I Found Hope Again
Sunday, September 13, 2009
After being on sparkpeople for quite a long time and not losing much weight and struggling to do it all right. And with the added stress of arthritis and not always being able to workout or excessive. I almost gave up hope of ever losing any weight. I really gave up and didn't stay with the program for a long time. But then I came back but I still had a lot of the same problems. Feeling down and about to give up again, I noticed that another spark member was in the gluten-free group. I had been advised by a friend a long time ago to try going gluten-free and dairy free, because I had shared with her that I had so much stomach problems and nothing the doctors had done for me had helped. So I thought to myself, I'll contact this spark person and find out more about a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. I thought it can't hurt anything it can only help. So I did contact this person and he was sweet and helpful to me. I got started first to clean out my cupboards of canned goods, and cereals that contained gluten or dairy. I went to the store and replaced each item with gluten-free. The I went to the refrigerator and threw out my cottage cheese and gave all my yogurts away to a friend. I replaced all those items with dairy-free substitutes. After only two days of being on the diet I felt 99% better. No more gas, no more running to the bathroom all the time, no more bloating, and no more stomach pains. I felt so much lighter and I had so much more energy. The most amazing thing I finally starting losing weight again. Right away the first week I lost two and a half pounds, the next week two more pounds. And now I'm on my third week and we'll see how much I have lost this week. I just felt so good to finally find out what was holding me back from my goals. I was elated to see how much progress I had made in two weeks. More then I had in a long, long time. I'm just so thankful to my spark friend for all his encouragement and help. With out him I would still be struggling and be depressed. There is, Hope to be found!