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Getting Rid of Pounds. Week Seven.

4 Jun

Yes. I skipped week six.  

And sort of week seven, because this is really week 7.5.

I don’t know why I stopped blogging exactly, except that I was on my THIRD round of antibiotics for a double ear and sinus infection and didn’t feel like doing much of anything.

Also, I stopped because my scale ate my batteries.

That’s right. My scale ate my batteries. For real!

My scale takes those thin, circle batteries and whenever I put one in, it seems to lodge out of place and then go into the abyss that is the middle of the scale.  I can shake the scale and hear my batteries, but I cannot get to them.  After I purchased several batteries, I finally thought about how ridiculous it was and decided to get a new scale, I just haven’t yet.

Any recommendations?

I do estimate based on my last doctor’s visit and how things are fitting me that I am likely at between 12 and 15 pounds total loss, but I will have to wait for my new scale to verify things.  Either way, I am looking and feeling better!

In the meantime, I found a yummy new snack that is available at a local bakery that carries a lot of gluten free products.  They had a few flavours available, including cappuccino, but I love apple, so that’s what I bought.  From the package, the company is called Paleo People and this snack is really tasty (I linked to the Canadian site, but if you click on .com, you will get the American site).  The woman at the bakery told me that she eats hers as a cereal with soy milk, but I prefer mine as a snack.  It is wheat and gluten free and it’s organic.  There doesn’t appear to be any added sugar based on the ingredients.  I gather that this product, based on the name (duh), is a part of the Paleo/Primal diet but it is perfect for gluten free eating.  

If you eat nut free, this is not the product for you.

The only downside? It was pretty expensive.  I might try to make my own, but it was really chewy so I’m not sure how it got that effect or if I could do it by myself.  You can order online, but the online price was the same as what the bakery was selling it for.

Either way, it was really good and I will likely buy it again.

And I also plan to return with my regularly scheduled Thursday post (ideally with a new scale), this coming Thursday!

*I have no connection to Paleo People, except that I randomly found their product, bought it, ate it and liked it.*


Getting Rid of Pounds. Week five.

17 May

I lost TWO POUNDS this week!

That puts me at 9 pounds lost in total, with 31 still to go.  I am almost done with the green pompoms and will be moving on to another colour!

With respect to my arrangement from last week, I need to lose three more pounds and I am off to get a pedicure.

This week I can say that both my eating and exercise were pretty good.  After the news from last week regarding my cholesterol, I was prepared to start starving myself.  Realistically, I knew that wouldn’t help me, so I went back to what works.

In the morning I have a shakeology with 1/2 a banana and a teaspoon of all natural peanut butter.  I snack on almonds and/or apple.  For lunch, I usually bring leftovers from the night before or some variation on a salad with protein. I also really like GF oatmeal with a teaspoon of natural peanut butter and natural strawberry jam. Tastes good!  My dinners have been grilled chicken with salad usually, but I have gone for Thai food and sushi.  I also went out and bought myself one of those Lindt 85% dark chocolate bars.  I hid it.  Every evening, I have one square.

As far as exercise, I am walking, walking, walking, and loving it! I love to walk. I’m one of those people out there “race” walking and it feels good.  I have my daughter’s iPod touch or my phone, put on my headphones and bop to the music as I walk around my neighbourhood for 30 to 40 minutes a day.  In fact, I haven’t even taken a day off!

The key, I think, is to be realistic. If you hate chicken and salad, then don’t eat chicken and salad. If you hate to walk, don’t walk. Find something that works for you and makes you happy!

I am glad that this all happened before going into the Victoria Day long weekend. Historically, this weekend is about opening the cottage and eating as much food as humanly possible, all day long, for several days straight.

To combat that, I am only going to the cottage from Friday to Sunday. While I do have things to do Sunday evening and Monday, it is also a good excuse to get back to normal sooner rather than later.  I am not going to beat myself up, but I am also going to stop and think before acting like an insane glutton.

As of now, that sums up where I am at.

How are you all doing?

Read all of my posts in my ongoing series about health and weight loss.

Gluten Free?

12 Feb

I was recently visiting with Dr. Google, who diagnosed me with Celiac Disease or some sort of Gluten intolerance. I know, I know.

A few years ago, I had a colonoscopy due to some tmi factors but nothing was conclusive. I did not have the gluten blood test done (I don’t think), because the GI was looking more for Crohn’s or Colitis based on my symptoms. I was told it was likely Irritible Bowel Syndrome.

TMI alert.

Anyway, I go to the bathroom a lot. Like sometimes 10 times a day. In restaurants, at gas stations, in my office, at movie theatres, wherever. I feel bloated all the time and my stomach hurts a lot. I get headaches and canker sores. I go to the bathroom a lot.

I have been keeping track for a long time now and have noticed that I seem most affected after eating pasta or bread, foods that I eat a lot.  .

On Friday after much consultation with Dr. Google, I said goodbye to gluten. 

Today is Sunday and I am finding it difficult, but am hoping to get some relief.

As of now, I am just trying to eat protein and vegetables/fruit, nothing too fancy, as I go through what exactly contains gluten and what doesn’t. I am expecting to make a lot of mistake, but really hoping that this will help my stomach issues. 😉 

I am going to see my doctor about this as well, but in the meantime, I am looking forward to hopefully feeling better.

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