Hello friends. I am sorry I have been MIA again. I have been fighting this cold for two weeks now and I am so tired of coughing! I take Nyquil just about every night just so I don’t wake myself up coughing, but it makes me so groggy the next day. I do feel better today. The coughing has been much more intermittent and my daily headache wasn’t as severe this morning. I pray that means that this is finally coming to an end. Risa, the preschool teacher I work with, has been out all week ill as well, and I got an email about an hour ago informing me that we have a snow day tomorrow, so hopefully she (and I) can spend the next three days recuperating. On that note, I have to say that I am so depressed about the weather. Yesterday we had highs in the 70s and tomorrow we are supposed to have anywhere from one to five inches of snow. Dan and I were out walking an hour every day for the last week because the weather was so nice. It really gave me spring fever, but I know it’s only February and I didn’t expect it to last. Spring isn’t far away, though. The Canadian Geese are flying back north and the robins are making their nests. It’s just a matter of a few more weeks.
In other news, I am officially a doctoral student as of today. So far all I have done is open my class and look through things a bit. Tomorrow, since I will be off work, I will spend some time trying to figure out what I need to do. I wasn’t quite ready for my break to end, but it will be good to have something constructive to focus on again. I have spent the past month or so researching diet and nutrition. Those things have always fascinated me, but information changes so fast that I was never sure what to believe. I always thought that counting calories and exercising was the best way to lose weight, so in the past I would log into My Fitness Pal every day and log my food, and I would do some sort of exercise every single day. And the weight would come off, but V-E-R-Y S-L-O-W-L-Y…painfully so. About a year ago I watched the documentary called Fed Up, which talked about how sugar is the main culprit of the obesity epidemic and it made total sense to me, so I cut out sugar for several months and the scale did not budge. I was perplexed and frustrated, so I gave up and went back to my old ways…and gained even more weight. Before I knew it, I was back at my heaviest weight ever, which was confirmed when I went to the doctor back in October for my sinus infection. I knew it was bad because I was outgrowing my fat jeans and I knew I either needed to lose some weight or buy new jeans, something I did not want to do. So I started cutting my portions and with encouragement from my friend Kacy, I logged back into MFP. I wasn’t faithful about logging my food, but just logging in every day was motivational.
Then, right before Christmas, Dan got a blood clot and ended up in the hospital for three days. I decided then and there that it was time to make serious dietary changes. I still wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do, but we started making healthier choices and it eventually morphed into a no added sugar, whole, plant based, vegetarian diet. Since the beginning of January we have gone out to eat twice, and every other night we have either cooked or eaten leftovers. I have lost over twenty pounds and today I was able to wear my skinny jeans to work! Dan has lost about twenty-five pounds and is starting to notice that his hip doesn’t bother him as much when we go for walks. I have decided that I am going to slowly embark upon a vegan lifestyle. I know it is extreme–sometimes even I question my own sanity, but I have learned a few things since starting this a couple of months ago. First, I feel better. I have an arthritic thumb that has not bothered me since I started eating more fruits and veggies. I believe it is because the inflammation in my body is being kept at bay. I also feel less tired, my digestive system seems to be functioning better, and the weight is dropping off almost effortlessly. I have lost most of the belly fat that I had accumulated. I also got over my sugar addiction (which for me took the form of carbohydrate addiction) and now when I eat whole natural food, I can appreciate the taste. I don’t eat nearly as much because the high fiber foods I eat really fill me up fast and as a result, I am not spending as much money on groceries as I was when I bought junk food. Even Dan is eating less and does not have the after-dinner food cravings he has struggled with nearly his whole life.
My nephew has been a vegan for a couple of years. He started because of his fibromyalgia and he says he feels much better. I know this isn’t for everyone, but I know that if I go back to my old way of eating, I will spend the rest of my life on the roller coaster of dieting and exercising. I am no longer using exercise as a weight control measure. First off, it doesn’t really work and second, I want to get out and enjoy walking, or riding my bike, and not feel guilty for missing a day (or four). I also do not want to eat foods that I know cause high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and cancer. I may not get through life unscathed by these ailments, but I can reduce my chances of getting them if I treat my body right.
So, I know I was long winded tonight, but as I said, I’ve been researching this for over a month and while I do not know everything, I do know that it’s working for me and Dan and so I am going to continue on this path.
I hope you all have a very blessed weekend!