Wow...It's been 8 1/2 months since my last post. Since I was last active on SparkPeople. That makes me very sad. I love this site and the motivation it brought me. I left last summer because it was too hard to track all of my meals. I was on an elimination diet and I was not repeating meals. I felt it would have taken too much time to input all of the recipes I was making. The diet was really good for me, though. I really worked on my self control. I ate whenever I was hungry, yet I lost quite a bit of weight. I was at my goal weight and I looked and felt great! Most importantly, I learned that nightshades were causing the awful eczema I had last year. I am now avoiding tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and all pepper derived spices.
However, without SparkPeople or access to a kitchen, I slid back hard when returning to school. I ate poorly and didn't exercise - I gained back all the weight I lost over the summer, plus a few more pounds. I felt awful about myself, but I didn't have the motivation to do anything about it.
Then the new year started and I went abroad for a month. I walked a lot, but I ate in restaurants every night and just felt crummy about myself. I needed support to control myself if I was going to lose the weight I had gained. I needed motivation from streaks to get me to the gym. I also decided to cut out gluten, since wheat products tend to be a problem food for me and eating nothing but pasta in Italy for two weeks made me feel awful.
So I got home, returned to school, and got back on SparkPeople. I've been tracking my food again for about a week, taking shots of Slim & Sassy from doTERRA ( www.mydoterra.com/howwef
) to help with my cravings, and I'm feeling much better about myself and my body.
The biggest leap forward for me was signing up for a running/jogging class and not dropping it. I read through my old blog posts about how great running made me feel, and I want to feel that again. On our first day, we had a timed mile and a half and it took me 17:58. I had a horrible side cramp and was having trouble breathing. I had to walk too much of it. Then we did intervals and I could barely jog the running part. It's been 8 months since I've run regularly and that is not okay.
I want to be back where I was, so I'm going to keep up with this class. I'm going to eat well. I'm going to be proud of myself again.