Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Out of Your Control

Some things are out of your control. That may sound like an excuse but stick with me and you will see what I mean (at least I hope you will).

Last year, late July to be exact, I started having these weird symptoms. It was constant pressure in my abdominal area, nausea, weight gain, etc. I was in excruciating pain for almost two weeks. I was constantly bloated. I had to sleep propped up or on pillows and have ice packs nearby. My primary care physician ended up running several tests. When every test came back negative she had me come back in and she decided to feel around my abdominal area for anything.

The first thing she thought (based on where the pain and discomfort was coming from) was that my appendix was getting ready to rupture. She gave me strict advice that if it should happen, drop what I am doing and get to the emergency room and have them call her. The only problem with this was that I was leaving the state the next week and didn't have time to postpone my plans.

Soon after my visit, my doctor lets me know that I was being diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or better known as acid reflux. GERD is a slight step up from acid reflux, in that they symptoms are more intense (and trust me they are).

Now, on to the part that relates to this weight loss blog.

I was placed on Nexium, which I slowly weaned myself off of because my symptoms became less and less noticeable. When you have GERD there are trigger foods that you are advised to stay away from. Chocolate is one and anything that is heavily greasy (burgers, fried foods, etc.). The only thing about that is those are the foods that consumed all weekend. On top of that, unfortunately for me, my symptoms came back in full swing last night.

One of the few things that truly help me out when my symptoms pop back up is a soda that isn't diet or ice cold water (so cold condensation forms on the cup). The ice cold water soothes and the soda relieves pressure (although you would think it would contribute to more pressure).

Again, on to the part that relates to this weight loss blog.

Knowing what my trigger foods are have helped me on this journey. I know what I should stay from and I know what I can eat in moderation. Yesterday, it was that cheeseburger and fries I had at lunch plus the brownie sundae with chocolate sauce I had as dessert after dinner. These are foods that I have told myself I shouldn't be eating, but when that craving hits, I eat them. When that craving hit yesterday, I paid for it.

What I am trying to say is that there are some health conditions that are out of your control because they may be based on hereditary conditions (i.e., diabetes, GERD, high blood pressure, etc.) but there are ways that you can control them (healthy eating, exercise, etc.).

It may seem tough but you can get through it if you remember that slow progress is better than no progress. Although some things may be out of your control, don't let them ruin what you want to achieve.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear that you're going through so much right now and I know exactly what you mean when you say that some things are out of your control. It's so hard when those cravings hit, especially when you know that having whatever it is you're craving will aggravate your condition. With me, I have to watch my sugar and carb intake, among other things and sugar and carbs is what I enjoy eating the most. Mashed potatoes, toast with butter, practically anything covered in chocolate, even that cheeseburger and fries you had yesterday sounds good. It seems so unfair when other people can enjoy those foods and don't have to suffer any consequences, but it's also unrealistic to say that we're never going to give in sometimes. I guess taking it one day at a time is the key. Also, I've been trying to follow you and I tried signing up by using my email address, but I couldn't remember my password. Have you considered adding a 'join this site' link for followers? I had to do the same thing and it made it a lot easier.

    1. You are absolutely right. I knew all along that chocolate was a trigger food and since taking myself off of the medication (as my doctor advised after I had already done it) I knew I could eat it in moderation. But for the past three days it seems as if I have eaten so much chocolate and cheeseburgers. Thankfully, today was much better and the symptoms have seemed to subside for now (which, based on history, means they have subsided until I overdo it again).

      As far as the 'join this site' link, I just added it (at least I think I did). If you check midway down the page (under the links to follow me on Twitter and Instagram) the 'join this site' link should appear. Let me know if it doesn't work and thanks for the suggestion (I hope it works)!