Thursday, July 11, 2013
I began this challenge at 138 pounds, and I'm currently at 129. Holy cow! I'm so very proud of myself and, of my team members. On days when I think I can't, or don't want to, I think about them and then push myself. So thanks to all of you. You may not realize how much of a difference that you make in my life, but you do.
As some of you know, I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. It has been really crazy trying to readjust my eating habits, and it comes with its own set of challenges. For example, one of the major problems with people with celiac trying to learn new diet patterns is that they often rely on “gluten free” products, many of which are overly processed and not very good for you. (Aside from the fact that you don't suffer from the effects of celiac by eating them). People will often find a few “safe” comfort foods and stick to those, without considering the nutrition aspect.
I had an appointment today with a nutritionist to talk about celiac and weight loss. She told me that I was eating far too few calories, and suggested I eat around 1,800 with my level of activity. I switched to the “new” fitness tracker in my Spark settings, and it tends to agree with her. It has set my calories higher than it previously had me. Before, it wanted me to eat between 1,250 and 1,650. But now, it suggests between 1,600 and 2,100 most days. I'm happy about that too, because I don't fear eating, or going over my calorie range.
Fear of eating? Yeah, sounds odd, doesn't it? I mean, I logically know that I weigh in on a weekly basis and can obviously see weight fluctuations, but even if I was hungry, I often feared eating above my calorie range for Spark. Meeting with the nutritionist really helped on this score. I'm working on building muscle, my body has been malnourished from celiac disease, and I'm a healthy and fit individual. I have to fuel my body properly. I'm not doing myself any favors by eating too little.
My personal goal has been pretty hit or miss. If I'm too low on calories after 9:00 pm, I will eat. It is a choice I make, and I make it after considering what is more important to me – eating enough, or eating late. Eating enough has taken priority often.
As far as sleep goes, I'm sleeping better than I can ever remember sleeping. My head hits the pillow and I'm out like a freaking light until my alarm goes off. I don't roll, toss, wake up... nothing. Pure, uninterrupted, healthy sleep. It has been YEARS since I slept this well.
My water drinking is spot on. I drink 10+ glasses a day. I usually stop tracking after I hit eight, but I drink more than that on most days.
My biggest challenge continues to be the weekends. My schedule is altered, I don't -know- what I'm going to eat when, or when I will squeeze in a workout. It is a bit crazy, and can be hard to control. But, I'm making it. Slow and steady.