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Let's EAT!!!
05-20-2017, 06:00 PM
Post: #1051
RE: Let's EAT!!!
Fiona - the reason I stopped the gluten completely was because as I was "dabbling" in possibly cutting it out, it turned out that my weekly migraines disappeared. Not to mention joint pain, severe water retention (4-5 pounds overnight), lower GI issues, etc. There are a bazillion different symptoms for people but those are my main ones. I am positive I ate a significant amount unwittingly at that wedding recently and have not yet recovered. I feel like I have an extra half a person hanging on me - my arms are swollen, fingers, wrists, legs, abdomen. I'm trying to eat really cleanly now to avoid prolonging it, but it lasts for weeks.

Please be careful with your hand. Take it easy on the more difficult rep and ease back in with lots of attention to how you're feeling.

Tereza - thanks for the kudos! I'm still not motivated to dive back in to 3 workouts a week but I just keep trying to get motivated to do it. Feeling bloated and crappy doesn't help and makes me want a quick fix. But alas, quick doesn't happen. Need to just get to it instead of considering it!
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05-20-2017, 11:24 PM
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Bloating, migraine and joint pain relief is huge! Take it slowly, remember: baby steps. Feeling bloated isn't funny. I'm fighting a cold and it's crazy how much water I'm holding. If I didn't know that it's normal, I'd be freaking out.

I'm glad you know that quick doesn't happen wink

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05-23-2017, 06:35 AM
Post: #1053
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They are definitely great reasons to avoid gluten. I had to quit gluten quite a few years ago also. It took me three goes because each time I quit the bad symptoms went but then I started thinking that "it couldn't have been gluten" I must have been imagining it so I would start having it again. And then each time the symptoms came back and it would take me a while to quit again!!!

I have done the same with dairy recently because I have quite a few symptoms there too. I have gone through the same process with dairy - I can't believe I can be so dumb to go back to it but - cheese is like crack to me so I have a piece and it is all over - I'm hooked and it takes me a while to want to stop again. I had a huge amount of stress for around 20 years that ended about 6 years ago so maybe that played a part in my digestion going wonky. I am working on that now too so who knows, I may be able to add some back after a time - but at the moment the symptoms are too bad to want to go back.

I will watch my hand - at the moment I am working on a huge assessment for my Counselling Diploma so having been playing a whole lot - only when I teach to show a technique, an example of a piece. I will have to be extra careful when I start again then.

Anyway, I hope you are feeling much better now and you are back to normal after the wedding.
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09-28-2017, 10:30 PM
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I took a read through my journal tonight. I've been extremely blessed to have Maggie be my texting buddy over the last 4 months. However, I miss all of you too.

Life is life at the moment. Continued therapy as I try to work through the death of my father. Going to university for my ASL class and working full time. Expanded my business and hired another teacher. It's busy but I can't outrun the grief.

From a fitness and nutrition standpoint, I'm still doing what I can but it's mostly just a phase of "accept myself as I am". I continue to stay off the scale, try to eat decently, and lift or walk as I can. I'm frustrated that I can't get back to "normal", but I'm no longer sure what normal is.

My life has changed so completely that I'm struggling to move forward. For now, I simply continue to chill and try to find peace.
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09-29-2017, 07:58 AM
Post: #1055
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Kati, having friend that get us and are in the same journey makes everything so much better and bearable! Yay for having Maggie! Love that you guys connected.

Sometimes it feels like the older we get, the more life just happens. Having a therapist helping you deal with such a loss is excellent! That reminds me that I will be two years that I lost my mom and that I haven't really mourned properly, because life, you know. The other day someone shared a short video of her when she was healthy and omg, I was in tears. She looked heathy and happy in that little 30 sec video, but it was so hard to watch. Losing her broth me closer to my sister, even though we live extremely distant from each other.

Having this time to chill, relax and get in touch with your body is the best thing you can do. Acceptance doesn't mean that you don't want improvement, it means that you love yourself no matter what. If you don't love yourself now, you won't love yourself at "goal". Now goals do change, just as we change. Our priorities change. The realization and understanding of those changes only come when we lean in the process and go with it. This is. It only for fitness goals, but all areas of our life. One day, you will wake up feeling differently and say, chill is over, time to try something else. And you will nail it!

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10-01-2017, 10:28 AM
Post: #1056
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Thanks, Tereza! I'm so sorry about your mom. I hope you take the time to let grief happen as well as you let the rest of life happen. It's truly a life long process. I'm sure that seeing her in a video was wonderful and difficult all at the same time. Take your time too...find the opportunity to feel the sadness. I'm so happy to hear that it brought you closer to your sister. It's wonderful to have someone to share the load.

I love what you said: "Acceptance doesn't mean that you don't want improvement." I've been trying to find a way to articulate that. My whole world has changed and I'm struggling to figure out who I am now. For 45 years, my dad was part of my life and now there is a huge gaping hole. I can't fill it, I simply need to learn how to live with it and maneuver my life around its presence. Some days it's pretty easy. Right now it's not. I'm patient and kind to myself and make as many healthy choices as I can in a single day. I'm satisfied with that. I now live one day, sometimes one hour at a time. Perspective changes, goals change because life has done exactly that...changed.
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10-02-2017, 08:33 AM
Post: #1057
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I cannot imagine how hard things have been going for you now. Life does change and change like that is not a smooth one. Take this time to get deeper and find out more about you discover the new you that's coming out of this. You will make it to the other side, but until then, like the lotus flower, you will need to go through a lot of muck.

Losing my mom was a shock. She was in her early 60's and we were really close (even though we lived far). Almost two years later and I catch myself grabbing the phone to call her to talk about things. The void never goes, no one can "get" me and my struggles as much as she did. But I have to carry on. Thinking about what she would have wanted me to do or how she would have wanted me to act gives strength to move on.

I read an article once comparing losing a loved one to losing a limb. You will move on and continue living, you may even excel and have an amazing life, better than before if you push hard, but that part will always be missing.

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