Finally Making Real Progress

breejoy2 Health Guide
  • I’m excited to report that I found two friends who are willing and excited about joining me on a kayak outing. I wasn’t surprised to find out that Amber and Ryan were happy to hop in a couple boats for a day on the water. They are a married couple about my age, and always doing something fun and adventurous together. So we are definitely going to make it happen, and I can’t wait to blog about what is sure to be an escapade. With the weather quickly warming up here inVirginia, I may not have to wait too long. It’s been such a mild winter…I’m ready to go now!


    My elimination diet has been going extremely well. I have just started incorporating nightshades (tomatoes, white potatoes, peppers and eggplant) back into my meals and am keeping a close watch on any reactions. I ate tomato for the first time in five weeks last night, and although it was delicious, I didn’t finish all of the slices on my plate. I’m trying to take my body’s signals seriously, and not eat just to eat. I was satisfied with what I had, and didn’t want to overdo it. So far, so good. I did notice last week that my skin was breaking out a little again. My diet had been almost perfectly clean of gluten, dairy, and nightshades at that point, so I went back to my journal to take a look at the possible suspects. To my dismay (but not surprise), I saw that I had eaten more fruit than usual the night before. My mom brought fresh grapes and strawberries home from the grocery store that day, and instead of picking, I absolutely housed nearly the entire bag of grapes and most of the strawberries. That had to be it. I hadn’t given up fruit; I just hadn’t eaten that much of it at once up until then. All the sugar must have spiked my insulin, triggering a hormonal reaction that caused the breakout. I’ve been trying to keep the fruit to a minimum, and I’m slowly clearing again. It’s truly amazing to be able to recognize what’s going on inside me, and to do something about it. I’m not 100% sure of anything, but I definitely feel like I’m getting a handle on things and it’s really cool.

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     As a bonus and a sweet “side effect” of finally becoming the elusive intuitive eater, my weight is now down about fifteen pounds. My clothes are getting crazy loose, and I had to go get a smaller pair of jeans today. I can’t even remember the last time I fit into a size 12 pants. What an awesome feeling to zip those bad boys up. The best part is that I don’t feel like I’m trying. I’m certainly committed to the dietary changes for my health, but I’m focused on the health part this time, and not the weight. So it seems to be happening more naturally. Woo-hoo!! I don’t want to get too excited, but I can see a size eight on the very distant horizon. But I would be more than satisfied just to stay where I am for a while.


    On the exercise end of things, I recently attended my third anti-gravity yoga class, and I’m getting more attached to it each time. Last week, we had a different teacher. It was the same girl who taught the pole fitness class I attended. Her style was very different from the others, and class was much more aerobic and acrobatic. We did a lot of flipping, swooshing, and jumping around. It was an intense workout, made sweeter by the inversions and the final resting period (yeah, I totally zoned out, and waking to the realization that my mind had been completely clear for a few minutes is always nice).


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    I also went to the gym once this past week. I know that’s not a lot, but I have a good reason. Right in the middle of one of my box jump sets, I completely missed the box and fell right on the thing, bruising up my shins and drawing some concerned albeit amused looks from my fellow gym-goers. So I finished up, determined to get those box jumps right, then headed for the door. I haven’t been back this week while my poor shins heal, but I shall return. My ankle feels almost normal, so I may be ready for some short runs soon, and with this beautiful weather, I won’t have any excuses not to go for it. 

Published On: March 15, 2012