Coffee Talk 02.09.20

It was a long week, but a busy weekend here in Casa de Shane! Paul was away in San Francisco all week for work, and as if right on schedule, Becca came down with the flu.

The weather was rainy and miserable too, which seemed fitting. We just hunkered down and took it easy. I made a couple batches of soup, and we watched a lot of TV.

By Friday, Becca was on the mend, and David came in for dinner. Paul got home later that night, and I slept better than I have in weeks. There’s something to be said for having the whole family under one roof.

Paul, Caroline, and I spent most of yesterday at car dealerships… that was exhausting, let me tell you! I usually enjoy the process, but by the end of the day, I was no longer at the top of my game.

We should have walked away and reviewed our options over the weekend, but instead, we agreed to purchase the last car we drove without much negotiation. I had done my homework, though, and it really was a good deal.

I can’t help but wonder if we could have gotten the price down a bit more if we’d waited a few days and played it cool, but Caroline is thrilled, and I think it will be a nice little first car for her.

We don’t get to pick it up until Monday, though, so she was bummed not to get to drive it home last night. Oh, well, waiting is good practice.

Speaking of waiting…

I finally saw my doctor to read the MRI for my hip on Thursday, and the first thing he said when he walked into the room was, “You’ve lost weight!”

That made my day.

He asked what I’ve been doing, and I told him intermittent fasting, and he was all for it. I knew I liked this guy.

The scale has actually gone back up a little bit in the past couple of weeks, and while I know the scale doesn’t tell the whole story, it was nice to have someone else notice a change.

I took my measurements again yesterday, and they’re still down a good inch to inch-and-a-half, so that was reassuring too. That’s what really matters, after all.

I keep reminding myself that IF is a lifestyle, not a diet, and I’m in it for the long haul. The health benefits are worth it to me, even if I never lose another pound.

I’ve been listening to the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast every time I’m in the car or go for a walk, and it really helps to hear different people’s stories. Everyone’s journey is a little bit different, and I glean new insights and information from each one.

I’m also about half-way through The Obesity Code, and it is so good.

A lot of the research studies he references, and the history of how our processed food culture came to be, is familiar to me from the research I did back when I was discovering the real food movement.

(How ridiculous and sad is it that we need a movement to discover real food again? The processed food industry has really messed us up as a culture.)

He takes it all a step further than that, though. He totally debunks the calories in/calories out theory that has been our diet dogma for so long, and unlocks the root cause of obesity.

Spoiler alert: It’s insulin.

The more I read, the more I’m in awe of his work. I want to give a copy to everyone I know, but that would be awkward…

So anyway, back to my hip.

The MRI revealed an anterior labral tear — a common injury with no quick fix. Well, the quick fix is surgery, but I’m not there yet. We are going to take the wait-and-see approach, and hope it heals on its own.

The steroid pack I took last month helped temporarily, but the pain came back as soon as I was done with them, so this time he put me on an anti-inflammatory to see if we can get it to calm down that way.

Exercises can help too, so he wants me to continue working out with my trainer. She actually referred me to this doctor, so he knows her and trusts her to work with me safely. When I told her what the diagnosis is, she immediately started modifying our workouts.

He wants me to alternate slow jogging and walking with shorter strides, so I’m not doing the same repetitive motion over and over, and I’m not stretching that muscle too far.

The desk situation is also a factor, so I’m going to try to sit at my desk less if I can possibly help it. I want to order one of those adjustable table-top desks so I can stand some of the time.

No one knows why I tend to get so many weird injuries with no obvious cause, but I guess some people are just injury-prone.

I also wonder if it’s because I didn’t get active until later in life. I was in my late 30s when I started running and working out regularly, so my body wasn’t conditioned for it.

Anyway, I’m just glad I finally found a doctor who gets to the bottom of things and wants to keep me active.

The MRI also showed an ovarian cyst, which might shed some light on why I’ve been having such horrific monthly cycles. I need to see my GYN to follow up on that. I tell ya, getting old is for the birds.

Well, this was quite the ramble!

I don’t even have any relevant pictures to break it up. I’ll get a picture of Caroline with her new car on Monday; we were too tired yesterday to even think about it.

This week, the counter people are coming out to measure for my quartzite, and I’m hoping to get my new cooktop and vent fan installed.

As far as the blog is concerned, I have a Q&A planned for Tuesday, a massive Try-On Haul coming to you on Friday, and 3 new transition looks besides that!

If you have any questions for the Q&A, email them to me with FEB Q&A in the subject line, and I’ll do my best to get to them all.

I’m also adding regularly to my Nordstrom Looks page, and I recently updated my Amazon Shop, so be sure you’re following me in both of those places.

And that’s all I’ve got.

It looks like the sun is shining and the wind has died down, so I’m going out for a walk/jog before church.

I hope you have a relaxing and blessed Sunday!

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