Transformation Update: 10/28/13

sarah-front-092913I didn’t realize how long it’d been since my last update until I looked at my site.  Has it really been a month?

To be honest, I haven’t had anything exciting to report.  I’m still on track with my eating, but the scale has been bouncing around the same few pounds all month.  Since getting into the 220s on September 27, my weight’s been as high as 229 and as low as 224.2, but it’s been staying around 228 for all my “official” weigh-ins (on Mondays.)

I know I’ve said this before.  In the past, all this bouncing around the same few pounds would have derailed me.  It’s been a month now though, and I’m really starting to get frustrated.  Don’t worry.  I’m not getting frustrated enough to give up.  After all, my journey isn’t about weight and nothing else.  That being said, sometimes I feel like it shouldn’t be this hard.  The little kid in me thinks, “It’s not FAIR! I’m working so hard to MAINTAIN!” But don’t worry.  I haven’t thrown a big temper tantrum yet.  I’m still acting like a grown-up.

I did make some changes last week that I’m hoping will yield results eventually.  I started drinking “Bulletproof Coffee”, and that’s been an interesting experience.  I also got some soil-based probiotics that I’m hoping will help with my digestive troubles.  I THOUGHT I was on the right path with the digestive stuff, but I’ve been seriously struggling for about two weeks now with horrible pain.  It’s the kind of pain that I used to associate with eating wheat, but aside from Holy Communion, no wheat enters this girl’s body.  (I’ve received Communion all along, so I know that’s not it.  Besides, it’s not bread.  It’s Jesus, so it doesn’t count!)

For a while, I was thinking it might be coffee (since I started drinking coffee on a quasi-regular basis about the same time that this pain started), but I’m fairly certain that it’s not coffee because I went without it for about three days and I STILL had the pain, gas, and the like.

I’m just not sure what’s going on in the digestion department.  If these troubles keep up, I’m going to have to do an elimination diet to figure it out because I’m suffering.  In fact, I’m suffering to the point where, if I didn’t know my own body the way I do, I MIGHT think I was having a heart attack.  Going through this illustrates how a person can go to the ER thinking they’re having a cardiac event and it’s nothing more than gas.  It’s SO painful!

On an unrelated note, I had two incredibly inspiring encounters last week.  First, a beloved family member told me that she was going low-carb after reading Dr. David Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers.  I was nearly moved to tears because I know what a change low-carb will make in this person’s life.  I get teary-eyed just thinking about it, actually.

Then yesterday, a dear friend stopped me at church to tell me I had inspired her to “go Paleo”.  She said she’d been doing it for two weeks and had lost some weight, and of course, I was thrilled for her.  See, all along, I’ve wanted nothing more than to change my own life AND help others who want to change their lives.  By sharing my experiences, even if I help just one person, I feel like it’s worth it.  I certainly didn’t expect to have both those experiences in the same week though.  Words can’t describe how overjoyed I was!

As always, I’m still putting one foot in front of the other.  Even though I’m not seeing the kind of movement on the scale that I’d like to see, I know that I’m going the right thing.  Giving up is not an option now, and I’m enjoying that feeling of empowerment that I never really had before.  I think that not eating off-plan foods since August 3 has helped so much, but I have to give credit to God as well.  He keeps me centered.  He gives me the strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  I WILL get there; the journey’s just taking a while.

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