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Gluten is just plain eeeeeevil.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


For my body anyway. I was telling my SIL this weekend that the cycle for me was:

1. achy knees
2. knock out gluten
3. Yay! WAY better knees!
4. Oops, eat gluten
5. Tendonitis in arm and achy hip
6. knock out gluten
7. Yay! Back to feeling good!
8. D'oh! eat gluten

and after this weekend's gluten binge (seriously, WHEN will I learn?!??!?!?!)
I now have incredibly achy fingers on my right hand.


It's my own fault. I KNOW BETTER (and there are at least 20 blogs I've already written backing this up!) but still I veer off track and eat gluten. And then, not only do the OLD aches & pains comes back, but NEW ones show up!!!!! I went so long here on Spark having success by never denying myself, but by exercising moderation, and right now, I have to tell you I am STILL STRUGGLING to ELIMINATE this harmful substance from my body once and for all, even though I KNOW I will suffer for my bad choices.

Alright, that aside, my stomach is UBER bloated from grains over the weekend, and that just is not going to work with my vacation goal (79 days!!! We're in the 70s!) of FEELING CONFIDENT. There is just nothing confidence inducing about a jiggly stomach that is pooched out way more than normal!

Kept it pretty clean yesterday, and going good so far today:

smoothie made at home (banana, strawberries & some almond milk)
iced coffee (regular, nothing fancy-pants)
apple & peanut butter

Lunch will be leftover chicken breast from last night, avocado & ??? and dinner is in the crock pot: beef roast, potatoes (which i'll likely pass on) and carrots.

Did my toning class this morning, and will practice some new material for the combo class tomorrow morning (need some new Sentao routines).

I really like where my toning class has gotten these days: It feels very well rounded to me: lots of lower body with squats & lunges, some challenging upper body with a lot of diversity (lots of shoulder work, bicep and tricep) good balance elements in there (two routines) and lately more moves that focus on the core (my obliques feel it!). Also introduced girl pushups (on knees) and hope to progress class to regular one day. This group is made up of diehard regulars (hello, it's 5:30 a.m.! Diehards only need apply! lol) who need absolutely no coaching anymore on proper squats & lunges (they ALL had great form this morning! I was so proud), so I think they can master the push up along with me. emoticon Anywho, makes me happy because I just NOW feel like I have the confidence to teach toning (good toning, anyway).

This weekend is going to be blissfully QUIET. No graduations/birthdays/dance recitals/zumba events/yardwork. AND on top of that, DH may take the girls to our friend's house a couple hours away for the weekend (they used to be our neighbors; kids were devastated when they moved) so that means an EMPTY HOUSE!!!!! (except for the animal circus) and my dumb butt is already going....hmmmm....I *could* get the deck stained......GAH! OR I could just veg & lounge & watch the tv ALL DAY LONG if I felt like it. emoticon The really good side of that is, I will only have to worry about food for ME and me alone, so I should be able to stay on track! emoticon

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    I really need to go back and read your blogs on gluten.. and also research this..
    I never really thought about me having a gluten problem.. but I am wondering now if I do... I have achy joints ... mainly knees and fingers...
    and when I eat bread I bloat LIKE CRAZY..

    I went without bread for 1 yr but also limited dairy and no sugar..

    I felt amazing..
    always figured it was because of no sugar.. but I might have been wrong

    THANK you for writing this
    1642 days ago
    Luckily, I do not have a problem (that I have identified) from gluten! Thank goodness, it sounds awful hard to manage! But like anything, I am sure it's worth the effort!!! Keep looking for those gluten free alternatives, Babe!!!

    I teach Toning, but try not to teach push-ups in it. I only tried to do that ONCE, and it ruined the flow of the class (to me!) and I didn't enjoy the exacerbated expressions on my members faces when they had to return to their feet! LOL
    How many hardcore ladies attend a Toning class at 5:30am???

    Enjoy your quiet weekend! You deserve it!! emoticon emoticon
    1643 days ago
    I have confidence in you! You can do it! You can go on a gluten free diet for 70 days, I know you can! Look at how great you are doing with everything else, all the workouts, you just have this one habit of eating gluten free to conquer. There are so many great choices out there to eat too.
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    You can go all the way!
    1643 days ago
    I so agree! I've been gluten-free since November of 2012. I feel so much better! It wreaks havoc on my body...
    1644 days ago
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