So, some days during my competition prep, I feel like a million dollars! I feel strong. I feel determined. I feel like I can do this thing.
And, other days, I’m tired. I feel weak. I feel unmotivated. And, I see donuts and cupcakes and beer everywhere.
Yes, I was reminded of my current lifestyle and the season I’m in when faced with a donut of all things. I’m supposed to hate said donut. But, I don’t hate donuts. Not even close. Not even a little bit. Not even at all. Nor, do I hate cupcakes. Or beer. Or wine. Not even close. Not even a little bit. Not even at all. NOR, do I hate gluten….lol. (Stay with me here…)
It’s now day 77 before my fitness competition. And, I’m feeling a little deprived and sorry for myself this week. And, it’s about to get harder lol.
BUT, I blogged last week that I’m okay with being a little more uncomfortable…..because the bottom line is I want ah-mazing, kick-ass results AND most importantly I just want to FEEL good….to feel the best I can feel.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I was dealing with some health issues this year and they were kinda gone and now they’re kinda back. Not as bad….but still not normal. And, I still don’t have any answers for sure on what it is. BUT, it’s holding me back and making me frustrated AND reminding me life isn’t always fair or easy….(the temptations of those dang donuts and the like that I’m not eating or drinking right now don’t help lol).
So, I had talked about planning to go gluten-free for a while last week or the week before in a blog post. And, then when the tests came back saying I didn’t test positive for Celiac disease AND I was feeling better, I decided not to go on a gluten-free diet just to do it….(and to be quite honest, I didn’t WANT to! lol). BUT, some of the pain is back. And, the bloating is definitely back more often than it’s not. So, in talking things over with my doctor again, I’m reevaluating my options and my nutritional approach at this point.
I share this because maybe you’re dealing with something similar and you’re searching for answers. My best advice is to work closely with your doctor and do a lot of your own research….from TRUSTED sources. It probably goes without saying BUT be careful on the internet. Don’t believe everything you read lol. Duh, huh? But, seriously, I kinda feel like I have to say that ‘cuz there have been times in my life where I can get pretty caught up in things I read….(like the time when I was pregnant with B and had started acting like a crazy person about all the things that COULD go wrong with my pregnancy….until my OB-GYN told me to get and stay off of the internet lol……but that’s for another blog post). And, I also share because people have reached out to me with advice and ideas and it’s really helped me. (Just even all the people who send me tips on other things to add to my COFFEE other than my southern butter toffee creamer!!! You know who you are and THANK YOU!)
Anyhoo, I’m going somewhere with this I promise. Aren’t you glad sometimes these are blog posts are not live videos and that I can somewhat edit them before they get published so I’m not quite as all over the place? (My mind races when I’m passionate about things and I can go off on random….yet kinda-related tangents.)
Okay, I’m coming back.
My decision yet again is to try gluten free for a while and see how my body responds. And, if things don’t get any better, my doctor is going to order a CT scan. Why have we decided to try GF? First off, it’s something I can do on my own without more expensive tests. Secondly, I’ve done Beachbody’s 3-Day Refresh like 10 times since it was released and it’s a GF detox (among other things of course) and by day 4, my bloating is GONE and I feel mentally clear and really really good. And, lastly, I’ve read a couple more books since first considering it and I’ll be sharing them in another post. They are specifically books about being gluten-free BUT both one author does in fact have Celiac and the other has chosen to cut it out of her diet. I have a lot of the symptoms that would lead us to believe this is worth taking another look at. Although, as I said before, it’s not as common as it would seem given all the GF products on the market and talk of it. And, as much as I want to FIGHT doing this….’cuz ya’ll know I love all things bread and cupcakes and beer (yes, even beer has gluten in it), I want to FIGHT back against whatever is going on in my body. I don’t want any more pain and shortness of breath and bloating! And, before you say, OH BUT THERE ARE LOTS OF GLUTEN-FREE products on the market now and it won’t be that bad….and that you now find GF bread and cupcakes and the like. Yes, you CAN…..BUT, if you’re eating GF and relying on GF products as a staple in your diet, please do your due diligence about them and what possible effects they are having on your body. Just because something is gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s the healthiest and go-to option. My approach at this is going to be largely plant-based, organic (should be interesting around here) and unprocessed, natural foods.
SOOOOOO, here I go again! Is it hard to keep up with me? Ha, sorry if I seem to be all over the place but I want to be transparent in what I’m doing….what works for me…what doesn’t. And, of course what make work or not work for me can be different than the next person but I just want to share what I can to maybe help someone else!
I’m also going back to intermittent fasting. That’s also for another blog post but you basically eat your meals within an 8-hr window! So stay tuned for more info on what that is if you don’t know and how it can maybe help your schedule and to break thru a plateau.
AND, really, overall I AM feeling really good and strong! I just have bad days and
I’m a little frustrated with my health issues.
BUT, I’m still making progress….I’m still on the right track!
Check out my little fashionista yesterday 🙂
I’ve said it before the the girl can accessorize!