Not a Diet, a Lifestyle

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed part one and two of my three part mini blog and vlog series. I love sharing my journey with you! We have not come to the end…this is still my “during.” I am excited to share with you where I’m at now and where I’m headed.

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I already discussed tracking macros and how I became a little too obsessed with that. I would have anxiety when I could not meet my macros or went over. For a while I bounce back-and-forth from wanting to track and just eating whatever I wanted. I tried intuitive eating where I was just eating what felt right for my body and stopping when I was full, but it’s a very difficult transition to make when you have tracked so strictly for so long. They were days where it worked out really well for me, but in they were days where he put some of my old favorite food in front of me and I just ate whatever I wanted. My weight fluctuated between 5 to 10 pound range regularly which in my opinion is not healthy.

Food on heart plate with stethoscope

Right before temper post to me I have begun tracking again and was really excited about losing some of the extra weight that I had put on. But when the stress of wedding planning ensued my goal is just to maintain my weight feel good in my body and continue to work out the way that I was. I didn’t gain any weight, but I didn’t feel my best either. I did of course feel beautiful on my wedding day, but I knew that the body that I had was not my “and result.” After the wedding of course I enjoyed myself on our honeymoon. But some of the feelings that I had during the engagement crept back in. I was feeling extremely bloated like I was not digesting my food properly. Throughout the engagement in prior to the engagement, I had started getting a very insists. One was so bad that it landed me in the emergency room because I thought my appendix was excluding. They found a very large cyst on my ovaries and I have been following up with the doctor ever since.

The pain that I had after coming back from the honeymoon and our weekend getaway to New York was unbearable. As soon as we got off the plane from New York Tim took me to urgent care. They thought that maybe I just had a bacterial infection from traveling. I didn’t think that was the only problem, so this time I sought out a different path. I decided to see a natural doctor. He requested that I order a food allergy test so that I can determine if there were some sensitivities or intolerances that were contributing factors to the pain that I was undergoing. I got my test results back, and of course, I am allergic to dairy.

I am currently sitting at 15 pounds heavier than my lowest weight. But I am still many pounds away from where I had initially started. I am proud of the progress that I have made in the way that I’ve been able to maintain my weight at this place through all the stress and craziness that I have gone through in the past 6 to 9 months. But I know that I would like to feel better and get my health back. I started a new workout program that I previously loved and I am following a dairy free and mostly gluten-free diet while still consulting with my natural doctor. I am going to track for a while using my fitness pal, but I am not going to obsess over it. Living with and having my husband to keep me accountable is going to be a key factor in making sure that I do not fall off the deep end here.

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What are my goals exactly? I would like to get rid of some of the extra weight that I put on, but most importantly, I would like to be able to figure out what foods fuel my body. I don’t want to feel the pain anymore, and I want to make sure that I am feeding my body with food that will help it not hurt it. I am learning to cook by trying out new recipes, some amazing in some mediocre. It’s definitely going to be the most fun part of my journey thus far, because I am now more knowledgeable than ever before. There are specific podcast that I like to listen to that I can relate to in terms of the ovarian cyst or just hormonal problems in general and some dairy intolerance is. I will link them here.

I hope you have enjoyed walking with me on this journey in the past three posts. If you are interested, you can check out the video version here. I’m excited to give you guys continuous updates on my journey and share with you the changes that I am able to see. I will probably give updates on a monthly basis, but there will be many posts in between. I love being on this journey and I love sharing it with you!

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