Thursday, April 04, 2013
I think I spoke too soon.
Day 1 (Tuesday) of gluten back in my diet produced no reactions. However, on Wednesday morning, I woke up with a sore throat. It wasn't more than I could handle, and really, it went away fairly quickly. Throughout the day, though, I had a lite headache. When dinner rolled around, I decided to try gluten again. I did have a smaller reaction after supper - feeling out of it and a little more tired than usual. This morning has confirmed that I most likely have a gluten intolerance. My sore throat is worse, and I'm stuffy like I have a sinus infection. I still have the lite headache and all I want to do is sleep.
Even though this cleanse was tough at times, I'm really glad I did it. I would have never known that I was gluten intolerant which explains a lot of the symptoms I had been experiencing. I'm thinking about skipping gluten for tonight's dinner (this would be my 3rd day). For the next 4 days, I will come off of it to see if these symptoms go away. If they do, it's an intolerance. Next Tuesday is dairy!
Are you gluten intolerant? If so, how do you live with it?
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was in for a big surprise. I've finally reached 30 pounds lost! What a feeling! I still can't believe it's true.
I've said this in other blogs, but I'll say it again because it's the truth. I never thought I'd ever see this day. I never thought I'd lose even 10 pounds. It's almost like a virtual slap in the face - "Girl, what were you thinkin' when you were doubting yourself?!"
**I'm not sure I like the above picture as I don't really see much of the loss. Is it just me? (Be honest.)**
I will have to say that this cleanse has pushed me over the 30 marker. While I am so so grateful for that, I'm even more thankful that I'm finally craving healthier foods. It's easier to turn down food too. For example, this morning, one of the clients came in with a box of doughnuts that were hot and fresh. The aroma was enticing, but I stuck to my guns and politely declined. Instead, I opted for two cuties, a green apple, and a handful of almonds. The old me would have eaten two of those bad boys (doughnuts).
As for the gluten experiment last night, it went well. I had a whole wheat kaiser with baked chicken, lettuce, tomato, a little honey mustard, and 1.5 servings of organic potato chips. I had no reaction at all. Woo hoo! Hopefully, the next two days will produce the same results as gluten-free things are a pain!
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
It's been a couple weeks since I last posted. I'll catch you up!
1. Weight - Since beginning the cleanse, I've lost 6 pounds! I only have ONE MORE pound to lose until I hit the big 30 pounds lost goal! Wow. I just reread that sentence; it's so weird to read. Back in June 2012 (when I began), I never thought I'd ever get this close to my goal. Shoot, I never thought I'd keep 10 pounds off. It's a wonderful feeling! I still have about 7 pounds that I would like to lose though, but I am working on it. However, I am learning to love my body just how it is, and it's a great feeling!
**I just have to share - my boyfriend, BJ, lost 20 pounds while doing the cleanse! Ahh, I'm just so happy for him! Plus, he's even said that he's ready to begin eating better. Ahh, happy girl right here!**
2. The cleanse - I've been doing an alkaline cleanse as well as an elimination diet to see if I have a food intolerance. After 10 days of no meat, I ate chicken last week, and I immediately had a reaction - exhausted, foggy brain, etc. I concluded that it's probably the antibiotics/steroids or the chicken feed, so I'm working on doing more organic meat. I'm a little worried about tonight as I will be introducing wheat/gluten back into my diet. I'm pretty sure I have an intolerance to it, but it'll be confirmed over the next three days.
3. Race to the Inlet 5K - Last Saturday, I had a 5K race. I was pretty disappointed with myself because I basically walk/ran in 38 minutes. The reason I took so long was because I have not been able to run while on the cleanse. The cleanse is a time for rest (which I got!). So, I tried to remember that it would have been better if I had been training. It was still tough though. My next 5K is in July; my boyfriend and I begin training today. Here are some photos from the race:
I'm waiting for the race to start.
4. 12K Update - I signed up for the race in October to participate in the 5K, not the 12K. I was going to, but my boyfriend wanted to run the 5K too. I felt bad, so I decided to do the 5K instead. However, I am hoping to do a 10K in November or December. I'm not giving up!
Well, that's about it. I'll post tomorrow about April goals and about the wheat encounter. Hope you all have a wonderful afternoon!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Hi all! Hope you all are doing wonderfully! I guess I need to play catch up:
In my last post, I talked about doing a cleanse. Well, I'm in the process of doing it, and boy, it's been tough! I miss grains and dairy a lot. I won't complain though as I'm feeling more energetic than I have in a long time. In fact, I'd LOVE to go for a run; however, I can't because the cleanse is not only a break from dairy, grains, soy, and meat, but it's also a time for rest. Walks and Yoga are things I can do, but the rest has been surprisingly nice. I still have 7 more days to go.
A couple of weeks ago, I signed up for two 5Ks. One is at the end of this month and the other is in July. I'm doing a color run - Color Me Rad - in Atlanta which I'm SO very excited about. This is a race that I've always wanted to do! I'm also excited because my boyfriend will be running the Color Me Rad 5K with me, and it's his first run!
As for the title of this post:
I've been reading a book called "The Running Dream" by Wendelin Van Draanen. It's about this high school girl who is on the track team, and after one of the events, the school bus gets in an accident. She loses part of her leg, and for a while, she believed that she'd never be able to run again. However, she gets a prosthetic limb that allows her to get back to running. This girl went from not running to working her way up to ten miles! I was impressed!
After finishing this book, it got me to thinking that I wanted to get back to running and to really put my heart in it. Today, the Ray Tanner Home Run 5K & 12K (my first 5K was this race last October!) Facebook page announced that opening day for registration would be next week. So, I got this crazy little idea to run a 12K. Yep. If I choose to do this, I will have 27 weeks to train which seems like plenty of time. However, doubt is holding me back. Can I even do this? Me, the girl who's only fully ran TWO 5Ks in her life. To go from 3.1 miles to about 7.5 miles is crazy! What if I get those terrible shin splints again?
While doubt has been creeping in, most of me is saying go for it. I'd REALLY have to stay dedicated and accountable to the training until the big day. Not only dedicated to running but to clean eating too. It's a big task, but I'm already excited about it. So, I guess this means it is a yes?
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I'm sorry that I have been MIA the last month or so. I have been dealing with a lot - exhaustion/lack of energy, brain fogs, headaches, asthma, bloating, irritability, etc. Truly, I have dealt with the issues for several years with some days being better than others. In the last month, it seems like all of that has hit at once, and itís been rough. All I want to really do is sleep; I don't want to get out of bed or exercise. Headaches occur daily. The list goes on. With all of this, my time on Spark has been limited.
Iíve been wallowing in self-pity (due to the above); however, last week, I decided to do something about it. Yesterday, I met with a holistic nutritionist; her words were positive, encouraging, and informative. She believes in the power of nature (fruits, vegetables, greens, etc) to heal our bodies of illnesses. I, too, have believed this although I wasnít knowledgeable about it to actually do it. For me, itís such a refreshing idea especially after being put on quite a few medications for my age Ė two asthma inhalers, birth control, and Ibuprofen for PMS. Within the next year, I could be on even more prescriptions for my high-ish blood pressure and allergies. While these medications seem to work, they scare me because of all the ďstuffĒ in them.
My reasons for going to see her were for the symptoms above. She believes that all the symptoms I am experiencing line up with Candidiasis which is a form of Thrust or yeast infection (in the body). Itís caused by medications, high-sugar diets, allergies, etc. She explained how common it is in women and that it is reversible with a healthy diet and probiotics. She also suggested a good cleanse which to me, sounded a bit scary. However, she reassured me that it was 100% healthy, and I would not feel hungry at all. Itís an alkaline cleanse which focuses all meals on greens, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and beans to give the body a rest from all the other food as well as to supply lots of nutrients. After two weeks on that, I will slowly introduce dairy, corn, and wheat back into my diet to test for food intolerances.
When I left the meeting, I was almost in tears. For so long, Iíve always believed that my lack of energy, bloating, headaches, and irritability would be with me for the rest of my life. I felt that, maybe, it was how I was wired which was painful because those symptoms sideline me from life sometimes. I hate that feeling. Instead of feeling that way yesterday, I finally have hope that one day, Iíll be free from all of that.
Since my family is coming into town in a few weeks and I have an allergist appointment, her and I decided to not do the cleanse yet. For now, hereís what I will be doing:
1. Begin thinking about and choosing healthier food choices.
2. Get back to drinking water.
3. Keep moving (I've only been able to get about an hour walk in).
4. Begin taking the probiotics and vitamins for the Candidiasis.
5. Begin weaning myself off some cheeses, peanuts, mushrooms, juices, sugar, alcohol, and white foods (white breads, white rice, etc).
While this may actually seem like a lot, I have three weeks to work on these. I donít have to be perfect; I just have to be more aware of what Iím putting into my body. I know that this isnít going to be easy, but if I want to begin truly feeling better and get back to life, Iím going to have to do this. Baby steps will be the name of the game for me which is exciting because it will more of a lifestyle change rather than a quick fix. Iím no longer doing this to look beautiful because Iím beginning to realize that I already am. Itís now about treating my body better than I did for the first 24 years of my life. More importantly, itís about living.
Over these next few weeks, I will be working on getting better. Iím not sure how much I will be on Spark, but regardless, please know that I am ALWAYS cheering you on! Remember that your body, mind, and spirit deserve only the best. Take care.
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