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I Think I Must Be Unique

Sunday, April 20, 2014

I think I must be unique...... which is nothing new in my life. I have B positive type blood, which only 6% of the people have. When I had to have my eye dilated for 2 or 3 months in a row, my eye did not go back down to the normal sized pupil when it was over. This happens to only 6% of the people. For the past 14 years I have something that causes various parts of my face or tongue to swell unexpectedly. Tests have been run but so far no one has found out what causes it to happen. It is not life threatening and it doesn't hurt, except when it's my tongue, then the muscles under my tongue hurt. But again, how many people have you met with this malady?

I suppose if I thought about it I could come up with a few more examples, but right now I think the reason I think I must be unique is that none of the usual things seem to work for my path down the "Healthy Lifestyle" road. A friend said, drink more water, especially first thing in the morning -- it works for me. I tried it, and gained weight. Others said, increase your exercise -- and I did! Instead of at least 20 min. per day, I increased it to 60 to 90 minutes, sometimes more! I gained weight. I decided to get drastic and cut my food intake to 800 to 1000 calories per day. Guess what! I gained weight.

I was actually doing better when I was being lazy and procrastinating about my due diligence of exercise. I very seldom eat more calories than I should. The only way that would happen is if I throw restaurant food into the mix. When you figure the fat and sodium they add to everything, it's a given no matter what meal I decide on, it will result in a one-pound weight gain.

But even with being unique, I know there are others out there who have their own set of problems with losing weight. We are humans, not made with a cookie cutter, so no one set of rules applies to us. What will work for one may not work for another. It is not a matter of "failing" it is a matter of finding the set of exercises and the right combo of foods that will lead us down that healthy lifestyle road. It's there, some where, some how, some way -- the trick is finding it. Eliminate the foods from your diet that cause "you" to gain; it's tricky, different foods affect different people in various ways. Right now, when I think of foods, the only thing I can remember consuming that is different is sparkling water that has been flavored with coconut. Zero calories -- zero everything! But ~~~ could it be the culprit? I never drink soda, diet or regular, but DH started buying these, and I tried one when we were gardening and I liked the taste. It may be zero calories, but it could be what's causing me to gain weight. Can't think of anything else, but I'm going to be watching my food very closely to make sure no new items sneak in. Nothing is beyond suspicion.

Happy Easter -- I hope you had a safe, blessed day!
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    1456 days ago
    Happy Eater! (belated...)
    1457 days ago
    I saw the title of your blog and thought...Well of course she's unique!!! Everybody is. That's just a given! LOL But was intrigued so I clicked on It and proceeded to read.

    I have AB- as a blood type. The blood center certainlythinks I'm special. haha! I do not know what percentage of the population has this but I know it's the rarest one. I feel so special. LOL

    Wish I had a great suggestion but other than the fact that I've heard the artificial sweetener in soda can trigger weight gain in some people because the body is confused by the sweet taste but doesn't actually receive any so it reacts by creating insulin to compensate. Could be a pile of hogwash tho. So perhaps that could be a trigger for you. welllll wasn't that sooooo helpful!

    Someone else mentioned diet soda contains a lot of sodium to compensate for lack of sugar. Hmmmmm. I'm gonna have to check that out. Interesting!

    You must be so frustrated with this dilemma. Gotta say sometimes when I stop worrying/obsessing things work out ok. but eventually, w/o tracking I get lazy and eat too many calories. It's enough to make you a little cuckoo. I feel your pain..never any fun when the scale goes up!!!!!

    Keep striving. The answer is out there somewhere. Good luck and best wishes from another "weirdo"

    1459 days ago
    Whether you are one-of-a-kind or run-of-the-mill you are still unique. We all have periods (or whole sentences) where nothing seems to make an iota of difference. We gain or lose either not at all or all at once. emoticon

    I like your giraffe. He reminds me of one of my favorite ball players.
    1459 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/21/2014 4:06:46 PM
    How frustrating for you! It is a struggle to lose weight and persistence is part of it. Yes, keep trying to find what works for you, as each of us is one-of-a-kind.
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    1459 days ago
    You Are unique!! You are sweet, compassionate, loving, unique person and I don't know what I'd do without such a wonderful friend! I know what you mean about the weight gain that you feel like should have been a loss. Doing everything "right", and the scale won't help show it! We are all unique, like you said, the same thing doesn't always work for all of us. I hope you find your "happy place" again! I know you will!
    Love ya, Eve! Keep walking and gardening!
    We Did have a lovely Easter. Visited DH in the morning/early afternoon, then went to DD's and hid eggs for the girls, they did their egg hunt and we had a great meal. It was a long day, but had a nice time.
    Take care, Eve! Get that back better! Love ya! Keep praying for my DH, please! (((HUGS))) (((HUGS))) (((HUGS))) (((HUGS))) (((HUGS))) (((HUGS))) (((HUGS)))
    PS Tummy rubs to Amber and the felines!
    1459 days ago
    You're right, we ALL are our own kind of unique, not cut from the same pattern. I've had such a hard time losing no matter what I try and have heard a lot of the same advice. It's frustrating when something works for someone else and has the opposite effect on you - boy do I know that feeling!
    One thing I do know though is you don't want to cut your calories too much. For years I ate around 800 calories a day without losing any weight. I've had more than one doctor plus a dietitian tell me you have to have at least 1200 a day.
    I know you read my blog about my new doctor's advice. I'm planning a follow-up after I've been following her suggestions for a couple of weeks but, so far, after less than a week I've already lost 3 pounds and have been eating a lot more than I have for years. Instead of 1200 - 1300 a day I've increased to over 1500 which, for me is a LOT more food. Her main suggestion was to make the majority of your calories come from meat and vegetables and cut out all dairy and processed foods. Her definition of "processed" was what surprised me. I'm still using half and half in my coffee - I can't cut out dairy altogether. My doctor told me that's much better than low fat, sugar free or non-dairy creamers.
    Have you read the sodium content on your coconut flavored water? Something can be zero calories and still cause weight gain if it's causing you to retain water - just a thought.
    1459 days ago
    My hubby has B+ blood too.
    I hear you on how things you do SHOULD help you lose but you gain. I tend to be that way. I've always said I have to do everything A** backwards for it to work for me.
    Good luck on finding what is causing your weight gain. emoticon emoticon
    1459 days ago
    I hear ya what works for others don't always work for us that is why I have tried so many different diet plans but I keep trying them - don't give up we will find our plan and then boy look out world here we come - we will see our goal one day may just take us a little longer to get there -
    1459 days ago
  • DALID414
    Happy Easter Eve.
    Diet soda is high in sodium to 'make up' for the lack of sugar.
    1460 days ago
    Sometimes I could swear that looking at photos of food keeps me from losing! LOL emoticon
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  • LIS193
    Eve, we are all unique and our bodies react differently to things.
    I did "The Plan" where after a 3 day cleanse you introduce new foods and if you gain it means that particular food causes inflammation, i.e. weight gain, for you.
    I found out that wheat is a no no for me but steak works well.. corn tortillas in moderation are ok too but even half a flour tortilla is a problem.. I guess we're all "weird" :)
    1460 days ago
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