Thanks bikinibysummer! I have a feeling you are in the medical profession! That is what my health coach, who is a nurse, said - nonspecific. The rheumatoid factor test came back fine as well. My primary care doctor didn't seem too concerned, I think he's sending me to the rheumatologist as a precaution, esp since I mentioned my hands.
The diet may just be catching up to me. I have been strictly following the 5 & 1 and am nervous to change things, but I added some additional food starting last week and still seem to be losing. I may try the 4 & 2 to take off the last 25 pounds. It will take longer to get there but hopefully I will get some energy back...
I'm not a medical profesesional at all, so this is just my personal experience..
The reason I gained a lot of weight because I was feeling so tired, so weak and I thought if I ate more food I would feel better. It didn't make me feel any better at all - just caused me to gain weight..
I have MS and fibromyalgia..
I don't know if you are exercising but I am not exercising while on the plan. I just have to believe that 800-1000 calories is sufficient to lose pounds. If I add in exercise I start to go crazy when the scale doesn't move, stressing over if I need more calories? Do I need more carbs? Do I need more protein? So, I am waiting until t&m to add back in formal exercise. I still take the dog for a walk..
Vitamin D is the "in" vitamin right now. I don't know if they tested for that. Mine was low and I take a supplement. 1000 mg from Trader joes; really cheap..
I hope you feel better soon, Kim..
Thanks Kim. Yes, I already take vit D and that was tested and my levels are fine. Not anemic, thyroid, sugar, cholesteral, the urinalysis all were fine. They even did a CEA test which tests for cancer. On paper I look the picture of health except for the ANA test.
I have been exercising. For years I have been riding a stationary bike every morning for 30minutes. Not much of a workout though - mostly an opportunity for me to read my People and US Weekly magazines! In February I started going to a gym 3 times a week - walking 30 minutes on the treadmill and doing some weights, trying to firm up. After losing 80 pounds I need a lot of firming You may be right, it could be an activity issue. I feel the worse on the weekends when I am on my feet the whole time - running errands, housecleaning, laundry, keeping an 8 year old busy, etc...
800-1000 calories is just not a lot if your exercising, in my opinion..
I know some people order the Medifast 70 shakes, which have more protein, or eat one of the green wrapper maintenance bars with higher carbs, or do the 4-2-2 which is the 2 l&G to balance out workouts..
I just can't do it all. I surrendered to focusing on being 100% op and drinking tons of water. When you figure out a successful way to feel better, I hope you will post what you did. I'm sure a lot of people are feeling the same way as you and would benefit by hearing what worked for you..
I like to read people mag too! I'm a big fan of Epson Salts in a bath. It is magnesium, something that our bodies don't absorb orally very well. But, soaking in a bath with them on a regular basis (at least 12 min and 2 cups of the epsom salts) is soothing and restful. This is where I read my books and magazines! Take care~Kim..
I really hope you feel better. Keep us posted...