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LILLITH32 SparkPoints: (9,151)
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6/26/13 5:10 A

I got issues with gluten, lactose and soy... plus I get nasty migraines which can be triggered by sugar, wine or chocolate. Eating out is rough to say the least! Try to have one gluten-free meal a day, then two, and so on. Now I basically eat meat/fish and salad for every meal, and don't particularly miss the breads and pastas. If you can't live without it though, there are so many gluten substitutes nowadays its actually easier then it used to be. After about a month gluten-free I was feeling more energetic, a lot of my tummy issues such as bloating went away, my mind because clearer, my migraines became less painful and I dropped a bit of weight. It may be a hassle but its worth it in the end... give it a try, your health is worth it.

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6/26/13 3:14 A

I'm a gluen free, egg free vegetarian who also happens to be allergic to some vegetables. This includes avocado, which is on like every single vegetarian option pretty much everywhere I go!!! Ugh! I basically live off cream of buckwheat, black beans, Greek yogurt, veggies, fruit, and gluten free tortilla chips with mango salsa. It gets old and I feel like a freak because I can't just go out to eat where everyone else goes, BUT, I'd rather eat the way I do than feel the way I feel after I eat gluten! Or anything else I'm allergic to! Make a meal plan and shop carefully. You can do it! And you'll feel so much better!!!

HEAT04 Posts: 115
6/25/13 4:22 P

Maybe think in terms of days or weeks. Because I know that I will never keep up with a program that doesn't allow me to go out with friends or enjoy the foods/drinks I love. But, it's all in moderation. It sounds like you are also feeling deprived so maybe a night out will do you some good, but then the next day get back to it. The reality is that you *can* do these things and you should fit in what makes you happy. Don't be a hermit - enjoy yourself every now and then.

MADELEINESNOW SparkPoints: (615)
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6/25/13 2:35 P

I totally get where you are coming from! I hate dealing with this and every part of my life requires so much attention and I think about when I'm going to workout and what I am going to eat and if I eat something bad I feel guilt forever.



MADELEINESNOW SparkPoints: (615)
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6/25/13 2:33 P

I do think I have some gluten sensitivity because if I had a heavy bread meal like pizza or what not I bloat. I've tried to go gluten free twice and it was a really hard diet to stick to since I have other intolerances.



LILLITH32 SparkPoints: (9,151)
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6/25/13 6:15 A

Madeline, your symptoms sound like a gluten sensitivity. I have the same issue, and once I go gluten-free the bloating and other nastiness goes away. It won't show up on the tests, because it's inside your digestive system, and usually goes hand in hand with soy allergies and lactose intolerance. Try to go gluten-free for a month and see if it helps with some of the symptoms?

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6/25/13 3:33 A

I totally wonder the exact same thing!!! How long can I track every little thing I eat and spend hours a day walking, running, lifting!? I've been waiting to reach my goal weight so I can relax a little, teeny bit...it's been almost TWO YEARS and I'm still working towards it! Ridiculous! Seriously! But I still get up every morning and log my breakfast before my run...even when I'm questioning why I still do it. It's almost an obsession now. I'll get to feast on cheesecake in heaven, right?

And, FYI, anyone that shamelessly eats garbage without ever gaining a pound can never fully appreciate a special occasion meal or treat the way us mere mortals do, so we should actually feel sorry for them. ; ) Feel better?

MADELEINESNOW SparkPoints: (615)
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6/24/13 11:35 P

Thank you everyone for your comments and support! It means alot to me to have people to talk about this with because it's not really a topic I can talk to anyone about.

I do have hypothyroidism but my levels are normal and I'm a low dosage. I just had my levels checked about 3 months ago. I do have other medical issues that are a mystery to every doctor I've ever seen. I have extreme bloating, fatigue, stomach issues, and a bunch of other random things. I've been checked for everything and every kind of intolerance but nothing besides lactose intolerance is showing up.

I know I work out more than most people and I've been working out so hard lately and I feel like nothing is really happening. It's sad to see be in my 20s and not really get to enjoy it to the fullest because of my weight and my weight insecurites.

I just don't really know how I am always going to manage this watching my food intake and exercising like crazy.

HTHY1DAYATAIME SparkPoints: (1,320)
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6/24/13 11:04 P

I feel the same way. I have a bpyfriend that is naturally skinny. He could try to gain weight and he'd prob stuggle or fail to do it. This past weekend he went out for ice cream numerous times. I haven't had ice cream in weeks. Though the craving is there, I keep fighting. I try to remind myself that its not his fault he was born skinny and never had a weight problem. I've struggled with my weight all of my life. I remind myself that this is my journey, and I try, hard as it may be, to not compare myself to other ppl. I also tell other ppl. not to compare me to other ppl. I'm very firm on that. I look how I look, and I'm not going to apologize, decrease my self esteem, and feel horrible about it. Yes I'm working on my wieght, but in the meantime I MUST love me, even the love handles. No comparisons. Good luck on your journey.

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6/24/13 10:15 P

Madeline..
I've been thinking about you since yesterday when I responded to this.... Have you had any recent medical consultations about your weight loss issues? It might be good to at least rule out any changes to thyroid, etc if its been awhile since you saw a physician. While we can't change what our genes hand out to us...there are some things that a doctor can help us resolve which are beyond our own control! Since you have been working at this for awhile, take some of your Spark Tracker, calorie and exercise info with you, and get that second opinion. You could also ask for a referral to a dietician that might work out well for you. (Mine helped me lose 25 pounds some years ago! I'm working once again to go "the rest of the way". Spark has been great for me!!)

Wishing you a healthy journey,
patti

Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 6/24/2013 (22:19)
JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
6/24/13 1:36 P

Those feelings are normal. I've had them too.

I've found that through the process of this journey I've redefined what "normal" is. That's helped me not resent others when they seemingly eat and drink whatever they want to. The truth is, most healthy adults don't eat even close to what I used to eat. True, they may be able to have a bacon cheeseburger tonight, but I bet you that they do not eat one every night. The truth is, the reason why many of us are fat is because we ate one every night. Or ate an equivalent every night. So when I go out, I don't compare myself to others. Sometimes I can fit that food into my plan and sometimes I can't. But I have realized what got me to the state that I am in, and I'm determined not to go back.

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6/24/13 11:39 A

Hey, don't beat yourself up over it. I'm in your boat too and if you need a check-in pal please feel free to add me/contact me whenever you need to. I know exactly what you're going through - especially with family. I have having to always hide my body. I'd love to be able to wear cute swimsuits without worrying about my arms and thighs and stomach being everywhere...or not being able to wear cute sleeveless shirts in my 20's. It sucks. But I stick to it in the hopes that one day, not only will my crappy health improve, but I'll feel more confident and happy with myself. Stay strong.

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6/24/13 4:32 A

I felt like this (or something like it) when I started. No going out stick to the diet no matter what. Then a dinner came up that I had booked before I stared on this journey. I went out and had a good time and I said darn it I had eaten 1500 calories that night.

Getting up the next morning I felt guilty and weighed myself to see what damage had been done. I lost 2lbs that week.

Don't worry about others just worry about you as going over the top with your friends once in a while won't matter.

I hope this story lets you see that you are not a slave and can enjoy yourself.

LILLITH32 SparkPoints: (9,151)
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6/24/13 1:50 A

Madeline,
I know how you feel, I've always been "bigger", and been resentful because of it. It doesn't help that all my cousins look like a prettier version of Kim Kardashian and I just look chubby, dumpy and definately not exotic. Eventually I figured out that no amount of jealousy and resentment was going to make me look like the rest of my family, and I just had to deal with what I was born with, so... I try to concentrate on myself, my own health and my own fitness. Jealousy is useless. Let it go, as hard as it sounds - you are your own person, and will not magically morph into someone else. Take a deep breath, concentrate on making yourself healthy and happy. Instead of trying to be someone else, focus on being the best you you can possibly be. After all, you are pretty amazing, and worth improving, not beating down. Good luck!

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6/23/13 11:19 P

Madeline...
If you are really hungry, perhaps you aren't getting enough calories of the right foods, at the right times!!

When you set up Spark...did you set a really aggressive timeline for your weight loss goals?? Remember--1-2 lbs a week is a reasonable goal (unless you have a whole lot of weight to lose...) and if you are already close to a healthy weight, it will be a slower loss...

If you have recently been stepping up your exercise, have you updated your fitness goals into Spark so the extra calorie burn can be adjusted for correctly?

Try splitting your meals into smaller meals, and several well balanced snacks each day so that you are eating something good for you every 2-3 hours. Be sure to spread your nutrients throughout the day too---all sorts of carb at one meal, then only protein at another doesn't balance out really well!

And the unfortunate reality is none of us gets to choose our genes. You may not be able to eat like some of your friends...but trust me, they may not be able to do it forever either! Those things have a way of coming back to haunt folks! I'd suggest you continue to enjoy their social company, enjoy your water and some healthy foods when you are with them by planning for the calories in your day, and have faith in yourself. You can do this!!
patti

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6/23/13 9:17 P

I'm a 30 something, but I can relate. My husband never exercises, eat a bowl (sometimes 2) or ice cream everynight and doesn't gain any weight. Ugh! For me I look for substitutes that I can have when I feel the urge to splurge. For example, if he gets a bowl of ice cream, I might get a preportioned cup of low fat ice cream, a skinny cow ice cream bar, or if I'm low on calories for the day, maybe just a cup of diet hot cocoa (25 calories), because it calms my sweet/chocolate tooth while being soothing with the warm that can be slowly savored. If you're having problems going out with friends try either (1) looking at the nutritional info on the restaurants webpage in advance and planning something healthy that you can feel good about or (2) you suggest an outing to do with friends that doesn't involve food and drinking; maybe go to a concert, explore a hiking trail, walk the mall together, try geocaching, whatever. Let it be something fun, movement based, and free of food temptations.

MADELEINESNOW SparkPoints: (615)
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6/23/13 9:04 P

I feel that I have been decently motivated since starting my diet/exercise plan. I've been feeling bitter towards other people in my life because they do not have a weight problem. I'm jealous that I cannot go out with my friends and eat because I'm trying to watch what I eat and I don't want the temptation. I'm jealous that people in my life can eat whatever they want and nothing happens.

My mom has not exercised or done anything physical in months so she cut back on eating so much and boom she lost weight and looks muscular while I eat monitor what I eat and exercising like crazy.

I have friends that can eat whatever and I really envy them.

I hate feeling so big that I have to cover myself up all the time. I can never find anything to wear that I feel comfortable in and summer is making it worse.

I know I'm feeling like this because I am extremely hungry.

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