Thursday, November 29, 2012
I am BACK! I have been using sparkpeople on an off since 8-9yrs....WOW that's a long time. Isn't it? I had lost a lot of weight and then when I left for college I was not surrendering to cafeteria food that was bathed in fats, butter, grease, lard....you get the picture. Freshman 15.....not lets try FRESHMAN 35 and it didn't end there. By the time I started graduate school I reached 240 pounds. When I started college I weighed 155-160. I was embarrassed and with the start of grad school in a new state, away from temptations I decided to get my life back on track. I managed to lose 14-15pounds and keep them off. I know that is not a lot but I did it and have kept them off.
Then January 2011 I broke my right foot and gained some weight back, but lost it again because summer 2011 I became very ill and the doctors didnt know why. After every test possibly imaginable, including swallowing a pill sized camera, I was diagnosed with IBS-D and told I needed to see a dietician. Well being in my internship made that challenging because I was already miss too much work because of my sick days. Long story short I self discovered that I am gluten intolerant (which explains the years of stomach aches, irritability, and fatigue, among other unpleasant symptoms). By last October I was weighing in at 210-211 meaning I lost more weight...but this was mostly because I was super sick and malnourished. Oh and then to top it off I broke my other foot xmas day of 2011....fractured a tooth, and was extremely vitamin d deficient (was replaced 3 times).
This month marks one year of being gluten free. I also gave up or actually cut out, caffeine and carbonated beverages because they triggered my IBS symptoms really bad. I went from taking my medication for cramps and pain atleast a few times day to maybe one time a month if that. I am healthier because I got my life back....Or actually found my life. I thought for years everyone experienced joint pains by 25, couldn't eat food without running to the bathroom, or missing school because of being sick (which I hardly did because I thought it was normal by the way).
I began sparkpeople again because I want to finally reach my goal weight of 150-155. I know I can do it because I was there 9 yrs ago and then lost weight in grad school. One good thing about gluten intolerance I guess is that I am already restricted to eating certain foods.....so saying no is much easier. I have begun really trying to exercise in every day because that will really boost me down the right path to a healthier lifestyle..because after all its not just the number of the scale. It is the overall feeling of pride and accomplishment!!!!!!!
I hope that my story (told in brief) may help you in your new path to a healthy lifestyle...Please let me know of any tricks...especially if you are also gluten free. I struggle getting enough carbs unless I eat lots of rice...lol
Best for now!!!!