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I'm back, and desperate for healing...

Hello everyone...

I'm back after a long absence and am hoping to get some help.  I've been dealing with (what I thought) was "just" fibromyalgia for the last several years.  However, over the last couple of years, and even more so in the past few months, I have develop a marked increase in painful lipomas (benign fatty tumors) all over my body. 

When searching for this "painful fat" syndrome, I was very saddened to discover that my symptoms fit the diagnosis of Dercum's Disease…

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Added by Silmiriel on February 16, 2017 at 12:53pm — 4 Comments

Starting over... again...

Today, I weigh 255 lbs.

How did I let this happen... AGAIN!!!

Raw, not raw... consistency with healthy eating, then undoing all of my previous progress and gaining everything, plus a little extra, back on to my poor 5'2"frame.  You'd think that the constant pain I have from severe fibromyalgia would be enough to make me realize that I have to make some significant changes in my lifestyle, not even counting my future risk of Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart…

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Added by Silmiriel on October 1, 2012 at 11:30am — 12 Comments

1 week raw and down 8.5 lbs.!

Very thrilled to report that I've lost 8.5 pounds my first week raw!  There's nothing like a good start to help confirm that you've made the right choice for weight loss and health... it encourages me a lot.  I know a lot of the weight lost this week is probably due to cleaning out my system, but I'm hoping for a 1-2 lb. weight loss per week after this initial drop.  I think the diet high in green smoothies agrees with me! …

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Added by Silmiriel on March 10, 2012 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

Day 4... back into the groove!

I think I really needed the emotional release I experienced yesterday.  Today, I have had more energy than I've had in a while.  Still a low-grade headache and muscle pain, but I had ENERGY, which is something I haven't experienced for a while.  My pants are getting loose... looking forward to seeing what I've lost this first week!

I've decided that I'm going to forgo all liquids right now.  I was already getting bored this week with my same smoothie and raw soup choices and found…

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Added by Silmiriel on March 7, 2012 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Day 3 of all liquids... and the dreaded emotional detox hits hard...

I'm on Day 3 of my return to 100% raw and all liquids, and it's been quite a day.  I've been 100% raw for an extended period last year, and have experienced detox in the past, but this burst of emotions caught me by surprise by the intensity and how suddenly I dissolved into a sea of not just crying but wracking sobs.  The strange and unexpected thing is, that…

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Added by Silmiriel on March 6, 2012 at 11:00pm — 6 Comments

High pain day, but first day of all liquids went well...

Please forgive me if this is a short post; very high pain day today.  I am just praying that things get better.  Part of what brought me back to raw foods is that my fibromyalgia and headaches have gotten to the point where there are days that I can barely function, and today is one of them.  I am seeing an osteopath who is treating fibromyalgia naturally with supplements and vitamins.  My labs came back, showing that (no surprise!), that I have a lot of inflammation, chronic Epstein Barr…

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Added by Silmiriel on March 5, 2012 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Letting go of past failures and starting again...

It's depressing and sobering to find yourself in the same spot, nearly one year after beginning a quest for health and wellness.  I've gone back and forth about whether I should come back and post, because I can't even put into words how disappointed I am in myself for allowing myself to undo all of the positive changes I made last year and gaining back the weight I worked so hard to lose.

After my initial huge success with the Go…

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Added by Silmiriel on March 3, 2012 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

Raw Results - Week 1 Recap

Just a quick post to get caught up on my food log.  I've been tracking every day, but have not had much time to blog due to enjoying my days with my boys and these last few weeks of summer vacation.

The first week of Raw Results has gone really well.  I lost another 2 pounds this week, bringing my total weight released on raw foods (starting with Go Fresh on 1 April 2011) to 39 pounds, which of course, I'm really happy about!  I'll have to work hard to get…

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Added by Silmiriel on July 10, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

The transformative power of raw foods!

I am trying to document my progress with raw foods, but it's very hard to look at my early "before" photos.  I have been morbidly obese for so long that I have for many years refused to be photographed because I have been ashamed of how I look.  I am posting them for a couple of reasons.  One, so that it's a reminder to never allow myself to get this heavy again.  Two, and maybe this is the more important reason, is to encourage others about the real, transformative power of raw…

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Added by Silmiriel on July 3, 2011 at 9:30pm — 17 Comments

Planning + Focus = Accomplishment - Day 2 of Raw Results!

There's something to be said about focusing on your goals!  Writing your goals down and reviewing them every day makes it more likely that you are going to accomplish them, and it really helped me to stay on track today. 

I am especially proud that I made myself go to the gym today.  In fact, I made the whole family go, which was of course met with mixed reactions, but it's all good!  Making exercise a priority has been a real struggle for me, but it's a challenge I need to…

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Added by Silmiriel on July 2, 2011 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

RAW RESULTS - Day 1

So excited to be getting back into the swing of blogging and the daily accountability with my RFR friends!  I know that I has been only two weeks between GO FRESH and the start of this new initiative, but I really missed the energy of participating in the initiative.  I successfully released 33 pounds during GO FRESH, and my goal is to dispose of at least 25 more pounds (hopefully more!) during RAW RESULTS.

I know that I already posted this information in the Weight Room, but also…

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Added by Silmiriel on July 2, 2011 at 12:53am — 1 Comment

Week 11 and GO FRESH Recap!

It seems like I have really struggled with keeping up with my blog these last several weeks due to being very busy at home, but everything has been going well.  We just finished up GO FRESH here on Raw Food Rehab, and to say that it was a life-changing experience would be an understatement, to say the least. 

I expected to lose weight during this initiative, but have to honestly admit that I was truly surprised by my results.  When the weight loss is so gradual, it's hard for me to…

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Added by Silmiriel on June 18, 2011 at 11:30am — 10 Comments

Week 10 Round Up and into the home stretch...

Just getting caught up with posting my food log for the past week.  It was a week of surviving rather than thriving, as I had a very bad cold and really felt pretty miserable. This is the first time I've been sick in a long time, and I chose not to fall back on my favorite cooked comfort foods to feel better, but instead tried to find soothing raw recipes.  I did a lot of herb tea, green smoothies and raw soups, and finally felt like some more solid food just a couple of…

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Added by Silmiriel on June 10, 2011 at 7:32pm — 5 Comments

Into Week 10 - Juicer troubles and does anyone have any special recipes that help with colds?

I'm sorry that I haven't posted for a while; very busy this past week.  and then caught my son's cold, so I've been out of it.  I am happy to report that I lost another two pounds this week, which brings my GO FRESH total up to 29 lbs. released! I don't feel like eating much due to my cold, but am trying to get something in me.  Before raw, I would have been eating a lot of toast and chicken soup, but obviously, that doesn't fit in with my current goals.  So, I'm hunting for recipes that are…

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Added by Silmiriel on June 4, 2011 at 7:15pm — 12 Comments

Into Week 9 and catching up on posting!

Here we are into Week 9!  I'm feeling really good about the fact that I've stuck with this for over 2 months now.  I will take some updated progress picture this week, and take my measurements again.  I feel my clothing getting looser, but the photos and the measurements seem to really drive it home for me.

One of the reasons I haven't been posting is that I haven't been feeling good physically or emotionally this week.  I have fibromyalgia and am fairly certain that I have a great…

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Added by Silmiriel on May 30, 2011 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Into Week 8 and feeling great! :)

 

I know I haven't blogged for a while; it's been even crazier than it normally is for me, as my husband has been out of town for over a week now, and I've been on my own with the kids.  By the time the end of the day comes around, I haven't had a lot of energy to blog anything but my food, but he's home on Thursday... yay!

I can't believe it's been 8 1/2 weeks already.  I have tried 100% raw several times now, only to fall off the proverbial wagon.  I think I have said this…

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Added by Silmiriel on May 24, 2011 at 12:17am — 3 Comments

Catching up on posting!

I'm very sorry that I haven't been posting this past week... I have stayed 100% raw and added in the exercise piece after Penni noted that there are 32 days left in GO FRESH, so that has all been going well. 

I have just been feeling a bit down this week.  It's hard for me when my younger son has a birthday, because it's a day that brings mixed emotions.  I always seem to always get depressed on his birthday… feeling sad about the loss of his having a normal life due to being so…

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Added by Silmiriel on May 18, 2011 at 7:11pm — 4 Comments

40 Days Raw... and the metamorphosis is happening!

 

I can't believe it... I've been 100% raw for 40 days now!  I've attempted 100% raw a few times now, and the longest period previously that I maintained it was for almost three months, and it just felt like such a struggle last time.  By the time I finish the GO FRESH Initiative, I will exceed what I accomplished last time, and it's not feeling awkward or that I am depriving myself in any way.  Absolutely, positively the difference this time is being a part…

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Added by Silmiriel on May 10, 2011 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

Dehydrator foods are a trigger for me...

 

I made Russell James' Curried Cabbage Pillows on Friday... they were super yummy!  However, it was easy to overeat these, and I didn't feel very good afterward.  This wasn't the recipe but the result of my falling into old eating patterns and not being content with tasting one or two.  I think for me, eating dehydrated, concentrated foods is something I'm going to have to be careful about - both with overeating and feeling imbalanced.  After eating four of these on Saturday…

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Added by Silmiriel on May 9, 2011 at 12:07pm — 6 Comments

A heart filled with gratitude...

 

Once again, I must sincerely thank everyone who left such beautiful and encouraging comments for me regarding my first month's progress post yesterday.  My heart just swelled with emotion as I read all of the loving notes, and I find myself unable to find words that adequately express my appreciation.  The support I receive here is what sustains me because I know that you understand the journey and what this means to me.  Thank you so much!  :)

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Added by Silmiriel on May 5, 2011 at 10:17pm — 5 Comments

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