Saturday, March 26, 2016

Changes, Updates and sense of a new beginning

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)
Egg white
Cola nut
sunflower seed
yeast (brewer's)
bean (red kidney)
Milk (sheep)
Milk (goat)
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.