Hi folks I figured after my last post I should probably update, so here goes. I went into my apt feeling nervous, my BP was up a lot for me when the nurse checked it, she did it twice and wrote down the first no as it was a little lower, not really surprising that it shot up more after making me feel like my arm was about to be squeezed off! Someone needs to come up with a better plan for doing BP!
First off my rheumy was concerned that I’d had to have another course of prednislone and a fairly high one, I’d asked for what I’d had before as it had worked really well and calmed things down, which it did again this time and I’m still not having any major issues with the costochondritis since finishing it back in the summer. It’s my last resort med and I’ve told him that more than once, I don’t ask for it lightly & will be even less inclined to ask for it again given that I had 5 days where I felt like death after tapering off, first time I’ve ever had steroid withdrawal which indicates to me that my adrenals struggled this time to re-regulate. He checked my joints blah blah same ole process as usual and then I bought up the weight issue.
He said that he didn’t believe that mtx caused weight gain, other than the fact that most people on it are in pain and less mobile, yea that makes sense to me too I guess. He also said he would like me to stay on it, I don’t think he wants to rock the boat with a med that has me at ‘ok’. Would I like better than ‘ok’, better than feeling like I’ve climbed a mountain after just doing the stairs and a shower, yea! Doesn’t look like I’m getting it though, ok is good enough it seems.
But on the plus side he totally understands how the weight is making me feel and he suggested an eating plan I’ve never really considered trying. The 5:2 plan or intermittent fasting. So after my apt I came home, had a good cry and then pulled myself together and gathered all the info I could find on the 5:2 including a support group for help and support when it gets tough.
I started it the very next day, so this week is my 4th week doing it. It’s going really well, I’m finding it easy, even the fasting days. I can still eat but have to stay under or around 500 cals for that 36 hour period. Today is a fast day, my 5th one so far & I’m finding it easy as I don’t have to count calories on the 5 non fasting days. I do eat a very healthy diet anyway but it is making me mindful of not reaching for food because I just fancy something and it’s making me think about things like, do I really need butter if I’m having cheese spread or whatever in my sandwich/ryvitas etc. I’ve switched out butter in my jacket spuds for half fat creme fresh etc, measuring mayo with salad instead of just squeezing it on.
I measured myself about a week or so ago and I’d already lost 1.5 inches from 3 different areas. I can’t weigh at home as I chucked out my ‘sad step’ but plan to weigh monthly when I see my nurse for my blood draw. I plan to go more on what fits me nicely to see how I’m doing but at the risk of tempting fate I do feel like my body is changing. I know it’ll be a slow steady thing but that’s the best way right!?! I just can’t believe how easy it is and how normally you can eat, bar those 2 days a week, that’s perfectly doable long term which is the plan.
And that is pretty much where I am right now. Pretty stiff today so staying in the warm & planning to do some serious reading this afternoon. Later peeps! xxx