My body has been playing a war against me. It has not been pretty. It is a war that I do not want to lose. Unfortunately, it comes to a time where I need to look at the mirror and face reality quickly. The time is now.
I am facing the war against food allergies. It is taking a toll on my body. I have issues with non-Celiac gluten intolerance and now I am dealing with issue involving dairy intolerance. It is getting pretty ugly as a result. I have been slowly gaining weight as a result and unable to lose the excess weight using traditional measures.
Dairy and I have not seen eye to eye for a long time. It is a relationship that has been getting ugly over most of my life, but not aware of it until the last 17 years. I would rather have a cup of ice cream, but I am sure my colon would prefer that I keep it far away if possible.
The ugly and embarrassing moment of truth was during my first weekend session of a Pilates Teacher training program during this past weekend. I had a cup of "lactose-free" yogurt before heading to class that morning. My body has to be very sensitive now from the very little contact with lactose in yogurt. I saw how much my stomach was bloated while wearing my workout outfit. It was extremely conscious of what I looked like in the mirror and constantly adjusted my outfit so my gut would not stick out as I was participating. I know that I have been slowly seeing the numbers go up on the scale, but I did not "see" the results of the gradual weight gain until now.
I am only up about 10 lbs over my ideal weight, but it is something that I need to put to a halt very quickly. I am not going to allow myself to get any heavier than I am comfortable. I would like to be able to do some of my exercises without having to be constantly looking at my gut to see if my stomach is actually being activated or just a bit of bloat sticking out again from getting in contact with an allergen.
I have also signed up for My Fitness Pal and starting to keep a food journal so I am honest with myself during this process. Thankfully, I am in the process of training towards my Pilates certification so I have no excuse to not exercise at all. I also need to make the honest attempt to keep away from all contact with dairy period. I wish I would not need to do so, but it is something that is necessary.
Goodbye, Dairy. It is nice knowing you. Hello, skinny jeans.