Ok, I'm being silly, but sometimes when I'm telling people I feel like it is something to feel guilty about...
I'm 42 and was just diagnosed last month and started gluten-free on 1/1. I, like so many others I've read about here, self-diagnosed and actually requested the test from my doctor. After years of anemia and 5 year rash on my leg that wouldn't go away with a dozen treatments, and taking Wellbutrin and tired all the time no matter what and not being able to remember anything, I finally have some hope.
While my symptoms have been around for a long time, I never once attributed them to anything in particular. "I'm tired because I'm over weight." "I can't remember anything because I'm getting old." I'm depressed because it runs in the family."
The final straw was getting very sick from iron infusions, only to have my iron bottom out again 3 months later. My doctor just wanted me to have more treatments, but I hated them, and they are expensive! I started researching and found that Celiac was the mostly likely cause of the issue. I was a little surprised as wheat has never caused "tummy troubles" for me. But I asked the doctor to test me (several times before she agreed) and sure enough... Later, she admitted she wouldn't have tested me if I hadn't insisted.
So here I am with a brand new toaster and breadmaker, a pantry with 9 types of flour I don't know what to do with, and a very supportive DH who is tired of hearing about.
I used Spark People in the past when I was trying to lose weight (did I mention I'm 300 #s?) but had stopped in favor of other sites. For Christmas I got a FitBit and found out it is compatible with SparkPeople, so I'm back. I was at my highest weight of 365, three years ago. I've lost 35 pounds in the past two months and I'm determined to make it below 200 this time. I actually weigh 298, and it is the first time I've been under 300 in at least 5 years.
I've done a ton of research and I *think* I have a handle on this whole gluten-free" thing, but as I've only been practicing it for 9 days, I'm guessing a lot more issues will pop up.
So there is my story.
| current weight: 294.0