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The Scale Is Out, Health Is In!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I am a self admitted Scale-a-holic! For the majority of my 3+ year journey, I would say I weighed almost daily. emoticon Don't lecture me, and give me all the reasons why we aren't supposed to weigh daily. I know them all, I've heard them all, I understand them all...but I happen to some super successful people who have lost a lot of weight and kept it off by daily weighing. It is one of those things that is very individual and depends on the person. Okay, disclaimer over. emoticon

For me daily weighing was okay... but it had it's up and downs. There were days that I could take the data (that's all it is, a number, a piece of data) and go on about my day, no differently than I would had I not stepped on that scale. But some days it really messed with my mind! If it was up, logically I'd know it was a fluctuation, because I had been on track... but I would get the "why bother?!" mindset. Or if it was really good I would sometimes feel that I could "treat" myself for all my hard work. So it definitely was something that worked overall for me, but did have it's very rough moments.

I am not swearing off the scale or anything crazy. But I am not officially weighing in for the 23 days of my plan. The easiest way for me to explain it is I am following the 21 day sugar detox (my rules for my specific elimination diet happen to coincide with the rules for the detox)... but for 23 days. I read that 23 days was a good amount of time to cut out foods and then reintroduce them, one at a time, with days in between to see how my body reacts.

I have eliminated gluten, dairy, eggs, nightshades and grains other than brown rice. Everything I have researched about brown rice, it doesn't cause inflammation and it actually can help relieve inflammation... plus I really need something to eat. emoticon

So what have I been eating? Bananas, green apples, brown rice, guacamole, chicken, turkey and lots of veggies. It hasn't been bad, it is just very limited. The good news is I know I am making the right decision and I'm determined to stick it out. This isn't about a fad diet, it isn't about dropping pounds, this is about learning about my body. If I can come out of this thing (which is going to take about 2 months) learning that a food or two actually worsen the inflammation in my knee from arthritis, that will be such a victory for me. If it turns out that my arthritis is the same regardless of what foods I eliminate or add in, at least I will know that it's not these foods adding to the inflammation.

I've also been taking supplements that MIGHT help with my RA. Green Tea, turmeric and fish oil. I have taken supplements in the past but never long enough to see if it really was going to help anything, so I am doing my best to take them each day.

Of course since I'm going to all this work, I am documenting my digestive issues, mood, energy, sleep, the whole kitten caboodle. (Okay so it's kit and caboodle, but when I was younger I thought it was kitten caboodle and well, that just sounds cuter!) emoticon So I am really hoping I find some answers, and even if the answer is disappointing because none of it helps/hurts my arthritis, at least I will have that peace of mind!

So my ticker won't be moving, because my focus is on healing my knee, mind and body. That is where I'm at right now. After 3+ years of focusing on the scale and having it be the end all be all of my journey, it's nice to focus on something else for a change. I still want to lose weight, I still want to achieve all my goals, and I will get back to weekly weighing in time and that ticker will be moving... but for now, so long sucker! emoticon

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