Up until a few months back when I attended the anaphylaxis clinic and had some tests done that gave some results I expected and some results I did not suspect, I have always had food issues, some foods bother my skin, others bother my breathing, others still make the inside of my mouth itch and my tongue swell up. But in the main foods bother my stomach. I have seen me ( sorry for tmi here but it is part of the story) running to go to the toilet six, eight, ten times a day with painful cramps and not always sure what was causing it. Due to the testing and cutting out ANYTHING that grows on a tree then this pain and discomfort has stopped.I have known for a long time I could not eat raw fruit or veg but did not realise I had such a major issue Maybe my body is now absorbing more goodness out of the food cos it is stopping in my body long enough. . But this makes eating healthily quite difficult, I cannot snack on a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts, cannot munch a carrot while I am preparing the tea, things I really do miss being able to do.
Anyway no matter what the reason for the weight gain, and yes I have been to see my GP and have an appointment booked for the end of the month to have fasting blood tests done to have a good look what is going on, it needs to stop. Being the weight I am never really stops me from doing much. I have a very active job, on my feet the whole shift, walking, pushing trolleys, hoovering and mopping floors, and can walk upwards of fifteen miles a day in a shift. I happily walk most days, I will take the stairs in preference to a lift or an escalator. I use to swim over thirty lengths of the swimming pool five mornings a week when I was in university thirteen years ago - this had to stop due to an allergy to the chemicals in the water, I use to cycle ten miles a day or more before I moved house, and none of this made any impact on my weight.
But now it is creeping up I need to do something, So I have decided to tackle this with a three pronged attack. Firstly I have started with Slimpod Gold from Thinking Slimmer , I will start listening to this in an evening when I go to bed.
Our clinically-proven Slimpod is a nine-minute podcast which transforms the way you feel about food and yourself - and it breaks the perpetual diet-fail cycle. Day by day it retrains your brain so you instinctively make healthier choices, want to eat less and move more – perfect for lasting weight loss.
|the log book|
So this is not an instant fix, but if used right a long term fix. It recommends you forget about the scales and work on your measurements, so with this in mind I measured myself this morning. The figures are not pretty, but maybe they will be come the Summer and I will share with you my before and after. I have downloaded and printed out the personal success log that comes as part of the package and intend to fill the booklet in every day. I have also joined the Facebook support group and hope to talk to other like minded people.
Secondly I am going to watch what I eat. I am not particularly an unhealthy eater. I have never done dairy as I have an issue with that. I can get away with little bits and pieces of cheese and chocolate but not butter, milk or cream. So I eat dry toast and dry crackers and things already so hard to cut down there. I make my own lactose free yoghurt and eat that in a morning with a high fibre low
|roasted veg for tea|
Thirdly I am going to up the exercise. On top of the walking I already do, have this week started back to logging it on mapmywalk, I started last night with a beginners aerobic session that I found on
|my first keep fit workout of the year|
So there you have it, determination has kicked in, have never really been interested before but seriously cannot afford to get any heavier. Wish me luck.