Operation Aloha is in full swing! My friend and I agreed to up our gym visits in anticipation for our upcoming trip to Hawaii. Since my doctor recommended an elimination diet, I figured I’d just roll that into Operation Aloha to make it a little more palatable. I bought a Fitbit on Black Friday, so I’m monitoring my physical activity.

The workouts and physical activity tracking are going great. I want to see the numbers on the Fitbit go up, so I’ve been getting off the train a stop early and walking a little further home, making a special trip down the stairs to get the mail or take the trash out rather than just doing it while I’m downstairs anyway. It all adds up. Still, it’s hard to get to the 10,000-steps-a-day recommendation. I learned that I’m burning more calories per day than I thought I was. Now my doctor’s words are making sense to me. If I’m burning more than I take in, my body has no reserves. That’s why I was feeling sick when I ate sugar or other junk foods. My body needs all the nutrition it can get. There’s literally no room for worthless calories.

I also remembered what I learned in my nutrition class a couple years ago: Sometimes you have to eat more to lose weight because you need to fuel your body. It’s far more complicated than I’m qualified to write about, so I won’t go into further detail. Let’s just say, I’m happily pouring a generous amount of whole milk into my coffee and tea and my jeans still fit.

The exercise part healthy living has always been my strength. It’s the diet part where I fall. The gluten-free diet is not off to a strong start. I decided to ease my way in, so over the last two weeks, I’ve been cutting back on bread, wheat and flour. Yesterday I went to Whole Foods for lentil chips, corn tortillas, lentil soup, gluten-free bread and buckwheat waffles. I was thrilled to read that most dietitians think oats are OK for a gluten-free diet. I bought some high-quality steel-cut oats.

It might not be the lack of gluten as much as the fact that I stayed up late last night watching the Seahawks-Saints game and I’m fighting off a cold, but I felt horrible today. A couple times I got extremely nauseated/dizzy. Mainly, I just felt hungry.

About an hour after lunch, I cheated. I felt light-headed, so I went to the kitchen to fix a cup of green tea. I spotted a tray of cutie muffins on the counter and chose a blueberry one. That and the tea made me feel better than my gluten-free turkey sandwich and carrots for lunch.

I hope with a good night’s sleep and a dose of vitamin C, I feel better tomorrow.

I also skipped the gym due to feeling yucky. Back at it tomorrow!

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