+1 Steroid Shot – 1 IUD

So I got rid of my IUD (Mirena) because I’ve had a lot of problems over the last 6 or so years and was starting to wonder if any of it was because of my IUD. I know that once I had it removed I felt so much better, it’s hard to explain how. I won’t go into lots of TMI detail about my IUD but I believe it did cause a LOT of my weight gain and possibly a lot of my hormone problems.

Ever since I got it removed I am however having menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes, which are unbelievably awful. Some mornings my hormones are so out of whack I just want to curl up and die but I have heard it takes a while to your body to adjust to the removal of an IUD so I’ll be patient.

I also read that Mirena can cause lower back pain and I wonder how much of my back pain had to do with this, some of it possibly. Yesterday I got a steroid shot in my spine, which seems completely insane but apparently a lot of people do it and I think I was in and out of the hospital in under 30 minutes. The shot itself was kind of painful-ish but mostly just unpleasant, hard to explain.

When I got home the numbness wore off and I had a lot of pain but mostly pain like my old back pain, when I was just in pain 24/7 and my legs just felt really weird, sort of like Restless Leg Syndrome where I couldn’t sit still, I had to keep moving them.

So I’m not even 24 hours with the shot yet so I can’t really tell you if it worked but I feel pretty good today, just a bit of pain I think where the shot was administered. I’m still going to go to the Chiropractor because I know I’ve gotten a lot better since I’ve been getting Chiropractic therapy and I believe it’s also helped with getting healthier in a lot of other ways. I still have better allergies than before and breathe better. I have more energy than I’ve had in a long time.

To anyone having trouble losing weight my recommendation is:

  1. Go to a Chiropractor
  2. Focus on your health and focus on feeling better, not on losing weight.

I think these things have helped me enormously in so many ways and I’m a happier person as well, which is more important than anything.

 

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There Was A Shift

In the last couple of months something started changing for me, or in me maybe. It had nothing to do with the outside world though, I think something just shifted inside of me. I didn’t suddenly decide I wanted to be a size 2 or have a six pack. I didn’t look at someone else and think “I want that.” I didn’t decide to start some diet health program where I follow some diagram or system to help you lose weight. Those are all things I’d done many many many times in the past and they never really worked. This time, it was something entirely different, something I don’t think I could explain with charts and diagrams, it’s just a shift.

I’ve had weight problems my whole life, it’s part of my genes and I deal with a lot of medical things that make losing weight really hard such as my hypothyroidism. Others problems include my job, my commute, my back pain and my sicatica/LCS in my leg. However, I started back on My Fitness Pal again, which I’ve done before, but this time for some reason I really decided to put in every single meal, even the not so good ones, after every single meal. I know that if I forget to put in a day of meals I will end up not tracking anymore at all.

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I started going to the gym regularly again and just trying to get more cardio but this last week I couldn’t do anything really because of my sciatica/LCS (I can barely walk at times much less run, there is some kind of nerve/muscle issue and I don’t want to make it worse). However it seems just being more aware of what I’m eating and deciding not to eat certain things based on what I’d eaten that day seems to have made a big difference.

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I admit I am eating more fruits and veggies than normally but not that much more than before. I’m drinking more water but not that much more water. I’m not really giving up any food, just being mindful. I don’t need to be some fit girl anymore that’s a size 2, I just want to feel healthy and good about myself. So far I’m definitely feeling better about myself and healthier, hopefully when I get this back/sciatica thing under control I’ll be able to take this up a notch but I think it’s good I don’t try to do too much too quickly.

Oh, did I mention, I’ve lost 16 lbs from my heaviest weight a few months ago? Yup.

My Kryptonite

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It’s time for me to cut these out and get them out of my system. Not only do I love these 2 items more than most things in this world but they make me feel extra shitty. I’m officially cutting them both out (including anything from Dunkin Donuts) for 30 days. To clarify, I never eat sugar cereal, I’m more of a Cheerios or Chex kind of girl.

Anything you want to cut for 30 days?

Being Aware

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The last few months have obviously been really hard for me and because of all the pain I’ve been in I’ve kind of given up. Luckily I didn’t gain any weight but I didn’t really lose any weight either. I’ve been so miserable and in pain that I’ve been feeding the pain with food that isn’t good for me. I knew that going to the gym could help my back but I was just so depressed and so done with everything that I just stopped trying. It also didn’t help how tired I was all the time because somehow constant pain is exhausting.

Now that I am starting to feel better again, or at least slowly feeling better, it’s like the black cloud is fading away. The last couple of days I’ve had so much more energy and have genuinely wanted to eat better and go to the gym. I feel lighter and quite honestly, alive. The past few months I’ve felt like I was a zombie wandering around day after day.

I want to get into a routine of going to the gym but I don’t want to force it on myself because that never works. I actually like going to the gym, but when I turn it into a chore that’s when it all falls apart. I also want to keep track of what I eat everyday, which is easy to do at first and also easy to let fall by the wayside.

I’m on the site LoseIt in case anyone wants to join me! I don’t want to wander around in a fog anymore, I want to be aware and be present.

Back Pain: My Left Foot

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One of the first things I learned at my first chiropractic appointment was that because my alignment was off my right leg was shorter than my left leg. Hearing this was my first moment of “aha!” when it came to this whole chiropractic treatment.

You see, for a long time I’ve been confused as to why my left foot always had calluses but my right foot almost never had any. My flip flops regularly wore out on the left one much quicker than it wore out on the right one. I got this horrible pain recently in my left foot and it appears to be a bone spur, which is caused by pressure on that foot. I truly believe at this point that my misalignment has caused a lot more of my problems that I could have ever imagined.

My back still has a lot of pain but I can feel the pain changing, if that makes any sense. Also, I can breathe so much better and I’m sleeping better. I’ll write more about this later but I’m officially a believer in this.

Now Is The Time

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I’ve been saying this for years but I feel like I’m at the end of my rope at this point and I want to get healthy. I’ve already spent 1/2 of my thirties feeling like shit 24/7. I know people in their 40s who feel like they are in their late twenties while I’m in my mid thirties and feel like I’m 50.

My first step to getting back on track is going to the chiropractor and not having to deal with back pain. After that I want to focus on healthy things in my life like making better meal choices, being more active again and focusing on being more positive.

I’m so sick of feeling shitty, it’s so hard to do anything and by not wanting to do anything just makes you feel worse. My asthma has been worse than ever. I have an arthritis problem, which can make it difficult to go for a walk (much less run). It’s like I’m in this vicious cycle of work and pain that I can’t get out of and my life feels somewhat non-existant at the moment.

I want to feel good this summer. I want to have energy and be able to go camping. I’d love to go hiking again soon but I fear it won’t happen this summer but who knows. I want to get started on the C25K again because I felt really good last time I did it, even though I didn’t finish it.

It’s been a really dark time for me in the last few months and before that I dealt with the loss of my baby boy Pilot from cancer. I really want a good summer and I think I deserve it.