Thursday, May 17, 2007

I am alive.... kinda...

Work is insane - I haven't even had time to catch up on the web comics I normally read, let alone blogs :-\ House-sitting means I get to work later and subsequently leave work later, and don't have access to my own computer. I'm slowly increasing my daily step count, and trying not to type more than is necessary at work/home -it's causing numbness in hands/arms. This obviously results in less time on the computer. You can hear the freeway from where I'm sleeping. I normally wear earplugs so that noise doesn't keep me awake, but many chemists aren't stocking the super-soft-rounded foam ear plugs. I hope I don't have to resort to buying them online. Maybe I'll visit Chadstone on the weekend.

Seems like all specialists have a waiting list of at least 3 months... rheumy appointment has been booked. Looking for the source of the always-present inflammation, and the worsening numbness. I picked the rheumatologist who's bio mentioned they enjoy cases which allow them to explore the breadth of the medical field. Let's hope they can help.

The ketosystem diet (ordered by the naturopath) started with a bang - 5kg in a week. Since then (2.5 weeks), even though I decreased calorie intake and increased exercise since the middle of the second week, my weight isn't shifting, and neither are my measurements. It's quite disappointing. I also found out that my stomach can not deal with Splenda. It's worse than phenylalanine, which sends me to sleep and provides a massive headache upon waking.

Side effects of the ketosystem diet == increased: numbness, itchyness, eczma, fatigue, sinus pain, muscle/tendon pain, muscle twitching, eye fatigue. This diet was meant to kick my metabolism to burn more fat than carbs, but I don't think the side effects are worth it. Even though my calorie intake is very low, I am not hungry any more. I still crave sweets and carbs, but I haven't cheated once. Very pleased with myself because of this. 1.5 weeks of this diet left (I'm only on it for a short time because of the strain it puts on poor kidneys). It will be interesting to see what my cholesterol is after this month - it's normally on the low end of low (very healthy).

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