January 17th, 2012
Week 2 Check-up
Weight: 186 (+1 lb) CON
Funny taste has left my mouth. PRO
There are some weird things happening to me. My hair is coming out like it did right after I had babies. Enough hair accumulates in the shower that the water won’t drain. My stomach is very, very bloated. My pants feel very tight around my waist. CON
I am no longer hungry all of the time and have not eaten Hershey’s chocolate in at least 6 days. PRO
I am still not counting calories or points. PRO or CON??
I can not explain why I gained a pound this week. I finally started exercising again which I had not been doing since before Christmas. I started doing cardio and strength in the form of Jillian Michael’s 30 day Shred or Yoga 25-30 minutes at a time. I did not eat junk food except for some flourless brownie taste testing on Saturday afternoon while working on a new recipe. (I am not ready to share that recipe yet.) I did eat homemade pizza on Friday evening. The crust was homemade using a gluten-free rice flour mix. The toppings were sauce, zucchini, hamburger, peppers, and mozzarella cheese.
I also can’t explain the hair loss or the stomach bloat. That is not something I was expecting and am hoping it is just some weird part of my body detoxing itself.
Finally, the worst part of my week. On Monday morning I had an “episode” as I have come to call them. They began last January and I have one every 2 or 3 months. They do seem to be getting less severe as time goes on. The first one was on a winter day and I was not at work because of the snow. I spent the day baking cookies and making homemade chicken and noodles. This was before I knew I was gluten intolerant. Following a spinach salad for lunch I began to feel sick to my stomach. The right side of my back ached and nothing settled my stomach. When I finally got sick for real it was all evening and through the night. I blacked out a couple of times and remember at one point asking God to help Shannon raise the girls after I died. (Yes, I thought I was going to die!) Then as suddenly as it began it ended. I was worn out and tired the next day but no longer sick. Being the time of year I chalked it up to getting the flu. After that is when all of the other problems began and I started being tested for various conditions.
The episode on Monday was very brief but came on fast and right after breakfast. I knew what to expect because it had been happening all year from time to time. I was grateful my Mom was already planning on coming to visit that day because I didn’t know how I would care for my girls. I was feeling better within the hour. I suspect I might have some gallbladder issues but every time I have an ultrasound it comes back clear. Perhaps because of the change in lifestyle I could rid myself of these attacks for good.
So this week wasn’t a successful week. I don’t have astounding results to share but it is only the second week. I still firmly believe this is the right thing for me to do. I will continue my undertaking and keep the hope alive.