Something I have mentioned in passing in my recent posts has been Fibromyalgia. I haven’t done a lot of complaining or whining or explanation of the what’s, why’s and how’s of my Fibro journey. And I am not going to today. What I am going to do is celebrate some of the changes I have made and their effects on how I feel. But first a couple of song lyrics because of the title of this blog post.
It’s so nice to meet an old friend and pass the time of day
And talk about the home town a million miles away
Is the ice still on the river, are the old folks still the same
And by the way, did she mention my name
Did she mention my name just in passing
Gordon Lightfoot – Did She Mention My Name
Now I have this song stuck in my head. Great. Anyway… This is how I feel right now about Fibromyalgia. For the last 2 years, every day has centered around Fibro – the pain, the exhaustion, the brain fog. In the past 6 months or so, I had dabbled in going gluten free in my diet, having heard that it may have some effect. And just after the beginning of the year, I was encouraged by some friends to try their diet plan. It is called Yoli and is based on balancing the alkalinity in your body and then eating a high protein, low carb diet supplemented by their patented protein shakes, energy/metabolism boosting drinks, and dietary supplement capsules. It is gluten free and mostly sugar free (natural sugars). Now, I am not one for paying a lot of money for a diet, but this one was rumored to help with Fibro symptoms. And if it could help those symptoms then the results would be priceless.
So, two months in, the results are priceless. Absolutely and unbelievably priceless. I am almost completely pain free. I don’t sleep all day. I have energy to do things (in moderation). I can bend and move in ways I haven’t for years. I don’t need two cups of coffee every morning to wake up. And I have lost 15 pounds in 2 months. My face is slimmer, my double chin is gone, I have a waist again. My jeans are sagging and I can get them off without unbuttoning them if I want.
Today, I am celebrating this success. I am going to fill out paperwork to start a new job. I am going to go meet with friends from an old job to keep in touch. I am going to do things that healthy, normal people do. And I am going to celebrate feeling like a healthy/normal person. Maybe in a few months I will stop the daily Yoli plan and go into maintenance. I want to hit my target weight first. And then maybe, just maybe I will be a healthy/normal person. Every day. And I can then mention Fibro in passing… a memory of an old acquaintance that was once more than that.