Those of you that read last week’s blog know I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease…If you didn’t know, or didn’t read the blog – SHAME ON YOU!! (Click here for the rundown.) In honor of the fact that I’m feeling much better, and to play off of my post from a few weeks ago – this week’s topic explores the GOOD…the GOODER (yes – I know this is not actually a word)…and the BESTEST (despite what I originally thought – bestest is a word in the dictionary. Learn something new every day!) facets of weight loss.
GOOD: You want to lose weight.
GOODER: You look for guidance and motivation to keep you going on your journey.
BESTEST: You check out my blog every week to know that there is someone else out there fighting the same battle.
GOOD: You walked a mile on the treadmill.
GOODER: You ran a 5K on the treadmill.
BESTEST: You made it to the end of the treadmill.
GOOD: A co-worker commented on your weight loss.
GOODER: A friend you haven’t seen in a while is shocked at how great you look.
BESTEST: Your mother makes you show her some ID.
GOOD: You buy lots of produce at the grocery store.
GOODER: You buy organic produce at the grocery store.
BESTEST: You grow your own vegetables…in your bathtub.
GOOD: Salad for lunch.
GOODER: Salad for dinner.
BESTEST: Salad for breakfast.
GOOD: You’re taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
GOODER: You’re biking to work instead of driving.
BESTEST: You’ve decided to swim to your European vacation.
GOOD: You do 50 sit-ups every day.
GOODER: You do 50 sit-ups every hour.
BESTEST: You never stop doing sit-ups.
GOOD: You do Yoga, Pilates or Zumba.
GOODER: You do Yoga, Pilates and Zumba.
BESTEST: You do Yoga, Pilates and Zumba, all at the same time.
GOOD: You achieved your goal rate on your heart rate monitor.
GOODER: You exceeded your goal rate on your heart rate monitor.
BESTEST: Your activity level melted your heart rate monitor.
GOOD: You have to cut back on cupcakes because of Gluten-free restrictions.
GOODER: You find a Gluten-Free bakery in town.
BESTEST: Your incredible sister bakes you a batch of the most delicious GF cupcakes with a dark chocolate ganache frosting so you won’t be left out when dessert is served.
GOOD: You watch what you eat.
GOODER: You don’t think twice about making a healthier choice when eating out.
BESTEST: You’ve lost the bad habits that got you in trouble in the first place. (Thank you, Celiac Disease!)
GOOD: Your clothes are a bit looser.
GOODER: You have to make a new hole for your belt buckle.
BESTEST: You have to buy suspenders to keep from mooning innocent bystanders.
GOOD: Eating healthier has opened the door to trying new vegetables.
GOODER: Your day consists of compiling a list 101 ways to cook a rutabaga.
BESTEST: You can now name every vegetable in the cruciferous family and accurately describe every aspect of their taxonomy.
GOOD: You feel comfortable being in public in a swimsuit.
GOODER: You feel comfortable being in public in a bikini.
BESTEST: Hello, nude beach!
GOOD: You drink 8 glasses of water a day.
GOODER: You drink your body weight in ounces of water daily.
BESTEST: Your city has just re-instated drought level water restrictions as the result of your daily intake.
GOOD: You’ve lost 10 pounds.
GOODER: You’ve lost 20 pounds.
BESTEST: You’ve lost 10% of your starting weight!!!
Not having any trouble with cooking at home, but I’m desperately missing the convenience I once had in terms of finding something to eat. Gone are the days of blindly going out to eat without doing research ahead of time…gone are the quick last minute trips through a drive thru to grab lunch on the go…gone are the days of recovering from a hangover with a chicken biscuit and a regular coke. (I know that accounts for about a zillion calories, but sometimes you’ve just got to grease it up to get yourself back to normal!)
I am now forced to be acutely aware of everything and everyone that might have touched my food. I have to guard my food to prevent someone from sticking their contaminated fork in my potato to have a bite. (Sorry dad – had to call you out on this one!)
I have to trust where I’m going to eat…have to trust that the person preparing my food doesn’t say “Gluten what?” and then proceed to grab my food immediately after touching a hamburger bun. I know that there’s probably a pretty good chance that everything will be ok…but right now, I’m not willing to take the risk. I’m not willing to undo what I’ve already done.
Why am I so OCD about it? Well…I cannot even begin to describe how amazing I have felt for the last week. Sticking to a very strict GF diet has done wonders for my digestive system, my energy level, and my skin, believe it or not. Do I miss bread, fried chicken, Campbell’s soup and licking envelopes? (Yep…the envelope lick-y part could contain trace amounts of gluten.) No I do not. Don’t miss the pasta, don’t miss crackers, don’t miss gravy…To go from feeling as awful as I felt for the last decade, and especially the last 6 months to feeling absolutely incredible – I don’t miss any of it…not for one second!
In honor of my digestive rebirth – I will leave you with this:
GOOD: You finally found out what’s been plaguing you health wise.
GOODER: You start to feel better after “treatment”.
BESTEST: You feel better than you have in 15 years!
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill