4 weeks!

Okay, it's been 4 weeks since I began this WOE/WOL. Here is my update:

Lupus symptoms - I feel fantastic. I get a little stiff and sore at about 10 pm but as I have mentioned earlier, it's gone by morning. One morning last week I woke up and the bottoms of my feet were incredibly inflamed and it initially hurt to walk. In thinking why this may have happened, I did eat out for lunch the day before. I remained paleo/primal and had a large salad with roasted lamb. Delish but I think that the extra salt and probably some type of vegetable oil (not straight olive) did me in. It is so much easier controlling my symptoms by feeding myself! I used to love eating out but know I'm just worried about what it will do to me by the next day. I'm at a point now where I need to know exactly what is in my food, I need that control and am actually embracing and really starting to love cooking for my family.

Overall well-being -  I am feeling fantastic, really! I'm a lot more energetic, my lethargy seems to be something that is quickly becoming my past. I'm doing a lot more, it may be that it's the start of spring but I am more enthusiastic about everything - including housework! I'm getting my kids outside as much as possible (between the rain and snow) and walking a lot more and playing more!

Weight loss - weight loss seems to be on fritz. I've actually gained a pound since last week. This has made me a little stressed but I know now that it's just not worth it. I've been reading around the blogosphere and most people say to ditch the scale and base your progress on body measurements. I've been weighing myself every morning and evening. ENOUGH!! I now have 3 body measurements that I'd like to share (and the title of this topic will now be Body measurements). I have lost a total of 6"  in 4 weeks and I think that's pretty great!

Date                   Neck     Bicep     Forearm   Chest     Waist      Hips      Thigh      Calf
03/22/2011      -.25"      -.5"          -.5"        -1"        -.5"     -1.25"     -.75"     -1.25"
to 04/04/2011

Exercise - I am still following the PBF routine and I've been walking a bit more. I have a lot more fun playing with my kids as they are loving the new me!

All in all, this has been a real eye opener. I'm about half way through Taube's "Good Calories, Bad Calories" and I'm mad but happy I found this WOL and am able to educate myself and my family on what is truly the best way to eat and live for health and longevity.

Until tomorrow!


  1. Hi PFL: So happy to see that you're still doing well while eating paleo foods! I have been checking your blog from time to time ever since you posted on MDA about it. Have you been off the prednisone all this time?
    Take care,

  2. Hey Jen!

    Yes I have, absolutely no prednisone. I'm still on plaquinil but I'm going to check out my bloodwork in a month and potentially titrate off of that as well. I am so hopeful for this. I haven't been med free since 2008. Fingers crossed!