamins that are difficult to find elsewhere. Same with egg yolks. I typically consume 45-55% (120-140g) of my daily calories from fat, about 25-30% (I usually fall short on this one and get 120-ish grams protein) in protein, and 15-25% in carbs - mostly from fruit and starchy veg, but a little is from home-made treats and sugar, which I need to eliminate. I think I need to reduce the carbs and increase protein a bit. It's unhealthy to be low carb AND low fat, because I wouldn't be getting enough calories then, and/or they'd all be coming from protein, which can strain the kidneys. My meals usually look like this: Breakfast: 2 slices of bacon, diced up and rendered, then I add about 2tbs. minced shallots and about 2-3 cups of a criciferous veggie mix from trader joes (brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, broccoli) and wilt it down. Then I put it in a bowl and in the same pan I add a little butter and fry 3 eggs with runny yolks and lay them on top. Then I either have a couple slices of melon or a mug of coffee with some grass fed half and half (about 1/4c.) and a tablespoon of maple syrup. Lunch: leftovers from dinner, always. Dinner: I vary dinners a lot. Tonight I roasted a chicken with lemon butter stuffed under the skin, with fennel, onions, lemon slices, and garlic all around it, then made a pan sauce with the drippings with some white wine and extra butter. In the pan sauce, I cooked some green beans to have on the side with the roasted fennel and onions. Normally I would have had a baked sweet potato too, but I haven't gone to the store yet. Tomorrow I'll use the leftover chicken breasts on a large dinner salad, reserving half for lunch the next day Yesterday I made a lamb curry with beets and carrots pureed into the sauce with more carrots and peas mixed into the curry. I also frequently make grilled burgers, usually a 6-7oz. grass fed beef patty with lots of lettuce, bacon, guac, and sweet potato fries on the side. I usually wake up hungry, I eat breakfast within an hour of waking up (6:30-7am), then my stomach is growling by lunch time at 12:30, then again at 5 when i get off work. Often times I need a snack when I get home while I cook dinner because I'm starting to get a headache. Then sometimes I'm getting hungry again by the time I'm getting ready for bed. I eat until I'm full, but not uncomfortable. I'm already spending over $100 a week on food for just myself, and that doesn't include the fact that I bought half a grass fed cow in november, so all my beef comes from that, plus I have a whole lamb in my freezer too. I feel like if I increase my protein, I'm going to be spending a lot more. Gah! It's just so frustrating. I eat enough to hold me until my next meal and not be starving, but that comes out to more calories than I should be eating to lose weight. I feel like if I reduce my calories I'll just be starving all the time. As for it being difficult to count calories when I cook everything myself, the issue is that when I make something, I have to weigh or measure every item that goes into it, then go online and figure out the nutrition facts for every single item, then add it all up and divide by how many servings it made. The other issue is that I rarely measure when I cook. I know it means I have more control, but it also takes more time. Yes, I know MFP has a thing where you can input a recipe and it will calculate the calories, but I frequently just make stuff up, and like I said, i don't really measure, or I'll change recipes to suit my tastes.
  6. I know I complain about this a lot (or at least it feels like I do) so sorry in advance. So about 3 years ago I got really motivated and determined to lose weight. I started off about 270lbs. I'm 5'9" and female. The first part of the year, I kept an eye on calories, but didn't cut enough and didn't work out much, so I didn't lose much weight. The second part of the year, I cut my calories a lot more, exercised daily, did not eat back the calories I burned through exercise, and lost 40 pounds. I was eating "healthy SAD" so low fat, lots of carbs, grains, etc. Beginning of the second year I discovered paleo and jumped in head first. I didn't know that much, so my died wasn't as clean as it could have been, but I was very strict about no grains, or legumes. I kept dairy because I've always tolerated it well, though. I lost 15 pounds in 2 months while still exercising but no longer counting calories at all. Then I got really sick for about a month with a chicken pox-like virus. My knees swelled up and I couldn't walk, so I was dependant on my family to get food for me, so I wasn't in control of what I ate anymore, so it tended to be fast food. I was given prednisone to help with the swelling and it left me with debilitating anxiety for several months and heart palpitations that persist to this day (I've been checked out by a cardiologist, the palpitations are PVC, totally harmless, just annoying. Magnesium and potassium supplements help a lot). Needless to say, I was unable to exercise for a while, and even after I could walk again, I was afraid to work out due to the palpitations. The anxiety combined with the palpitations made me afraid to fall asleep because I thought my heart would stop in the middle of the night, and my heart behaved oddly when I did try to exercise. It would beat really hard, but slowly, instead of faster and less hard, which freaked me out more. After I recovered mostly from the virus, I was plunged into my clinicals for school where I was basically working 40 hours a week (for free) and going to school at the same time. So I didn't really exercise for over a year until I got a job and insurance and could get checked out by a cardiologist. On the bright side, I started focusing on food more even if I wasn't exercising and did a whole30. I lost a bit more weight doing that and started to dial in my diet more, learning more about paleo, etc. My lowest weight was 201.5lbs. Last year, I started noticing that my psoriasis was getting worse and worse, so I started investigating the autoimmune protocol. Last January I started the year with a whole30, then immediately started AIP. After 3 months of AIP, my psoriasis was still getting worse, at an alarming rate, so I started taking LDN, which is amazing, and am finally getting the psoriasis under control. I've found several food sensitivities thanks to reintroductions on AIP (mustard, almonds, macadamia nuts, tomatoes, potatoes). I also gained back a little weight. I'm now at 215lbs. So here's where I am now. I eat a modified paleo/AIP diet, but I will admit I let too many treats, carbs, and sugar slip into my diet. I also tend to snack a lot on weekends and don't have a structured eating plan on weekends. I'm exercising more doing the C25K app to get ready for a 5k color run in June, and also doing some bodyweight stuff (lunges, squats, pushups, situps, kettlebell swings) I also have the Turbofire workout video set, but have kind of stopped doing those in favor of the app and bodyweight stuff. I have tried counting calories, but I always go over my calories for the day because exercising makes me HUNGRY. I typically eat 2200-2300 calories a day (My job requires me to be on my feet all day, so keep that in mind too) which is keeping me right about even at 215lbs. I fluctuate a few pounds, but it's usually right about there. I want to lose about 40 pounds. I also hate counting calories because A: it's a huge time sink when I cook every bite of food I put in my mouth myself and B: It tends to be kind of inaccurate, especially when I cook everything myself and can't just scan a barcode. So, other than stripping the rest of the sugar/excess carbs from my diet (which are actually pretty small compared to most people. I literally eat less than 70g sugar a day (mostly from fruit), and less than 150g carbs a day.) does anyone have any suggestions on things I can tweak to start losing weight again? Thanks.
  7. Vian

    Mirena?

    Synthetic estrogens are what cause the increased risk of blood clots (and breast cancer). Mirena does not contain synthetic estrogens, so there is no increased risk of blood clots. Also, the STD thing is a myth. There is no increased risk of getting an STD/STI than if you didn't have the IUD. But of course, the only contraceptive methods that provide any protection against STD's are barrier methods like condoms. Any time you have skin on skin, there is a risk of passing disease, but having an IUD doesn't increase that risk any more than it already is without a barrier method. In official FDA literature on IUD's they are only recommended for women who have already had children. Part of the reason is that it's easier and less painful to get the damn things in and out if you've had kids, but also because if you do manage to get pregnant while you have an IUD, it can cause loss of fertility (not sure of the mechanism, but that's what the commercials say) IUD's do have a risk of perforating the uterus (poking through the uterine wall and floating around in your abdominal cavity) which is why you have to check your strings at least once a month. However, my doctor said that if that happens, it's not actually a big deal in terms of future fertility. They fish the IUD out and the uterus heals, and you're fine. Other than the obvious risk of infection and any additional risks that come with the surgery probably required to fish the IUD out of your abdominal cavity. However, Both Mirena and Paragard have been used extensively in women who have not had children without issues. There's a new IUD called Skyla that is the first IUD that is officially reccomended for women who have not had children, but as I said above, it is smaller, releases less hormone, only lasts for 3 years as opposed to 5 or 10, and you'll probably still have periods on it, though they will probably be lighter.
  8. Vian

    Mirena?

    Skyla is called "mirena's little sister". It's made by the same company and is basically the same only the implant is slightly smaller and it releases less hormones. It only lasts for 3 years and it's much less likely for your period to stop all together. It's the only IUD reccomended for women who have not had children in official literature, but both mirena and paragard have been used extensively in women who have not had children with no problems, it's just not in the official information. I went with mirena because not having a period sounded awesome, and I want to go through the process of getting it inserted as few times as possible!
  9. Vian

    Mirena?

    I just got Mirena at the end of february. So far I love it. The procedure was awful. I screamed. Loudly. I also have NOT had children, which means my cervix is less stretchy and it makes the procedure more painful. The doctor had given me a script for 800mg ibuprofen and I took one about an hour before the appointment, but it didn't really help. After the thing was in, the pain subsided to the worst cramps I've ever had in my life (my cramps before had been moderate. I had to take 400mg ibuprofen for the first day of my period about every third month, after that it was more than tolerable) so the doctor wrote me a script for tramadol. I have bad reactions to hydrocodone, and I'm taking Low Dose Naltrexone for my autoimmune disease, which is an opiate antagonist (blocks opiate receptors) so opiate pain killers are contraindicated, but tramadol is considered ok if you take it 2-4 hours apart from LDN. Tramadol is AWESOME. It killed the pain, but didn't cause any weird side effects. Literally nothing. I wasn't loopy, high, tired, or sick feeling. I felt totally normal, but with no pain. I had horrible cramps for the first 2 weeks, but part of that was because of all the physical trauma of actually inserting the thing and my uterus was just super pissed off. Then I spotted for 2 weeks. It slowly got heavier and heavier until it was like a light day on my normal period (so still really light) then tapered back off. Now I have some light cramping (don't even take ibuprofen, just deal with it) and light spotting for 3-4 days every 2-3 weeks. It's normal for the first 3-6 months to have really wacky periods though. But my doctor said that because my spotting is so light right now, it's a good indicator that my periods will stop all together. Some women have heavy and almost constant bleeding for the first 3-6 months. As for sex drive, I think it's actually increased. I actually initiate sex once or twice a week, instead of being all "I guess I'll do this because I'll feel guilty for making my partner go without if I don't". I will occasionally have days where I feel inexplicably sad, but I actually want to blame that on other things, like my job some days (when we get yelled at) and stuff like that. I was on the pill for the last 5 years, and for the most part tolerated it well. My sex drive was meh on the pill: I didn't have an aversion to sex, but I also wasn't ready to go all the time either. My normal cycle is about 31-33 days, and the pill artificially tried to cram it into a 28 day span, so I felt like my body was always fighting against the pill. I would have spotting halfway through my cycle, and the last month I was on the pill I had my full period on the last active week of pills, a week early.
  10. When you get the results, post them. The total number doesn't matter so much as the ratios between HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. So long as your triglycerides are ok, and your HDL is pretty high, then it's less of a concern if your LDL is also high. Plus statin drugs have been shown to not really help at all, and lead to all kinds of other issues, including diabetes. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-to-interpret-cholesterol-test-results/#axzz3XhQjQcXA http://chriskresser.com/the-diet-heart-myth-statins-dont-save-lives-in-people-without-heart-disease
  11. Vian

    Stitches

    I am very prone to getting a stitch in my side when I do any cardio, always have been. Even just brisk walking will have my liver cramping in minutes. Any suggestions to help alleviate or prevent stitches?
  12. It's not the bone that hurts, the muscles that run up either side of my shin bone are sore because I don't use them in that way very much. Also, I just remembered that I do have an expensive pair of running shoes, I just never wear them because they rub my heels. I bought them hoping they would be comfy for my job because I am on my feet all day standing, but after months of wearing them with a bandaid on my ankles, they still weren't broken in, so I went back to my cheap fila's I got at costco. They were $120 shoes, not sure what to do about the rubbing on my ankles, because I'd really like to wear them.
  13. Thanks! I do need some better running shoes, and didn't know there were special socks? But I have the sports bra down. As a 40D, a good sports bra is an absolute necessity for any workout. And if I'm going to drink anything other than water, it will be coconut water, and that's mostly because it's tasty Today was day 2 of C25K. The muscles in my shins are killing me, but other than that, not too bad.
  14. The only way to make them like a restaurant does is to deep fry and coat them with various flours. I created this recipe with a lot of trial and error and finally perfected it. They are crispy and delicious and some of the best sweet potato fries I've ever had. https://desertorchidjourney.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/perfect-sweet-potato-fries/
  15. No, i can already walk 5k, though i dont do so on a regular basis, i have done it before, and my job involves me being on my feet all day. Running though is just not my thing.
  16. Sorry, double post, can a mod delete this one please?
  17. I turn 30 this year and there were a bunch of things i wanted to do before i turned 30, so now im trying to cram them all in. I signed up for color me rad and the dirty dash in june and july respectively. I am not a runner. I dont expect to be able to run these in their entirety, but i would like to be able to run maybe half. I downloaded the c25k app, but havent started it yet, i will soon, like maybe later today, but is there any tips anyone has for these kind of runs? Do i have enough time to train for them? Im feeling a little daunted...
  18. Vian

    Now what?

    8 day taper course of prednisone. That means I took it for 8 days, tapering down as I went until I was off. It was for some swelling in my knees caused by the virus.
  19. Day 13: Feeling a bit sick, so no working out today Breakfast: Same as day 12 Lunch: Leftover salad with an orange and LaCrois lemon soda water Dinner: Pressure cooker lamb shanks with cauliflower mash. I used this recipe and converted it to the pressure cooker https://thissydneylife.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/ridiculously-good-herbed-slow-cooked-lamb-shanks/ Day 14: Still feeling sick Breakfast: leftover lamb shanks and cauli mash plus sweet potato hashbrowns Lunch: More leftover lamb shanks and cauli mash, an orange, and lacroix Dinner: Scallops with zoodles and bacon http://meatified.com/zucchini-noodles-scallops-bacon/
  20. Day 12: Did bodyweight workout this morning: squats, lunges, pushups, and a few kettlebell swings. Hit a new PR with pushups against my bathroom counter - 20 in one set! woot! Changed it up just a LITTLE bit for breakfast today. I had extra leftover brussels sprouts and acorn squash from yesterday's dinner, so I had them with breakfast, plus my usual 3 eggs and 2 slices of bacon. Also had a little tea with coconut milk. Lunch was leftover chicken thigh with roasted brussels sprouts and mashed acorn squash, plus a LaCroix lemon soda water Dinner: I ate an orange while driving home (had it already peeled and ready to go). Dinner was a chicken caesar salad with leftover chicken breast, HB egg, kalamata olives and bacon. The dressing is lemon juice, avocado oil, garlic, anchovy fillets, and pepper (a little mustard is a great addition to the dressing, but I'm AIP and react to mustard)
  21. Day 10: Did a 30 minute Turbofire cardio workout Breakfast: same Lunch: leftover chicken patties with salad Dinner: bacon guac burger with sweet potato fries (forgot to take picture) Day 11: woke up late and forgot that I had to go to church (I run the computer a couple sundays a month) so I didn't have time to workout this morning. Breakfast: same Lunch: leftover bacon guac burger with sweet potato fries Dinner: Roasted chicken, acorn squash with ghee, and roasted brussels sprouts. Also made tostones to go with another meal and ate a few while I cooked.
  22. Day 8: Got up early and did a core workout. First day were I've REALLY been craving sugar. A couple hours after dinner I just wanted ANYTHING with sugar in it. I ended up having half an apple and went to bed. Breakfast: Same Lunch: leftover fish and salad, orange, LaCroix Dinner: Zoodles with nomato sauce and meatballs. Day 9: Breakfast: Same Lunch: Leftover nomato sauce with zoodles and meatballs, an orange, and LaCroix Dinner: garlic sage chicken patties with home made ranch and salad with kalamata olives and red wine vinaigrette.
  23. I think I'm going to stop taking pictures of breakfast and lunch, unless I have something different. It's getting a bit repetitive. Breakfast: same as usual Lunch: leftover sweet potato noodles with snow peas and meatballs, plus an orange, LaCroix soda water, and about 1/3 cup kalamata olives. Dinner: Cod pieces dredged in egg, coconut flour, and arrowroot starch seasoned with onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, fried in coconut oil, with home made tartar sauce (mayo with chopped up dill pickles, fresh dill, and lemon juice), with a salad.
  24. Day 6: Got up this morning and did some squats and lunges, but my upper body was still really sore, so I didn't do anything more. Breakfast: Same as always Lunch: Chicken Salad with leftover roast chicken, diced celery, apple, pecans, and golden raisins with mayo. I didn't end up eating the kipper snack with lunch. I had that with some mayo and avocado when I got home and was cooking dinner because I was starving. Dinner: http://autoimmune-paleo.com/citrus-bison-meatballs-with-cr…/Only I used some basic beef and pork meatballs I already had made and just put garlic and ginger in the sauce, plus I added snow peas. Also had a few apple chips.
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