I’ve lost almost 40 pounds in the past 14 months. That’s pretty big news. But I didn’t start out trying to lose weight. I was trying to get healthy. As my friend Toni says, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired (see her story here).
That’s why I’ve titled this series Gluten Free AND Healthy. Being gluten free doesn’t necessarily equate to being healthy. It’s a step in the right direction, especially if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, but it’s not always enough.
I’m not here to say that now I’m perfectly healthy and I have all the answers for you. I’m still dealing with adrenal fatigue, but I do believe that I am healthier than I was, and what helped me might help some of you.
I’m also not here to say that what works for me WILL work for you. We’re each unique individuals with unique bodies. But what works for me might work for you, or it might lead you down the path to what works for you.
Finally, I’m not here to say that you should look like me weight wise. A healthy weight can be different for different people.
I AM here to say that you can make changes. I’m 48 years old and going through menopause. I have celiac disease and Hashimoto’s. Yet I was able to change my habits and lose weight. I was able to increase in strength, energy, and health.
So, I hope over the next few weeks to share with you the changes I made and what helped me. But first I want to talk about two things that helped me before I got started.
Wanting It Bad Enough
I wanted to lose weight, but I didn’t want it bad enough. I never had problems with weight until I developed Hashimoto’s thyroid disease in 2006. Since that time I had done nothing but gain, but I wasn’t interested in yo-yo dieting.
It was my health that finally got me to make changes. It seemed there was always one thing after another that got me down, but at the time, it was recurring bladder infections. I had been to doctors, I had tried everything. I was desperate. Something had to change.
It turns out that my bladder problems were related to menopause and lack of estrogen (who knows why the doctors I saw didn’t know that, but I finally went to my gyn). But by the time I figured that out, I had made enough changes for enough time that I kept going. I was losing weight and feeling stronger and healthier.
Besides really wanting to make a change, it helped me tremendously to see the difference getting fit make in my friend’s life. She too lost weight, but that wasn’t her goal either. She just started going to the gym to get in shape, then she started making healthier eating choices.
I knew it wasn’t easy for her, and she was really busy (she has 7 kids, homeschools, and runs a successful blog). The fact that she set her mind to getting healthy encouraged me to do it too.
That’s probably the biggest reason why I want to start this series. Maybe I can encourage some of you to make the changes you know you need to make to be gluten free AND healthy!