mid week update

I am not even talking about the scale.  My measurements other than my belly are pretty much the same, so that is a relief.  I did some food experimenting (too early I know, by far, but I just want to figure it out!) and caused my self to blow up again.

But, more important than all of that is that we have noticed my youngest seems to react when I do.  Did some research and the poor thing may have had food allergies for awhile.  I am more concerned in figuring his out since he is already lactose intolerant.  As a family we are going to approach a very simplistic living plan for awhile (once we eat through the food we already have)…meaning, other than almond milk and almond butter we are going to avoid most foods that come in containers.  We are going to be primarily fruits, veggies and meats for a bit to see if it makes a difference in our general health.

3 things I hope happen from this experiment:

1. We find out what food is triggering reactions

2. We are able to have “unhealthy/processed/manmade” foods in moderation

3. We adapt a whole new healthy lifestyle that allows us to make smart food choices without being overboard crazy about it

 

weekly update

I did not weigh myself this week or do my measurements.  I still fit in my clothes…even my smaller size ones, but they are a little more snug.  I have had quite a few food reactions and have ballooned up and down.  Feeling yucky does not inspire me to check the scale and feel yuckier.

I was doing elimination diet and then my doctor wisely advised me to just do gluten free, BUT ALAS I still reacted and I think I may have a corn issue…which includes corn starch and corn syrup.  So, I am now back to elimination diet, because the possibilities could be corn, gluten or nuts.  We will see.

Hoping that I can get it figured out and start posting my stats again soon.  I know they can’t be horrible, but I know they aren’t great, and I know I feel like they are horrible because of the crazy food reactions.

Any corn or gluten wisdoms are much wanted and would be greatly appreciated!

🙂

weekly update

So…a lot has happened this week…general life (sick kids, hubby out of town, etc) has prevented intense workouts.  I still have been exercising, but not quite to the same degree…at least for cardio.  Lifting has been great!

I have a feeling that I may have  a gluten sensitivity.  I have been tested for celiac before and that has come back negative.  However, on my off days (of eating healthy) I often eat a lot of gluten.  I miss it the other days.  And I ALWAYS feel horrible the next day.  I thought it was just the extra calories, but I think it is the extra gluten.  I have noticed sore throats, itchy ears, gastro issues, acne, stuffy nose, dry skin, distended belly, moodiness, tiredness, etc.  I had been avoiding bread for awhile just to be healthy and had it in the house the past 2 weeks…I don’t know if it is the amount I have eaten or the consistency, but the sore throats and heartburn are to be noted.

All this to say, I may have the clue to why my off days throw my weight into crazy numbers…gluten sensitivity can do that.  And when I was younger those numbers dropped right down…they no longer do that.

And so…the update…scale no progress.  😦  Measurements no progress either, but I am ok with that one, because I was super happy with them last week.

I am currently looking up low calorie gluten free diets to test my theory.  Although with the knowledge that I will be avoiding it soon, I ate some bread today and am experiencing the results.  I could be completely okay with gluten…but some funny things have been happening since I have been eating more of it and I would like to know what is going on with me.

weekly update

Here it goes…weight a little more than last week, and honestly with my exercise and calories I am not sure why.  But, it is what it is.  Anyway, here are ALL my stats.  Don’t do this all the time, so it is about time for a big update.

Tape Measurements:

Waist at natural bend (right above belly button) = 23.5

Waist at belly button = 25

Stomach (including love handles) = 28

Thigh at widest = 19.5

Thigh in middle = 18

Biceps = 10

Forearms = 8

Hips = 34

BMI = 20

Body Fat percentages:

Jackson Pollock 7 = 14.2

Jackson Pollock 4 = 14.4

Jackson Pollock 3 = 16

Perillo = 18

Tape Measure = 18

Really want to get back under 20 for BMI

weekly update

BMI 19.8

Body fat percentage…did my 6 tests and they averaged 17 %  The Durnin Wormesley one always throws me off.  The rest are closer to 14 and 15.  🙂

My goal continues to take a longer than wanted time, BUT it also continues to go in the right direction in a healthy way!  🙂

Also lost 1/2 inch from my hips!  yay!

Weekly Update

Here are the stats for the week:

So I finally lost a pound!  Crazy it took so long…and then I celebrated, so probably put it all back on.  Oh dear.

BMI is now between 20.3 and 20.6 pending on the scale.  🙂

Body fat is now between 14 and 23 %, which is the same as last week but more are closer to 14 than 23.  🙂

I am happy with my progress, hope I didn’t ruin it completely and hope to make more progress for the next update.

In similar news…

I have been dancing around giving up artificial sweeteners for awhile.  I know they are bad for you.  I know (no matter what anyone says) sticking all those chemicals inside of your body is not okay.  I have rationalized my consumption of them, because they are low calorie and make me think I am full for awhile.  So, this week I got rid of the diet soda (again, I have done this before) and I am hoping to give up gum as well.  I even gave up Egg Beaters unless they are purely egg whites there is no reason to eat eggs from a box that is filled with 25 other ingredients.  I know I will still have artificial ingredients in certain things, but baby steps work better for me than cold turkey.  The binge monster strikes when I go cold turkey on anything food related.

I have also been playing the size game…I have my size goal, but what is that really?  I do wish there was an accurate size system across the board.  I ordered pants this week following the company’s size chart and ordered 2 different sizes.  Both sizes fit…normally.  How does that work?  The size number has gone down in current years.  It isn’t that people are thinner, just that the measurements for a size 10 in the past are the same as the measurements for a current size 2, I believe.  On the flip side, while I know there is a great deal of vanity sizing there comes a point when the concern of it all has to stop.  There has to be more newsworthy information than making people feel like they are thinner or heavier than they really are.

My 2 cents on that long sidebar…if you are concerned with size, make a measurement goal and a weight goal for yourself.  If you want to, you can even make a body fat percentage goal for yourself.  Unless  I am mistaken I think tape measures are still right on the mark.  😉

But, if you still really want to know some info…I researched some this week.  H and M seems to be the most accurate in terms of measurement and size.  Their size 2 is about 23.5 inch waist with a 33 hip and size 4 is about 25 inches in the waist with 34.5 hip.  Size 4 at H and M is a size 0 at Dockers and a size 1 at Old Navy.  The Gap has a size 0 at 24 inch waist and a 36.5 inch hip and a size 2 at a 25 in waist and 37 inch hip.  I think H and M is most accurate, because I think that very few women should be in a size 0.  Realistically it isn’t healthy for most, with the exception being if you are in a vanity size 0 which could be a 4 or 6 in normal sizing.  I am much more into measurements than size these days, but was in an A-Type mood, so thought I would share.  😉

Oh yeah…one last little tidbit from the week…I overworked my back and shoulders a little bit, which is really pathetic since my arms are not very strong, but alas…anyway, Icy Hot patches are amazing!  Love them!  🙂

Be back next week for another update.  🙂