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I Had a Burst of Energy

I have had these “bursts of energy” as I refer to them, over the years. I have had low energy since childhood. As an adult, I would experience these “bursts of energy” that coincided with my cycle. In talking with women friends it seemed to be a “cleansing” process, similar to the nesting urge that a pregnant woman experiences before she goes into labor. When my period was due to start, I would get a burst of energy and I would tackle things that normally I didn't have the stamina for, usually some kind of major housework. That worked out pretty good through my twenties and thirties and early forties but in the last few years the bursts of energy came more sporadically, like once every three months, instead of every month. The energy spurts rarely lasted more than a day and I learned to pace myself and not become frustrated when I could only get so much done. There is always so much to do when it comes to cleaning around here that I'd need a crew of four people working with me for forty hours. Hopefully that would make more than a dent! 🙂

So today I had one of those bursts of energy and tackled the kitchen floor. I swept and mopped since it has dire need for a few weekends but I have just not had the energy to do more than cook and wash a load or two of dishes. Sometimes I think, maybe I'm just imagining that I'm this worn out. Maybe I should just push myself. But even my husband knows I have to be careful of overdoing it or I might end up in bed the next day. Today, in addition to sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor, I pulled the stove out, cleaned each side of the stove, and swept and mopped behind the stove. My husband walked into the kitchen and said, “Whoa, whoa, there lady. Be careful now we don't want you falling out or hurting yourself. Just because you have a burst of energy (see even he knows what I call them, lol) doesn't mean you need to clean behind the stove! Take it easy now.” After that I wiped one of the refrigerators down from top to bottom, and then I cleaned the back door. It's white but you would never have known it for all the fingerprints. Ah it's so frustrating, most of my adult life the way it's been is by the time I feel like doing anything the door looks like it's never been wiped down, ever.

I am beginning to be cautiously optimistic that I am gaining more energy. I'm really hoping the leptin reset works/is working… but then I think maybe I am doing more damage to myself by being on hydrocortisone for such a long time (over four months now) without treating my thyroid.

I've temporarily jammed my head in the sand over my thyroid condition. I keep thinking I should start the T3-only protocol, but first I need to get some lab work done to see if anything has changed since November 4th. My iron levels need to be at a certain point, as does my sodium and potassium and a few other things need to be “just so” before starting. I have a doctor's appointment the first week of February and he has agreed to order labwork for me I just need to email over the list of what I'd like them to put on the order. I am hoping tomorrow to come up with a list of tests that I want to have done. Maybe I should make a point to do that, and also blog about it to keep myself accountable…

But then from reading Dr. Kharrazian's book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal: A Revolutionary Breakthrough In Understanding Hashimoto's Disease and Hypothyroidism he says if you have Hashimoto's Disease then it's not your thyroid, it's the autoimmune disease and that needs to be addressed. I am addressing the autoimmune disease by doing GAPS. I could begin thyroid medication and hopefully I would find that I would eventually need less. Or will the leptin reset fix my thyroid? Or should I do a liver cleanse? What to do, what to do.

Sheesh, no wonder I'm confused. Well, you know at least I'm trying! I'm not just accepting that this is my life, I'm trying to help my body heal itself and that is a good thing. 🙂

OH! I forget to report back about my dental appointment! Well, last week was actually pretty difficult. I think I had a cold or some kind of virus because I was waking up every morning with a sore throat and was having trouble sleeping. My sinuses were clogged and my throat felt like it was coated with phlegm. I kept waking up with my mouth all dried out. Now that is a sensation I do not and will never miss! For years (most of my adult life to be sure) I experienced clogged sinuses and my mouth dried out while sleeping fairly regularly. It is so nice to not have to live through that and it was kind of nice to have a return of those symptoms if only to highlight to me that they are no longer occurring. I ended up staying home on Tuesday and worked for several hours, my dental appointment was on Wednesday so I knew I HAD to go in on Wednesday. Well, as it turns out when I woke up Wednesday morning I had only gotten about four hours sleep and I was a mess. It used to be when I didn't get sleep I would just brush it off, get up and force myself to get going. I can't do that right now. I called my boss and told her I couldn't come in my throat was bothering me too much. She doesn't like us to come in when we're sick anyway because our clients are elderly. I called a friend and she told me I sounded like I wasn't feeling good at all, so I decided to call the dentist office and reschedule. Thankfully they did not charge me a fee since I cancelled in less than 24 hours. Maybe I just got myself too stressed out thinking about going to the dentist, I don't know. I went back to bed and slept for about 90 minutes and then I got up and decided I needed to go to work. It was making me feel more stressed to stay at home knowing all the work that was waiting for me there. I asked my husband if he would drive me to work. He had a project he'd been holding off on completing so that worked out for him and it was very pleasant to be able to spend some time together and I also enjoyed being able to do some crocheting on the way. I got to work about 1pm and my boss was surprised to see me. I ended up staying until 7pm and on the way home one of our tires decided to separate so we stopped and my husband put on the spare and we didn't get home until after 9pm! I'm supposed to eat no later than 7pm and lights out at 10pm. I have been failing to meet these criteria, I really need to try and get back on board. If it's really true what Dr. Kruse says about setting yourself back 10-12 days I'm back to the beginning by now. LOL. Hey, I have to laugh or I'll cry. 🙂

My bursts of energy do seem to be coming closer together. This is encouraging. Let's see, the last one I had was a few weekends ago – I believe it was the weekend of December 17th, I helped my husband in our bedroom rearrange and put up some shelving. And then today. I would really like to vacuum the living room floor as well but don't want to overdo it. My husband said he would vacuum for me when he gets back home but it's driving me a little nuts looking at all the little pieces of paper and stuff all over the place. And tomorrow I would like to make a couple of batches of sauerkraut. I am running dangerously low.

I have been feeling better, so I am encouraged. Yesterday I actually felt happy for a few minutes. It is good to feel good. I am really looking forward to 2012 being the best year of my life. Even doing the two steps forward, one step backwards health jig I feel sure I am improving. 🙂

How are you doing on your GAPS journey?

 

 

 

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Cleaning a Carpet with Fels Naptha Before and After Photos

This morning I gave my husband his Father's Day gift from me. It was one of those car wash wand things from Walgreen's. He was rinsing off his vehicle getting ready to go to a job so I stopped milking, left my girl on the stand eating grain and gave the wand to him so he could try it out.

I went back to milking and while sitting there, I decided I would try out the car wash wand myself once I was done milking.

Ends up I washed my son's car, and then I washed my car. I used a sponge with hot soapy water in a bucket, and towel dried both vehicles so they wouldn't have water spots. Okay, that in itself is something which has been known to put me down for a two hour nap.

Then I cleaned my carpet cleaner which has been sitting on the front porch since the last time I tried to clean carpets in my house. I guess that has been a few months.

I was so wiped out after the last time I cleaned just the dining room carpet that I didn't have the energy to put the cleaner away, and it's a big honkin' professional style ugly beast of a thing. My husband moved it onto the porch and there it has stayed all these weeks/months.

Then I set about tackling my bedroom carpet, which was a disastrous nightmare since my husband feeds one of our dogs in the house. Raw bones. They make a greasy mess on the carpet and we live in the desert.

And the carpet is beige. Not a good combination at all. It makes for big ugly brown greasy dirty spots all over the carpet which I have not had the energy to even care about.

But now that I have my beautiful bedding, I wanted the carpet to be clean.

I knew the carpet cleaner, which is great at spraying water and sucking it out, would not do the job so I was going to have to put a lot of elbow grease into the job.

My body is sore from the exertion, but I did it.

I also hope I didn't poison myself too badly with the soap that I used – I decided to use Fels Naptha. Here is the procedure that I followed:

  1. Use the carpet cleaner to liberally spray water onto a section of the carpet (approximately 1′ width and 2′ length)
  2. Turn off the machine except for the pump (which sprays the water)
  3. Getting down on hands and knees, use the bar of Fels Naptha directly on the carpet, rubbing it around the area sprayed with water until suds form
  4. Grab the wand and lightly spray again (while still on hands and knees)
  5. Scrub the area with a scrub brush
  6. Stand up and turn on the suction pumps, grab wand and suck up the soap
  7. Spray with water and suck up more soap
  8. Do that three or four times on each stroke
  9. Bend over and feel the carpet to see if it feels clean, or slick (remaining soap)
  10. Spray and suck again until carpet feels squeaky clean
  11. Start over again on a new section of carpet
  12. Every third or fourth section of carpet, the cleaner was out of water so I had to…
  13. Dump the dirty water down the commode
  14. Refill the bucket and dump into the cleaner
  15. Also the cleaner leaks slightly where the dirty water is released so I had to keep a bucket under the thing at all times.

The electrical breaker flipped on me twice, so I had to move the electrical cord to another room so it wouldn't overload and turn everything off.

When I was done, I asked my younger son to help me take the carpet cleaner outside to where it belonged.

At that time I showed him his shiny car and told him his momma did it for him.

Okay, here are some before and after photos. I told you the carpet was awful!

Before
Ugly Dirty Carpet, Sad Old Looking Bed
After
Beautiful clean carpet, fancy and pretty bed

Now THIS is the kind of energy I wish I had all the time.

Having energy sparks my motivation and desire to get things done. Otherwise, I don't feel like doing anything. I think, if I had more energy, I would be able to stay on top of all the household chores and it wouldn't be a terrible effort.

Even while I was washing the cars, I was thinking how in the past just the thought of trying to locate the bucket and sponge were too much effort.

On the list, they mention Bee sometimes. I remember looking at Bee's website a long time ago and leaving in a big hurry. It just scared me, all that deprivation – or at least that's all I could see at that time in my life.

Today I visited again and was just browsing through and checking out the various topics. I clicked on Lose Weight and eventually came to this page on how to Calculate Protein, Fat & Carb Ratios.

I was curious to see what my ratios would be. I was astounded to see how much fat I'm allowed to have:

  • 63 grams protein
  • 157 to 220 grams fat <!!>
  • 32 grams carbs (50 if I weren't overweight)

I am tempted to start calculating everything, but I think I'll pass.

Let's get through June The Month With No Fruit first.

Speaking of fruit, I had ten blueberries today. So that makes 1 banana and 10 blueberries this month. That's practically no fruit, right? 🙂

Did I also mention yesterday that I spent two hours working in my garden?

We'll see if I crash and burn tomorrow.

I've been doing an experiment, trying to eat only vegetables for breakfast and lunch, at least on the days that I'm home. The reason I was trying it is because the Fiber Menace guy says protein is hard to digest so we should only eat it once a day. I thought I would just try and see if my energy level would go up if I weren't eating protein.

I had an avocado for breakfast, then went out and milked and washed the cars, and washed my carpet cleaner. I was hungry after that but my son was going to cook so I decided to just get started on the carpet cleaning. I ended up getting cranky because I got too hungry, and finally I ate what my son had prepared, which was a hunk of steak and the “delicacy” which he calls “cauterized” cabbage, all with about a tablespoon of butter, and sea salt [affiliate link].

I worked some more and when I was done (I guess it took me about three hours to clean the carpet) I had some steamed vegetables: red bell pepper, zucchini squash (peeled) and eggplant (peeled and deseeded).

Dinner was steak and a salad which contained iceberg lettuce, cucumber, tomato, carrots, green onions [affiliate link] and an olive oil with coconut vinegar dressing (with one crushed clove of garlic).

I'm tired. I'm going to take a quick shower and snuggle into my beautiful bed.

I am so grateful I found and decided to embark on my GAPS journey.

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