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I vividly remember this day two years ago. I had been in the hospital earlier in the week for an upper GI to find the cause of indigestion that the usual medications could not stop. The specialist had assured me that the scope would show either that I had a hiatal hernia or that my sphincter muscle was too loose. Afterwards she told me that I didn't have a hiatal hernia and that if anything my sphincter muscle was tighter than normal. She had taken a sample of tissue from my inflamed stomach, and she assured me that when the lab report came back it would show the bacteria that causes ulcers. Then she would put me on antibiotics and I would be fine.
Today two years ago her office called. There was no bacteria. All the tests were normal. "Then why," I asked, "is my stomach inflamed and why am I in pain?" "Diet and stress," she replied.
I stormed around the house. I ate a healthier diet than anyone I knew (lots of whole grains of course). I was busy, but not upset or frustrated. The only stress I had was daily indigestion. I complained loudly to God. This just wasn't fair. Eventually I stopped storming and complaining. I listened, and God spoke quietly to my heart - "Maybe you've missed something."
I got in the car and drove to my favorite health food store. The owner was gone, so I began flipping through the indexes of the books she had for sale. I picked up Eat Right 4 Your Type and saw myself. I went on the diet cold turkey at that moment. My family thought it was wacky, but it worked. In a week I was off of all stomach medication.
I just read my June 13 blog from last year. I wrote about all the changes that I experienced in my first year on the BTD. There haven't been as many changes this year. I weigh 2-3 pounds more than I did a year ago. But I measured myself over the weekend and my measurements are exactly the same as they were this time last year. Clearly I have converted fat to muscle.
The first year I was on the BTD I was hesitant to buy new clothes. I was happy I had unexpectedly lost weight, but I wasn't convinced it would stay off. My clothes were pretty baggy this time last year. Last summer I began replacing my old clothes with new ones two sizes smaller. I'm now confident I won't go backwards, and my wardrobe is stylish again.
Indigestion is completely a thing of the past. My allergies are much better than they were a year ago. This time last year I took an occasional antihistamine - I can't remember the last time I had to take one. I had a very stubborn virus last winter that turned into a secondary infection. That was disappointing - but the good news was that I didn't have a single cold all winter.
I can think of three things I would like to work on in year number three. 1) I would like to build enough muscle to cover my bony shoulders and neck. 2) Though my legs are a lot firmer, there is still room for improvement. 3) I want to find more recipes that are healthy and tasty for both Os and As.
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