Measurements (-16.5)

Have I told you guys how bad I am at this blogging on a consistent basis thing before? Right.
I need to stay healthy, and I’d probably be better at it.

During the past year, I’ve had some crazy health issues, some that are chronic and won’t be going anywhere — ever — but I’d sure love to have managed sometime before the apocalypse, and some that were stupid and only temporary.
I’ve known I had some sort of inflammatory arthritis for a while now, but it has started escalating recently. The treatment, which has previously worked to maintain a manageable level of pain, is no longer enough. My doctor retired and the new one not only wanted to switch the treatment plan, but also the diagnosis. I’ve sought a second (err, third?) opinion, and gotten a different diagnosis still. All of the doctors agree there is something wrong, but none of them agree what is wrong — rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, something else. Who knows. It is annoying, and frustrating, and exhausting. I try to stay positive, but it gets to me sometimes.

I exercise, partly to lose weight and partly because it is proven to help with the day-to-day pain of all of these conditions. I don’t know which one I have, but I’m trying to do my part to help myself feel better.

I had my gallbladder removed in February. I think I talked about it briefly in a previous post, but after months and months of eating nothing but carbs, it was hard to retrain myself to eat correctly. I’m still not all the way back, but I’m still losing weight (just a little slower than I probably could be). I pushed through the pain and weakness a lot with the gallbladder and kept going to the gym, and even though I was stuffing my face with tons of carbs, I lost quite a bit of weight during the time the doctors were trying to figure out what was wrong, because I didn’t want to eat much.

Hips: 45 inches
Natural waist: 35 inches
Belly: 39 inches
R. Thigh: 25.5 inches
L. Thigh: 25.5 inches
R. Arm: 14.5 inches
L. Arm: 15.5 inches
Bust: 47 inches
Chest: 37.5 inches
Weight: 209 pounds

I haven’t posted measurements since last September, and I have lost 16.5 inches since then! I was amazed when I took those measurements. I didn’t expect to have lost that much, and I love it.

I have a couple recipes in mind to share, so I need to start cooking again.
I moved in April, and I have been just as bad at cooking for myself as I have at posting here.

Have a great Monday!

9 thoughts on “Measurements (-16.5)

  1. Heyyyyyy there rockstar. 🙂 Proud of you for continuing to push toward your goals despite medical roadblock after roadblock (and stupid doctors who I want to PUNCH IN THE FACE, but that’s another story). You can + will continue to make progress! 🙂 16.5 is AMAZING!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

  2. I’m a little confused as to how lupus got into the mix with arthritis as far as possibilities, but I hope they can find out what’s wrong with certainty soon! Keep up the good work!

    • I guess a lot of the blood markers for those three are similar, plus I’ve got positive ANA markers with anti dsDNA titers, or something. I don’t understand it. I just know I don’t have any other positive lupus tests.

  3. Hey! my Big Brother friend! What are we going to do with the season is over with in a few weeks?! 😕
    Anyways, I’ve been meaning to comment when you first published this post but I’ve been SO busy!
    What are your symptoms?! I don’t know if you know this, but I have Chronic Lyme Disease and other bacterial infections. I know A LOT of people who were misdiagnosed with RA but actually had Lyme Disease. It can mimic so many diseases – MS, ALS, RA, Arthritis, CFS, Lupus, Parkinson’s, mental diseases and more. The testing isn’t very accurate and since it’s a very very controversial disease, only LLMD (lyme literate medical doctors) can really diagnose and treat this disease properly. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt to find a LLMD in your area and see what they think! And maybe it’s not Lyme Disease, but it wouldn’t hurt to rule it out!
    My heart so feels for you with your chronic issues. It’s so hard living with these issues on a day-to-day basis, but I love that you are working really hard to maintain a healthy life style by working out!! Keep it up!!
    I’ll be praying for you!! 🙂

    • Oh my goodness! I have no idea what we’re going to do when Big Brother is over! I’m already having withdrawals today because the live feeds are down until tomorrow night!
      My main symptoms are: achy joints and muscles (mostly in my hands, but also back, neck, and jaw), constant tiredness, migraines (I don’t know if those are related, but they’ve started since all the rest of this did). I have psoriasis, and constant inflammation according to my blood work, so the newest doctor is leaning toward psoriatic arthritis, I think, but none of the meds are helping, so I don’t know.
      I don’t know much about Lyme Disease, but if those symptoms sound like they could be attributed to it, I’d definitely go to a LLMD — I just want to find out what is wrong so they can start fixing it. I’m miserable, and it is totally effecting my mood and demeanor, not matter how hard I try not to let it. I just want to cry all the time.
      Thank you for the prayers! I know I definitely need them right now.

      • Your symptoms sound like they could very well be Lyme related!! I would so highly recommend trying to find a LLMD in your area and see what they think! My inflammation markers were so high too … Lyme causes major inflammation in the body! Where do you live?! I’ll try and find a good LLMD in your area!! I want you better, girl!!! Btw, you looked gorgeous during fashion week!! Loved the photos your posted!! Xoxo

      • I’m in Kansas City (and we straddle the state line, so anywhere stuff in both Kansas and Missouri will probably pop up). I tried looking, but I couldn’t find much, but I also probably don’t know where to look. You are really too kind!
        And thank you! Fashion week was a lot of fun, I’ve still got another outfit/night to post about soon.

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