images-87It’s been about 7 months since I was diagnosed with a Gluten and Dairy Intolerance. At first, it seemed like my symptoms appeared out of nowhere, but in retrospect, I think I’ve had this problem for a very long time. Like years… No matter what I did with diet and exercise, I always seemed to gain weight.

In October, I peaked at 202 pounds and was a size 16. I was so horrified with myself. The shame of how I looked and felt, seemed to permeate every aspect of my life, even work. And despite my recent complaining (read this or this), I’m grateful that this happened to me. I know, right? Being grateful seems like a very strange emotion to have for something so serious, so let me explain.

These dietary restrictions, though extremely frustrating and sad, have pushed me into a healthier lifestyle. It was almost like my body, so frustrated with how I was treating it, woke up one day said, “Alright Tracy, enough! If you aren’t going to take care of yourself. I’m going to find a way to make you.”

It was very similar to when I quit my pack-a-day smoking habit. The moment I tried to smoke, after being on the wagon for a few years, I got so sick to my stomach. Now the only time I crave cigarettes is when I drink. So note to my body: Can you find a way to get rid of those cravings, too? It would be really helpful!

Today, 7 months in, I crave my work outs and I love healthy food. I still miss pizza and my world crumbled around me a couple of days ago when I learned that my favorite food of all time, Scrapple, has wheat!!! I’m okay though… I know I will be able to put it behind me once a suitable mourning period has elapsed. I may even wear a black armband with a great big “S”. We’ll see.

So how has my progress been so far?

  • I am 15 pounds lighter, I fit into a size 14, and it feels like Christmas every morning.
  • I no longer have stomach cramping, diarrhea, or headaches.
  • My sinuses have cleared up and amazingly, I made it through the winter without getting sick, not even a cold.
  • As for my hormones, tests show improvements, but I still have a ways to go on that front.
  • I love my UJam workouts and I try to go 2-3 days per week. I’m still very much addicted and I even decided to take an Instructor Training course the end of June in Hawaii.
  • I have my curves back (see below). I actually have confidence. My legs feel tight and my arms. Wow, my arms! They no longer look fat, flabby, and disgusting to me. They could definitely use some toning, but I no longer look at them with disgust. In fact, I don’t look at anything on my body with disgust anymore.

So to celebrate my newfound appreciation for my body, I left the house in my sleeveless workout shirt sans hoodie and I never even gave it a second thought.

I’m looking forward to losing even more.  🙂