Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Starting something new

I'm trying to fight the good fight.. it is hard!

I track what I eat, but even though I am in my calorie/protein goals, I still hold on to the same weight. It all goes back to how my body responds to what I eat. I am learning about my body.. you would think that after having this body for almost 32 years, I would understand it, but I don't. I think it all goes back to how my body responds to carbs. I will do really good with protein and calories, but if I go above 50 grams of carbs a day (which isn't a lot) I totally feel the difference. I feel bloated and lethargic. Even though I thought it affected me earlier, I didn't have a range of grams that made me feel different. Now, I know that if I keep it at about 30-50 a day, my body is happiest. Sometimes I wonder if it is gluten. I have a friend that started cutting gluten out of her diet, started exercising, and lost about 80 lbs in a year. Does it really have that big of effect on people sensitive to it? I have never really paid attention to how I feel after I eat anything.

On a good note, I got back into my routine of exercising. I do Curves about 3-4 times a week, and I started the C25K program. I see so many of you all doing it, and I thought to myself... why not give it a try. The first night I did it, I got the biggest grin on my face when I started running. I finished, and to my surprise.. I ENJOYED IT. I loved playing my music, clearing my head, just being alone and doing something for me. Very empowering. Of course, I couldn't wait to do it again. I know it only says to do it 3 times a week, but since the weather has been good, I really want to get outside and keep up on it.

I am hoping that my body is just gaining back some muscle that I lost during healing time, and I will start to see downward movement on the scale.

Thank you all for encouraging me and reminding me that it should be how I feel. I do feel good, and people have been noticing that I have lost weight. I don't particularly notice, but it is nice to hear. I will try to post progress pics later. I didn't even do a one month Bandiversary post.


  1. Be careful about doing C25k too often when you are first starting. It is REALLY important to have rest days. It doesn't mean do nothing (I go to the gym, strength training, Aqua Fit etc)... just take a break from the running. I still stick to the 3x a week and don't plan on adding in more days until I am up up to 3 miles a day consistently.

    Congrats on starting a new journey. Hope you continue to love it. Some days I wonder WHY I do it... then I have a morning like today where I love it all over again and can't wait to go again!

  2. You're right it is hard. But it goes back to that old choose your hard thing ... hard running, making the right choices and fighting the good fight or hard staying with the life that isn't making you happy, being overweight and unhealthy.

  3. You are doing great! Try not to get frustrated. On the carb front, did you see Barbara's (My Body My Band My Rant) post she re-posted from a diet specialists view on carbs....SO ENLIGHTENING. And setting celiac's aside for a moment, the post explains why you might feel bad when you eat too many carbs (let alone hang on to extra weight). I know it just blew my mind...check it out!

    1. Wow! Thanks Tina. That is exactly how I feel it works with my body. Glad other people see it that way!

  4. I am gluten sensitive and I can tell you without a doubt that I know cutting back on gluten helped me with my weight loss. And not only the weight loss, I felt better than I have felt in a long time. I went out of twon this past weekenk (and the weekend before that) and ate way more gluten than I normally do. With both trips it took me several days to "detox" from it...I had headaches, bloating, and felt like crap.