Welcome to AHundredPounds.com!
I registered this website several years ago when I was semi-successful at losing weight through counting calories, and was hoping to lose 100 pounds. It went well for a few months…and then I stopped counting calories, life got (REALLY) hard, and the weight that I had lost at the time…came back. Lather, rinse, repeat for the last four or five years.. and here I am. I no longer need to lose 100 pounds, but I do need to lose about 80, so it felt like a good time to revive the site and try FOR REAL once again. When I eventually make my goal weight, it will be 100 pounds in total.
So, a little back-story… with links to a bit more info…
For the last few months, I’ve slowly (or actually, rather quickly *for me*) been losing weight. At my highest, I was about 20 lbs heavier than I am now (give or take five pounds, depending on the time of day, and if I weighed after eating salty foods). I found out that I was gluten-intolerant, and that started the weight loss. Two of my children have food allergies, so the gluten issue shouldn’t have been a HUGE surprise, and if I’m totally honest, it kind of wasn’t a surprise. I had just been hoping that I didn’t have food issues… but I guess it’s not a secret that I have SERIOUS food issues. Gluten intolerance was kinda the least of them.
So, I tried Whole30 (read more about that here) a few months ago, in order to get a grip on my food issues AND to see if I might, just maybe, might be allergic or intolerant to any specific foods. I had a (mostly) successful run with Whole30 – only two slip-ups in 30 days,but I didn’t start over. I figured messing up twice was pretty amazing for me, and I was going to just deal and keep going. (Usually if you have a slip on Whole30, you are supposed to start over. I chose not to do that – judge me.. or not. I’m good either way).
I made it to almost two weeks in the 30 days before I had a slip, and I was feeling pretty great. Brain fog was pretty much gone, had more energy, heart palpitations were gone, most of my joint pain was gone. It was obvious that SOME kind of food was an issue for me, but since you eliminate pretty much ALL GOOD FOOD on Whole30 (well, good tasting food anyway.. ok, I’m just whining, but anyway!)… it’s not really possible to tell what might be the culprit in the thick of the elimination portion of the process. Thankfully one of the “slips” I had included eating bread, and I had an immediate reaction. Headache, bloating, tummy issues.. needed a nap. All from a piece of bread. Gluten might be an issue!
I tried to introduce gluten a couple more times after Whole30, and had the same reaction. Nothing else I re-introduced seemed to cause any reaction, so long story short – no more gluten for me. We had found out a year or so ago that my son was wheat/gluten-intolerant, (clue to mom – maybe get checked too?!), and I had often let him “cheat” a little.. but now I decided for HIS health AND mine – we needed to be serious about it. I lost 7 pounds on Whole30, and then a few more.. and mostly kept that off. My son also lost 7 pounds within a couple of weeks of going completely gluten-free, and he eventually had a total loss of 10 pounds.
My body is a bit of a mess (surprise!) with hormones, gluten, aging, the harm having two babies did to my body (read more in my bio here), and basically eating pretty poorly for a really, really long time. I bounced back and forth a bit weight-wise after finishing Whole30, and regained a few of the 10 pounds I’d lost. This.. is totally the norm for my adult life. Up and down… five down, seven up.. five down, six up. I never really get anywhere – just bounce, bounce, bounce. (If only I could burn calories with all that bouncing – oldest weight loss joke ever, I know!)
And then I found Javita coffee and green tea. (read more about that here) After 6 weeks of drinking javita products, I’m down 17 pounds – officially 21 from my highest weight. That means I do NOT need to lose 100 pounds anymore.. but really darn close! 79 is definitely better than 100 though, so I’ll be thankful for that.
And that’s where this part of the story, and the blog, begins. I’ll be writing more about how I got to this point, why I think I’ve stayed here, bouncing, for so long.. and whatever else reveals itself through the journey. I’m feeling optimistic about the weight loss for the first time in a LONG time, and I hope you’ll join me as I learn and grow emotionally, while reducing physically.
Here’s to 79 more pounds!