I have arthritis in my knees. One is worse than the other, but neither is HORRIBLE.....yet. I have discomfort when walking down stairs, the first mile of a run I have to take it easy, and sometimes during zumba I land wrong and SNAP I have a flash of bright pain that typically dies down by the end of class.
What I have found is cutting out grains/gluten helps TREMENDOUSLY. I know this. I have felt the difference. But my stupid stinking taste buds/hormones, whatever, sometimes just REVOLT against the idea that I have to restrict certain foods. The first 4 years on Spark, I lost weight by modification, and claiming NOTHING as "off limits." This worked to get me from 215 down to about 165-170. But then I got stuck. The only thing that got me to my goal of 145 (well, down to 137 ultimately, which for me was just too..."gaunt" I think is the word people were using. To describe ME. ha!) was knocking out gluten and grains in general. So overall, it's a WIN/WIN: less joint pain, less weight on my body to carry around.
One would think that would be enough to make me rise above temptation.
Unfortunately, I have some *issue* and for the life of me I don't know WHAT it is exactly, or what to do about it, but I go on these wild benders: I had a freaking CINNABON over the weekend. Then Saturday post-zumbathon we went out for food; I had a hamburger, a Guinness shake (sounds gross but OMG it was good) pretzel bites, onion rings. And the topper? Popcorn at the movies yesterday.
So that is Dumb Part I. Why in the name of all that is good would i go on such a crazy bad-for-me food binge??? I mean overall my calories for all three days were I'm sure still well in check; I get busy and "forget" to eat sometimes.
I was so hungry Saturday night I was feeling woozy. And the popcorn was basically lunch AND dinner yesterday. My family of 4 split a large.
Now for Dumb Part Deux: I laid in bed last night with the anticipated stomach ache, but OMG. My knees hurt, which is also to be expected, but my arm also hurt (this only happens when I eat gluten) and to add to the ensemble: My right hip was in so much pain I could barely lay on my side. So in addition to the OLD joint pain that erasing gluten from my diet can ease, I have NEW joint pain being introduced when I fall off the wagon.
No good I tell you. No good at all. But still, as I sit here and ruminate on it, and vow to do better starting NOW (well,this morning) I KNOW this is only temporary. My silly self will most likely fall (hard) again. And soon. I'm just wondering WHEN the pain will be enough to force my hand for good. HOW MUCH WORSE DOES IT HAVE TO GET TO MAKE THAT "AHA" MOMENT HAPPEN??????
Jeez. I swear I need a food therapist.
Me at the event Saturday night, hamming for the camera.