Pain and gain (krissie)

Well, it’s actually pain and no gain. 4About 6 weeks ago or thereabouts I decided to mend my ways on food, and since then I’ve cut out added sugar and white flours and fried, fatty stuff. I eat oatmeal for breakfast, a ww bagel w. healthy peanut butter for lunch, and healthy stuff for dinner, plus a small salad almost every night. Lots of fruit, other veggies (I could push the veggies) snack is usually a fiber one bar. Grazing in between that I haven’t been paying attention to, but mostly I think it’s amounts. I weighed myself a couple of times and the scale hadn’t moved. I haven’t weighed myself in more than a month but the clothes are still tight. So ….
Tomorrow I’ll weigh myself. But I’m also going back to MyNetDiary (Crusie calls her Nettie) to figure out what exactly it is that I’m doing. Because I’m in such pain, all over, but particularly my knees and shoulder. Losing weight won’t help the shoulder, which isn’t progressing as it should, but it’ll help the knees and the feet. and mostly I’m exhausted all the time, and it should really help with that.
I do happen to have fibromyalgia, which I ignore. I figure if you pay attention it only encourages it. But my problem (in terms of pain and exhaustion) might be as simple as a fibro-flareup. In which case there’s not a whole lot I can do but wait it out. But I refuse to give in (and fortunately because I’m not depressed I don’t think I have some dire, hidden disease that’s just waiting to pop out and kill me). But man, I am tired of hurting. I realized I haven’t been anywhere since I last visited Crusie, and that was in the fall, for God’s sake! Way too long.
There’s not a lot of things I can do under the circumstances, including the circumstances around Tim. But I can start tracking my food and putting effort into it.
So that’s what I’m going to do.
BTW a packet of instant oatmeal (gotta go back to making it) for breakfast, a whole wheat bagel with natural peanut butter for lunch, a fiber one bar, a ciabatta with olive oil, a salad with 5 croutons all come to comes to 942 calories. I still haven’t added the salad (I figure lettuce and stuff is basically free), the cooked chicken that I’ll add or the careful amount of salad dressing, plus a combination of bananas, strawberries and blueberries for dessert.

That doesn’t seem like too damned much but in terms of calories and weight loss I’m sure it is. One thing I can do is have half a bagel for lunch. That would cut the carbs and the peanut butter in half. Oh, and that’s including the bottle of Mexican coke I allow myself in the afternoon. Fortunately I like my coffee black. I’ve also been having half a ciabatta, and they’re multi-grain with extra fiber so that counts too. I just have to make sure I stick at one half.

So I’m giving Nettie a run for her money, and I’m going to do what they always tell you to do and I always ignore. I’m going to enter what I eat for a few days (probably not an entire week) so I can see where all the calories are coming from.

I’ll report back.

14 thoughts on “Pain and gain (krissie)

  1. Kieran says:

    I can’t believe I’m first again!! I use My Net Diary, too, when I need to figure out what’s going on with my diet. And the app doesn’t allow me to create a plan that means I eat fewer calories than what my body needs to perform basic metabolic functions. Krissie, you won’t lose weight on a starvation diet. We need at least about 1500 calories a day, or your body will cling to those scant calories you’re feeding it and make you exhausted (which you say you are). Also, the soreness might be related to insufficient calories, too. Your body can’t heal itself on too-few calories.

    Can you go to a hospital nutritionist? A certified nutritionist can create a good plan designed especially for you. When it comes to weight loss, anyone on medications and with diagnosed physical and/or mental illnesses, whether chronic or temporary, requires a strategic weight loss plan that laypeople like you and me can’t come up with ourselves because we don’t have that training.

    In other words, you will have much better luck losing weight under the care of a doctor and a nutritionist. I’d see if your insurance will cover a visit to a nutritionist. If not, I’ll bet you could consult with one for about a hundred dollars. But go to one with credentials.

    Good luck!!! Meanwhile, remember always that you’re whole and gorgeous every moment of your life. Sometimes we just can’t see it, but we are.

  2. lynn says:

    Keiran pretty much said it all, and well.

    Too few calories is bad for us. Eating too little fat is really bad for us too (I could write many paeans to dietary fat, but I’ll spare you for now). Exactly how many calories and how much fat might depend on our personal and familial health histories, and with all the other factors you list in your post, Krissie, a nutritionist or other medical adviser really does sound like a tremendously helpful idea. For one thing, proper nutrition really is essential to healing/recovery from surgery, and for another, your overall health goals deserve all the support you can find.

  3. Janis says:

    I use SparkPeople which targets me at 1500-1700 calories per day. And it parses out how much in protein, carbs, sodium, fat, etc. at the end of the day, it shows me what % I met, what I am under and what I am over, so I can adjust. I found out I wasn’t getting enough protein, so I knew I had to add some.

    Nutritionist sounds like a proactive way to see what your body needs.

  4. Bridget says:

    You also have to remember that when you cut calories drastically, your body thinks it’s famine time.

    And then when you do eat your body puts it all to fat because Hello! Famine time. It’s a vicious cycle.

    Can you find a cheap place to do water aerobics or an easy place to walk? Because increasing exercise especially when it’s getting nicer outside might help with several issues all at once.

  5. Kelly S. says:

    I’m fortunate to have access to a nutritionist thru work. I think my father has access thru the VA clinic. Perhaps there is one who volunteers with a group that you are a part of or qualify to be a part of? Maybe at a “local” senior center or YMCA? Does your church ever offer such things?

  6. I’m having a massive fibromyalgia flare because of the wacky swings of spring weather, so that might be part of it.

    And if you’re snacking in between and not paying attention, that may be part of the problem.

    At least you’re working on it. Good for you!

  7. Maine Betty says:

    All good advice, especially to visit a nutritionist. It does sound like you could use some good fat, like avocado or some nuts, or an egg: calorie-dense, but nutritionally valuable, and giving good satiety. And tasty! Those help me eat well, and avoid the temptation of crackers, my weakness.

    Cheers to you for keeping on during storm and stress, you rule!

  8. Lynda says:

    I’m sorry you are in pain, Krissie. Love and hugs! As for the weight, right now I’m trying to take off the pounds that crept back on after I left the medical program. I need to get them off so that I can have my knee surgery, because even though I weigh significantly less than I used to, I’m still at risk for complications. If I get back down to what was my lowest point, the doctors say I’ll do better. So I joined a gym and have been trying to get in some water walking. When I feel stronger I may join the actual water aerobics class. As for eating, everyone is different, but I’ve realized that if I avoid breadstuffs altogether, my weight goes down. I guess I’m just unusually sensitive to refined carbs. I don’t really count calories. My diet is mostly fruit, veggies, meat, cheese, lots of salad. I guess I’m lucky because I like salad. I probably use too much dressing, so the fat levels are higher than they should be, but for me, avoiding bread and crackers and cereals and such seems to be the key. I think you need to listen to your own body to find out what works and what doesn’t, rather than following a prescribed list of foods that someone else has suggested. Good luck, sweetie!

  9. In addition to other good suggestions, look into adding more protein at breakfast (or discuss that with a nutritionist). Oatmeal has some protein, but adding a few nuts will increase it. I believe there’ve been some studies suggesting that we should get more protein at breakfast than is common in the (healthy version of) American diet.

  10. Maine Betty says:

    I find when I eat as you describe, I am much less achy in general. It’s hard to start, but it feels good when I get going.

  11. Office Wench Cherry says:

    Don’t forget that for some people, being under extreme stress can freak your body out so that it hangs on to every calorie, not knowing if it is going to need them or not. Perhaps with things settling down with Tim, your body might relax and the weight will come off. Remember that pain is a stressor as well.

  12. Good for you for working on this. With all of the stress in my life over the past six months I’d been relying on comfort foods. Now I’m trying to get serious, but some habits are hard to shake off. I’m learning how eating certain foods at certain times of the day keeps my blood sugars level (or at least less chaotic) and I snack less. There is also a little weight loss, not much, but I feel better. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Jill says:

    Krissie, I like the suggestion of a nutritionist. There is probably one at a hospital near you, your doc could write a referral. If not a nutritionist maybe a diabetic educator. Either way you get a personal evaluation and diet plans. Possibly covered by insurance

    Our trip to Daytona Bike Week was great. But do not take the Alligator Tour –no alligators. Rip off ! Good thing we trailered down there because on the way home it rained-hard. The entire area of south Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas was flooded. Acres and acres of farm land under water. Got home Sunday the 13th. The 24th we drove up to Rochester, MN for my oncology and cardiology appointments–all is good. Supposed to head into a winter storm. Didn’t. Joe drove straight home after my appointment on Friday .Got home at 1am. When I made this appointment I did not realize it was Good Friday. Read Bachelor Island (loved it !), listened to Black Ice ( I am a little late starting this series but now I am hooked), read Saints of the Lost and Found (intense , nail biting and very good !)
    2 daughters, 2 granddaughters, 1 son in law were here for son in laws grandmother’s funeral (wonderful 100 year old lady), a wedding reception (the wedding was in Cabo), and Easter. Went to Chicken Annie’s for dinner. Best fried chicken anywhere and a rotating squawking hen that lays plastic eggs. 25ยข a pop. A long standing tradition. Sunday morning up for church. But-why is there blood all over my pillow ? The problem with having a daughter who is a nurse is that they know stuff. Daughter-you have an infection and perforated tympanic membrane (ear drum) . Go to the ER. Doc says-you have an infection and perforated ear drum. After the kids all left I went to bed. Went to ENT yesterday. No perforation but you do not want to see the crap he scooped and vacuumed out of my ear. They conveniently position a monitor so you can watch. Ick.
    So this week is usual stuff. Thursday hot stone massage. Leave Friday to ride with our HOG group to Fredericksburg, TX for a week.

  14. Agree with others that a nutritionist could help. Just based on your description of your daily diet, I’d suggest adding more protein – lean meat, legumes and nuts. If you’re retaining fluids for any reason, you won’t necessarily see much in terms of weight loss. Drinking more water may help. Good luck.

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