Exactly 3 weeks since I began the paleo lifestyle. Here's my overview:
Lupus symptoms - haven't had any in the past couple of days and have only had some minor stiffness and pain which I have mentioned in past posts. I have been able to pick my daughter up out of her crib everyday! As I said, no symptoms the past few days, totally amazing. I hope this continues and if does, will discuss with my doctor the possibility of weaning me off the last drug. I really hope I'm not getting ahead of myself. I'm trying to remain relatively neutral here, trying not to get my hopes up too high in case this is just a little honeymoon from symptoms but exuding positivity is so easy when I'm feeling so good!
Overall well-being - totally positive and feeling really great. I have a ton of energy! It's been a long time since I have been so "unfuzzy", clear or present. I am happier and hell, my house is clean and every bit of laundry is done (something that seemed impossible with 2 babes). My stress level is pretty low, just the normal amount associated with being a stay at home mom with a 3 and 1 year old. I'm so glad I'm no longer in corporate america. I quit my incredibly stressful job when my baby was born (14mths ago). She was 3 months premature and I just needed to be with her full time. It's relatively easy to control my stress now, with a few exceptions (kiddos!).
Weight loss - weight loss seems to be slow and steady. I have lost 7.8lbs in 3 weeks. I made a goal for myself of 3lbs per week and I'm a little shy of that. I'm a pound heavier than my goal for this week but I'm not sweating it.
Exercise - I have been following the primal blueprint fitness regime to the letter and I'm getting stronger slowly but surely. I'm on level 2 for 2 of the exercises but the squats and overhead press are slow going. I'm walking a lot and even getting back to doing things I love like some major gardening. Instead of hiring someone, I dug a great big hole yesterday (in clay I might add) and planted a tree in my yard. I finally have a magnolia tree in my front yard, something I've always wanted. I'm planning on a few more trees so lots of lifting heavy things in my future!
I'll do total updates on a weekly basis. I can't believe next week will be 4 weeks since I started this! Time seems to be flying by.
UPDATE: I did a blood pressure reading at the pharmacy last night. Normally my blood pressure is normal hovering around 120/80. It is now 107/70!! I did 2 readings just to be sure and they came out exactly the same. There is one negative thing about losing some weight, lowering blood pressure and reducing most of my inflammation and swelling...my wedding and engagement rings are sliding off! My fingers have never been so skinny! I do believe they might be about 3 sizes too big now. I'll wait until I'm down to my ideal weight to get them sized but in the mean time, I'm going to have to figure out a solution so I don't lose them!