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I'm not into fad diets, but I need to do something!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Well, It has been almost a year of feeling lousy: Joint pain, fatigue, foggy-mind, recent development of quite extreme lactose intolerance, and (did I mention?) fatigue.
I don't know if I officially need to eat a gluten-free diet, but after over a year of a variety of tests (sugar, thyroid, vitamins, brain MRI, artery tests, eyes, neck, etc.), I am going to try going gluten-free to see if it works.

I thought it was just busyness and getting older but friends (and now doctors) say it must be something else. The foggy-mind/blurred vision scared me.

I have cleaned out my cupboards and am trying to figure out how to not eat wheat but am wondering if anyone knows about this lifestyle. I have been bloated for the last few days. Every time I eat it is almost painful bloating. This is on gluten free foods. I didn't have that symptom before. I'm wondering if it is normal (and have posted to the Celiac Disease Team, but was wondering if anyone knew?

On another note, I am back to tracking food and exercise on SP. I have been gone for a while and have sporadically exercised. It is a new season in my life. I need consistency, accountability, and motivation for healthy living. Here we go.

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DETERMINEDJANET 11/30/2013 10:51PM

    I am gluten, grain, dairy and sugar free and feel better than I have in so many years. I never had the issues with bloating and pain that you are experiencing.

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/30/2013 8:18PM

    emoticon to an active SparkProgram. The only advice I can offer is that you check in with your doctor. When my husband had extreme fatigue, it turned out to be his thyroid -- pretty serious stuff, but relatively easy to treat. Hope you get your answers soon!

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DTSOBEL 11/30/2013 3:28PM

    I wish you luck finding out what is wrong. I have no idea about gluten. A year ago I had to have a procedure done on my esophagus. At that time, the doctor tested me for gluten. I was not allergic nor intolerant.

Glad to hear you are back tracking. I have decided I need to track food and exercise too.

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Update on detox

Saturday, April 06, 2013

I gained 8 pounds this week.


I know the detox wasn't to lose weight. It was to increase health, but I was still excited to be nearing goals. Grrr. I gained it all back this week (and then some). Grrr.

I didn't track my food, but I ate consciously. My sister visited from CA which was nice, but noticed how healthy I ate. I didn't exercise but was consistently playing with kiddos and walking at zoos and around town. Grr.

I'm beginning to wonder if my current weight is just the weight that I am supposed to be. I will continue to eat healthy (and get better at consistent exercise) but I need to find a way to not be discouraged by my scale.

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MARYANNGI 4/7/2013 7:14PM

    I had been meaning to ask you about your detox. It sounds like the detox went OK, but I'm not sure I want to take the risk that I might gain everything back.

Forget the scale for a few minutes. How do you feel at your current weight, is your BMI where you want to be. Are you happy with what you see and how your close fit. Only you and your body can decide what's right for you and not what the supposedly correct charts say you should be. The charts don't take into consideration body type and bone structure.

You have made amazing progress in the 5% Challenge and you have worked hard to lose every ounce and pound. Give yourself a pat on the back and a high 5. You have earned it.

MaryAnn emoticon

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KANDOLAKER 4/6/2013 11:06PM

    How frustrating this must be - but really not possible to gain that much, particularly if you were consciously eating healthy. I would suggest giving it a day or two to balance out. Wishing you the best!!

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This year's fitness goal

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

I decided on this year's fitness goal.
My two-year ago pie-in-the-sky goal: Jog Collinsville Hill. Check.

Last year's that'll-never-happen goal: Station-11 on the fitness trail. Half check due to injury emoticon It is parallel bars at about chest height. You are supposed to raise yourself to straight arms and then hand-walk down its length.)

This year's be-careful-Anne-you-may-get-hurt goal: do a head stand. Yup. I like that there are steps of fitness involved. As I jog or do aerobics I can ponder how it is helping my core to be able to do one. The same for dieting. Less to lift emoticon

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MNABOY 4/2/2013 2:32PM

    Love the logic! emoticon

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Thoughts on Dr. Oz Detox-Day 3

Monday, April 01, 2013

Well, I made it through. That last day was the easiest. I had more energy and actually forgot I was on it for most of the day. By dinner though, I really wanted to eat solid food.

Was it worth it? Sure.
Did it vastly improve my health? I have no idea.
I did lose weight. Was it just water weight that will return even as I continue to eat healthily? I'll let you know at the next weigh-in.

I did sleep a lot in the last three-days. Well, rather, I loafed around a lot. I did what I needed to do but nothing extra. I did exercise on each of the three days, but not yesterday. It was, after all, a day of rest :)

Yesterday was the first day off the detox. Oatmeal for breakfast was delicious. I ate the leftover shakes for lunch, with an apple for crunchiness. Dinner consisted of munching on some rotisserie chicken legs before a friend came over that had already had an Easter meal with family. That wasn't the best of plans. I completely forgot that I wasn't supposed to eat meat on the day after the detox. I was okay, just felt bloated and like I had defeated part of the plan. I'm actually quite sure the meat didn't make a difference.

I will do this again. Perhaps this is a good way to begin summer vacation as well.........

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    Great job!

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Thoughts on Dr. Oz Detox-Day 2

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Yesterday was Day 2. It was easier then Day 1.

I believe that I will do this again in a few months b/c I feel really good. Realistically, that may be due to being on vacation or b/c I slept/relaxed most of yesterday, but I have lost 6 pounds and feel like jogging, so I am counting this as a win.

I tweeked the recipe for lunch so that I could eat it and ate leftovers as snacks. That made a difference.

The cost would've been reduced if I didn't have to buy a whole bottle of some of the ingredients, but having them will motivate me to do this again, perhaps with friends.

If friends are interested in trying it, message me. I am happy to share ideas.

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    went back and read Day 1 also,,,, hope this helps,,, plz keep us up over time,,,I've always wondered if this really worked or not. So "YOU" can be MY Guinea Pig. HAHAHA so to speak. if it does work,,,Hmmmmm ! YEAH !!!! I may well consider it,,,and know of others who can also, but yeah,,, we've been wanting to know other than "someone's word" on TV.

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/30/2013 1:30PM

    Isn't it amazing how great we feel when we get the junk out of our intestinal tracts? I just finished a 2 week Detox Diet (previously a 4 week Anti-inflammatory Diet) and now have moved on to the DeFlame/Challenge Phase. WhooHoo for both of us. I'm doing mine through a health coach, but love Dr. Oz. wishing you great success & better health as you continue on your healthy eating schedule. BTW, detox gets easier every day once the old stuff is out of your system...then it's almost effortless. :D

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