I became a vegetarian about 15 years ago when I finally got tired of meat not being digested by my body. (I think I lack an enzyme or something) I had been raised in a meat and potatoes family and found that meat never sat well with me, even in childhood. Going meatless was a good decision, but it took me a long time to adjust to the vegetarian diet because of my allergy to soy. I learned how to balance protein with beans, cheese, low fat yogurt and such, thanks to a dietician and I've finally begun to feel better digestion wise.
Because of my food allergies and digestive issues, eating has never been my favourite thing and I only get between 400 and 1000 calories a day. (I've never been a binge or emotional eater - I can't eat when I'm stressed out) I was a personal trainer at Curves for a year and found that I only had a net loss of 10 pounds despite working out 3 times per day, 3 times per week. Unfortunately, the Curves went bankrupt and there is no longer one near my locale. I tried other gyms, but it wasn't the same and I lost motivation. I take the stairs often at work and try to get up and move around as much as I can, so I do get some exercise. I could use a lot more, though.
Now, I'm gaining weight, losing hair and barely have the energy to get out bed and go to work each day. I've been checked for thyroid issues, etc., but keep coming up on the lower end of normal, so the doctor won't do much about it. I'm not one for greasy foods and because of my allergies, I make everything at home from scratch or eat very bland foods when out. I do love my carbs, and I know this is where my problem lies. I eat very little in the way of breads and such, but love rice (a bit too much)!
According to the websites, I seem to be eating all the right things and doing all the right things. So, what's going on? Looking online, I see that I might need to increase my daily calories properly and hopefully get the energy back so I can start exercising regularly again and hopefully lose this extra weight. If I can get down to 180 lbs, I'll be happy.
I joined Sparkpeople because I tried other websites, apps and diets and found that they didn't really fit my needs. This one seems to be the most balanced and also accommodating to my dietary restrictions. I also like the support aspect.
I look forward to learning from all of you and helping you reach your goals in any way I can!
| Pounds lost: 44.0