I am here, sitting in the dark at 3:22 am hearing only the sound of water droplets splashing into a bucket. It's kind of relaxing, but a story for another day.
I have been sick for the last week and when I lie down to sleep I get these coughing fits. Since I didn't want to disturb Rob's sleep I came into the living room. I haven't read any of my favorite blogs since maybe November? So since I could not sleep I thought it was a good time to catch up on my reading. I see a lot of people are still struggling with their weight loss journey and others have done well at keeping it off. . I applauded all of you for trying and being present in your journey.
It got me thinking about my own journey. My last post was really last May . A lot of things have changed some for the good, some for the worse.
-I have been smoke free for just under 16 months
- Learning about my spirituality
-I have made plans to change careers
-I have really focus a lot of time and energy finding an answer to my sleep issues and fatigue
I have had numerous tests done to narrow down the answer: thyroid, sugar, b12, Lyme disease, kidney's, vitamin D, iron, and the list goes on and on. I was normal in everything accept iron and vitamin D but since last year have increase those levels to normal ranges. I had a sleep studies done and have been diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea. Which basically means I stop breathing 30 times in an hour. I was so excited to finally have an answer to why I was so tired!! This was back in October. I am a bit better but not 100% like I was hoping. I do sleep with a CPAP machine every night which was a big adjustment but now I am pretty much use to it.
So I have been working with my sleep doctor, my chiropractor and GP to still find the answer. I have slowly made positive adjustments to my everyday health. I have been taking vitamins everyday for probably a year now hoping that would help boast my energy. (I deserve a medal for doing that! I really hate taking vitamins) I have drastically cut back on my Diet Coke consumption. One a day now. I used to have probably 5 to 6 a day. That's the only caffeine I get. I have never been a coffee or tea person. That was recommended by my sleep doctor, I didn't realize that caffeine can stay in your system for up to 12 hours!
This past January when I was getting blood work done. I saw a sign for food sensitivities that listed all the symptoms that comes with it. . I had most of the symptoms so I thought it wouldn't hurt to get it done. What do I have to lose? I asked my GP and got the blood work done. It turns out I have a sensitive to a several foods. Here's the list
Agar (it's found in some yogurt and Asian foods)
bean (red kidney)
It's a lot eh? So basically you are suppose to eliminate all these foods for 3 months and then slowly reintroduce the foods to see if you have any changes in symptoms. It has been about 2 months now and I have noticed some changes. I am not as sleepy, my face is not swollen and I don't get the bloating feeling anymore. Some food were pretty easy to eliminated. The hardest would be egg white, wheat and red kidney beans. I have lost a bit of weight around 10 pounds. I have not been tracking my food intake but I think that is going to change in the foreseeable future. I am trying to make small changes that become healthy habits.
I also learned how to cook yummy healthy meals from scratch!! I even sometimes like cooking now. I joined a new program back in August to lose weight but instead of losing weight I learned to cook instead ! ha ha at least it wasn't a complete loss. (I didn't lose weight because I wasn't following the program properly)
My workouts in the past year has been spotty but since February I have gotten into more of routine. Which is a step in the right direction.
Now for the bad :( I am the heaviest I have ever been. In February I weighed 292, that number is so defeating. I am currently 281 and hoping to reach 270's soon. I am trying not to be to discouraged by the scale but sometimes it is so embarrassing. Sometimes I don't want to even hangout with friends and family for the fear of being judged. It's a really struggle sometimes.
So since my last post I have learned a lot about myself, changed things for the better and now hoping to get this weight off for good! I don't want another fad diet. I want an eating plan that I can do for life.