The Flourless Experiment

15 Feb

I made it through 21 days of no flour. I incorporated Ezekiel bread into my breakfast. I ate more fruit, vegetables and lean meat. I skipped the quick airport and meeting snacks when I traveled to Florida last week. I even ordered salad at Disneyland. And what were the final results?

-0.8 pounds

That’s right, my initial weight loss kinda rebounded back, and I basically have nothing to show for my suffering. It’s true, I didn’t gain anything over the past three weeks, which is positive. And my digestion, brain fog and energy level have maintained their improvements. But what’s the use if I am still overweight? Today at lunch I ate 4 croutons in my salad and I had some vegetable dumplings. And boy, did I regret it. My stomach ballooned out and I almost fell asleep at my desk at 2:00 p.m. I have ruined my favorite food forever, and I am still fat!

So, here we are in My Journey…

DENIAL: I will be fine. This is the best cancer to get!

ANGER: I am NOT going to be one of those people who get really fat and have permanently hoarse voices!

BARGAINING: Okay, maybe if I try Armour. Or adding Cytomel to my Synthroid. Or giving up flour. Maybe then I can have my old life back.

DEPRESSION: Why do I even bother? Now the best I can hope for is never eating white bread or noodles again and still being overweight! Why did this have to happen to me??

I guess the next step is ACCEPTANCE. But can I go there after I have one more round of bloodwork this Friday? After all, I did start on birth control pills. Maybe the added estrogen is interfering with the thyroid meds. Maybe a magical dose increase will make me normal again?

Oh wait, now I’m back to bargaining.

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3 Responses to “The Flourless Experiment”

  1. Jenifer Mangione Vogt February 15, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    Hi Sarah,

    First thing I’d like to say is that it doesn’t really look from the picture of you like you are fat 😀 You look beautiful.

    I really suffered weight gain after my Total Thyroidectomy and I’m still struggling. I’ve also tried eliminating flour and sugar from my diet and I’m gluten intolerant, so I feel better and my skin is more clear when I eat this way, though small amounts seem OK. However, I had been really restricting and going to the gym and was, like you, very disappointed not to see the scale moving, so out of desperation I went to my local vitamin store and got supplements and they jump-started my weight loss (unfortunately I overdid it at the gym, broke my foot and had to stop exercising, which resulted in gaining back 20 of the 35 pounds I’d lost, so now I’m starting over again).

    I wrote about the supplements they gave me here. Maybe this will help you too: http://jenifervogt.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/to-supplement-or-not-to-supplement-that-is-the-question/

    With you on the journey!
    Cheers,
    Jenifer

    • sarahyoung1119 February 15, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

      Thank you so much, Jennifer! I really appreciate your support. We are definitely on this journey together! I will check out the supplements!

  2. gundam March 10, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    thanks.very good blog and very good share.

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