Just learned out of the blue last week that I have an autoimmune problem.

Since August '12, I've been seriously attempting to lose weight yet again. Before this time, in half-assed attempts I could easily drop five pounds. I have a wheat intolerance (probably all gluten the way it's looking) and just by dropping wheat products the weight would fall off and the bloat would go. Well, I came home puffy and jeans-not-fitting from a trip to see the Kansas branch of family, and I was determined to lose weight yet again.

Not a pound was shed. Just for stats, I recently turned 49, am 5'9", and have been bouncing around between 235 and 238 pounds. I'd like to be about 188. I tried just about everything....the Potato Thing, the LCHF thing, then I figured I wasn't losing because of too much fat so I went a tad lower with the fat and more protein. Since Jan. 1st I've been scrupulously weighing and measuring, and on Jan 13 I got a FitBit and went from couch potato to suddenly much more active - 10,000 steps or more a day. Not a pound.

So I whined to my doctor about a month ago. She sent me off for blood tests, the usual suspects. Glucose, thyroid, Vit B and D, etc. All that came back normal. What was NOT normal was ESR, CK, and protein in urine. That all indicates muscle breakdown and possibility of fun stuff like heart attacks. My dad has heart disease, so off I went for a stress test, and an antinuclear antibodies blood test. Stress test thankfully was normal. ANA indicated I have "speckled antibodies" which can mean anything from Sjogrens', lupus, to rhuematoid arthritis. Today I get a referal to a rheumologist and hopefully I can get in soon before the worry over symptoms and possiblilities do me in.

I had a weekend of derailing on wheat products....and whining. Today I picked myself up, got back on the "tad less fat, bit more protein" saddle. I'd like to think once I get an accurate diagnosis and treatment, I'll finally begin losing weight. Really hard to keep vanity out of it! I need to focus on HEALTH. I need to research anti-inflammatory diets. I need to research nightshades because I might have a problem with those. Sigh.