Thursday, October 23, 2014
So I've had GI issues for years. I chalked them up to "tummy issues" and lactose intolerance and just didn't think about them a whole lot one way or another. But we're thinking about starting a family and even pretty religious application of Lactaid wasn't getting things to a normal state so I figured before I start trying to support a second life I should make sure my GI tract is at least supporting one human reasonably well. So off to the doc and they ruled out all the truly nasty stuff (parasites, auto-immune, full out allergies). All good.
So off to the nutritionist to sort out food sensitivities as my lactose intolerance is a personal best guess rather than a diagnosis. To best test what is causing my distress (which is a great phrase), in two weeks, after I get back from a business trip, I'm going to stop eating: wheat, eggs, milk, soy, nuts (both ground and tree), fish and shellfish. Pretty much everything I currently eat, since we eat little red meat. Veggies I can keep but she suggested I cook all fruits as they can cause problems for people with seasonal allergies. Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays are going to be oh so much fun this year. So I go off that all for three weeks and then bringing them back in a week at a time.
Something tells me I'm going to need a lot of Sparkpeople support to get through this successfully. I guess I'll be back to something like normal just after New Year, with a bit more knowledge, hopefully.
Monday, April 14, 2014
What do you do when you're hungry? I mean, so often I eat because I'm peckish or bored or something looks delicious. At those times I can keep my calorie goals in mind and choose not to eat. But when I'm straight up hungry I wonder, is it good to not eat, even if I'm at the edge of my calorie zone? Often I decide nope, it's not, and I try to eat something healthy, some fruit, some yogurt, a glass of skim milk because I can't believe that a gnawing (or as gnawing as a well fed westerner can experience) hunger is a good sign of a balanced approach to weight loss. Thoughts?
Thursday, April 03, 2014
I've never thought of myself as a yo-yo dieter. Heck, I've never really thought of myself as a dieter. I've been dissatisfied with my weight as long as I can remember, even when I was the weight that is now my goal weight, but I've also never thought it should be that important. I have several close people in my life who have struggled with eating disorders and who have had very major weight shifts. I never have. I've just been very gradually putting on 40 pounds over the last decade. And I've occasionally thought, ok that's not great, and I've gone to the gym for several years in a row and I did Sparkpeople for a while and lost a little weight, but honestly it's all just been a gradual gain. I can't even say my dissatisfaction has gotten that much greater. A little, especially as my face and belly got rounder, and I stopped liking most photos of myself (even old photos when I was thinner, so I'm not sure what that's about).
I got a Fitbit for myself using a Christmas gift card and since the beginning of the year I've consistently been walking. I've been hitting 10,000 steps consistently, often more. But not tracking food or even restricting it until Lent, when I gave up all pre-packaged junk food. But the scale hasn't budged at all. I am thinking my face is a bit thinner and I've definitely gained more endurance, but my husband still felt he had to give me a "I want you to be healthy" talk. He's a doctor and he said that walking alone wasn't going to be enough. It hurt and it pissed me off but it's also been true so it's hard to argue.
I've been doing more step cardio to get my steps in (leaves me drenched and definitely is a higher impact exercise) and as of April 1st I've started tracking food again. I know that works. So hopefully, I'll see some movement. I really want to feel like I'm actually accomplishing something.
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