Diet & Weight-loss Journey Part III

SW:132.4lbs

CW:122.6lbs

I just finished 30 days of low sugar, low dairy, no processed foods and no simple carbs. I’m STILL in shock that I made it THIS far. My SW picture and my CW picture below. (The before is in the shorts, the after is in the pants) Ten pounds isn’t a big deal to most people, but on my 5’1″ frame, it’s a HUGE difference! 

My stats (30 days ago)-I’m 5’1″ 36 chest. 27.5 waist. 40 hips. 

My current stats-I’m 5’1″ 34 chest. 26 waist. 37.5 hips.

Here I thought my boobs were the bigger loser, but it’s looking like my HIPS shrunk the most. *crying* I have 4 more pounds of FAT to lose, and my goal is to up my calories and start gaining *booty* muscle (I’ve already said farewell to the boobs). I’ll check in 30 days from now with my progress, but I hope to post my diets and fitness tips next week! 

 

When you sport those love marks (aka stretch marks from creating LIFE), and you lose weight-they seem to get worse. Sigh. I have to keep telling myself, I made two amazing humans. I created life in my body. That’s a damn miracle in itself. Maybe I’ll grow some abs and the skin will stretch out again? Who knows?!   

I wanted to talk about the biggest change in my body, and my ten pound weight loss is NOTHING compared to my clear skin! When I first decided to start this diet, it was more of a temporary thing. I had no plans to continue this diet 100%, but implement my small portions and keep the sugar low-but over the month, I decided that this diet HAS to be a permanent lifestyle change.  At this point, it’s either eat crappy food and have crappy skin vs eat healthy food and have flawless skin? Obviously, I’m going to chose the flawless skin! Who wouldn’t?

A brief background story on my acne. It started when I was 14-15 years old. I’ve been suffering with puberty acne and adult acne for over 15 YEARS now-and I’m not talking about a PMS pimple here and there, I’m talking about cystic acne ALL OVER MY BODY. My chin, my jaws, just above my eyebrows, my chest, my ENTIRE back, and my upper thighs. Cystic acne isn’t something you can pop and it heals within a day or two, one pimple sticks around for almost TWO weeks. It hurts. It’s deep in your skin and it’s HUGE. HUUUGE. After I nursed Jude, I would wake up with 1-2 new cystic pimples and with the 2 week life cycle of just one, I ended up with 10-20 cystic pimples every day. There were times I’d wake up, look at myself in the mirror and just cry. I’ve been losing the acne battle for far too long. 

My medication history. I’ve been on EVERYTHING from antibiotic cream, to every drug store medication imaginable! I went on birth control pill (after Jude), only because I was desperate to clear up my skin and I not only made my skin worse, but I unveiled my biggest enemy yet, migraines. The pill caused debilitating migraines, so much so, I had to stop photographing weddings. I reached a point that I was going to the ER for IV morphine, at least five times a month. I was on seizure medication and antidepressants. Nothing cured my migraines. So I quit birth control pills. I quit the seizure and antidepressants. I couldn’t handle taking so MUCH medication for acne and migraines. I was done. FINALLY, after a year off the pill, my migraines calmed down-but I was still suffering with acne. I decided to jump on the antibiotic train and it worked for about 4 months and BAM acne came back full force. The antibiotics disrupted my digestive system and caused other unpleasant side effects, so I decided to stop them (and only use them for a bad break out). I was left with my last two options, a diuretic pill or Accutane. I decided on the diuretic pill, of course. I know some of you are thinking, how the hell does a water pill stop acne? Well, it blocks androgens (male hormones) that cause acne. It worked for a short time, and in the summer of 2017, I had to up my intake to 75mg a day. Oh, and yes, I know where every single bathroom is on route one from Bangor to Portland-haha. I STILL suffered with acne at 75mg, ALL SUMMER LONG. In the fall, I met up with my dermatologist to talk about Accutane. I filled out all the paper work and I researched it with a fine tip comb. After learning the side effects, I decided that my life was more valuable than clear skin (Accutane has some serious side effects, and being I’m so sensitive to medications-I was worried about not only dying, but activating my migraines again). I decided to do a 10 day course of antibiotics, to clear up my summer flare up. It worked. From October to when I started my diet at the end of December, I probably received 2-5 pimples a week. On my chest or face. Then I started this diet…..

I’m exactly 30 days into this diet and I have clear, soft, and amazing SKIN! I did encounter two small pimples last week, while I was PMSing. Normal. I honestly can’t remember a time in my life that I would wake up in the morning and not have to battle acne (with the exception of breast-feeding my kids-best skin ever). Even my skin tones are looking so much better! I’m still in shock. ALL these years of losing a battle to my skin, and it was possibly my diet ruining my LIFE.

I’ve done a ton of research to what foods might be contributing to my acne and it looks like a mixture of dairy, sugar, and even simple carbs. All these foods cause spikes in blood sugar and inflammation in your body. Oh, and dairy, that was probably the biggest culprit to my horrible skin. As we all know, cows milk is for baby cows. There are natural hormones (and artificial ones as well-yuck) in dairy, and apparently I’m 110% sensitive to any kind of “not sierra made” hormones that enter my body. Whether its birth control or hormones from milk. 

I can’t begin to tell you how BUMMED I am,  that I have to completely stop dairy. If you know me, you know I’m OBSESSED with cheese. Italian foods. LASAGNA. CHICKEN PARM. ALFREDO. Cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, mozzarella, parmesan, sharp cheese, ricotta cheese, CHEEEEESEEEEEEE. I walked by the cheese section at the grocery store yesterday, and I almost wanted to cry. Right there. My face pressed against the refrigerator glass, wishing all that yummy cheese was in my belly. It’s been a hard pill to swallow. Sigh. I also grew up drinking multiple glasses of milk a day and of course, I did that as an adult. So that’s another area of dairy, I need to give up. It’s been real-but me and dairy, we just don’t mix well together. 

I will have an occasional cheat meal with dairy. PIZZZZAAA. I still have creamer in my coffee. But for the most part, dairy is a goner.

Of course, I need to see how the upcoming months pan out. Maybe I’ll have a flare up in the spring time? Maybe my diet will only work temporarily? I plan to keep you all updated-especially those who also suffer from acne and are curious about my journey. 

This diet has been a life changer. Not only am I TEN pounds lighter, but I feel over all better! I have more energy, my gym sessions have been amazing, and my skin is CLEAR. My cravings have calmed down. I’m no longer hungry all the time. I’m still learning that I don’t NEED a sugar item after a meal, but it’s getting better. Good things. VERY GOOD THINGS.

 

 

 

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