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Why This Part of the Journey Has Started With a Bang... Or Rather a Rash

Saturday, January 12, 2013

It took me a while to get back to tracking, mostly because I wasn't sure where to start. My slight nickel intolence when I wore the metal had become a full blown allergy, leading to me not being able to enjoy certain healthy foods anymore. It was a long road to figure out why I felt like crap all the time, had horrible stomach cramps after eating, facial break outs and rashes, terrible itching... You get the picture. My healthy lifestyle was poisoning me. Even my vitamin had nickel in it... My body was exhausted. I have summers off as a teacher and I could not sleep enough-- still tired 8 to 14 hours after sleeping. Hello low nickel diet, and goodbye whole grains, oatmeal, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, salmon, tuna, canned anything, etc.

Since the diagnosis and the allergy testing acknowledging everything I am allergic to in addition to the nickel, it is a rocky road. Not everything can be tested for, and the FDA does not require nickel to be listed on things. Sometimes I am surprised by what I find I have a reaction to. The problem was my body was freaking out. Ten pounds in either direction because it was hard to get a handle on what I could eat. This wasn't just gluten free becuase I wasn't allergic to wheat. I was allgic to the processing of the wheat. I was allergic to people cooking in aluminum. Needless to say, it has been a pain in the butt.

I tracked here and there trying to see how things were adding up. I noticed a pattern I didn't like. As I geared up for the New Year, I had two thoughts, track religiously until I feel back in control and blog to help me focus. (Hello Sparklers!) So far so good. Down a few pounds and I figure this is a good start to a new beginning of dealing with this allergy.

My boyfriend is a huge help, although he gives himself a hard time when he gives me something new and I have a reaction. It's not his fault, but he thinks his job is to protect me. The past couple of weeks, we hav been talking and he wants to lose some weight himself. He thinks it will help his knees and help his business too. (Working in the entertainment industry, sadly appearance counts, even if you are on the pro side of the crew, and he is an Art Director.) So as much he supports me, I want to support him. Yesterday I challenged him to a wii fit contest. He is terribly competitive. If this gets him started, I will be happy. When he is not on set, a lot of his work is done from home. If he wants to beat me, maybe he will take the time. If anyone has any tips, or has done something like this with a spouse, please comment.

I am looking forward to being well all the time. When everything is right, and I know exactly what I am eating, I feel great. When something is a miss, it sucks. I am hoping for an amazing 2013. But, get knocked down and get back up, but never give up. I will never gain my weight back again!

Treat yourself well sparklers!

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    Great to see you so ambitious about your health despite so many obstacles. Also really cool your boyfriend and you will be taking the trek together. Nothing like a good ol' challenge to get your blood pumpin' eh? emoticon emoticon emoticon job on your weight loss!
    2347 days ago
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