Making Progress

I just came home from meeting with my physical therapist. She did x-rays and everything with my discs looked perfect! It’s my SI (sacroiliac) joint. I posted a diagram below that shows where that is. Basically, my ligaments are still loose from pregnancy. A hormone called Relaxin kicks in toward the end of pregnancy to loosen up your pelvis for birth, that hormone can stick around if your breast feeding. Since my core was so weak from two pregnancies in 2 years, there wasn’t enough muscle to keep everything stable. I’ll be going to PT twice a week for the next 6 weeks to strengthen my core so that everyday activities and exercise doesn’t cause it to flare up anymore. And hopefully, when I’m done breastfeeding (which will be really soon since the steroids killed my supply), everything will tighten back up to normal anyway.

si-joint-pain

Other than that, I took a big step with my diet this week. After I heard back from my PCP that my thyroid was fine, but my blood sugar was a little high, I decided I wouldn’t make any more excuses. My back has been feeling pretty good, and there is no medical reason I can’t lose the weight. I just haven’t put enough effort in.

So I gave up sugar and flour!

I’m eating lots of veggies, meat, healthy fats, and some dairy and fruit. I thought I was going to be so miserable on a ‘diet’, but I feel so great not eating bread and sugar! It’s been 5 days now and I haven’t had any cravings and I have tons of energy most the time!

For lunch and dinner this week so far I’ve had meat sauce over zucchini noodles, parmesan crusted pork chops with roasted broccoli and cauliflower, autumn spiced chicken with roasted root veggies, and I’m making Ropa Viejo (Cuban Beef) in the crockpot for dinner tonight.

Breakfast is either a slice of crumbled bacon with 2 eggs, mushrooms, spinach, and a little cheddar or keto pancakes with peanut butter and half a banana.  For snacks I’ve had either jalapeno poppers or an apple with almond butter.

I’m drinking tons of water and I have a Vega One shake with fruit and milk on the days I work out. I feel really well fed and nothing has taken me longer than an hour to throw together. David has helped with clean up too, which really helps.

I’ve also been going to the gym again. Doing yoga, light weights, and walk-running. I had actually built myself back up to walking 2 minutes running 2 minutes for a half hour which is about 2 miles for me, but the PT says I shouldn’t run for the next couple weeks until I can start work on my core. It’s going to be really hard to comply! I mostly feel really good. I think what’s hardest on my body is taking care of the kids and I was down a grandma this week for babysitting. My back always hurts worse after I’ve been picking up the kids a lot or cleaning up after them. So hopefully next week my body will get a little break from that.

I don’t have a truly reliable scale right now, but according to the one at the gym and the scales at the doctor’s offices, I’ve lost 6lbs already! I can tell in my clothes and posture too. When I sit, I can stuck in and my belly button can actually pull in now. Shirts that grazed my belly are now loose. In just 5 days! I don’t know if there could be anything more motivating!

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