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  1. I know the issue of weight loss is a popular one around here & I wanted to share my experience on a VLCD. These were technically vanity lbs that I lost, but those are harder to lose than "overweight" pounds so I would imagine someone heavier would have even more success. Over the past three years I had 4 m/c and one full term birth all back to back on top of each other. Between all the pregnancies, plus BFing 18 months (a couple of the m/c were during that) I was the heaviest I'd ever been in my life, which was still within normal weight but I'm very small boned and small chested ( :001_rolleyes: ) and wanted to get to my pre-pregnancy weight of 130 (I'm 5'8") which meant 25 lb to lose. The first 10 lb came off over the time I BF though I gained some back over the m/cs. Those last 15+ish did not want to come off for anything. I counted calories (1200-1500), did low carb (I dislike meat so was unhappy, but stuck with it as long as I could stand), exercised walking miles a day. I'd lose 5 lb then immediately gain it all back. I also had a large lipoma that was itchy and uncomfortable. I'd read in Dr. Fuhrman's book on fasting, that fasting could shrink lipomas significantly. There was no way I could do a full fast so decided to try a partial fast of 600 cal/ day for a week, and if I felt ill, or weak, I would go back to normal. Coincidentally this is around the same calorie level as the hcg diet (though I wasn't taking any kind of supplement). Well not only did I not feel ill, within a couple days of eating at this level I felt fantastic, and the hunger abated or at least was tolerable. I have suffered from crushing fatigue for years & I suddenly had more energy, and felt more alive, than I have in more than a decade. I lost about .66 lbs a day and stalled after the first 10 lbs (week 3). However I stuck with the VLCD/ "fast" since I continued to feel so good. I did have some weakness toward the end of week 3 but after the plateau ended and I started losing again I continued to feel very energetic. (Interestingly I've read hcg dieters describe similar patterns.) I've lost 15 lbs over 5 weeks, on average eating 800 calories a day. Some days I ate slightly more or less but that was my average. The only ill health effects I had were: insomnia the first two weeks, a few leg cramps (I started taking potassium), and brief constipation (I started taking yellow dock). The energy couldn't be from weight loss because I wasn't overweight to begin with, and I felt the energy before I had any real weight loss. I truly feel better now than I have in 11 years (when I began to have devastating fatigue). I don't have a medical answer for why this is. I do still have fatigue but it's only a fraction of what it once was. I'm also feeling better on less sleep, which is amazing for me (I basically had to sleep all the time to function, before). As far as what I ate: I tried to stick to Dr. Fuhrman's ("Eat to Live") rule of 1 lb greens a day(=70-100 cal), either raw or cooked. If I cooked the greens I just steamed or boiled them, I didn't use oil or dressing. I ate at least 2 servings of raw fruit a day (=200 cal). For the remaining 400-500 cal I ate whatever as long as it wasn't a dessert, though I always aimed for healthy, and I did force myself to eat animal protein more regularly (at least once every three days), since I believe this is the most efficient protein source, in terms of calories. I really hope this helps someone out there who is struggling with weight or fatigue. Now that I'm at my goal weight I'm going to slowly increase back to normal. I don't know if the fatigue will come back; I fear the return of the fatigue far more than the return of the weight. I really feel like I've been duped by all the "normal" diet plans out there that tell you your body will fall apart if you go under 1200 cal a day. If you think about it, the fat on our bodies IS food to the tune of 3500 cal per lb. This is enough to survive off nicely for a couple days. My lipoma did shrink by about 50% but because it was so large to begin with, it's still quite noticeable. My total loss over five weeks was: 15 lb, I also lost: 3" on waist, 1" on hips, 2" on thigh circumference, 2-3" on ribcage (though some of that may have been lipoma shrinking). And I didn't exercise other than walking for 30 minutes a few times a week. If you have any questions please PM me! I wish you all the best.
  2. I'm try to decide if I'm just worn out as we start hs 1st grade or if something else is going on. My DH taught public school for several years and said that he was always exhausted the first few weeks of the school year. I've heard other teacher friends talk about that as well - especially their first year of teaching. Is that common among hs parents as well? I really felt great at the beginning of the summer. I've been working out consistently for 20-35 minutes 5-6 mornings a week. I get 7 1/2-8 hours of sleep most nights. At the beginning of July (right after we got back from camping trip) I had an intensive week of lesson planning and prep work for doing 1st grade with DD6. Now we have had 3 weeks of school and I am wiped out! I know that I have really pushed myself to do a lot of prep work for the school year and I haven't taken much time to myself. I used to lay down for 30-60 minutes every afternoon to read or nap, but I hadn't really felt the need the last few months. I have just gotten to the lowest weight I have been at in years (!) but my weight is in the normal range and I am still just above my target BMI. I am not trying to lose any more weight. While I am not dieting, I often have a chocolate soy meal replacement shake for breakfast because I like it (I often have it with a cup of cold coffe). I am NOT pregnant! My dd6 is at day camp this week and I wanted to catch up on some cleaning and projects, but I just don't have the energy to do anything extra. I do have enough energy to get done what needs to get done during the day, but by mid-afternoon I am physically and worn out and by evenings I seem to be emotionally worn out too. I have rested in the afternoons this week, but it doesn't seem to have made much difference. Schooltime was only taking about 3 hours a day, but it seemed to take much longer as I loved on my 3yo and 16mo too. My 16mo has a 45-60 minute quiet time in his crib every morning and naps for about 2 hours in the afternoon. The other 2 have 1-2 hours quiet time in their rooms each afternoon. I do use 1-1/2 hours of the baby's naptime as school time because my daughter is so much more compliant in the afternoons and it really is nice to not have the boys distracting her. It means I'm lucky to have 30 minutes when all 3 are having quiet/naptime, but school is so much easier that way. We took a very gentle approach to KG, and I know that 1st grade work has been an adjustment for all of us. I feel wimpy for admitting that for myself. This fatigue just doesn't feel right. It's not overwhelming, but it is frustrating. It's not as bad as when I had mono 6 years ago. It's not as bad as when I was having estrogen level problems 4 years ago. I'm not pregnant, not nursing, but I am in the best shape I've been in in years. I felt so good just 2 months ago and I want that feeling back! I'd love to hear if fatigue was something others dealt with as they started hs or as they start off each school year after a summer break. I'm trying to decide if this is normal or if I need to figure out what's going on.
  3. I'm new here. looking for some homeschooling advice. We've been homeschooling for 2 years, K & first grade for my oldest, 7. I have 3 other younger children, the youngest is 8 months. Ok so after a "year" of this I am now facing adrenal fatigue. My nerves are shot. I wake up every day with a feeling of jet lag. i am on a specified diet now to help with this, (scratch cooking, fresh veggies, etc.) but I'm unsure where to turn @ home. some things have also made it harder: 1. My dryer broke 2 wks ago. waiting on a part.. Some days I dry things @ the neighbors' houses. 2. All my kids & I have to do a gluten-free high protein diet= lots of cooking from scratch. 3. My baby is EXTREMELY active - i would almost consider him high needs. he needs dark & noise machine to sleep - basically if I am holding him or changing him any time in the day I am using physical restraint to do so. DH agrees he is very active even compared to our other kiddos who were similar. he needs to be held a lot OR needs to be able to crawl around - he's FAST. he cries the entire time in a playpen - up to an hour... 4. We have tried do school in a number of ways but still haven't found anything I can stick with. if we start in the morning I don't know what to have the LO do. They get needy, clingy & fight constantly. i don't have time to do both preschool (fun games, songs) with them AND school with my oldest. if I start first grade in the afternoon, DS is basically too tired to really learn (he or I) and it gets swept by the wayside. We need to start @ 8am but we both can't seem to get out of bed! :glare: as for day to day, we have a chore system but I forget to follow it. I need routines for my oldest especially since that is the way he operates - very forgetful like me. We can really get lost in our own worlds. I get overwhelmed easily by lots of STUFF yet I need stuff to make our days run smoothly. I feel like it s a catch-22. I have spent the last year simplifying/reducing clutter and it's working, but it has worn me out. I am trying to figure out whether to do K for my 4yo next year who will be 5 in July. Lately he has had a lot of issues, getting very upset with everyone, being mean, etc. and i think he feels out of place @ home. When playing with his sister & brother he is very competitive and then other times very loving.. He has told me he "would like to go to school @ a building". between cooking & basic baby/toddler care & keeping my LO from fighting, it seems there is little time for anything esle - or I am just plain exhausted. i really want to homeschool them all, I know it can be done, but at what risks for my health? other things? help. :bigear:
  4. Hi Everyone, I am fairly new to the board and am thrilled I found such a great website! I am wondering if there are any other parents on here with disabilities, specifically chronic pain and fatigue? I really want to homeschool my children but I am very concerned about having the energy to do it. I was homeschooled as a child from 1st grade until 9th because of my health issues, so I know about homeschooling in that sense but I don't know about it from the parents end. My parents were very laid back with me and I was more or less unschooled. Any suggestions, ideas, advice? Sometimes I think I am crazy even contemplating this... Marisa
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