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Day 866- 7 Months to the Wedding, and 4 weeks down with Weight Watchers

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hey Everyone!

I posted this Transformation Tuesday pic on my Facebook and Instagram yesterday.



It never ceases to amaze me how unhappy I look in my before pictures when I look at them now.

Last night, I weighed in at Weight Watchers after 4 weeks and hit my 5% lost goal! 9.2 pounds in 4 weeks and I'm guessing maybe 10 pounds by Friday which will be a full month on Weight Watchers! If I were able to lose the last 30 pounds over the next 4 months, then I will have to attempt to maintain for 3 months until the wedding, which I think is doable for me.

I have to thank my friend Michaela who has been my accountability partner since I joined WW. Every morning, we text each other our weights as well as text throughout the day if we face food challenges or are feeling unmotivated to work out. She has really kept me honest and I definitely suggest finding an accountability partner if you need an extra push.

I'm in my friend Samantha's wedding on April 26, and I think there's a chance I could be at my lowest adult weight ever by then! I will make sure to post pictures of J.D. and I. You know how I love pictures!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

  
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    emoticon Yiou look emoticon . Glad WW is working for you.

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    You are doing great ... keep going!!!

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JADED_CHICK19 4/16/2014 11:58AM

    Your transformation pic is amazing! You have come so far and are doing such an amazing job. Weight Watchers seems to really be good for you and I'm happy you have found a new way to get rid of those last 30 pounds. Keep up the amazing work! And Keep the pics coming!

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THANKFUL_4U 4/16/2014 11:45AM

    You are doing awesome! You have a beautiful smile and I'm glad you're smiling more now! The happiness just radiates out of you.

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NASFKAB 4/16/2014 11:45AM

  great job congrats stay focused

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SUSIEMT 4/16/2014 11:20AM

    Good for you! Remember a step at a time and I am so glad you found an accountability partner! That has been the biggest help on my journey! Woo Hoo to you!

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    Congrats on your success with WW!
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    You are really rockin it. emoticon

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    You look awesome and I love your dress!

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Day 864- A Plethora of Pictures

Monday, April 14, 2014

So last week, I had to give a presentation to high school seniors and their parents. I find that if I dress strictly business casual, I'm usually confused as a college student, so I pulled out all the stops and wore my new suit with size 10 skirt!





I've never loved taking pictures so much!

Then this weekend, we had beautiful weather, so I decided to take a run on Saturday morning. I wore my NikePlus watch for it's GPS capabilities and my HRM to get an accurate calorie burn. You can see why heart rate monitors are important. Over 100 calorie difference from my Nike Plus watch, which just estimates based on speed and weight.



Finally, Saturday night, I had another bachelorette party for my friend who is getting married. It is so nice to be able to celebrate and not constantly be that friend who is on a diet. I ate veggies and fruit, but also had some cheese and crackers and sweets. It's all about moderation. I'm not eating cupcakes every night, so once in a while it's okay!



I'm still having minor headaches, and like many of you, my dad thinks it is from artificial sweeteners. It's going to be very hard to eliminate them since they are in many of the lower calorie foods that I enjoy eating like my greek yogurt. But I'm going to try and watch and avoid all artificial sweeteners this week and see if the headaches go away.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

  
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THEMFOLK 4/16/2014 1:40PM

    In considering the effects of foods, I've found that it helps to remember that anything I eat is either something my body can use to build health, or something that has to be gotten rid of. Kind of like taking out the trash or bringing more home to pile up. Who wants to live in a trash pile?

That made it easy for me to give up both sugar (though I still have a little bit now and then) and artificial sweeteners (never use them) and replace them with fresh fruit (for the most part).

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SARAHSLY 4/16/2014 10:06AM

    I know that giving up artificial sweeteners is really hard... I use to be a diet coke girl and we were TIGHT. They are in everything that I ate back then, and I was astounded at the number of foods that had them hidden in addition to sugar sweetener. I had a handful of odd things happening to me, including headaches, sugar swings, bouts of fatigue mid day. I read an article about them and how the body processes and responds to them and was curious if it would make a difference for me to give them up for a month... so I did... and there was... a huge one. I never went back.

Issues that had plagued me for months, if not years, resolved themselves in the first week or so.

Consider sweetening your things with fruit instead. Cook down some berries and throw them in the fridge to add to anything... tea, yogurt, salads, etc. I like the little kick and adding some lemon juice and lemon zest right at the end of the cooking will keep them tasting bright and fresh for days. As a sparker with great success, you already know that labels are your friend, but see if you can't cut out some of the worst culprits for a week to see if it makes a difference for you.

I'll warn you, shopping took me 2 times as long at first with the vast number of products that contained one or more of the array of artificial sweeteners on the market. But it is totally worth it.



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WHYTEBROWN 4/15/2014 11:37AM

    Awww you look so nice!! It's emoticon that you love taking pictures now!! emoticon emoticon

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BONOLICIOUS2 4/15/2014 9:08AM

    You look amazing! Your hair is gorgeous!

Everyone on Spark is really selling me on this polar lol... now I want to run an experiment like yours with it against my fitbit! ahhhh!

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WENDYANNE61 4/15/2014 6:45AM

    Wow - you look so happy and confident just now! Hope you find out what triggers your headaches and have a Happy Healthy Easter!

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DENISENTEXAS 4/14/2014 11:14PM

    Oh my goodness, you look absolutely lovely! So happy and radiant. You're beautiful!

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NANHBH 4/14/2014 10:59PM

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You look radiant! Keep up the good work. I hope that eliminating the artificial sweeteners is the key to being headache-free. I try to eat the food that God made.

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JAMER123 4/14/2014 9:39PM

    Good luck with the elimination of artificial sweeteners. It is in almost everything processed. I hope you can do it for a weekend and I truly hope it is the answer to the headaches. So glad you had a fun weekend partying! Way to go!!
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MARYHENNIG 4/14/2014 9:38PM

  Looking good...and so happy!!! You are truly an inspiration.

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    You truly look great. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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    You look great. emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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JENN53888 4/14/2014 4:29PM

    You look awesome! and you're right, it's all about moderation, if we never EVER ate something that wasn't diet friendly, I'm sure we'd all want to hurt someone, constantly. lol As long as it's not a everyday thing, feel free to splurge every once in awhile, most importantly, without guilt. emoticon

I get MASSIVE headaches now if I have caffeine or too many fake sweeteners, which I find difficult because that stuff is in anything that's got no sugar in it, but should.

I've been drinking crystal light energy drink things in the mornings sometimes(normally while I'm doing my zumba trying to get awake, lol), and without fail, I'll have a migraine by the afternoon. I know I need to quit, but it's hard to just stop sometimes,

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MYTURNNOW2013 4/14/2014 4:21PM

    You look MAHVELOUS DAHLINK!!!!

As for the headaches, it is the beginning of allergy season so that is also a possibility even if you never had them before.

Whatever the cause, I hope the headaches go away soon.


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STRUMERCAT 4/14/2014 4:16PM

    Looking great! Thanks for sharing.

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JUDITHANNIE 4/14/2014 3:43PM

    Wonderful pictures, you look amazing. Sorry about the headaches but your Dadcould be correct. Keep me posted on the outcome. Judy emoticon

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GONNALOSEIT09 4/14/2014 3:33PM

    Hi there!
I meant to leave a comment last week, but didn't get a chance. I have been dealing with migraines and headaches and have done a ton of research. Here are some things and feel free to contact me with questions.
Try to rid these things from your diet:
Red Dye (You would be surprised to see what all has red food dye in it!!)
Smoked or cured meats (sorry...no bacon, hot dogs, ham, etc.)
super aged cheese
Red wine
aspartame

The artificial sweetener is a huge trigger of mine, as is the smoked meats. I gave up diet soda a year ago and it was one of the best things I've ever done!!
I hope that helps!! I have lots of issues with headaches and just had a CT scan myself.

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AMBERLICIOUS88 4/14/2014 2:26PM

    Wit Woo! You look great! Artificial sweeteners are something I'm not a fan of anyways. Definitely give that a try and see what happens. Good luck :)

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SUPERSYLPH 4/14/2014 1:01PM

    I hope that your headaches are being caused by something minor like that!

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SIMONEKP 4/14/2014 12:58PM

    Nice suit

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KOLINA 4/14/2014 12:46PM

    You look great! Congrats on having so many NSVs!

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ARUNNINGKAT 4/14/2014 12:39PM

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LOVINGKATE 4/14/2014 11:47AM

  You look so emoticon !!!! Great Job!!! Very Pretty Young Women. Stay away from the artificial stuff, Not good in any way.

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MTN_KITTEN 4/14/2014 11:40AM

    Yogurt with artificial sweeteners! OMG I eat Fage Total 0% and add my own cinnamon, ginger and clove. I top it with fresh fruit or Fiber One cereal or Kashi Go Lean Crunch for fiber.

Are you eating every 3ish hours? This helps keep your blood sugar regular and can keep your headaches at bay. Just a thought.

You look great!

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ALLIEALLIE2 4/14/2014 11:26AM

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CHRISGORGME 4/14/2014 11:26AM

    You look amazing! emoticon emoticon
Why does your Greek yogurt have any kind of sugar in it? Get a natural one (as a Greek Cypriot I would never choose anything else) and add any fruit you like with some chopped nuts and a little bit of honey, then you gonna see what you were missing all this time, sorry to say this but your dad is most probably right. Is your memory ok?
Take care of yourself beautiful!!

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JADED_CHICK19 4/14/2014 11:13AM

    You look great!!!

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SUSIEMT 4/14/2014 11:10AM

    You looked wonderful in both outfits! WooHoo you! Good luck with trying to eliminate the artificial sweeteners! There are so many of them around! Remember to talk to your massage therapist to see if they can show you the pressure points to use for those headaches! It really works!

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DRAGONFLY02 4/14/2014 10:52AM

    You are looking great in your suit and dress! Great job!

And I agree with the advice to avoid artificial sweeteners. I avoid them at all costs as they make me feel ill. It goes that way with a lot of processed foods. When I switched to a whole foods diet and then a few months later I had something processed, I felt horrible for the next day or so. It amazed me what processed foods do to a body. When you eat it all the time, the effects aren't as noticeable. But once you change your diet and you start feeling great all the time and then go back to something processed, you really get an understanding of what those foods do to your body.

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GINA180847 4/14/2014 10:46AM

    You look so lovely. If it is the artificial sweetners it shows how very sensitive you are.

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JENRAQTAY87 4/14/2014 10:44AM

    What kind of heart rate monitor do you use? Actually, what are both things on your wrist? Lol.

You look fantastic!

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KRYSTL719 4/14/2014 10:39AM

    Definately the artificial sweeteners should be avoided. Awesome progress, you look great

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  looking lovely doing a great job

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    Doing great! You look so toned!

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LISAKAY881 4/14/2014 10:26AM

    You look so happy... and best of all, confident! Good Job!! : )

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Day 860- Finally Feeling Better

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hey Sparkfriends.

Thank you all so much for all your comments, goodies and messages regarding my headaches. I finally went to the ER yesterday and was given a benadryl and nausea medication cocktail that somehow knocked the migraine out. They also did a CT scan and it came back normal so that's good. I'm just glad to be feeling better. I'm back to work today.

Tuesday evening, I had my weekly weigh-in at Weight Watchers and I was down 1.8 for a total of 8.8 in three weeks! I'm hoping for a 1.2 loss this week so that I can hit 10 pounds in four weeks. That would be an awesome rate for me and also mean I hit my 5% goal. I started at 188.2 and am currently at 179.4. The lowest I've ever been with SparkPeople is 174.8 so I look forward to hopefully passing that in a few weeks on my way to my goal weight and size for the wedding!

Thank you for all your prayers and positive thoughts. As for now, I am headache free and working on managing my stress in the hopes of preventing more headaches. I'm looking into starting yoga. J.D. even said he might try it with me, as long as he doesn't have to wear yoga pants! emoticon

Hope you all have having a wonderful day Sparkfriends!

  
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    Hope you can get the migraine s under control. I, too have chronic migraines. I can't eat pork, red wine, fried chicken or overindulge in any type of alcohol. I have had some success eliminating those foods and taking an l-arginine supplement. I have had migraines since I was 12 yo, and get 15 or more a month. But the l arginine has helped reduce both the frequency and severity of them.

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NANHBH 4/13/2014 8:47PM

    Glad that you are feeling better. Yoga is awesome for stress relief!
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    Glad you're feeling better!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 4/13/2014 2:08PM

    Doing great with weight loss. emoticon . So glad you got some relief from the headaches. They can stop you from doing anything. I know you will meet your weight goal. Hope you find new ways to handle stress. Lucky you that your fiancée is willing to do it with you. He will benefit from it as well. emoticon

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RADIOACTIVEGN 4/13/2014 11:45AM

  Glad that you got some relief. I started yoga last week, and I'm definitely going back!

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JUNEAU2010 4/12/2014 8:30PM

    It is amazing how much better one feels when a migraine ends! WOOHOO!

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PENOWOK 4/12/2014 2:25PM

    Whew!So glad you are better...I agree, don't make JD wear yoga pants! Congrats on the great losses!

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KASSANDRA55 4/12/2014 12:39PM

    Glad that you feel better! I get migraines too and they really knock you for a loop!

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  Glad your feeling better!

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  Glad you better. Keep up the great work!

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  Glad you're better

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  Migraines are lousy! Have you also checked into seeing if certain foods or environmental stuff, hormones , besides stress ? emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 4/11/2014 10:23PM

    Glad you are feeling better and congrats on the weight loss!

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MIMIDOT 4/11/2014 7:19PM

    Glad you got help! You're doing great. Keep it up!
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DIANNEMT 4/11/2014 7:11PM

    So glad something is helping.

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    Glad you are feeling better and congratulations on your weight loss.

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NONNAOF2 4/11/2014 4:51PM

  I'm so glad that you were able to get rid of your headache, it isn't fun at all in having one! You are doing so well with your weight loss, congratulations! :-)

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    emoticon on your weight loss and glad to hear you're feeling better!

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  Happy to hear that headache is gone. Back to being your self and emoticon on your weight loss.

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  It is emoticon that you are feeling better. I have had migraines since I was your age and have found the most relief at onset by taking Imitrex. If you can avoid them by exercising or yoga, that is even better.
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JSEATTLE 4/11/2014 12:20PM

  Great news, so glad the migraine is out of there! I know how debilitating they can be. Glad you were able to follow up on it and get it taken care of, Sometimes you cannot even get off the couch.

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JIBBIE49 4/11/2014 11:36AM

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CFMOSS 4/11/2014 11:21AM

    Glad migraine finally departed.. Stay well.

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SHERYLP461 4/11/2014 8:27AM

    Glad to hear your headache is gone. They could be hormonal in nature, my duaghter suffered from them until she went off the 'pill'.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 4/11/2014 8:23AM

    I think it should be mandatory the J.D wear yoga pants... AND you post it here:)

So glad the headache's are gone (for now) and you are right, finding a way to reduce stress, and looking at your diet may help with that.

Have a great weekend, and so glad you are feeling better!!

Best,
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BESSHAILE 4/11/2014 6:41AM

    Glad you're feeling better.

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SHARON7464 4/11/2014 6:14AM

    Glad you're feeling better and great loss! You'll get to your goal weight soon!

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WATERDIAMONDS 4/11/2014 6:05AM

    Yoga might be very helpful with the headaches. At the least, it will help with the stress, particularly since you're moving closer daily to the craziness that is a wedding!

Glad you feel better.


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Day 858- Why Didn't Losing Weight Solve All My Problems?

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

To be fair, losing weight solved A LOT of my problems. I used to get upper respiratory infections, and a mix of bronchitis and pneumonia pretty regularly when I was overweight. My body struggled with breathing properly at 275 pounds, so it's no surprise that dropping 90 pounds has meant I've been upper respiratory infection free for almost 2 years now.

I also had terrible self esteem. This led to major jealousy issues with J.D. as well as just a depression about my life, that I never really verbalized, but that always weighed on me. My self-esteem and outlook on life has greatly improved. I'm definitely happier than I've ever been.

But the one thing that really bothers me, is that I've had headaches all my life. As a child, I had medicine in the nurse's office, and when I'd start to get a headache, I'd take some Advil, and be good in an hour or so. But since losing weight, I've developed some pretty serious migraines. One of the first ones I had was a few days after my half-marathon. This made me think that maybe I was just super dehydrated, but it lasted for almost four days. I've begun to have more of them over the past year. People ask if I've changed my diet, and I say YES, to MUCH healthier foods! Why would healthy food and an exercise plan trigger migraines?

It's such a downer for me, because I obviously want to continue on this journey, and I don't ever want to gain the weight back. I've contacted a local neurologist who can't get me in until May 20th. This morning I woke up with another terrible headache. I took my medicine for it, which helps, but makes me foggy headed and I just feel sick.

I know it was naive and silly to think that losing weight would make my life perfect. I don't think I ever believed that would happen. But I also didn't think that I would start having a problem after changing my diet and exercise routine, that I never had while overweight.

This is probably the third or fourth blog I've written on this topic, so I apologize for the repetition. I just wanted you all to know that I'm still here and still on track, but I've had a headache for the past 9 days, so I'm just trying to suffer through for now.

I'm thinking I may have to go to the Emergency Room tomorrow if it isn't better, simply to find some relief and possibly to be seen sooner than May 20th. I'm going to continue to try and research migraines and their causes, but every doctor I've seen so far can't find anything wrong with me.

I would never want them to find a tumor or something seriously wrong, but I just wish there was something they could pinpoint or tell me to change that could prevent them. I'm beginning to live in fear of the slightest tingle or inkling in my forehead that one is about to start because I know how debilitating they can be for days at a time.

Anyways. Thank you as always for you love and support Sparkfriends. I hope you all are doing well on your journeys.

  
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HIPPICHICK1 4/10/2014 9:44AM

    Mrs. Carly has a good point. My first thought is food allergies. My second thought is Candida Albicans. You should research it because Candida was the cause of my headaches, sinus issues, asthma, ear problems, anxiety, depression, mood swings, paranoia, cloudy vision, balance issues, sore throat, itchy rashes, athlete's foot, yeast infections....it's a LONG list that goes on and on.
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SHEWWIMONSTER 4/9/2014 11:15PM

    I'm a migraine sufferer as well and have trouble pinpointing causes. Though by now, I figure it's just my lot in life (I've had them since I was a kid).

I see you've gotten lots of comments, so someone may have brought this up, but it's possible that it could be a muscle issue. I had a solid month of migraine symptoms a few months ago and eventually figured out that I had the king of all knots in my neck that was pressing on a major vessel and I just wasn't getting enough oxygen to my brain. I think when you're used to the headaches, it can be easy to overlook simpler issues.

If you're over pain pills, too, there are some alternative therapies. I make a feverfew tea that helps sometimes. It's not a miracle cure or anything...I can definitely tell that it works for me when I have a certain type of migraine, but it might provide you with some relief. Fair warning, though, it's SUPER bitter. Definitely tastes like medicine.

Good luck.

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MRS.CARLY 4/9/2014 8:11PM

    Have you ever thought about going to a holistic doctor and getting a food intolerance test? I used to get migraines so bad that I would vomit. Come to find out I'm allergic to Eggs, dairy, gluten, and yeast.

I can always tell when I've had any of them because within 15 minutes I start getting a headache.

A food allergy shows a reaction immediately…an intolerance can take up to 3 days to have a reaction. it is a huge reason why I could never pinpoint what was causing my headaches until I actually had blood work done. Now I get them so quickly after eating a trigger food because I have removed those foods from my diet. Otherwise I'm completely headache free.

I would strongly urge you to look into getting a blood test…..I was convinced I had a brain tumor, my head was hurting so bad all the time


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LOVINGKATE 4/9/2014 11:49AM

  There is always a reason for what ever is hurting us. It is not normal to have headaches or anything else for that matter. Keep looking. Check your hormone levels, thyroid, vitamin and mineral levels, food and sleep patterns and medications you are taking. Sometimes medications have ingredients in them you may react to. My prayer go out to you. These migraines are awful.

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BARBARAJ73 4/9/2014 10:23AM

    Thinking of you... emoticon Hope you can find some relief and tips from the medical community.

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BONOLICIOUS2 4/9/2014 8:47AM

    Very similar experience here, my migraines got worse as I lost weight. A few things they can check:

- hormone levels (mine went whack when I lost weight)
- your SPINE (mine is all jacked up, compressing the nerve & veins going to the brain - they should DEFINITELY check this especially if you've been working out more & YES running can make this worse! I found this out when, like you, I had a migraine for almost a week straight, had to miss work, etc and went to my primary doc in a state and she xrayed my neck - it is not uncommon!)
- Your levels of B, D, and iron vitamins
- You are probably already tracking what you eat, but are you tracking your sleep as well? Keep a food/sleep journal as sometimes they can ID triggers for you if they look it over

Overall - no one knows what a migraine is really like until they've had one. You're not crazy, it is NOT a joke, it is actually pretty darn awful. I really feel for you because it affects EVERYTHING and makes you feel miserable. It starts to drag you down hard when you can't find a REASON for it either. There IS a solution out there for you - keep trying hon! Hopefully they can get you on a healing path ASAP!


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  yiu have had great dvice from the others cant help here just hope you find a cure

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SNUFFKINS 4/9/2014 12:19AM

  -hugs- I have terrible headaches aswell, especially when I'm on my period. people always told me it would get bett if only I did something for my back. Now that I'm doing strength training as well as cardio ... it has improved only slightly. I don't get attacks as often as I used to but ... I'm still having problems. I'm just glad medication helps, though I always feel bad about taking pain killers :(

I hope they find something to help you :)

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JAMER123 4/8/2014 10:58PM

    Don't ever worry about blogging on the same topic when you are in need of an open ear. We do read and listen. It may be suggested already but if not, have you thought of allergies? Ti' the season and they have been pretty strong this spring with all the weird weather conditions we have seen over the winter. Take care and I hope you can find an answer to you migraines. I was a sufferer as well so I really understand the frustration.

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FEARLESSNOW 4/8/2014 10:35PM

    You may have already explored this, but are you on oral contraceptives? And if so, are you on the same pill/dosage as when you were heavier? If this is the case, you may want to look into this to see if it's a factor. Good luck.

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KERRIELYNN719 4/8/2014 10:34PM

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but awhile ago you posted that you had chiari malformation, right? One of the symptoms is migraines. My mother has it, she'll get migraines that knock her out of the run for a few days. She takes high blood pressure medicine which helps a little. She had surgery to alleviate some of the pressure and make more room in her head and back for the chiari and she is much better. The headaches aren't as often, and the vertigo has stopped almost completely....

I'm almost positive you posted about it though....that could be a huge huge huge factor of your migraines

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SOJOCHICK 4/8/2014 8:53PM

    Chronic headaches are terrible. I also have migraines and know how debilitating they can be, not to mention sucking the joy out of life. I hope they find an answer. One thing that has helped me is taking magnesium supplements. It's a powder called natural calm on amazon. It might not be the thing for you, but it's worth a shot maybe? All the best to you.

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SOFTBALLMONKEY 4/8/2014 7:16PM

    I hope you start feeling better soon. I am fortunate at this point not to suffer from routine migraines although I have had a few. But one of my friends has suffered from severe migraines since childhood and I know how bad they make her feel. I hope you find something that helps relieve the pain.

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WILDFLOWERS15 4/8/2014 6:40PM

    So sorry you are having so much pain. With changing your diet have you switched to ANY type of artificial sweeteners? I've only had 5 migraines in my life and I can track each one of them to artificial sweeteners. The last one I had I was actually in my Mother's neurologist's office for her appointment. I was in so much pain I was almost in the floor. She insisted he take a look at me. He asked what I had been eating, drinking etc over the past few days. I had started the Slim Fast Jump Start diet 4 days earlier which, of course, was full of aspartame. He told me to stop and never use artificial sweeteners again. He said the chemicals are so incredibly bad for you and create inflammation in your body. He sent me to the ER for fluids and pain meds. It took 3 days for the headache to subside. I've tried all the new sweeteners (in very small doses) to see if I could take them. Without fail, a headache starts. So I steer clear of them all. I pray you can find some relief soon!! emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 4/8/2014 6:22PM

    I'm really sorry to hear about your awful headaches. I do hope and pray that you soon get some relief and are able to pinpoint what causes them.

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DIANEINTN 4/8/2014 6:10PM

    emoticon I hope you find some answers soon. I had them many years ago and just knew I had a brain tumor (I also have MS) & demanded a MRI scan to rule it out. Thank goodness it was clear. I was throwing up they hurt so bad and really scared. My neuro put me on a med called Depakote. It took a few days but it worked. I stayed on this med for at least a year and then weaned myself off. I rarely have a headache anymore, even a slight one. Just be proactive in your fight to get to the cause.

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/8/2014 5:58PM

    There are some foods that are linked to migraines (I have read about it because my husband started getting them) like overripe bananas. Also, artificial sweeteners may trigger them. There is an article on spark about it. Unfortunately, there are so many triggers it's hard to know what is causing them. You could try eliminating certain foods and see if it helps.

There is also a natural supplement called mig-relief and it's a combination of calcium and magnesium. We got it from Vitacost. Butterbur is supposed to help with migraines and it is natural.

We got a prescription for migraines but were told to only use in case of extreme emergency and it can actually trigger more migraines if used too much. My husband has avoided it.

A friend has them and she uses Excedrin

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EMMACLAIRE5 4/8/2014 5:30PM

    I'm sorry for your pain and I hope that the headaches ease off soon! Hang in there!

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BROBBINS8 4/8/2014 5:03PM

    Go to the ER.... Not to scare you but I have a friend who had a very bad headache and it was a tumor. Just for piece of mind...

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DAWNESS0404 4/8/2014 3:22PM

    I hope the neurologist can help you. I have suffered from migraines since I was 10 years old. I have been on many medications. I do know there are certain foods that are triggers for me. I also know stress brings on migraines for me as well as that time of the month! . I dont get nearly as many migraines now as I used to. I think school and stress was a big one for me! I also now am able to take excedrin migraine and that usually does the job. I do know many people that do have to go to the emergency room for their migraines because they are so bad. Hopefully you will get some answers soon and maybe be able to learn what some of your triggers are and be able to avoid some of your migraines. Good luck!

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    hang in there

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KATD13 4/8/2014 2:57PM

    Migraines are the worst.

I've had mine since I was a child. I'd come in from playing, with the worst migraine.

As I've grown older I've been able to pinpoint my triggers. Each person needs to learn what they're individual triggers are.

Due to severe stomach issues, I can no longer take the meds that used to help me. I was forced to try a homeopathic remedy. I was skeptical, but it actually worked.
It's a nasal spray of capsaicin. It burns like fire, turns your eye's beet red. But it works, for me.

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DARBYGAL 4/8/2014 2:38PM

    There is a lot of wonderful advice here. My son suffers from food allergies and we've learned over time how powerful food is. I hope you find whatever is causing your migraines soon and get permanent relief!

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LARABY34 4/8/2014 2:23PM

    I am so sorry about your migraines. They are truly the worst. I had them from the time I was 20 to early 40s and was never able to completely master the art, but here are my humble tips:

1) if you take a beta blocker, you probably don't like the way it impacts your cognitive abilities. I know it is tough, but you have to force yourself to take the medication the MOMENT you feel it coming. Don't try to pretend it isn't a migraine or that you can hack it. By taking the medication early, you stop it from getting out of control. This in turn will allow you to take less meds overall and have a shorter "hangover"

2) Don't try to catch up on sleep. Messing with your sleep schedule is nearly a guarantee, but for me it is better to go sleepy for the day than to sleep through the morning and end up with an ice pick in my eye socket.

3) This one should be easy for you because you are already tracking. There has to be a trigger. It might not necessarily jump out at you but it is there somewhere. To make it fun, it isn't always consistent and sometimes it is a combination. My triggers were MSG, red wine, chocolate (sometimes) and swiss cheese. Needless to say, always avoid your trigger foods.

4) See if there is a monthly pattern related to hormones. Try an alternative to anti-inflammatories (heat etc) because migraines actually happen from the blood vessels opening wide, not squeezing shut like it feels.

5) This is not going to sound like a good idea, but I found that it works for me when I am in a full blown blind rage of pain. Have some squeeze your temples/head with a hot towel

6) Don't panic! It is common to feel like this time it really is it, your head is going to explode, but it is important to stay calm and breathe steadily.

7) If as part of your routine you vomit, ask your doctor for the medicine as an inhaler.

Be nice to yourself and I hope you feel better soon. Stay off your computer until you do!





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FIONUALA7 4/8/2014 2:17PM

    Hey Honey:

Don't let the headaches derail the awesome progress you have made in weight loss and exercise. My trigger for migraines according to my doctor was the caffeine I was ingesting (mostly through Diet Cokes). I have cut them down a lot and the headaches are not as often. I can relate to migraines - they are horrible. However, from your pictures, you are so beautiful and have a great looking boyfriend who looks like he loves you so much.

Keep up with the healthy habits. Go to the emergency and get a referral - but DO NOT GIVE UP ON THE PROGRESS YOU HAVE MADE.
Love and hugs and prayers.

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MIMOTOGO 4/8/2014 2:17PM

    So many good ideas here that were shared. As a massage therapist, I can attest to the fact that massage and chiropractic care is a HUGE help for those with chronic migraines. That being said, there is a "nutritional" trigger that contributes to migraines also. As we age, our bodies develop difficulties with certain wheat gluten, corn, soy, sugar, milk properties and a few others. A good rule of thumb, if you want to move on from your migraines, is to visit a "good Nutritionist" and go on an "Elimination Diet" for 21 days. Basically you eliminate all the "offender type of foods" for just 21 days. Hey, 21 days is easy! Anyone can do it for 3 weeks. Then you re introduce the foods one at a time. You would eat them two times in one day along with your normal food program you have been on, and then wait 3 - 4 days to see if you have any reactions. Sometimes an issue will show up as you are eating the food. Most foods are not the issue, and believe it or not, if you give your body a rest from these foods, most likely you will be able to eat them in the future with out all the problems they can cause. This is something that I have done and now know the foods that, if I want to feel good, I know what to stay away from. It takes some effort, but it is so much better than medication that puts a heavy load on your liver and other organs. Just a thought, take it if you like, or not. Just wanted you to have the tools/ideas that could possibly help you. Hope you feel better real soon.

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KALISWALKER 4/8/2014 2:00PM

    Possible migraines? There are migraine diets to suppress the triggers that cause the headaches.

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EVRLNGFOO 4/8/2014 1:54PM

    so sorry for your pain. i hope they are able to figure out something that is causing it and can be a quick fix. i'm sure if it were allergy or food related it wouldn't last that many days. but i don't really know. i discovered aspartame caused me severe headaches, they usually only lasted a day or two. imagine my surprise when i realized the cause of all that pain! haven't had one since i figured out the cause. i hear onions can be a cause, but that's a fairly common ingredient. maybe a pinched nerve?

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NANHBH 4/8/2014 1:39PM

    Are there any toxins in your environment that you are inhaling - anything at work like cleaning products? If you can smell them, they are toxic and might cause headaches.

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KMS41289 4/8/2014 1:15PM

    I know EXACTLY how you feel. I have been having chest pain for 9 months. I had Urgent Care and ER visits and no one could pinpoint exactly what it was. I was convinced every time I had a pain that my heart was messed up.

If going to ER will give you peace of mind, I say go for it. I did that for my chest and it cost a little bit, but I was a disaster and depressed and in so much pain it was worth it.

Good luck, hang in there and stay positive

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ADARKARA 4/8/2014 1:05PM

    emoticon I've never had a migraine but my husband had them basically constantly for over a year. He was put on very expensive medicine for SEIZURES. The neurologist was supposed to wean him off but he accidentally quit cold turkey when he got pneumonia. Strangely, after the pneumonia his headaches were totally gone. I don't recommend this path!

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KOLINA 4/8/2014 12:56PM

    I also get migraines and have had some terrible ones lasting over the last 7 days. I have a prescription that also helps with the majority of the pain, but, like you, I still get brain fog even when the pain is not full there. I've had the migraines since 17, and sometimes they only show up once every six months or year, but this spring has been really brutal. I know that the doctors aren't going to have a solution so I don't even want to waste my time going in, but my career requires a lot from me mentally and I can't afford the brain fog and pain for this many days in a row.

I'm sorry that you feel your weight loss has potentially been a factor in making them worse. I can say that for me it really hasn't seemed to make much of a difference. I can't pin point what will cause them or when they will strike.

I know some people who recommend seeing a chiropractor. It may be that losing the weight has shifted your spine and is putting new and different pressure on your nerves, especially in your neck. Maybe a little adjustment in that area can make a huge difference for you.

Anyway, feeling your pain, and wishing you wellness.

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 4/8/2014 12:49PM

    I went through the same thing you did, but in a different way. My healthy eating flared up the psoriasis inside me and my adventureness made my runner's knee so beynod worse. It sucks that being healthy can lead to so many more problems. Keep your head up i hope things get better!

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ANGELBELIEVER 4/8/2014 12:45PM

    I am sorry about your migraines. I know how awful they are. Maybe you can ask the neurologist to call if there is an appointment cancellation sooner than May 20th? If you have to go to the ER. Why suffer if you don't have to? emoticon

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SUSIEMT 4/8/2014 12:37PM

    Hey Bobcatgirl! My niece has suffered with migraines all her life. In the last 5 years she has become a massage therapist. She took a class on migraines and pressure points. She has not had a migraine since. She has taught many other migraine sufferers what to do. Talk to some massage therapists in your area to see if they can teach you what to do. You never know it just may relieve your headaches. Good luck!

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JUST_BRENDA 4/8/2014 12:31PM

    Yikes, migraines sound like they are tough to deal with (understatement). Best wishes.

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    I will be praying for you, and hope that nothing serious will be found when you go to the neurologist. Take care and emoticon .

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NICOLES0305 4/8/2014 12:22PM

    I find that now, since changing my eating habits, if I don't drink enough water I will get a headache. I never had that issue before changing to a healthier lifestyle!

You probably have already done so, but have you tried eliminating known trigger foods?

I would also try alternative methods of treatment as MATTEROFHEART suggested.

Good luck! I hope you get an answer soon!

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MTN_KITTEN 4/8/2014 12:21PM

    Please get medical advice but think about this ... are you having low blood sugar? When we change how we eat sometimes we need to eat more often.

We have greatly reduced our intake and our bodies have become programed to eat tons of food more than likely high starch/sugar. Now we are not eating volumes of crap but our blood sugar hasn't hit our new norm. I too have suffered most my life with migraines and have found that the better I eat the more often I need to eat. Like now ... I am not hungry but will eat yogurt and fresh pineapple to stave off a headache. If I let myself go too long without eating, I get a headache that does not go away for days even though I get myself back on track. I eat five times a day.

I am not a doctor ... just someone who found a solution that no one ever mentioned.

Take care

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SWEETLILBLUEYES 4/8/2014 12:08PM

    I am so sorry about your headaches! It could be completely unrelated to your new life style. Lots of folks don't develop allergies till they are in their 20's or later. Maybe some headaches are like that, though you mentioned having less severe ones as a child. I hope it's nothing serious and that you find an answer soon. Did you doctor recommend this neurologist? ER might give you some relief and they might have a referral that can see you sooner. I will say a little prayer for you. Feel better!

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MATTEROFHEART 4/8/2014 12:07PM

    I am one of your Spark stalkers, but have never commented on your blogs - lol! You may have already tried this, but you might want to try some alternative treatment, such as chiropractor or massage therapy. With all of your weight loss, something might be out of line causing the migraines. Just a thought. I'm silently rooting for you and hope you find relief soon!
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ZIZZZY 4/8/2014 12:03PM

    I really feel for you, migraines are no joke. I've found that mine correlate to what I eat. Also, splenda is one of my known triggers. Its pretty strict, but have you considered an elimination diet to try and find a culprit?

I hope you feel better soon!!

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KRYSTL719 4/8/2014 12:02PM

    ;) Try to see if there are things like smart meters installed around your home. If there already were and hasnt caused you any issues, then that may not be an issue. They emit strong frequencies that can cause these types of things. My mom dealt with a lot of headaches. I think hers were stemming from the diet sodas she used to drink a lot. Those things are horrible.

I hope you get well. I truly dont like seeing anyone suffer.

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I_WILL_ROCK_125 4/8/2014 12:01PM

    emoticon I suffer from frequent headaches. And migraines that can last up to a week at a time. I have yet to find an answer. I find if I can relax and not think about anything but my breathing, they tend to not feel as bad, or once in a while can stop one before it can start.

Sorry you are suffering. I hope they can find answers for you.

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    emoticon about the headaches and your consequent suffering. Suprisingly enough I can relate. In September- November last year I was consistent with my exercise and healthy eating and I was experiencing constant headaches. I struggled a bit from about December to February not exercising and not eating that great but I realized that the headaches were gone. I then started to get back on trcak in March and lo and behold the return of the headaches. Mine aren't as bad as yours though. I hope you emoticon
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