Hey Steven e, I feel the same way about the food. I think it’s clear now that eating the food is not enough for me to raise my temps. I stopped taking my morning temp because it never changes. Forcing the calories in was just another stress I don’t need. I didn’t notice any positive affects from doing that & I feel better eating to appetite.
Part of my stress is figuring out what I want to do with my life. I never really wanted a career, I just wanted to be a wife & mother so that’s what I did, including homeschooling which is done because he is out of college now. These days it is very hard, as everyone knows, for a family to live on 1 income. I did work part time here & there over the years, & now I am looking again to work part time. So my stress is financial & figuring out what I want to do so I can have a more meaningful life. I think I finally figured it out. I love gardening. I have been trying to grow more of my food to save money at the grocery store, but every year I have problems with my garden. I want to grow a bountiful garden & make fermented veggies to sell. I would be doing something I love & making some money at it, but it is a challenge because every year I have some problem with the garden. I think I got off-track here, sorry for rambling, but these issues are things I have been worrying about for a long time. Even last year I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I just knew I wanted to grow a better garden, but I also have to find a way to make money.
The other thing is exercise. I felt a whole lot better last year when I was exercising regularly. When I started the refeeding I stopped working out because it didn’t seem to be doing anything for me. I was still gaining weight. I used to go to the gym with my hubby & I noticed when we were done he was sweating & I wasn’t. With all the reading on Matt’s blog I thought I should stop for a while. Now I wish I had never stopped. Even though it seemed to have no affect I still felt better. Now it is SO hard to get back to it without crashing. This is another thing that is frustrating me. It isn’t just about losing the weight, I want to get back to feeling good. I want that spring in my step. Anyway, thanks for responding to me.