๐ŸŒฏ CARNITAS FAJITAS | ๐Ÿ  SWEET POTATO & ARTICHOKE

DAILY MEAL HIGHLIGHTS
๐ŸŒž Good morning ๐ŸŒž gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

๐ŸŽฏ DAILY CALORIE TARGET – 1500
๐Ÿงฎ ACTUAL CALORIES CONSUMED – 1500
** I generally eat 2 meals a day – brunch/dinner – so my calories per meal will be larger **

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๐ŸŒฏ PORK CARNITA FAJITA WRAPS
โ–ช๏ธ Carnita Style Pork
โ–ช๏ธ Bell Pepper
โ–ช๏ธ White Onion
โ–ช๏ธ Mexican Cheese Blend
โ–ช๏ธ Greek Yogurt
โ–ช๏ธ Mild Salsa
โ–ช๏ธ Lime Juice
โ–ช๏ธ Flour Tortillas

๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ 4/5
๐Ÿงฎ CALORIES – 915

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๐Ÿ  ARTICHOKE & SWEET POTATO
โ–ช๏ธ Artichoke
โ–ช๏ธ French Onion Butter
โ–ช๏ธ Lemon Juice
โ–ช๏ธ Sweet Potato

๐ŸŒ€ INSTANT POT SWEET POTATOES
Cooked in @mychefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
1 cup water + trivet
Sml Potato
High Pressure 15min + Natural Release
Med Potato
High Pressure 20min + Natural Release
Lrg Potato
High Pressure 30min + Natural Release
Xlrg Potato
High Pressure 45min + Natural Release

https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/instant-pot-sweet-potatoes-for-meal-prep
https://www.wellplated.com/instant-pot-sweet-potatoes


INSTANT POT ARTICHOKE
๐ŸŒ€ Cooked in @mychefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
Trim artichoke stem (and petal tips if needed). Cut off the top inch or so of the artichoke and rinse to remove any dirt between the petals.

Place Artichoke on trivet or in steamer basket face up, squeeze juice of 1 lemon into the crevices (*optional), add lemon halves to pot with 1 cup water.

Cook 20min on High Pressure + Natural Release

https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/how-to-cook-and-eat-an-artichoke

๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ 4/5
๐Ÿงฎ CALORIES – 378

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๐Ÿ‘… RANDOM EXTRAS
โ–ช๏ธ Kiwifruit
โ–ช๏ธ Blackberries
โ–ช๏ธ Red Grapes
โ–ช๏ธ Banana

๐Ÿงฎ CALORIES – 208

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Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

Thank you for joining me today.
Until tomorrow…
In Love โ™ฅ and Light ๐Ÿ’ซ

๐Ÿ“‰ MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS

MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS
๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 248.0lbs
JUNE 1 – JULY 1 [-4.4lbs]

๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ†-50lbs๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ฅ

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

JANUARY 1 – 251.2
FEBRUARY 1 – 247.4
MARCH 1 – 245.2
APRIL 1 – 267.0 (Major Autoimmune Flare)
MAY 1 – 258.6
JUNE 1 – 252.4
JULY 1 – 248.0

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 239.8 [out of 240s]
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]

โœˆ๏ธ LONG TERM MILESTONE 1:
198.8 – Onderland by May 2023

๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOALS
โ–ช๏ธ Travel back to NZ for 6 months / May – Oct 2024
โ–ช๏ธ Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand
โ–ช๏ธ Improve my general health as much as possible
โ–ช๏ธ Increase movement as much as possible

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)

———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using are here:
https://tinyurl.com/yctpfwxl

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance, Oxalate Sensitivity and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and have, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

โšก MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS

MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS
๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 252.4lbs
MAY-JUNE [-6.2lbs]

This month felt similar to last. It was full of ups and downs and it was an oddly emotional month. For those who may not know, I have a pretty major anxiety disorder and there are times that I get what I call weepy weeks. ๐Ÿ˜ญ Everything sets me off into tears – like to the point I don’t watch much TV because insurance ads make me cry, much less anything dramatic.

Definitely no current events or news – I am very careful to live in my fluffy, sparkly, blissful ignorance bubble – watching, absorbing, discussing the horrible state of things would send me into a spiral that would be very difficult to climb out of…

Well this month was a weepy month. Not as bad as some but it was pretty strong. And 95% of it was unjustified, irrational anxiety brain based. And I know that – but knowing it doesn’t change it happening. I’m not complaining and I have it as under control as I can but I’m just shedding a little light on the situation as a whole…

Now while I am not normally an emotional eater, I had more than a few high pain, high fatigue, emotionally over threshold days that went one of two ways.

I either didn’t eat much at all or I ate super simple, no cook, canned stuff like canned spaghetti, canned chili on a potato or canned chicken or tuna that didn’t require effort but also was much higher in carbs and sodium and no veggies in sight.

I try to make brunch my main meal that involves cooking and leave dinner to be something that requires less prep as I hurt more and have much less energy in the evenings. I don’t always get it right but I’m trying.

I’m still making my way though the freezer meals I made earlier in the year but they just aren’t as good as cooking fresh and I’m down to mostly soups which are okay… but I ate most of the ones I liked already…. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I had my Dr appointment on May 2nd but my doc was sick so I saw another very nice Dr and we ran some labs and I rescheduled to see my normal Dr yesterday (May 31st).

The labs I had done on May 2nd were about 6 months from the previous ones. It was a mixed bag of good and okayish news…

โ–ช๏ธWBC = 13000 (elevated) – always is and stayed about the same

โ–ช๏ธGlucose = 92 – which is what I get normally testing at home

โ–ช๏ธKidney function (EGFR + BUN + Creatinine) = normal

โ–ช๏ธSodium / Potassium / Calcium = normal

โ–ช๏ธHepatic Liver Function Panel = normal

โ–ช๏ธThyroid Panel (incl T3 + T4) = normal

โ–ช๏ธParathyroid Panel = normal

โ–ช๏ธVit B12 = in range
โ–ช๏ธVit D = 9 (30 is recommended minimum)

โ–ช๏ธInsulin = 63 ( was 245 – max recommended is 24 )
โ–ช๏ธC-Peptide = 9.6 ( was 28.8 – max recommended is 4.4 )

โ–ช๏ธTotal Cholesterol = up slightly
โ–ช๏ธTriglycerides = down

I started a different trio of blood pressure medications and a new med for my muscle spasms. I had to drop one of the blood pressure meds because of the reactions but am tolerating the rest well.

Unfortunately my blood pressure is still a real problem. The new meds lowered it but after a few weeks it is creeping back up there… I saw my normal doc today and it was back to 180/119.

We talked about several things…she reordered some labs, wants a chest xray to look for early stage congestive heart disease, we are trying to get a heart cath procedure approved through my insurance, she is going to set me up another cardiology appointment and wants me to have both arm and leg nerve conduction testing done.

I asked her about the genetic testing service I found since I have so little information on my family and she thinks it could be very helpful and suggested I do it. It takes 16wks to get results back so I’ll get the kit ordered and I’ll know more around September.

Depending on the results of the labs we just did, I will either see her in a week or another month.

So this month I need to do a few things:
โ–ช๏ธ Continue 30-40% carbs to get insulin down more
โ–ช๏ธ New meds
โ–ช๏ธ Try for 15min / day exercise but I have to monitor my heart rate fluctuations

I’m also going to do another month of Zombie Apocalypse Pantry clean out – which just means doing very limited shopping besides produce top ups and using the proteins (freezer) / pantry stores I already have.

We’ll see how it all goes!

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

JANUARY 1 – 251.2
FEBRUARY 1 – 247.4
MARCH 1 – 245.2
APRIL 1 – 267.0
MAY 1 – 258.6
JUNE 1 – 252.4

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 248.8lbs [-50lbs again]
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]

โœˆ๏ธ LONG TERM MILESTONE 1:
Onderland by May 2023
(Travel back to NZ for 6 months / May – Oct)

๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOALS:
โ–ช๏ธ Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand
โ–ช๏ธ Improve my general health as much as possible
โ–ช๏ธ Increase movement as much as possible

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs)
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)

———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using are here:
https://tinyurl.com/yctpfwxl

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance, Oxalate Sensitivity and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and have, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

๐Ÿ“ˆ MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS

MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS
๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 258.6lbs
APRIL-MAY [-8.4lbs]

This month was a bit better. Still hard and we still had days where it went from 80 degrees to snow – which was just crazy.

I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow (May 2nd) to run all of my labs and things again. It’s been about 6 months since I have seen her in person.

I got to the point last month that I thought I was going to have to go to the hospital for my blood pressure. I wasn’t able to get an appointment any sooner so I did some digging around and found some old blood pressure medication from a few years ago which I started taking just to see if I could get it to come down out of where it was.

It seems to be working some as I’m now down into more of the 160 / 170 systolic range.

This is what it was before…
This is now…

One of the things that we need to discuss is the possibility that this is coming from heart disease. I don’t know much about my dad’s side of the family but I know that my biological mom had a pacemaker put in in her 40s and two of her sisters died of congestive heart failure in the last few years. So there’s a very real possibility that this is going to be an issue. We will see what my doc says.

My birthday is this week and I was hoping to go to Dollywood for the Flower & Food Festival that I missed last year but I just don’t think that I am feeling up to it. ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

I am a little concerned that I may not be able to go to New Zealand next year if this turns out to be a heart issue or I just don’t feel better than I do now but I am going to keep it as a goal and hope that come this time next year things are radically different.

JANUARY 1 – 251.2
FEBRUARY 1 – 247.4
MARCH 1 – 245.2
APRIL 1 – 267.0
MAY 1 – 258.6

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 239.8lbs
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]

โœˆ๏ธ LONG TERM MILESTONE 1:
Onderland by May 2023
(Travel back to NZ for 6 months / May – Oct)

๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOALS:
โ–ช๏ธ Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand
โ–ช๏ธ Improve my general health as much as possible
โ–ช๏ธ Increase movement as much as possible
โ–ช๏ธ Discuss with doc starting back at the pool
#manateetomermaid

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs)
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)

———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using are here:
https://tinyurl.com/yctpfwxl

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance, Oxalate Sensitivity and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and have, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

๐Ÿ“ˆ MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS

MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS
๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 267.0lbs
MAR-APRIL [+21.8lbs]

Another killer month. Wild weather swings from the 70s to snow storms back to the 70s and then more snow. This triggered several inflammation flares.

Then I have really been struggling with my blood pressure and subsequently my breathing. If you’ve watched any of my recent videos you can hear it… It’s been difficult.

I restarted 3 blood pressure meds that I was on before but had stopped because of the side effects. Part of this is also a reaction to them but I can’t continue with my BP this high.

All in all – March was a big wash…

DECEMBER 1 – 257.4
JANUARY 1 – 251.2
FEBRUARY 1 – 247.4
MARCH 1 – 245.2
APRIL 1 – 267.0
MAY 1 –

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 239.8lbs [out of 240s]
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]

โœˆ๏ธ LONG TERM MILESTONE 1:
Onderland by May 2023
(Travel back to NZ for 6 months / May – Oct)
MARCH 1st 2022 – MAY 1st, 2023
61 weeks to lose 46lbs (hopefully 50lbs)

๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOALS:
โ–ช๏ธ Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand
โ–ช๏ธ Improve my general health as much as possible
โ–ช๏ธ Increase movement as much as possible
โ–ช๏ธ Discuss with doc starting back at the pool
#manateetomermaid

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs)
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)

๐ŸŽฏ 2022 HEALTH GOAL
๐ŸŽ WHOLE FOOD REFOCUS
๐ŸงŸโ€โ™€๏ธ NO FUNKY FOOD FRANKENCHEMICALS
๐Ÿ“Š Plan: Calorie Command with the Healthi app
๐Ÿงฎ Calorie Target: 1585
๐Ÿฅ Carbohydrate Target: 119g (30%)
[Monitoring carbs for Insulin Resistance]

———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using are here:
https://tinyurl.com/yctpfwxl

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance, Oxalate Sensitivity and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and have, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

๐Ÿ“‰ Monthly Weigh In Results & More

The video has all the details and is time stamped

MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS
๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 245.2lbs
FEB – MAR LOSS [-2.2lbs]
TOTAL LOSS [-53.6lbs]
This was a very very difficult month for me. I had over +19.6lbs of inflammation fluctuations and an extremely difficult time, mentally and physically. There were several weeks of little to no communication or really tracking… I am finally coming around the bend, but this was HARD!

DECEMBER 1 – 257.4
JANUARY 1 – 251.2
FEBRUARY 1 – 247.4
MARCH 1 – 245.2
NEXT WEIGH IN – April 1st

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 239.8lbs [out of 240s]
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]

โœˆ๏ธ LONG TERM MILESTONE 1:
Onderland by May 2023
(Travel back to NZ for 6 months / May – Oct)
MARCH 1st 2022 – MAY 1st, 2023
61 weeks to lose 46lbs (hopefully 50lbs)
PROGRESS: [ ]

๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOALS:
โ–ช๏ธ Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand
โ–ช๏ธ Improve my general health as much as possible
โ–ช๏ธ Increase movement as much as possible
โ–ช๏ธ Discuss with doc starting back at the pool
#manateetomermaid

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)

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๐ŸŽฏ 2022 HEALTH GOALS
๐ŸŽ WHOLE FOOD REFOCUS
๐ŸงŸโ€โ™€๏ธ NO FUNKY FOOD FRANKENCHEMICALS
๐Ÿ“Š Calorie Command with the Healthi app
๐Ÿงฎ Calorie Target: 1447
๐Ÿฅ Carbohydrate Target: 90g (25%)
[Monitoring carbs for Insulin Resistance]

———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using are here:
https://tinyurl.com/yctpfwxl

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance, Oxalate Sensitivity and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and have, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

Intro: 00:00:11
Weigh In Numbers: 00:12:10
2021 Monthly Numbers Chart: 00:05:52
Changes to Eating/Tracking: 00:08:21

Insulin Resistance
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/22206-insulin-resistance

Specific Metrics: 00:11:31
New Air Fryer: 00:21:15
New Zealand Background: 00:23:43

Water Purity Database
https://www.ewg.org/tapwater

New Zealand Trip/Move: 00:35:08
NZ Milestone Goals: 00:37:27
Traveling Companion: 00:41:22

Next Vacay
https://nextvacay.com

NZ Travel
https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-guides/new-zealand-travel-tips

โšก MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS โšก

๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 247.4lbs
JAN to FEB LOSS [-3.8lbs]
TOTAL LOSS [-51.4lbs]
Given that I had a +8.2lb inflammatory gain when this storm came last week, I am glad to be down!

I have seen this lovely number several times before but my autoimmune flares were really bad last year and I struggled to move past it. So nice to see you again old friend! Take your shoes off, make yourself at home… Stay awhile! ๐Ÿ˜‚

DECEMBER 1 – 257.4
JANUARY 1 – 251.2
FEBRUARY 1 – 247.4
NEXT WEIGH IN – March 1st

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 239.8lbs [out of 240s]
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]
๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOAL:
Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand

Credit: LightRocket via Getty Images
Copyright: ยฉ 2020 Jorge Fernรกndez



๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)
Plan: Calorie Command using the ๐Ÿฆ‹ Healthi app
———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using are here:
https://tinyurl.com/yctpfwxl

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance, Oxalate Sensitivity and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and have, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

๐Ÿ“‰ MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS

๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 251.2lbs
(DECEMBER 1 – 257.4)

NEXT WEIGH IN – February 1

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 248.8lbs [-50lbs]
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]
๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOAL:
Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs)
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)
Plan: Calorie Command using the ๐Ÿฆ‹ Healthi app


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If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using are here:
https://fromdumpytodiva2020.wordpress.com/%f0%9f%93%9a-resources-%f0%9f%93%9a

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and do, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

๐Ÿฅช TUNA SWISS SANDWICH w BEEF STEW |๐ŸŒต MIXED FAJITAS at TAMPICO

DAILY MEAL HIGHLIGHTS
๐ŸŒž Good morning ๐ŸŒž gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

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Planning dinner out with my cuzzy so I pretracked and am having a lighter lunch.

๐Ÿฅช TUNA & SWISS SANDWICH w BEEF STEW
@simpletruth4u 21 Seeds Bread
@krogerco Swiss Cheese Single
@krogerco Ranch Tuna Pouch
@pvt_selection Artisanal Lettuce
@misfitsmarket Organic VIne Tomato, Red Onion
@grillospickles Dill Spears

๐ŸŒ€ IP Beef & Veggie Stew
Based on this recipe – very nice!
https://amindfullmom.com/instant-pot-beef-stew

โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 529
๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿค 4/5
๐Ÿ’Š 1x GOLO Release
1x Quercetin
1x Digestive Enzymes

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The Kroger ad changes on Wed so I went to town to get some things on sale… Juice, toilet paper, a certain yogurt, potatoes… ๐Ÿคฃ… you know, the usual. Well they were out of the juice, yogurt and the toilet paper so I’ll have to go back next week before it changes. I did get some other cool stuff though.

Frugal Finds Healthy Haul video here:

Tracy, my cousin, wasn’t feeling well so after shopping (and catching up with a friend I haven’t seen in ages) I had dinner out at Tampico …

๐ŸŒต MIXED FAJITA PLATE (TAMPICO RESTAURANT)
I had dinner at my favorite Mexi place (Steak, Chicken & Shrimp ๐ŸŒฏ Fajitas)

I should have remembered I never eat it all and when I pretracked I counted the entire meal… Welllllllll I only ate some of it – the rice, beans and the shrimp they don’t reheat well, and ended up with more than 500 calories left.

I have been very lucky eating here – as long as I don’t eat the salsa (Calcium Chloride), I have had no trouble here.

It’s like seafood from Peking House – there may be MSG in some things but I don’t react to that and have no reactions eating there.

โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 568 (for the portion I ate)
๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿค 4/5
๐Ÿ’Š Forgot to take them with me

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๐Ÿ’ SNACKS

โœณ๏ธ CALORIES:
๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿค

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DAILY TOTALS
๐Ÿ“š Tracking
Calorie Command in ๐Ÿฆ‹ Healthi ๐Ÿฆ‹
(previously iTrackBites)

๐Ÿงฎ CALORIES: 1097
๐ŸŽฏ Daily Calorie Target: 1652

๐Ÿ“Š Weigh In: – 7.2lbs (257.4lbs)
๐Ÿ“‰ Next Weigh In: 01.01.21

Thank you for joining me today.
Until tomorrow…
In Love โ™ฅ and Light ๐Ÿ’ซ

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Video Intro Song: “Good Morning” by @itslennnie

๐ŸŽฌ All the details of the days ingredients, tips, tricks, how tos and the occasional cute doggie are in my daily video…

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๐Ÿฅฌ You’ll hear me mention Misfits Market all the time – they are an organic produce subscription service I have used for 3yrs now, especially during the cooler months.

Get $10 off your first order here:
https://www.misfitsmarket.com/?promo=cookwme-fn8xpr

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๐Ÿ’‰ If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using are here:

https://fromdumpytodiva2020.wordpress.com/%f0%9f%93%9a-resources-%f0%9f%93%9a

DECEMBER WEIGH IN

WEIGH IN RESULTS
๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 257.4lbs
๐Ÿฆ„ This Week: -7.2lbs

NEW WEEK, NEW MONTH
I love when things line up like this… ๐Ÿคฃ

Nothing much different this week. My inflammation is subsiding (after an +11.8lb poof last week). I have been pretty on point with calories and started taking the GOLO supplements regularly which I do think are at least helping settle things down. I am trying them for 60 days and will see what my labs look like in January.

Even with Thanksgiving and lunch at a Chinese Buffet, I managed no real flare ups and the weather is, for the most part, playing nice. It was a good week.

I am going to try something different weigh in wise for a bit. I am still weighing daily (tracking my inflammation) and it is shown on the bottom of my tracker for the day on my blog each night.

But in terms of like official weigh ins – I’m just going to record every 1st of the month. People get surprisingly upset/rude if they don’t know me or my situation and see a big gain or loss… I’ve just gotten tired of explaining and feeling bad about it so…

DECEMBER 1
257.4

NEXT WEIGH IN
JANUARY 1

This is the supplement I’m trying. They have a recommended eating plan as well (which I am not following due to my specific restrictions) and a great Facebook support group.

GOLO
https://www.golo.com
I don’t know them, am not affiliated with them but am just going to try it for myself…

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 235.0lbs
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]
๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOAL:
Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs)
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)
Plan: Calorie Command using the ๐Ÿฆ‹ Healthi app
———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using are here:
https://fromdumpytodiva2020.wordpress.com/%f0%9f%93%9a-resources-%f0%9f%93%9a

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and do, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

WEEKLY WEIGH IN RESULTS

๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 253.0lbs
๐Ÿฆ„ This Week: – 1.4lbs
๐Ÿณ [Whale Week]

Working on keeping on, keeping on. If you have seen my videos this week, I have been feeling a little rough… Nothing out of the ordinary, just general me + meds/weather stuff. So I was pleasantly surprised by a loss this week! Rock on!

I am also trying a new supplement a friend suggested – it’s supposed to help with Insulin Resistance, high blood pressure and cholesterol etc… I am unfamiliar with it but I’m going to try it. It arrived today and I’m starting it in replacement of the 5 others I am currently taking to manage the same issues… We will see what happens in a month.

GOLO
https://www.golo.com
I don’t know them, am not affiliated with them but am just going to try it for myself…

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 235.0lbs
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]
๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOAL:
Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs)
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)
Plan: Currently tracking in โ„น๏ธ iTrackBites on Calorie Command

———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using are here:
https://fromdumpytodiva2020.wordpress.com/%f0%9f%93%9a-resources-%f0%9f%93%9a

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and do, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

โšกWEEKLY WEIGH IN RESULTSโšก

๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 254.4lbs
๐Ÿฆ„ This Week: – 6.0lbs

A few weeks ago, I weighed on Friday at 250.6 but by the time I had my Dr appointment on Monday I was 260.6 with an inflammatory flare and last weeks weigh in was 260.4 (so a +9.8lb gain).

We adjusted some meds based on my bloodwork results and I am back to taking some of the meds and supplements I had stopped for this exact reason… They cause major poofity poof poofs… So I knew it was coming.

There was a 30ยฐ temperature swing with some storms which always flares things up as well so I knew it would be a bit rough but it is starting to subside.

Last week was the final week of my 12 week reset. I have a few more things to test this week but overall it has given me some valuable insights that I think will be very helpful moving forward!

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 235.0lbs
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]
๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOAL:
Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs)
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)
Plan: Currently tracking in โ„น๏ธ iTrackBites on Calorie Command

———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using are here:
https://fromdumpytodiva2020.wordpress.com/%f0%9f%93%9a-resources-%f0%9f%93%9a

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and do, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

WEEKLY WEIGH IN RESULTS

๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 250.6lbs
๐Ÿฆ„ This Week: +2.0lbs

#fearlessfridays are back!
Between a very high stress Wed which caused a super pinata ๐Ÿช… poof and a pretty high reaction to a melon on Thursday, I was up quite a bit (+8lbs) so I expected a gain… I’m surprised it isn’t more – still not sure this is completely correct but we’re going to go with it for now and I’ll charge the scale again.

After the rains come this weekend (more โ›ˆ๏ธโ˜”โ›ˆ๏ธ poooooof) it is supposed to calm down for a bit. There is a 20ยฐ temperature swing coming and that’s going to kick me in the teeth but I love the cooler weather. This is my favorite time of year. ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ

Exciting week ahead…

Food testing is still going well. This starts Week 10, so 2 more weeks left. I have several reintroductions to try this week including
๐Ÿ Pineapple
๐Ÿฅ Kiwifruit
๐Ÿฅฌ Sauerkraut
๐Ÿš Wild Rice

I have repeat bloodwork to do on Monday to see the actual numerics of how this is affecting things… I’m really interested to see. There are several oxalate specific serum tests that can be done but I’m not sure if they can be done through the lab we use or if insurance will approve them… We’ll see on Mon!

Then I’m going to do a pretty decent size shop at Kroger. I’m cleaning out the fridge and organizing the freezers and I’m working out my main meal ideas for the week with a shopping list…

Friends came to help assemble my new bed and we decided I did need to order a box spring so that arrives next week and then I will soon have a new bed (and bedroom)…

Plus my normal cooking for Sandy and stuff… Lots on for me but it is all good…

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 235.0lbs
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]
๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOAL:
Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)
Plan: Currently tracking in โ„น๏ธ iTrackBites on Calorie Command

———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using to track histamines and oxalates are here:
https://fromdumpytodiva2020.wordpress.com/%f0%9f%93%9a-resources-%f0%9f%93%9a

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and do, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

WEEKLY WEIGH IN RESULTS

๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 248.6lbs
๐Ÿฆ„ This Week: -6.0lbs

#fearlessfridays are back!
Weird week all around. It is:
* Whale ๐Ÿณ Week and I’m all weepy and anxiety ridden…
* Storms have been here for 3 days and I have felt really rough and been struggling a lot physically…
* Didn’t eat yesterday at all and only a little the day before which absolutely has contributed to this loss…

I hurt from head to toe… But I’m still here, still trying, still pushing through…

Health wise – the lower oxalates continue to be making huge improvements in my general wellbeing – storms kicking up the Fibromyalgia and Mast Cell reactions aside, I am doing better than I have in years.

Today starts Week 9 of 12 – no food changes really except to hopefully feel like playing with my food again soon.

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 235.0lbs
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]
๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOAL:
Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)
Plan: Currently tracking in โ„น๏ธ iTrackBites on Calorie Command

———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using to track histamines and oxalates are here:
https://fromdumpytodiva2020.wordpress.com/%f0%9f%93%9a-resources-%f0%9f%93%9a

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and do, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

WEEKLY WEIGH IN

๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 262.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ„ This Week: +13.6lbs

#fearlessfridays are back!

Rough, rough week weather wise – big, beautiful storms ๐ŸŒง๏ธโ˜”๐ŸŒง๏ธ came over – which I personally love but boy, my body does not!

I poofed up big time… My hands and feet swelled something fierce, my eyes swelled, my BP went up from all my muscles and organs swelling, my breathing is rough (pressure on my lungs from all the swelling)… It is all kinds of fun.

I knew I was going to be up – I was up about +13lbs the day before weigh in so I wasn’t surprised… It will start to go down now that the storms have gone…

Food wise, I had very little reactions this week – it was all pretty good. Although, there were several days that I just didn’t feel well and didn’t eat much… Part of the habit I am trying very hard to overcome.

New week – new Phase of my 12 Week Wellness Reset. This is the final Phase which covers Weeks 7-12…

Still testing and reintroducing foods and working on a finalized elimination list.

Nothing to change just week – just have to work through the inflammation…

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 248.8lbs [-50lbs]
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]
๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOAL: Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs)
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)
Plan: Currently tracking in โ„น๏ธ iTrackBites on Calorie Command

———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and do, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

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๐Ÿ“š RESOURCES ๐Ÿ“š
MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/en/symptoms.html

๐ŸŒบ 12 WEEK WELLNESS RESET – Phase 4 / Day 4 – Lvl 2 Food Reintroductions

Very short note today… I spent the day out in town with my favorite cousin running errands and catching up.

We had Sushi from my favorite restaurant – Shoguns.

I had…
Pink Lady Roll
Purple Rain Roll (it used to come with purple rice)
1 of her Tempura Shrimp
Bowl of Clear Soup
Ginger/Soy Sauce

It was delicious and we ate kinda late so that was all I wanted. I precalculated everything and knew exactly what I wanted and worked it into my day…

I stopped at Kroger on the way home and got a few things and am here at home now for the foreseeable future… ๐Ÿ˜Š

I did a little weigh in catch up video while driving out to meet her… I don’t film in the car so it’s a bit of a mess but if you want it…

โšกWEEKLY WEIGH IN RESULTSโšก

๐Ÿธ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 252.0lbs
๐Ÿฆ„ This Week: -3.0lbs

I think for the first time in more than 5yrs, I am really onto something here. I have known about my food sensitivities for years but it looks like Oxalates were the missing piece.

I am just starting Week 4 of this 12 Week Wellness Reset and I feel better than I have in a long long time. My blood pressure is down, my breathing comes easier, my hands and feet don’t hurt as much and my last trip into town to run errands didn’t half kill me….

Given that this is the beginning of Whale ๐Ÿณ Week for me, we have had lots of rain and my body is still basically going – Huh? What? Which way? – I am thrilled with a loss.

It may take another 3 months for my weight to begin changing with any real predictability but if I continue to feel better – I don’t really care…

I am at the point in my reintroductions that it isn’t difficult to have what I want, it just takes more planning to research Histamine and Oxalate levels for everything, especially now that I am reintroducing multi ingredient products.

Although, I got surprised this week by Blackberries. Normally I pretrack and mark everything but for whatever reason I didn’t with them. I knew they were okay with my Histamine Intolerance but what I didn’t count on was how high in Oxalates they are. I ate a 6oz clam shell and it was a whopping 89mg of my recommended 100mg…
๐Ÿ’ฅ KAPOW ๐Ÿ’ฅ Lesson learned – this is why we pretrack.

The time and effort has been very worth it, and once I mark a food with the correct information for me, I don’t have to worry about it.

Each food is marked in several ways –
โœ… Nutritional Information verified and edited by me
๐Ÿ”ฅ Histamine Level
๐ŸŒฟ Oxalate mg (per noted serving)
*๏ธโƒฃ 0.5mg or less per serving

ITrackBites keeps track of my calories and I add my histamine levels and daily oxalates… Together this is a great system. And very maintainable even after the 12 weeks of testing.

So we are moving right on along and am hoping for a flare free week!

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 248.8lbs [-50lbs]
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]
๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOAL: Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs)
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)
Plan: Currently tracking in โ„น๏ธ iTrackBites on Calorie Command

———————

If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance and on and on… ]

My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases. When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and do, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

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๐Ÿ“š RESOURCES ๐Ÿ“š
MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/en/symptoms.html

FOOD LIST I WILL BE USING
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/downloads/foodlist/21_FoodList_EN_alphabetic_withCateg.pdf

HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE
https://www.healthline.com/health/histamine-intolerance

INSULIN RESISTANCE
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/insulin-and-insulin-resistance

FIBROMYALGIA
https://www.healthline.com/health/fibromyalgia/signs-of-fibromyalgia

POTS
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16560-postural-orthostatic-tachycardia-syndrome-pots

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MY TOP 3 WORST INFLAMMATION TRIGGERS
These are not the same for everyone and in 90% of people they don’t trigger a reaction – but if you are constantly dealing with being bloated, headaches, muscle or joint pain or digestive distress – they may be worth considering as potential inflammation triggers.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
https://www.eatthis.com/artificial-sweeteners-side-effects

WHY “NATURAL FLAVORS” ARE A NO NO FOR ME
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/natural-flavors#TOC_TITLE_HDR_7

CARRAGEENAN (Another big no no)
https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/carrageenan

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๐ŸŒธ 12 WEEK WONDERLAND PLAN – Phase 2 / Day 3 – Begin Food Reintroduction

PHASE 2 – DAY 3 – Food Reintroduction Testing

๐ŸŽฌ All the details of the days ingredients, tips, tricks, how tos and the occasional cute doggie are in my daily video…๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ›’๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ

๐Ÿ‡ THE WONDERLAND PLAN
12 Weeks of trying something completely different to help heal and reduce the effects of 6 months of Mast Cell disorder flare ups.

WEEK 2 – REINTRODUCTION PHASE 1
OXALATE REDUCTION – 100mg / day or less
MAST CELL HISTAMINE LIST – reintroduce up to 2
foods/meal that are [0] on the list. Score reactivity.

If minor reaction, retest in another meal to confirm.
If major reaction, note and remove for 4 weeks.

โญ• = contains oxalates
The top chart is Histamine Level
The bottom chart is Oxalate Levels
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MEAL 1
@krogerco Chicken Breast (home ground) – 7oz raw
@misfitsmarket Organic Spaghetti Squash โญ•
@birdseye Broccoli, Carrot, Sugar Snap & Water Chestnuts โญ•
@himalayansfinest Pink Salt
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 2๏ธโƒฃ9๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 373

๐ŸŒ€ INSTANT POT SQUASH
Cooked in @chefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
Rinse Squash and pierce all around about a dozen times.
1c water in the pot
Steamer Basket or standard trivet
15min (small/med) – High Pressure + Natural Release
20min (lrg/multiple) – High Pressure + Natural Release

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SNACK 1
@misfitsmarket Organic Honeydew Melon โญ•
@himalayasfinest Pink Salt

๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 1๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 96

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SNACK 2
@misfitsmarket Organic Nectarine
@misfitsmarket Organic Pecan Halves โญ•
๐ŸŒธ HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ OXALATE SCORE: 1๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 229

Pecans not listed on histamine chart specifically but mentioned here the same as Macadamia and Pistachio which are both [0].

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โšกWEEKLY WEIGH IN RESULTS โšก
-22.0LBS

This really seems to be working… I lost a ton of inflammation and swelling this week.

Today I reintroduced / tested:
PROTEINS:
VEGETABLES: Broccoli / Water Chestnut / Spaghetti Squash
GRAINS:
DAIRY:
FRUITS: Honeydew Melon
NUTS/SEEDS: Pecans
OTHER:
*needs follow up test

๐ŸŒธ TOTAL HISTAMINE SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿฅฆ TOTAL OXALATE SCORE (<100): 4๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ
๐Ÿ”ฅ REACTIVITY SCORE: 0๏ธโƒฃ
โœณ๏ธ CALORIES: 698

I got a late start to the day, first snack at 12 but first meal not until 5ish…after my second fruit/nut snack, I just wasn’t hungry… Need to be sure to work tomorrow differently.

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๐Ÿ’ Tracking – Calories only – Calorie Command

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ 4 salad plate meals (no regular big plates, no OMAD [one meal a day] ) – smaller meals to reduce the amount of histamine triggers consumed at one time and limit reactivity during the reintroduction trial phases.

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If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

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๐Ÿ“š RESOURCES ๐Ÿ“š
MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/en/symptoms.html

FOOD LIST I WILL BE USING
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/downloads/foodlist/21_FoodList_EN_alphabetic_withCateg.pdf

HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE
https://www.healthline.com/health/histamine-intolerance

WEEKLY WEIGH IN RESULTS

๐ŸฆŠ Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
๐Ÿฆ‹ Current Weight: 248.6lbs
๐Ÿฆ„ This Week: -22.0lbs

I had a huge inflammation gain last week and started a 12 week plan to better identify and eliminate those reaction triggers.

I think for the first time in more than 5yrs, I may be on to something. Usually when I have an inflammatory gain, it takes 2-3 weeks to lose it. If it is a huge gain like last week (+21lbs) that often takes 4-6 weeks to lose it.

For the past six months I have been steadily gaining with one flare after another. It absolutely has been a combination of the weather and food reactivities.

I have known for a while about my Histamine Intolerance but what I didn’t know until this week is what kind of role Oxalates play in this. Oxalates are found naturally in many plants and it turns out that a lot of the things that I was eating (that are super healthy for you) are also extremely high in Oxalates and having an excess of oxalates can cause inflammation issues in people who are sensitive to it. I am finding more and more evidence that this is likely the case for me.

Normal recommended oxalate level are 200-500mg/day.

For someone who should be monitoring their oxalate levels, you want no more than 100mg in all of your foods combined in a day.

People who have trouble with kidney stones and are high risk – free recommendation is 20-50mg / day.

Spinach alone, which I eat very often, has 650mg of oxalate per cup. Other dark leafy greens like Chard and Beet Greens are 500-700mg per cup. Then things like Black Beans are 72mg per 1/2 cup… Things like potatoes and sweet potatoes which I was eating at least every other day are high in oxalates per ounce. Whole wheat and whole grain foods can be 3-10x as many oxalates as a standard white version of the same thing. And I always eat whole grain…. So if I had all of that in one day – I was literally crippling a body system that was already struggling but I thought I was eating healthy.

I’m learning a tremendous amount as I go and I’m hoping that at the end of this 12 weeks, I will have my customized food plan with all of the correct reactionary levels for myself personally.

I would love to see a general decrease in my weight as I go but the biggest thing for me right now is just to heal this past 6 months worth of Mass Cell destruction and get a better understanding of what I need to do specifically for me.

Having a medical condition of any type is never easy but taking the time out during your journey to actually work out what works specifically for you is so important. Heaven knows there is a ton of conflicting information available in books and on the web. You have to work out what is specific to you.

There are foods that I react to that other people have no problem with and then there are foods that are marked generally higher in reaction properties and people have said “oh you shouldn’t be eating that” but for me, I don’t have a reaction to.

There is a tremendous amount of information out there but until you break it down and test it for yourself, you’re only guessing what has worked for somebody else. This is going to be a wild 12-week ride with great learning potential, but it’s off to a fantastic start.

โ†™๏ธ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS โ†˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ† NEXT MINI GOAL: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]
๐ŸŽฏ NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]
๐ŸŒ NON SCALE GOAL: Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand

๐ŸŽฏ MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) ๐Ÿ†
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs) ๐ŸŽ–๏ธ
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)
Plan: Currently tracking in โ„น๏ธ iTrackBites on Calorie Command / ๐ŸŽ Whole Foods Focused Wellness

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If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance and on and on… ]

My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases. When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and do, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

———————

๐Ÿ“š RESOURCES ๐Ÿ“š
MAST CELL ACTIVATION SYNDROME
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/en/symptoms.html

FOOD LIST I WILL BE USING
https://www.mastzellaktivierung.info/downloads/foodlist/21_FoodList_EN_alphabetic_withCateg.pdf

HISTAMINE INTOLERANCE
https://www.healthline.com/health/histamine-intolerance

INSULIN RESISTANCE
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/insulin-and-insulin-resistance

FIBROMYALGIA
https://www.healthline.com/health/fibromyalgia/signs-of-fibromyalgia

POTS
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16560-postural-orthostatic-tachycardia-syndrome-pots

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MY TOP 3 WORST INFLAMMATION TRIGGERS
These are not the same for everyone and in 90% of people they don’t trigger a reaction – but if you are constantly dealing with being bloated, headaches, muscle or joint pain or digestive distress – they may be worth considering as potential inflammation triggers.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
https://www.eatthis.com/artificial-sweeteners-side-effects

WHY “NATURAL FLAVORS” ARE A NO NO FOR ME
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/natural-flavors#TOC_TITLE_HDR_7

CARRAGEENAN (Another big no no)
https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/carrageenan

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WEEKLY WEIGH IN RESULTS

Yesterday (Sun) we had a big storm precipitated by Hurricane Fred come over. The barometric pressure change created a huge flare up. I knew this weigh in was going to be a doozy.

This is this mornings radar…

Last week I weighed 249.6…

Yesterday I woke up hurting terribly and knew it was going to be a rough day.
Morning weigh in – 256.0 (+6.4lbs)

But it wasn’t finished…
4 hrs later – 260.2 (+10.6lbs)

3hrs after that, I was still flaring
266.6 (+17lbs in total)

+17lbs of inflammation – every muscle in my body on fire and screaming at me, stretched to its limit, my organs swollen, stabbing headache, my BP and heart rate super elevated trying to keep up with the increased demand for blood supply – just walking to the bathroom one room over was a major effort… And all of this because of a weather change which I have no control over…

I went to bed by 8pm. I couldn’t do anything else. And sadly, this is my life all too often for right now. This happens multiple times a month, sometimes multiple times a week.

Today, I woke up at 3am and took some more meds. I reweighed again at 6.30 (I track my weight 4-5x a day during bad flares to see what’s happening) – I was 261.6 so down 5lbs from last night but still up +12lbs.

Something has to change – this year has been super rough… I went back over my weigh ins since Jan and whew!

Weight loss isn’t easy for any of us… My challenges may be different to other people but we all have something that brought us to this place, something we struggle with… Food obsession, disordered thinking, lack of time, lack of support, finances, medical issues, psychological issues – your reasons are all just as valid as anyone else’s.

You are not alone.

We may not all be trying to steer the same ship – but we are all adrift on the same sea and storms challenge us all…

We are here, together, throwing each other a lifeline. Grab it, stabilize yourself and extend it to someone else. We are all just doing the best we can with what we have.

And it’s enough…
You are enough…
You are doing enough…
And if you feel you aren’t, but you could be, we are here to help when you’re ready…

Stay the course… We’ll get there in the end. The time is going to pass anyway… Where you are in 6 months, a year, 5 years… That’s up to you. You can be where you are now and that’s okay. You can feel like you’ve gone backwards, and that’s okay too. Or you can have chipped away at and made some forward progress, no matter how slow and minor it feels, and that’s okay as well.

None of us are going to get out of this alive so what you do with the time you have is important… It matters… Don’t spend half your life being miserable chasing some number on the scale.

I’m not saying don’t care about your weight or try to improve your health… But there is a big difference in doing those things in a way that allows you to adopt an enjoyable, sustainable lifestyle vs a diet that makes you miserable and once you stop, which you will, makes you do it all over again on repeat, time and time again, because it was unsustainable.