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I'm connected again! And...found my body has a little "quirk"

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

It has been a whirlwind of a week...well, month for that matter. I just moved and finally have my phone, internet and cable back! Woo hoo! I did finish my detox and found that I am Gluten intolerant. That is probably part of the reason that I have not been losing weight, I understand it can affect your metabolism as well. I have to go to the doctor and request an EDG to see if that is what is wrong. I have to eat Gluten though for a few weeks before that test and I will be sick again. Not really looking forward to that.

On a positive note, I am down just under 5lbs for the month! That is wonderful for me because I had been going up and down the same 2 lbs for the last about 8 months! I think I have figured out a few things...I think over this last month I wasn't eating enough...I was at about 1200 calories each day, but exercising (Kickboxing, zumba, etc.) and I think the calories were too low. I am going to try to stay on the high end around 1500. Also, I am going to start counting my points again, now that I know the problem is Gluten. It might be hard for me to get my points up to par initially, but I will figure it out!

I just wanted to thank all of you that have been supportive through this process. It is not easy to lose weight when you're healthy. It is even harder when your body doesn't want to cooperate! Your kindness and understanding means a lot to me!

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RYDERB 8/7/2011 1:24AM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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SHELLE13 8/4/2011 10:50AM

    Thanks, ladies!

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JUST-AMY 8/3/2011 2:40PM

    WOW! I am really glad that you have found a key issue with gluten.

Welcome back! Hope to see you more around!


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AMSTER08 8/3/2011 2:24PM

    emoticon on losing weight this month! I know how you feel about going up and down the same few pounds. Glad you have stayed strong and gotten beyond that point. emoticon

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SHELLE13 8/3/2011 2:16PM

    Thanks, Crystle!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/3/2011 1:02PM

    So glad you are feeling better. emoticon

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Still OP (on program)!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Now that I have some of my health issues worked out (gluten intolerence), I can honestly say I feel better than I have felt in years! I am eating a ton of veggies and fruit and it has been fabulous!

Because of all these diet changes that the doctor is making me do, I thought I was not OP. But, you know what? Just because I can't have Gluten, Aspartame or Sorbitol, doesn't mean I am not OP! I still follow the 8 HG's as best I can and I still track everything I eat. I am WW through and through and shouldn't discount that because of something someone said on a WW board. My body can't process most carbs, that is just something I have to work around. I may not be able to follow the WW plan to the T, but I am still on this program as much as I can be, I am still getting in my activity, I am still going to my meetings every week and I am still struggling like everyone else. I just have slightly different struggles. Going off program by eating pasta or cookies, results in me being sick because my body thinks those things are poison and tries to reject it any way possible.

Okay, vent done. I shouldn't let others opinions affect me, but I think I also was believing it myself so I need to put in down in writing. What I have learned over these last 10 months, is...

Do What is Best for YOU!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/12/2011 12:39PM

    So glad you are feeling better.

emoticon We have to do what works best for us and makes us as healthy as we can be. All plans are just a guideline. I think personal changes are what keep us on track. I follow a sugar-buster type plan but I still have a spoon of sugar in my coffee because I found that artificial sugars were not good for me.

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Scale Addiction...yes, time for a 4 day challenge!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

So...I am addicted to weighing myself. I weigh myself every morning and it provides me with some sort of control. However, it can be very misguiding too. If I did well, but the scale shows something else, I get upset and usually end up eating not great. If I do well, I sometimes continue and sometimes think it's a free pass to eating what I want. Luckily, the latter has not happened in a while.

I have been doing extremely well since July 1st. I have stayed below my 1550 calories and have exercised. I have been doing a detox and feel better than I have in years! This morning I get on that scale. It says I have gained about 1#. I was devastated. Then, my brain kicked in..."Kristi, you have been eating well and exercising. Your body is just adjusting right now."

I need to remember that. So, rather than get discouraged with myself each morning this week...I am going to avoid weighing in until Saturday, which is my official WW weigh in day. I think this will allow me to feel good about my choices and to begin breaking that annoying scale addiction of mine!

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TAMARA6905 7/6/2011 12:47AM

    I have never been a daily weigher until this week, but i can not handle it. It causes me to be to up and down! I think its smart to wait till Sat. Keel up the good work!

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SHELLE13 7/6/2011 12:12AM

    P.S. Thanks Crystle! You have been so great!

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SHELLE13 7/6/2011 12:12AM

    Yes, I know it sounds strange. But it's a control thing...I have weighed myself every morning since I was about 12. I starting dieting at 9 and wasn't heavy, but was in dance classes and told to lose. Over time, these bad habits sometimes become obsessions that are hard to break. It is definitely something I am working on.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/5/2011 12:06PM

    I completely understand scale addiction. emoticon You are doing great and one pound is more than likely water fluctuations. I bet Saturday you will see a happy number.

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MYCUTEGIZMO 7/5/2011 12:01PM

  Addicted to weighing?

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Interesting realization...Food, time and TV

Monday, July 04, 2011

So, when I am eating healthy...I have more time on my hands because I am not spending my time constantly preparing food or eating in front of the TV. I have also noticed over the last few days, that TV has been a very different experience when you are not eating in front of it.

I can't believe I had been wasting so much of my life living in front of the TV, while life was happening outside. Wow.

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LESLEE33 7/4/2011 10:51PM

    I'd have to agree with you on that one. That was one of my biggest problems as well. Now I eat all my meals at the dinner table, that way I am able to notice how much I am eating, and focus on the meal at hand, not just eating mindlessly watching tv.

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I always thought reading labels meant looking at the nutritional values...

Sunday, July 03, 2011

I am on day 3 of my Detox, no processed foods, no dairy and no gluten type foods. A diet of lean protein and veggies was recommended by my doctor and I tried for 2 weeks, but was only able to limit my carbs to 2 servings a day. I was still having major cravings and giving in to them. I decided to do a 30 day detox to see what is going on with my body and see how I feel, since I have been having strange, wacky health issues.

Let me just say, I am amazed! Truly amazed! My cravings have subsided, I feel like I have total control over what I am CHOOSING to eat and my stomach feels much better than it has in years! (Although, I did eat some bad pineapple yesterday and that wasn't fun, but I knew right away what it was). This has shined a whole new light on things for me.

I have been reading food labels since I was about 10 years, old. I'm 33 now...I was always taught to read the food labels for the nutritional values. How many calories? Fat? Protein? Sodium, etc...

However, no one told me about looking at the ingredients. Believe it or not, I learned it from Jamie Oliver, by watching Food Revolution. It got me to thinking about the ingredients...I have been having stomach issues for about 10 years now and nothing has helped. Last year, when I first saw the Food Revolution show, a little light bulb went on. Recently I discovered I cannot tolerate Aspartame and Sorbitol, found in diet sodas, yogurt, gum, etc. This was a main reason why I stated this detox on July 1st.

What I am realizing after just 3 days
I think if we get a taste of how good it feels to eat healthy and unprocessed foods, it will make going back to eating them much more difficult. I went to the movies last night with a friend and the popcorn smelled amazing! As all movie popcorn usually does. (And I truly think they have popcorn scented air freshener throughout the theater because you can smell it everywhere!) While in line at the snack counter, I thought about how my body was feeling better. I thought, "I don't want to feel horrible or have my stomach go haywire during this movie". When I got to the counter, I didn't think twice before ordering bottled water. Yes, a $5.25 bottle of water. That has NEVER happened to me before! I am the one usually ordering a large diet coke with a box of candy or a kids popcorn thinking I did well. Both of those things would always send my stomach into a tizzy, and I now know that Diet Coke is a culprit as well!

I always thought I was doing so well by eating foods that were sugar free, lower in fat and considered "diet" or "healthy" foods, that I never considered what they were comprised of. Duh, Kristi, look at the ingredients list. A lot of the diet foods, i.e. Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, 100 Calorie packs, etc., are made up of different food preservatives, additives and such. I am finding that those things are a huge cause of my stomach and digestive issues.

Thank goodness I am finally figuring this out, my body is thanking me!

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SHELLE13 7/4/2011 12:17PM

    Thank you both!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/3/2011 3:13PM

    So glad you are feeling better and finding foods that work better for you. emoticon

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SRHALLIN 7/3/2011 2:10PM

    Yes! I, too, discovered the secret society of food label readers through Jamie Oliver! :D

You are right on the money. Knowing what it is we are putting into our bodies is such a critical element in taking proper care of ourselves.

Congratulations on discovering the sources of your health problems, and best wishes on your continuing journey to good health.

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