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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hi everyone,

I am BACK! I have been using sparkpeople on an off since 8-9yrs....WOW that's a long time. Isn't it? I had lost a lot of weight and then when I left for college I was not surrendering to cafeteria food that was bathed in fats, butter, grease, get the picture. Freshman 15.....not lets try FRESHMAN 35 and it didn't end there. By the time I started graduate school I reached 240 pounds. When I started college I weighed 155-160. I was embarrassed and with the start of grad school in a new state, away from temptations I decided to get my life back on track. I managed to lose 14-15pounds and keep them off. I know that is not a lot but I did it and have kept them off.

Then January 2011 I broke my right foot and gained some weight back, but lost it again because summer 2011 I became very ill and the doctors didnt know why. After every test possibly imaginable, including swallowing a pill sized camera, I was diagnosed with IBS-D and told I needed to see a dietician. Well being in my internship made that challenging because I was already miss too much work because of my sick days. Long story short I self discovered that I am gluten intolerant (which explains the years of stomach aches, irritability, and fatigue, among other unpleasant symptoms). By last October I was weighing in at 210-211 meaning I lost more weight...but this was mostly because I was super sick and malnourished. Oh and then to top it off I broke my other foot xmas day of 2011....fractured a tooth, and was extremely vitamin d deficient (was replaced 3 times).

This month marks one year of being gluten free. I also gave up or actually cut out, caffeine and carbonated beverages because they triggered my IBS symptoms really bad. I went from taking my medication for cramps and pain atleast a few times day to maybe one time a month if that. I am healthier because I got my life back....Or actually found my life. I thought for years everyone experienced joint pains by 25, couldn't eat food without running to the bathroom, or missing school because of being sick (which I hardly did because I thought it was normal by the way).

I began sparkpeople again because I want to finally reach my goal weight of 150-155. I know I can do it because I was there 9 yrs ago and then lost weight in grad school. One good thing about gluten intolerance I guess is that I am already restricted to eating certain saying no is much easier. I have begun really trying to exercise in every day because that will really boost me down the right path to a healthier lifestyle..because after all its not just the number of the scale. It is the overall feeling of pride and accomplishment!!!!!!!

I hope that my story (told in brief) may help you in your new path to a healthy lifestyle...Please let me know of any tricks...especially if you are also gluten free. I struggle getting enough carbs unless I eat lots of

Best for now!!!!
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    Good luck on your journey!

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