Joined October 2010
Weight History

Start Weight
173.0 lb
Lost so far: 0 lb

Current Weight
173.0 lb
Performance: losing 0.1 lb a week

Goal Weight
145.0 lb
Still to go: 28.0 lb
My life changed 20yrs ago after an auto accident. After 1yr of PT for a collarbone injury & frozen shoulder, I was still in pain. 1yr later I was diagnosed w/Fibromyalgia. FM affects the brains nerve signals that tell your body that you are in pain w/normal everyday activaties. It also affects REM sleep, interrupting your sleep patterns. Waking up often w/"Fibro Fog", never able to get enough rest. I wake up daily w/tight muscles & need to stretch for 15-20min before getting out of bed. Sitting or standing long periods of time can be painful. Very cold & damp weather can also cause bad days. Sometimes after doing something very physical you may not feel the full effects for 2 days. The best way to explain FM pain is to compare it to the aches & pains of a very bad flu. Imagine having this pain to look forward to almost every day! This can trigger anxiety & depression. It is not fatal or progressive, but can affect your job, daily life & your family. Over the yrs I learned to accept my FM. I begin to listen to my body, putting myself 1st for once. I rest & sleep when needed, run errands 1 day at a time & spread out my chores thru the week. Traveling or driving for long periods, I stop & stretch often. It took me yrs to learn how to say "NO" to things that can cause stress & pain. In 2007 taking control of my life w/FM became easier after I retired. I embraced my new life w/Yoga, Tai Chi, & QiGong. Recommended a healthy weight & diet, I changed to organic foods. After many diets over the yrs, in Jan 2007 at 185lbs (5' 5" tall) I tried Jillian Michaels & I am now at 165lbs. Losing 1-2lbs a week w/20lbs to lose for a goal weight of 145lbs. Exercise is necessary for FM, but can be very difficult when you are in pain. I try walking 1-2 times a week 15-30min & stretch daily. Attending a monthly FM support group has also helped. All in all I take it one day at a time, try to see the positive & funny side of things, smile & tell myself - “It could be Worse!”

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Seared Ahi Tuna
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SENSA . . . Does this diet aide make any sense???
I was wondering if anyone has used SENSA with their diet plan or without a diet plan? Sprinkle your way to a slimmer you...I know it sounds to good to be true, but they are up front that it is meant to curb your appetite by fooling your sense of smell.

From what I have seen while researching, it seems to work for some and not for others. Another thing I have seen repeatly from different consumer product web sites is that it mentions to NOT buy it from their official web site, but instead buy it from on GNC so you don't get hooked into a credit card scam. Several diet company have done the same by pre-billing you each month before your next shipment arrives. If you buy it on Amazon or GNC you will not have that headache.

I think I am going to give it a try for 1 month and see if it helps. I will still try to eat a healthy diet, but hopefully it will curb my appetite and keep me from snacking!

Please let me know if anyone else has tried this and what type of experience you have had.
posted 20 Oct 2011, 02:20
I am on a low sodium diet mainly because of my fibromyalgia, which has caused me to have dry mouth and eyes. Any foods that are very salty or high in acid effects my mouth, so I try to avoid them. I use only unprocessed foods when ever possible. Which of coarse mean more cooking and less convience. I buy only soups like Pacific that carry varieties with 50% less sodium or I make my own and freeze them in indvidual 2 cup containers. If I buy canned and frozen vegetables, I buy only those with no salt and usually organic brands. Butter also is high in sodium, so use unsalted. When baking you really don't need salted butter. Cooking with fresh herbs and spices helps to add a lot of flavor. Basil, thyme, dill, cilantro, garlic and fresh cracked pepper are some of my favorite herbs and spices. I also use lemon and lime juice and their zest. I cook with a good flavored olive oil. I do use sea salt only when cooking, but very sparingly. You can make your own humus dip for vegetables, salsa, salad dressings or vinagerettes and control the salt. I buy low sodium soy sauce which is still high, but I use only enough to just flavor rice or vegetable stir frys and add no extra salt. The main thing you need to really watch is if you eat out a lot. I always look up a restaurants menu and nutrition guide on line before eating out. That way I can also know how many calories I am eating and make smart choices. You will be shocked how 1 meal can be a whole days worth of sodium or even 2 days worth of calories. So to sum it all up:
1. Avoid processed foods
2. Cook whole foods using fresh or herbs, spices and citris
3. Make your own soups, broths, humus, salas and salad dressings
4. Eat out occasionally, read up before going out, and read all labels
It takes some time, but eventually you will get used to less salt.
posted 04 Nov 2010, 00:55
Dieting with Fibromyalgia
I have had FM for 20 years. I started carefully watching my diet about 3 years ago. I was told to cut out all processed foods, such as white sugar, white flour, canned foods with high sodium and artificial additives.

I have heard that you should avoid all nightshade plants such as: eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes (yams & sweet potatoes are ok) and green peppers (red peppers are ok). Has anyone else heard this?

I am also not sure about how I should balance my daily healthy carbs and low fat proteins for FM?

I have to watch my fat intake because of a gallbladder problem, but I do allow daily, small amounts of healthy fat such as: olive oil, canola oil, canola mayo, light vegan spread, olives, nuts and healthy nut butters.

Looking for anything new that someone might add or I should avoid to improve my overall daily health with FM.
posted 18 Oct 2010, 23:51
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