WIAW #32…Making more Changes to get better.
How are you all today on this Wednesday. Aka my fav day of the week. Well today post is going to be lengthy. So feel free to look at the pictures if you do not feel like reading it all. I will take you through my Wednesday while I talk about the changes. I figure today was perfect to post about this since it is WIAW! Thanks to the wonderful Jenn for hosting such an amazing blog party and the highlight of my week. ( a little sad, maybe)
Well I mentioned here a while a back what I have been going through with maintaining my weight and what I have done to myself and the struggle that I am going through at the moment. Well I finally sought help. I mentioned here that I started to see a therapist and a nutritionist to finally treat my body right. My nutritionist (also a doctor) had me take blood work (14 tubes!) and yesterday I visited her to discuss my results and what we need to do to change them. I was shocked to see what I have done to my self. So many things were low. My blood sugar, Vitamin D, Free T3 (thyroid hormone), white blood cells, calcium, zinc, cholesterol (yes there is a thing as too low apparently) calcium, magnesium, Omega 3′s and B12 and serotonin were all low. My adrenal glands were acting up big time with Cortisol was very high, which is why I most likely I do not have my period. My adrenal glands are giving everything to my stress hormone (cotisol) and taking away from everything else mainly progesterone. So basically with the way I have been eating and exercising I have deprive my body of the necessary nutrients and causing is stress. The stress is both mental and physical. The most important thing from the testing was that my Protein levels were very low. She said they were low for a stationary person so she really wants to see me add more. I also tested that I am allergic to Milk and Eggs. So I needs to cut those food out. A little sad since they are easy go to’s but I will make do.
So do to all of the things that I need to fix I am determined to get better and she feels we can do it with diet. So today This is my WIAW addition with my trying to follow her plan. I see her again in two weeks to see how I am doing and do to a BIA exam so we can further pinpoint my needs. I am so nervous but excited at the same time. I will keep you all updated on my journey and I try and fix all my problems.
First up KICKING CALORIE COUNTING OUT THE WINDOW!!
This is a big step for me. I used calorie counting the whole time to lose weight then I used it to play that came to try and get as low as possible. That didn’t work out so well as you can see with all the things that are low. I am nervous to give that up but I moved it to a different folder on my phone (couldn’t bring myself to delete it) I will not touch it though. It is really there because I have a lot of recipes listed in it and who they are by so I can check and find the recipes I want to make. So after I did that I came down and had breakfast.
In the mix is 1/2 cup of barley flakes, 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1 1/2 cup of water. I brought that to a boil then added 1/2 tbs, chia seeds, 1/2 pear, 1/2tsp of cinnamon. When It was almost done I added 1 scoop of Tera’s protein powder. The vanilla bourbon flavor. Thanks Julie for the recommendation. Love this one. When it was done cooking I added the rest of the pear and topped it with 2 tbs of PB2 chocolate . This was very good and filling. I like the taste of the protein powder so I do not mind adding it. I REALLY liked the PB2. I splurged and bought some (this stuff is expensive!!) and I was not disappointed. I know why everyone loves this stuff. My wallet is really going to hate me lol.
By this time I have not put in a single calorie into the app. This is a big thing for me. It is usually the first thing that I do before I eat and right when I wake up. It was strange not going to it but also freeing. I was not held back by it.
After breakfast I got ready for work. I got into a horrible fight with my mom over the usual. I was telling her my fear trying to open up and she basically said it’s because I eat to much and that this person does not know what she is talking about and just after your money. It was a horrible fight that left me in tears the whole way to work. What a great way to start the day hugh. When I got to work I put on a happy face and did what I had to do. My doctor told me that I cannot go more then 4 hours without eating so I am making sure I stick with that.
An apple not pictured. with a tablespoon of Might Maple peanut butter.
After my snack It was pretty much time to leave so I got to go home. I was in a cloudy mood on my way home. I was still angry from the fight with my mom. When I got home it was time for lunch.
After lunch I wrote in my journal. My therapist wants me to write things down as I feel them to get a sense of what is going on in my thought process and you know what it really helps. I started to feel better then my dad came home and asked about the fight and it got started up again. It was horrible. I really cannot stand talking to them I do not know why I try. After our fight I went to Pilates. I love going to this class. Liz, the instructor is just great. She is great at Pilates but is also a great person. I talked to her a bit and it really helped. I felt a little better. After Pilates I was much more relaxed and I came home to have dinner.
I added the chicken like she wanted. I thought it would be strange but it was not really that strange. I wish I could be completely Vegan but I went about it the completely wrong way and my body is paying for it. She said one day if I want to then I can go back but for now we have to heal me then if I want we have to do it the right way because my body chemistry cannot handle a vegan diet. For some it is great but for others it does not work.
After dinner I went to kickboxing. I love this class. I get so pumped and it is the best workout ever! It leaves me feeling so happy and full of energy. No other workout gives me this feeling. I wish I could do it all the time. It really helps get the aggression out. I think I might buy a punching bag to hit when I need to unwind. After kickboxing I came home and showered and made sure I had a workout snack. Doctors orders.
POST WORKOUT SNACK
I made this with Vega chocolate shake 1 cup of almond milk and 1 teaspoon of Justin’s chocolate hazelnut spread for some extra flavor. It was very chocolaty. I like it a lot lol. The Vega sample came in my conscious box this month. I really like their powder. I might get some more to switch it off. She want’s me to use whey so I use that more often but I have been waiting to try this for a while now. I had this while watching Dallas.
I am so happy they are bringing this back. I love old shows. I use to watch this and Knots Landing on Soapnet all the time. I love me some old shows lol.
Well all in all I think I did ok. I ate better and had more protein and did not freak out as much as I thought. I think progress is being made. I am committed to getting better and hopefully time heels all. Feel free to share your thoughts
Until Next time.-Ashley