This week has been really spectacular and educational!
First of all, I lost 4 lbs and hit my third goal marker
Three ticks down, seven to go 'til 299 lb.
Second, I have discovered sensitivities in my diet and am working to eliminate them. Here is an excerpt from theconsciouslife.com on food sensitivities and intolerences: "Many people are sensitive to certain food but are totally unaware about it. Unlike food allergy in which symptoms usually come fast and fiery, symptoms caused by food intolerance take a longer time to manifest. And when they do appear, they are often brushed off as common minor ailments such as tiredness and headaches. But repeated, long-term exposure to food that irritates can cause inflammation and lead to chronic diseases."
I believe this has been going on with me for a long time (possibly my entire adult life!). After just a few days on the anti-inflammatory diet, I was able to tell whether a food made me feel good or bad.. for instance, a corn muffin or tortilla chips made me cough and have a runny nose for about an hour; a subway sandwich on whole wheat or triscuit crackers make my head hurt and nose stuffy; a big slice of non-cultured cheese or a glass of milk make me feel quite fatigued and irritable, and in all cases I seem to retain fluid after eating them for at least 24 hours. I am working on removing non-cultured dairy, wheat, and corn from my diet, but it sure isn't easy to do all at once.
Interestingly enough, I don't seem to have a sensitivity to 100% durum wheat bread that I found at a local bakery (so apparently it is only the North American strains of wheat which bother me). Durum is also used in pastas (so maybe I can eat pasta... I will need to test this). I also seem to be able to eat buckwheat, spelt, barley, rye, quinoa, and rice with no trouble, so I will still be eating grains in my diet -- just not mystery "wheat" bread. This is more incentive not to eat out, anyway. So long, Subway and Jimmy John's
... you were pretty tasty, but you had too much sodium and crappy ingredients, so I can't say I will miss you!
Third, I was able to wear several pieces of smexy clothing which didn't use to fit. I almost never get dressed up, but my friend was having a party and I figured I would try some stuff on (half expecting in the back of my mind to end the search for clothes in a fit of rage and self-loathing). It turned out a lot better than that! I found that a pair of size 28 skinny jeans which I purchased 2 years ago (which NEVER fit) now fit like a glove! Also, a piece of shapewear that I bought to tuck in my tummy ( tinyurl.com/7kzqy
) is now so baggy that it doesn't hold anything in at all.. so I need to buy a smaller size, and that is insane for me! (The last time I tried to wear this thing was last April... and I was so big that it kept rolling up and I couldn't even keep it on my belly!).
Finally, I was able to do a long cardio session for 43 min today involving 20 min on the elliptical AND 23 min of power-walking with no rest in-between. My old record is 20 min flat of elliptical, OR 40 on the treadmill, so being able to do more than 40 of such an intense exercise just makes me feel like my endurance and overall fitness is greatly improving. Now that I know I can handle it, I am going to try to do at least two long-sessions each week... starting out at 45 min, and eventually working my way up to 60 min.
Also, my knee feels better, so I may be running again.. we shall see :)
SO! I have had scale, non-scale, nutritional, and fitness victories this week. To top that off, winter is almost over and the seasonal affective disorder is wearing off.
How awesome is my life right now?!
Goals for next week:
Eat at home all but two meals.
Continue food journaling to see how foods affect me, try to eliminate trigger foods.
Full body strength training x2, core x4.
At least two long cardio sessions (45), and at least 15 min of cardio every day but Sunday.
Stay on top of my school and studying (getting close to finals and it's really rough)
Thank you all for reading, and I hope you all have the best week ever, as well!