© 2012 jen

Fit-tastic Update: Keepin’ it light

I’m still recovering from last week’s post. I find that these posts depending on how much emotional content and/or how much data I have to collect to write the post, sometimes I just need a break after I write about these things. It seems like I need a few days before I can even respond to comments, because it takes so much out of me.

But not this week. There are so many things that I want to write about, but this week I’m keepin’ it light.

Quick update:

I’ve lost 3 lbs this week, which is strange because I’ve been eating more and I started my period, which I used to gain about 5 lbs when Aunt Flo would visit. Another thing that’s weird, I’ve always had debilitating cramps and PMS, often I’d just stay in bed with a hot pad for at least 1 day a month. Guess what? No cramps. No PMS. Nothing. The only thing that’s a little different is I want to eat more. As I’ve said, since I’ve quit gluten my relationship with food is totally healthy in a way I’ve never experienced before.

Today I weigh 204 lbs.

Day 4 of my conversation pants. I’m calling these conversation pants
because they start conversations wherever I go.

I went to an exercise class every day this week except Tuesday. As I’ve already said, I’m eating more and finding more gluten-free, and mostly dairy-free things that I like that I can eat. I even ate some butter in a gluten-free pie crust and it didn’t cause any trouble in my system.

I so badly want to be part of the dairy club again- so far so good. I’m definitely celebrating this tiny accomplishment, by eating more pie! I purchased some sweet and savory pies from a friend’s bakery, Queen of Heart Baking Company. It’s an all gluten-free baking company and their pies are delicious! The pies come frozen so you can heat them as needed and since I’m celebrating, I need a lot of pie!

When I’m not eating I’m either exercising, working or sleeping. I sleep so much these days. I find that the things that help me feel better, more than anything else are good food and lots of rest. I seriously take 1 – 2 naps a day right now. I know that my digestive tract is still really healing. There are lots of things that still upset my stomach and I have to be very careful to get enough fiber in my diet.

I know I’m very lucky that I have a schedule that allows me to lighten the load when I need to. I’ve got a list of things I want to be working on, but I keep thinking that I need to really focus on healing my gut before I jump head long into something new.

When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied. –Herophilus

Oliver is doing well with being gluten-free. He seems to think that after this month he might like to try to eat some gluten. I’ve told him he can, but it might make him sick.  I won’t be trying to eat any gluten, my digestive system is to old and damaged for any funny business.

It’s a dichotomous time for me, because in some ways I’m pretty fragile, but in other ways I’ve never been stronger. My arm muscles are getting so strong. I can do lunges to the ground pretty much and not really feel all that much, then I eat something that doesn’t agree with me and I’m in bed again.

The good news is I can feel that I’m getting stronger by the day. Yesterday marks 8 weeks of being gluten-free and I feel like I’m starting to find my new normal. Starting to feel consistent healthy digestion and slightly more sustained energy and even though I’m napping I wake up and feel GREAT!

Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement. ― Aldous Huxley

This is pretty much it for me this week. Short and sweet.

How about you? How are you? How’s your health? Are you moving your body, affecting change and consciousness within you? Are you slowing down enough to hear what your body is saying to you? I never used to, so if you’re not, I’m not judging, I’m just asking questions and hoping to wake anyone up who would like to be awakened. Have a great weekend!



One Comment

  1. Posted November 19, 2012 at 5:57 am | #

    It’s so awesome that you’re both losing weight while wanting to eat more. I know when my body starts compelling me to eat more, it means my body is getting ready to pull from its stores to keep up with my metabolism.

    So, quick answers to your questions. I’ve been seriously devoted to moving around more, listening to my body and reconfiguring my physical self for nearly two years now (with several starts and stops in previous years). I feel very healthy, but it is also due to recent health check ups where I know some of my efforts have already paid off (e.g. lower cholesterol over the last couple of years). Big Hug for Health!