Monday, September 14, 2015

Some Updates and Explanations

So, first, I am still in major pain and it's now making its way down along my thigh and into my knee while also remaining in the lower back, butt and hip. When I move it's stabbing pain but when I'm sitting or laying still its a needling, never-ending, heavy painful ache and it makes me want to throw up and scream. I am not having a good time right now!

I did speak with physical therapy and I'm seeing them tomorrow. I also saw my trainer when I dropped off the finished dog portrait this afternoon and she said that I can still come and work out and just focus on the upper body push and pull. I want to see how I do in physical therapy tomorrow but going back to the gym would be so great! I really miss it and working on the parts that don't hurt would probably take my mind off the parts that do!

I'm still waiting for a call from the MRI people and really hoping that comes tomorrow because something has to be done here! I can't keep going like this for much longer although I'm not sure what will change once the MRI shows the issue. Still, I just want to get it done!

Now on to food. At the same time my doctor suggested low-carb,  he also told me what things to fully give up; mainly white flour, white sugar, processed foods and general crap. He did not say I need to drop to a very low amount of carbs, but a low-lower carb plan. I've done a lot of research in the last two days and I can see that low-carb  ranges from under 100 grams of carbs down to 20 or less grams of carbs and frankly, I can't go cold turkey even though it may be recommended. I've decided to take a slightly different approach which is something that was suggested to me... focus on adding healthy things more than focusing on taking away things.

Yes, I'm definitely going way lower carb and it's technically low-carb (just not VERY low-carb) but I want my first focus to be on getting rid of the crap and adding a lot more protein, rather then getting rid of almost every carb I eat, if that makes sense. If I don't take things step-by-step I will completely and utterly fail and I know it. Cold-turkey is not for me.

I've actually done really well with it the last two days but I've also barely been able to eat anything today because it all makes me feel like throwing up thanks to the pain, so I don't know if that counts.

I know a lot of you have taken time to give me advice and ideas and I want to thank all of you so much, even if I'm choosing not to follow all the advice I've been given, please know it's nothing personal! I'm just trying to make my own way through this mess and figure it out.

I'm sure I will continue to learn and try out different things along this journey so please stick with me because I'm not about to quit!

Also, here if the finished "Bean" dog portrait commission :)

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