Back from my Spark LOA
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
WOW...we are in May now and I have been on a Spark LOA for quite some time. Reason being--I felt like crap--can I say that on here?? Sorry if offend anyone but that really is how I have been feeling lately. Like a HUGE failure who can't seem to lose weight and make herself healthier. Worst part is that I shut out my support group which is my fine Spark Friends who always encourage me.
Let me share a bit of the changes going on. For about the past 3 years I felt horrible no matter what I did I couldn't get energy to do what I wanted and needed to do. It's easy for my Dr. to say "exercise and lose weight" he's a small Philipinno guy that I threaten to sit on break at every visit. After about 1.5 years of brain fog, low producing Thyroid, sleep disorders and not living my life like I want to I finally decided mentally and emotionally I needed a change.
I was at my Chiropractors office (she is a Natrupath and nutritionist) for my annual bio-feedback she had me completely assess how I felt. I was very honest this time. I hated being cranky, tired and not being able to still remember anything. She put me on 3 supplements and asked me to cut Gluten out of my diet. I decided it was time to make that drastic of a change because I can't go on feeling like this. So I did.
I can't believe the changes which have happened in less than a month. I don't feel so bloated, the fog is lifting more every day. I sleep so much better and I don't feel so cranky all the time. Who would have thought that one itty-bitty thing in my diet was messing me up so badly. I realize I'm only less than 1 month into a Gluten free diet but I have to say, I feel so much better. OH there were bumps in the road and will be bumps in the road.
I have learned to carefully read every label. I purged my cupboards of the products that hinder me (timing was perfect for the food drive at church). I'm finding more substitutes and discovered I am also getting my water and fruits and veggies in me more than I was before.
Is it hard? yes and no...it's a different way of thinking and buying. It's being even more accountable for everything I put in my mouth.
Side affects? Of course there are!!! Generally happy disposition all the time, brighter eyes, great sleep, I dropped a pant size, lost some weight. My blood glucose is down 16 points from 6 months ago (still isn't good enough for my doctor--hmmm think I may change that too). Not so tired in the morning. Less stressed. MORE ENERGY!!!!! I can finally get things done around the house and yard.
I've discovered an even greater support group right within my support group with the Gluten Free spark team. I have to tell you I'm glad I made this change and I'm glad I'm back from my LOA!!!