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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Well, Hi there my Spark friends! Yes, I'm still alive!
Life has been very busy this past year!
My last blog was pre-deployment and much has happened since then!
2014 continued to provide our family with many challenges both medically and mentally.

I had a wonderful surprise weekend planned for hubby and me to get away alone before he left the country...BUT, as anyone in the military knows - the best laid plans.....ha ha ha
Their departure date got moved up to that very weekend.
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Was I upset?! You betcha!

So, now we're about halfway through. The holidays were ok, very busy and the hustle & bustle of getting the house decorated and presents bought and wrapped kept my mind busy. It was ok. We were able to skype with him while we opened presents, so that was really nice.
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Then the lull of post -holidays hit. The quiet...the calm.....the LONELY.
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Luckily my college age daughter is living with me and her company and her help have been what has gotten me through this so far. Some days are good and some are not.
I'm holding strong for my man, but it's tough. I'm ready for him to come home.

My weight has bumped up a little. I enjoyed a few too many goodies this winter. I'm struggling with my IBS/food intolerances. I'm still trying to find the magic trick. It's SO frustrating. This has been a struggle for about 6 years now. While I have gotten the worst symptoms under control the bloating and swelling are constant. I have redone my food intolerance tests numerous times and am constantly adjusting my foods. Doesn't seem to help too much.
I added in a wonderful probiotic VSL #3. It helps so much! But I'm not very good at taking it consistently. I keep trying! It really helps!
My daughter and I just finished up week one of "Sugar Free" as in no sugar...or honey or maple syrup or artificial sweeteners. I wish I could say I was 100% on that, but I weakened yesterday. She is doing it on advice of our Naturopath doctor to help her eczema and I told her I would do it with her for support and to see if it helped my stomach.
It's a VERY difficult thing to do. The cravings are very strong. A piece of fruit just doesn't cut it in our definition of "dessert" !!
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So we try to get creative. The other day I made Date Paste for the first time. Supposedly your can use it as a substitute for maple syrup & honey in recipes. So, maybe I can find a healthy recipe to make for a special treat. The sugar in the date paste is still very high, but in small quantities, it is still allowed.
I decided that I wanted to try to start tracking my food to make sure I am eating enough. Being gluten, dairy, and now sugar free and a number of other food exclusions, I often feel like there is nothing for me to eat. I don't want to get to the point where I am not eating enough. The problem is that when your body feels bloated or swollen with every single meal you eat......it decreases your desire to even eat. I LOVE food! But I've lost so much of my desire to eat it because of how I feel afterwards.
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Hopefully I can get things turned around soon and be back to my old self!
I've missed my friends here on Spark. Maybe I can make some new friends too!
If my struggles touch you and mirror yours please Sparkfriend me so that we can support each other!
Melissa
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  • POXYFAIRY
    Yay, you came back!! :D

    Halfway through the deployment... you'll make it! The worst is over, right? I can't imagine how hard that would be. You are much stronger than I am.

    If you find the magic cure for IBS, let me know, would ya?
    2080 days ago
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