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Hello Everyone!

It’s been awhile. In fact, it’s June 14th. Eight days til my birthday, or to put it more precisely, only one year and eight days left for me to become fierce!!!! Hmmm… I have an uphill battle, that’s for sure. I weigh more than I did when I started this blog a year ago. I eat more junk and overall look much worse.

Are you with me? I squandered a year. To be fair, it was a very stressful year. I was trying to get reacclimated to a life of cooking, cleaning and child care. Life without live-in help is rough. And my job didn’t help. It was very stressful and I looked to food for comfort and to relieve stress.

Buuut, fast forward a year and I have a new job! Yay! I start in August. I have great vibes about the place. And my daughter is #4 on the waiting list of an excellent charter school. I am very hopeful that she will be admitted. I think she will thrive there and I am so excited! Things are shaping up. Improving immensely.

So now that things are settling down and improving it is time to focus once again on health and becoming FIERCE! Look for more regular updates to come.

Making Progress

That week before Easter I was very, very good! I gave up sugar, alcohol, grains, dairy and caffeine. I felt so much better, was never bloated and all hip pain was non-existent! It was great. I lost 7 pounds, too!

Easter day I ate everything in sight and then threw up. (Clearly I have an eating disorder!)

Today, Easter Monday, I toned it down dramatically and plan to eat as cleanly as possible from here on out. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.

Now to incorporate exercise..!

I Did It

Yep! I went to the gym. I planned on going to the 9:45 Zumba class but when I got there I learned that it had been cancelled. Not wanting to leave without doing something I asked if I could get the free assessment they offer to new members. Turns out the “assessment” was actually a personal training session with weigh-in, body fat analysis and BMI. I was hoping for measurements instead of the personal training hard sell but it was cool. We worked out for an hour and let me tell you, it was hard work! I am so out of shape. The good news is it won’t take much to see a vast improvement. Here are my miserable numbers:

Weight: 158
BMI: 25
Percentage of body fat: 36%

Awful. Really awful. Like off the charts awful. A BMI of 25 for my height is considered overweight and he showed me on the chart that someone in the 36% body fat range is considered to be in “extremely poor” shape. Wow. It was very useful information though; I left the gym and bought some more produce to juice and salad fixings. I plan to eat salads for many, many meals. I love them and they can be super healthy so it’s all good. I’m feeling pretty confident that starting today things are going to start to improve.

Aches and Pains and Gym Memberships

Okay, here is another shitty thing about getting older: aches and pains. I have mentioned my hip pain but I also get these stabbing pains in my left knee and foot every now and then. I have no idea why. Trust me, it’s not because I am some sort of endurance athlete or anything. LOL. Can you get knee pain from being to sedentary? Yeah, that would be me.

I really need to go to the gym. Would you believe I joined a gym in October and I have not been one time? That is pathetic and a huge waste of money. Lazy and wasteful and stupid. That’s like a $240 donation to LA Fitness. I have no excuse for my this except I have no time!
I am going to give myself til the end of the month to figure out what to do with that membership. By then I will know if we plan to stay in the area (depending on the admissions results of the schools where I applied for my daughter). If she doesn’t get in anywhere we will have to move. If love it, I will continue it til we move (if we move) but if it sucks then I probably won’t go back so why even act like I will and waste the money? It’s good I have vacation next week; I’m going to force myself to go every day.

Do you go to the gym every day? Do you love it?

Happy New Year

So, I got a grip and I returned the sugar cookie mix and the red sugar crystals. While at Whole Paycheck I picked up some romaine, apples, tangerines, avocado, pomegranates and a bunch of other  produce. This morning I made an amazing juice; the rest of the day I ate somewhat healthfully. Have you seen Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead? I have Amazon Prime so I was able to watch it for free. The star, this guy Joe, lost some crazy amount of like 52 pounds by doing a 60 day juice fast. He also lowered his cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and cured his auto immune disease which caused painful red hives. It was amazing. The most important thing I learned is that most of your diet should be from micronutrients: vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and beans.

I’m ready to do this. Starting weight: 156.4.

And if exhaustion, extreme hip pain, cellulite, dark circles and excess weight weren’t enough a reason to get more serious, take a look at my skin.

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Avoiding Gluten

So most of October I avoided wheat. What did I notice? I wasn’t bloated after a meal. And, this is clearly too much information but I will share it anyway– I got constipated. I still didn’t think I was gluten intolerant though. I mean, really, how many people really need to avoid it altogether? Thing is I have other annoying problems that I am trying to get rid of like fatigue, inflammation, my lingering chin rash and hip pain and I do wonder if going off gluten entirely might change those. And then I came across this article and it hit me like a ton of bricks. These issues really may stem from gluten after all.

The article states ten symptoms of gluten intolerance including bloating, constipation, Keratosis pilaris fatigue, a diagnosis of Rheumatoid arthritis (yup, I’ve got that!), chronic fatigue, pain, inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.

Wow. Really, wow.

So I am back off gluten. And the sugar binges caused almost instantaneous crashes afterwards. I ate some Halloween candy and within an hour was in a heap on the sofa. It was awful. So bye-bye refined sugar again as well.

Feeling Discouraged

I have been pretty good about not eating any wheat or sugar. Really good in my opinion, but I’m feeling discouraged because I haven’t seen any dramatic changes and it’s been three weeks into eating this way. I have been really hungry so that certainly factors in (large intake of calories) and I haven’t exercised at all–so okay, it shouldn’t be that surprising I suppose, but since I haven’t eaten a single cookie, not one sip of soda, no pizza, etc., well I just thought I would have lost some weight or noticed some amazing changes. Certainly part of the problem is I have been eating maple syrup and lots of chips. Those are fattening! Duh! So, okay no weight loss for that reason (and no exercise). And although I have been avoiding breads, pastries and pastas I haven’t been 100% gluten-free so that explains why I haven’t noticed any  earth shattering changes (if wheat is the cause). So what then has been the point? I am asking myself that. I weighed myself this morning and the scale read 152.8. I started October at 153. Woo hoo!! Almost one pound in three weeks! Yay. (Yeah, that sucked). So have there been any positive outcomes at all??? Yes, in fact there have! Here are five:

1.  I am rarely bloated after a meal and have rarely gotten a stomach ache from food. When we moved back to the States this summer (after living overseas for two years) I noticed that my stomach often hurt after eating in a restaurant. Well, now that I am preparing most of what I am eating I am not having stomach aches. I still don’t know what was causing the stomach aches but it’s nice to not be suffering.

2. I have made some amazing dishes! I have absolutely fallen in love with acorn squash (baked and then broiled with butter)and I have made some delicious wheat-free pancakes that my daughter also loves.

3. I feel good about knowing what is in my food and feeding homemade dishes to my child.

4. I realize how much sugar, baked goods and processed crap I used to eat and am astounded. I honestly didn’t realize how much I used to consume before this challenge (knowingly and unknowingly). Reading labels has been an excellent exercise.

5. This one is good!! The rash under my chin is almost gone! Here is the before picture from three weeks  ago:

image and here it is right now:imageI wish I knew what caused it in the first place but I am glad to see it has almost completely cleared up. This challenge has a week left. This week I am going to drink more water and start exercising. I visited a gym yesterday and they gave me a guest pass to use for the rest of the month. At the end of the month they are running a special and I can decide at that time if I want to join. Though I prefer hiking and playing tennis, I have done that zero times since being home. Zero. Makes me sad. What makes me sadder though is the weather is starting to get colder and if I don’t join a gym I likely won’t work out much for the next six months. Ain’t no way I’m going to be fierce by fifty without exercising! So, yeah, three weeks into October Unprocessed (also known as my sugar and wheat free challenge) and progress is slower than I had hoped and that’s discouraging. But I do see small glimmers of progress and it’s just enough to keep me motivated.