Thursday, December 20, 2012

That Gluten Thing

I've been feeling A LOT better lately. I have not had bread in the house and have been very careful to eat gluten-filled foods in moderation, but far less than I had been. Now that I'm back to only having it off and on, instead of regularly, I have not had any odd stomach pains or nearly as much gas. I really suspect that it is a gluten sensitivity and now that I've drastically decreased gluten in my diet, I'm feeling better. I think that when I was having problems a couple weeks ago, I was just having way too much of it in my diet. 

I did not end up going to the doctor because around the same time I realized that my diet needed to improve anyway. Part of that was decreasing foods that have gluten in them (breads, pastas). I have had some of these items (like once piece of hand-tossed pizza last week and maybe a quarter cup of spaghetti at a potluck this week), but I'm not eating two to four pieces of toast a day like I was. My weight hasn't really changed a whole lot...  Well as far as I know; I am sticking to official weigh-ins on Saturdays. Last Saturday it was down a little from what it had been. I except to continue to see some weight come off, as long as I continue to behave myself.

In terms of eating I have had a couple not-so-great days this week...Not in that I overate or ate a ton. I just indulged in some unhealthy things (m&ms) that are higher in calories. As far as meals, I've done really well at sticking to things that are healthy. I'm eating lots of fruits and veggies (again, mostly fruits), getting my protein, and have been healthy overall.

Now that all of my treats are baked and temptations are removed from my house (well, not removed, but now they're made into gifts for others), I'm sure my eating will be even better. I skipped working out yesterday so that I could get my baking done...Well, kinda. I should say baking is what I did instead of working out. I had a chiropractor appointment and didn't get home until around 6:00, and just did not feel like doing a workout.  Instead I cleaned up a little and started baking for the weekend. I made two kinds of cookies and three kinds of fudge. I also baked a cake to get ready to make some cake balls tonight. I have a friends Christmas on Saturday and these are going to be gifts for my friends. Since they are safely in gift packages, I won't eat them.  I have some extra fudge that I haven't touched at all... Small victories!

My dinner last night was not the healthiest... Instead of actually eating dinner I had little samples of treats. This kept me on track with calories, despite not being very healthy. I tried one each of the cookies and then small pieces of each kind of fudge. I refuse to give things away unless I try them to make sure that they're good. They were delicious!!

I'll be back to working out this evening. I have a 30 minute run on the schedule and then I'll be doing some TF and maybe a BBL workout since I haven't done one of those in a while. I'd say I have a good 90 minutes of working out on my agenda for this evening - can't wait!!

I'm really hoping to get my cake balls done at a decent time so that I can get to bed early tonight. I haven't gotten up for a morning workout in a good two weeks now. I really need to get back on track with that! It's hard when you don't feel well or don't get to sleep early enough!! I am supposed to be going to a birthday party for two of my friends tomorrow evening (married couple) so getting up early to workout will be a really good thing tomorrow. I think it's a late dinner/appetizer or snack and drinks type gathering. It's at a local restaurant/bar. I will most likely eat before I go (no tempting restaurant/bar foods) and only stay for a glass or two of wine. This way I'll have eaten a healthy dinner... This means that I will have to have enough time to workout, shower, get ready, and have dinner all before 7:00, when I'd have to leave. That could be pushing it for me. If I can do part of a workout in the morning and make my evening workout shorter (or not have to do one at all!), it would be a good thing.

I'm looking forward to seeing this group of friends and getting out for a bit. It won't be some crazy boozy night out and I'll probably be home by 10:00 (at the latest). I've also really been looking forward to wine this week. I've almost opened a bottle twice, but haven't. I don't like to open it if it's going to sit for too long... I think that's why I usually wait to enjoy wine with my cousin. I know there's no harm in having a glass of wine every couple nights, but I really just don't like to drink too much.... But I do love my wine!! Anyway, everything is good in moderation.

Anyway....I'm hoping that the birthday is a "go" for me.  In case you haven't seen the news, the Midwest has been getting some yucky weather. Several (like 90) flights out of O'Hare were cancelled. That's not something that happens all the time... Things have to be pretty bad for airlines to cancel flights. Iowa has been pounded and it's all moved/moving east. It's not too terrible yet, but I hear it's coming. If that happens, I'm not driving to the party. It's only a 30 minute drive but I'm a big wimp when it comes to driving in wintry weather conditions!! Hopefully things aren't too yucky. I haven't seen these friends in a while and it would be great to spend a little time with them.

I also hope that the weather is better by late Saturday morning. I'm pretty excited to see the group of friends that I'm celebrating Christmas with. I'll be bummed if I miss that! That drive will be a good 35-40 minutes... And I'm not looking forward to doing it in nasty weather. I also really do not want to be stuck with seven gifts worth of cookies and fudge!!! I'm pretty sure that I'd bring them to work on Monday and give them to some of my co-workers instead, if that were to happen. No matter what, I cannot keep that stuff for me -- I really do not want to eat it!!!

I suppose I should get to that workout... 90 minutes will take up a good chunk of my evening and I really need to get some other things done!

Hope you're having an excellent week - and that you're getting your Christmas preparations done!!


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