rivkasmom: (Frinkle Excited)
Anywho, it's been what, a couple of weeks or so?   158 pounds, woo hoo!  My clothes already hang much better on me, and the fat roll on my back and sides is almost gone. :-D

I'm not doing the shots on Saturday because of Shabbos, but WOW do I ever get hungry!  By seudah sleshit I broke down and had a piece of whole wheat banana cake, and it was HEAVENLY!

Grocery-wise, this is proving to be very expensive.  Good quality food is not cheap, even if you're not doing organics or locally grown.  I'm pretty low on finances right now, and it's so tempting to just live on all the pasta and rice I have stored up in my cabinets.  It's cheap, it's filling, it's shelf stable, and the food banks will give me all I can carry.  You can't say that for mustard greens or asparagus, never mind kosher meat.

I couldn't afford to get a roast ($8.99 a pound) and slice it up like I did before, so I got some extra lean hamburger ($4.99) and turkey burger instead.  I love cooking with it because it's so versatile.  I still worry about the extra fat content though.  I seem to have stalled out at 10 pounds loss, so I'm wondering what I need to do to kick start it to the next level.  I'm getting out and doing a lot more gardening, so that's a good start.  Next, I'll start walking the dogs more often, and farther distances.  Lord knows the puppy needs to get worn out more often!  Maybe he'll stop chewing everything in sight.

My fibromyalgia pain has gone from a daily average of (on a scale of 1 to 10) about an 8 to a 2 or even a 1!  It's really unbelievable.  I can't remember the last time I was in this little pain.  Even after doing hours of heavy pruning and hauling, I was just tired the next day, but NOT SORE!!!  How the heck does that happen?  I can actually see a future for myself again. 

It's scary to get your hopes up like this.  What happens when you stop taking the HCG, does the pain come back?  There aren't any long term fibro studies, so I don't have any way of predicting.  I wonder what happens if you stay on a tiny maintenance dose forever?  If I could control my pain, I would have no problem doing daily shots for the rest of my life.  Did I mention that I haven't had a migraine in two weeks?  It seems like more than anyone could hope for, and yet there it is.  I guess only time will tell.
rivkasmom: (Default)
OK, I didn't think that anyone would really care, but since several of y'all have shown interest, I'll bore you with the details.

I never would have given this a second thought, but the other day I saw my sister for the first time in two years. I had to do a double take, she looked AMAZING! We both have always had health problems, fibromyalgia, rosacea, IBS and weight issues, as well as massive sugar and wheat cravings (possibly due to systemic candida and/or wheat allergies). Anyway, I've never seen her look so healthy - her eyes were sparkling, she said that she didn't ache anymore, and that she had tons of energy. She's lost almost 60 pounds since January.

I only need to lose about 20 "vanity pounds". If that were it, I'd say "screw it" and keep eating my chocolate and ice cream. What I REALLY want is to not be in so much pain. You know you have a problem when you put on a jacket, reach into the pocket and pull out a Tylenol #3. It's especially bad when you realize that this is not the first time that's happened, and that it's been happening more and more often lately.

So, anyway
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I'll probably wait until after Shavuos so I can eat a half a cheesecake first. ;-)
rivkasmom: (Frinkle Blankie)
OK, I get it. You are quirky and unpredictable, like a Barbara Streisand movie from the 70's. You think you're cute, and nobody knows what you'll do next. Snow right now would not be out of character for you.

Now, on behalf of my fibromyalgia, I'd just like to say QUIT IT!



PS: *ow*
rivkasmom: (Frinkle Curious)
Is anyone planning to go to Canada, who might be able to get me some Tylenol w/ 8mg Codeine? It's the ONLY thing that helps my fibromyalgia pain. If you could do that for me at some point I'd be immensely grateful and I could PayPal you a reimbursement.

You can get it at Safeway, it's behind the counter so you have to ask. Legally, you can bring two large bottles back into the US "for personal use", and you don't have to declare it at the border. (I'd never ask you to do anything that would get you in trouble.)

Thanks SO much,


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