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Exercise

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I have never been a person to exercise. It is boring to do alone & annoying to do with other people. I’ve always been very active, I’m pretty strong & I have a lot of muscle tone, but I’ve been noticing lately that my advanced age is starting to show. Then the topic of exercise came up at RedPillWoman & I think I just can’t put it off any longer.

I’ve always been pretty lean & I was probably skinny-fat during my “heart healthy whole grains” phase, but since I started menopause, it is getting really difficult to keep the weight off. Plus the problem of my fondness for beer & dive bars; I’ve always had the fondness, but it is probably not helping the weight issue, either.

The thing is that I’m super lazy & I don’t want to spend too much time on it. I’m not into cardio, either. I do have a really old SoloFlex set up in my dining room & I’ll rip off a quick 10 a couple of times a day, but that is about the extent of any sort of formal workout.

One of the things mentioned was Two Hundred Squats & since my butt could be a bit more pert & I can do squats at work (while everyone else is out to lunch) I’m going to try this exercise. Margery suggested kettlebells & I thought the exercises in the video she posted were pretty reasonable. Plus, you can see the chick in the video is really getting worn down by the end of the six or seven minutes of exercise.

Then Pill Scout tweeted a link to this article about green tea, so I went to the Asian market & bought a bunch of it. What the heck, I can use all of the help I can get, right?

I have already implemented the squats, but I’m having a difficult time finding a kettlebell. I guess it is the new big thing or something because there is a space on the shelf for different weights of them, but none to be found except the tiny 5 pounders. I want at least a 15 pounder; I did find a 10lb one, but it was really in bad shape & beat up. How does that even happen?

What a Drag it is Getting Old

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Ugh, so in the last week I noticed that I have a bad spot on my thumb that got pretty inflamed & after complaining about it, I was told it was a bone spur. Off to the computer I go to see what the hell I can do about it. Of course, hundreds & hundreds of links from spinal/orthopedic clinics recommend surgery because, you know, they need the money! Offices are expensive!

After reading up on bone spurs, I realized that I have one on my left foot that I thought was caused by the clutch in my little 5-speed. Dang, bone spurs are probably the cause of the pain in my elbow & my husband’s shoulder & lower back. Crap, if we both have the same thing, our diets are probably the cause. I would really, really like to keep my 5-speed because it is incredibly fun to drive (& it’s a rocket!), but if it continues to be painful I will have to get a boring old automatic.

At the risk of boring the ever-loving crap out of you, I will report my findings here because; well, this is what I’m obsessed with this week, so it has all my concentration. Besides, my thumb & the ball of my foot HURT! And there is no way I’m letting some money hungry (or other) doctor cut into my flesh when I haven’t explored every other avenue. Besides, if I am boring, think how exciting everything else you read will seem 🙂

I do need to state that we had a lot of these problems way before we happened upon the paleo diet, & whereas the paleo diet has helped us immensely, our diet is very loosely based on it. We mainly eat the best, cleanest, real food diet that we can, comprised of foods that do not cause us pain. Having said that, we have been eating/drinking foods that cause pain recently – time to clean up the diet!

I figure that something that is caused by diet (inflammation, etc) can be cured by diet. I looked for an anti-inflammatory diet & found this one & realized that we were already doing all of that. I looked & looked & made a list of all the offerings the internet had for natural remedies for bone spurs & this is what I came up with (in no particular order):

Kelp
Curcumin – turmeric 500-1000mg 3x on empty stomach
Proteolytic Digestive enzymes – bromelain (sinuses) betain HCI / 3x on empty stomach
Vitamin C to extreme
Vitamin D to extreme
Omega 3
K-2 MK-4 menatetrenome
Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfates
Apple cider vinegar – unfiltered
Ginger 5g daily
Gelatin
Magnesium
Feverfew
Celery
DMSO – local application
Epsom Salts – local application
Flaxseed oil on bandaid on spur – local application
Linseed oil – local application

We already have a lot of this stuff, so I will continue to do those, but there were a lot of them that stood out. Unfiltered apple cider vinegar might be a good one – some of the articles said that irregular calcium deposits were caused by an alkaline system, so ACV might acidify it a bit. I’ll try to take a little in water in the morning. Oh, and for all you conspiracy theorists out there, about a third of the natural health sites I went to gave the fluoride in tap water as a leading cause of bone spurs. So, who knows.

K-2 MK-4 (menatetrenome) is another; evidently there is a synergy between K-2 & D3. Richard at Free the Animal has an article about K-2 & his teeth, which is very interesting. After taking it for a while, he noticed that he didn’t get deposits on his teeth any more. I get those hard white deposits on the inside lower teeth that have to be scraped each dentist visit. Once again, irregular deposits that are also probably calcifying my arteries & my bone spurs. Yay!

A lot of the sites recommended proteolytic digestive enzymes, which if you look on the label, contain bromelain . Reading up on them, ding ding ding! These enzymes are also important in dissolving fibroids. I totally had fibroids until they mysteriously went away when I started on paleo (or maybe the onset of menopause). The plot thickens! It is recommended that they be taken 3x daily on an empty stomach.

It is also recommended that curcumin be taken 3x daily on an empty stomach, so off I went to search & I found this article & read it 3x & have no idea what the hell it says, but it looks official. There are a ton of supplements that combine curcumin & proteolytic enzymes, so I’m going to assume that there are no contraindications taking them together.

I will also try using Epsom salts locally & flaxseed oil on a bandaid. The gelatin, glucosamine & chondroitin (& MSM, which is gelatin) would probably be good. So yes, I am taking the shotgun approach to this problem, which is the way I naturally do EVERYTHING, so that I never know what cured me, I just want a cure, any cure. Now!

I think what made my thumb flare up is that we tried a little foray into local craft beer, which caused us pain & inflammation (we tried just the IPA later & still had pain) then on Saturday we each ate a piece of pizza, which led to us ordering a whole pizza & eating it. We will have to clean up our act & quit hurting ourselves. Stupid, stupid, stupid! Anyway, I’ll try to update with any results from my latest experiment.

[Note: Looking further into the items on the list, it looks like a lot of them are used for candida overgrowth – maybe the bone spurs are a just a symptom of that. I’m going to start with the “mother” unfiltered ACV, bromelain, betain HCI, Vitamin C & curcumin turmeric for a while & see how that goes before trying a bunch of other stuff. Maybe I’ll try the topical ones also, haven’t decided.]

Odds & Ends

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Ack, waiting around for the insurance auditor to show up, so that I can figure out if I have to go all battle-axe on him, if I have to giggle like I don’t have a brain, or if I can be a normal person. It’s not the audit itself that is torturous, it is the having a total stranger in my office for 3 hours thing.

Small talk, yuk. Luckily, introverts tend towards excruciating things like auditing, but the problem with that is some take their jobs waaaaay too seriously. Those are the ones I have to go all battle-axe on. If it is an extrovert I’ll have to giggle, which is wearing in a completely different way. [Awesome, he seems to be completely normal, which means I can be normal. Still wearing, though]

I’m still up to my eyeballs in work & it doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. Sure, I goof off like nobody’s business, so it’s probably mostly my fault for being behind. I’m trying to care, but failing. Every time I turn around the powers that be are complicating my job. This is probably a good thing though because I’m not sure anyone could easily figure this stuff out. My brain seems to have an extremely high tolerance for numbers & details.

Changing the subject…

I’ve recently gone back from eating safe starches (not sure if there is such a thing for me) to very low carb & it is really working out for me. I seem to have a lot of inflammation where carbs are concerned. We made stir fry with veggies, chicken, coconut oil & rice & my face was hot to the touch all the next day. If I eat everything in the meal but the rice, I’m fine. My husband, on the other hand, seems to do really well with carbs.

My diet now consists of a lot of bone broth & fat with some protein & small amounts of veggies. I have started drinking raw whole milk before bed & raw heavy cream in my coffee in the morning & some homemade yogurt at lunch.

I haven’t made yogurt with my raw milk yet because I still have some of the other, but I think the only difference is with pasteurized you heat it up to 180F to kill anything living in it & then let it cool to 115F to add the culture & with raw you only heat it to 115F so you DON’T kill anything in it & then add the culture.

Changing again…

I’ve decided that menopause is all about zinc for me. When I first started ‘pausing & skipping periods, I had hot flashes all the time. Then I stupidly went on a potato diet & messed my body up massively. I bled profusely for about 2-1/2 weeks until I figured out that it was caused by zinc deficiency due to copper toxicity from the potatoes.

I started carefully taking as much zinc as I thought my body could safely handle & quit bleeding. Whew. Then I noticed that I don’t have hot flashes anymore. Now I seem to be successfully on my way to never having a period again! Whenever I have a hot flash or a hint of a period, I take zinc for a couple of days & it stops. Do you know how to never have a period again? Buy about $100 worth of sanitary products! Yay, I’m fully stocked up! Hopefully I will never have to use any of them!

Busy, Bloody

Blood-Drop

You have no concept of how much of my job has today as a deadline. Realistically about 20% of my entire job for the year has today as a deadline. Hopefully I got everything done because my brain has been mush for the last week.

Luckily I have three days to recover since I now work a 4 day week. Of course, those same 3 day weekends are probably going to be the death of me and any sort of productive activities. Do I paint the window trim that needs it so desperately? No, I do not. Do I visit bars earlier & earlier in the day? Yes, I do.

Tomorrow I’m going shopping for cute bras to attempt to match them to my panties as per Danny’s suggestion. Not sure if hubby will notice or anything, but maybe he’ll reward me with a good old fashioned ravishing. Most likely he will find the pair during an already scheduled ravishing. As long as said ravishing occurs, I’m good. Either I will be rewarded by being ravished or he will be rewarded with cuteness while ravishing.

Do Not Read Past This Point – Menopause Related.

Since transitioning from not having a period for 6 months to having my 2nd 2 week long period (period fatigue extraordinaire!) I started using the disposable version of the Moon Cup or Diva Cup (I bought the disposable ones because that’s all the store had). They work pretty damn well.

Don’t get me wrong – it is gross as hell dealing with it, but as far as being able to not be constantly leaking all day it rocks massively. Then YOU choose when to gross yourself out. Plus you can have sex while using them. Kinda messy sex, but not nearly as messy as without.

I have the best husband in the world, too; the other day I came home to freshly laundered piles of blood-colored towels of every size. I guess once he realized that blood was going to be a big part of our lives for a while, he went out & purchased them to make my life easier. Super Awesome! I did notice a few of them by the bed (hahahaha), which is conveniently outfitted with blood-colored sheets.

Bitch & Moan & Grumble & Groan (Part 1)

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Yeah, yeah, I have nothing to say, but I do have plenty to bitch about. Maybe if I bitch enough here I won’t bitch as much IRL (haha, I’ll let you know how that works). It all started a month ago when I unfortunately decided to go on a Potato Diet because I had 10 pounds that would be really fun to lose. Didn’t really NEED to lose, because I looked pretty awesome, but wouldn’t it be fun to be ultra-skinny for the holidaze?

For 3 days I (& my poor dear abused husband) ate pretty much nothing but potatoes & maybe some coconut oil. It was pretty tasty; I was surprised on the 3rd day when potatoes still tasted really good. There was no weight loss for me or mine even though others on the diet were shedding a few pounds per day. Fuck. The morning of the 4th day I blew my nose & it was bloody as hell. Fuck.

I felt like absolute crap. Body aches, tinnitus, ocular migraine, everything hurt, bad. I felt terrible for a couple of days & I kept trying to catch a cold or flu or something. I felt marginally awful for a couple of weeks & then I started my period. Fuck. I WAS in the middle of menopause. Like 6 months into not ever having a period again. Nope, all down the drain & starting over from scratch. Fuck. Doubly disturbing since we had been using menopause as birth control. Yikes.

That period continued to fire-hose blood out of my twat at an incredible rate (tampons plus pads changed almost hourly) for another 15 days. I had noticed white spots on my fingernails a few days ago, but didn’t really think anything about it until I was googling how to stop the incessant bleeding & was told that I needed to use progesterone cream. I googled foods high in progesterone & found that zinc is the main facilitator of progesterone (or something like that).

Aw, shit, my fingernails (that not only had white spots but were also shredding at an alarming rate) told me that a couple of days before. So I started taking a 75mg zinc in the morning & evening & the blood flow stopped almost immediately. Well, not stopped, but hugely reduced. A couple more days of almost normal period & I started taking zinc 3 times a day & now am NOT BLEEDING!!!!!!! Thank Fucking God! I’m totally going to have some awesome sex this weekend to make up for lost time.

Don’t get me wrong, I had some bloody sex, but it just isn’t the same. I even gave a nice blow job to my long-suffering husband who doesn’t ever get them (poor thing). And there was sex, but it is a lot different when you have to put the thick burgundy terrycloth floor-mat down & hope you don’t bleed through it before the deed is done.

The Potato Diet didn’t just disturb my reproductive organs, it disturbed my whole physical existence. My whole metabolism. My poor nose. When I figured out that I had a zinc deficiency, I realized that it was due to a copper toxicity. I don’t really know what that means, but I have every symptom of both combined with feeling lousy and the holidaze & drinking too much & eating weird foods & I fucking gained 10 pounds. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life.

So, now instead of losing 10 pounds that I looked fine having, I am a huge fat blubbery pig. And I feel like crap. The saga continues…