Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Eating Habit Redux: Some Results

I actually did a bit of hiking again! This is in the LSCR
As I've said before, the main reason I'm changing my eating habits is to ease the physical strain on my arthritic hip & hopefully reduce inflammation in general. Of course, I can't pretend there isn't a part of me that wouldn't like to buy a smaller clothing size or fit into some of my favourite pre-kids clothing better. But the reason I'm actually sticking with this huge change is pain. My hip really hurts every day.

On top of the food stuff, I'm doing my physio exercises (mainly core strengthening & working on my transverse abdominus specifically) & taking a few supplements (Vitamin D, Calcium, Fish oil for Omegas) too.

The pain is starting to get better. I find I can walk a little farther without as much pain. I even did some hiking on the weekend on a tour of the Seymour Watershed--more on that soon! I'm still popping ibuprofen & acetaminophen regularly to deal with soreness after I do anything much, but it's better than hobbling & gasping from the sharp pain when I move my legs which was where I was at on flare-up days in the past two years or so.

Secondary to that, but maybe what you're wondering about, is how much weight have I lost? I'm losing faster than I expected--but I'm not starving myself. I don't count calories but I feel full after every meal & I'm eating 3-5 times a day, with lots of fruit & veggies in there. I'm not feeling tired either, so I think I'm getting enough calories. Which means I must have been eating so much more than I needed before. Yikes.

So yeah, the numbers: I'm down nine pounds in 18 days, lost about two inches at the waist & one at the hips. My clothes are fitting better, or falling off in some cases. I looked at my belly in the mirror the other day before a shower & was happy to see it's starting to look a little more like it did years ago. Still got my mama tiger stripes though! :)

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