Sunday, April 01, 2007
Weigh In week 4
I didn't post last week, and my weight remained stable.
This week, however, I've made up for it and lost 5 pounds!!! I almost expected the scale to say "April Fool!!", which actually would have been pretty amazing, as I don't have a talking scale! LOL
My calorie intake has been low most days this week, I just don't have an appetite!! Today is a great example. I had poached eggs on toast for breakfast (25g total with 5g fiber), then didn't even think about food until about an hour ago! That's over 7 hours!!!
I also measured myself today. Now, it's been almost 5 months since I measured, so I did expect to see some changes, but wow!!
neck: -1/4 inch
bicep: no change
forearm: -1/4 inch
chest: no change
waist: -1 3/4 inches!!
hips: -2 1/4 inches!!
thigh: -5 inches!!!
calf: no change
I'm amazed! And thrilled! That's a total of 9 1/2 inches!!
Krill Oil for Inflammation:
I took fish oil, and flax oil, for quite some time when I first started low carbing. While on them I had "normal" CRP level for the first time in heaven knows how many years.
I have degenerative arthritis with bone spurs in my neck and pelvis. In my neck I also have a fair degree of spinal stenosis, although luckily not enough to warrant surgery. I also have at least 3 damaged discs, loss of a natural spinal curve in my thoracic spine, and I've been told I have bilateral bursitis and likely arthritis in my right knee. Oh yea, and TMJ. (I get the back issues from dad and the rest from mom I think)
My CRP levels never concerned me, until they started linking it with heart disease. I had been taking statins, but stopped due to nasty side effects. After stopping the statins I started low carbing with induction (Atkins) levels of carbs, fat, protein for about 3 months. During this time I saw, for the first time in many years, CRP levels within normal limits. I stopped the fish oil and flax shortly after, due to nausea. I've since found it was the flax causing the nausea and went back on fish oil. I currently take 6 caps a day (100mg, EPA 180mg, DHA 120mg, OMEGA3 340mg each) I'm seeing a new PCP soon, so I'll let you know what my levels are, but i feel so much better!!
I still take aspirin fairly frequently, but no longer do I take ibuprofen 800mg 4X/day and even pain medications and muscle relaxants....and still find that I'm hurting!!
I still have random joint pains, which does concern me, and I've been wondering if increasing my dose even more or switching to Krill would make a big difference. (I check the Fish Oil at least weekly for freshness and buy a "quality" product)
After reading Dr Michael Eades' latest post on Krill Oil, I decided to give it a try.
So, on Friday I bought some Krill Oil. Pretty pricey, around $22 for 1 month's supply, but if it works, it will be worth it!
I'm starting out with 2 caps a day, which is the recommended dose on the bottle, but may increase to 4 a day.