“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” – Drake
I awoke this morning a little earlier than my new norm with the same gluten-induced headache I’ve had for days. I know what I’m doing wrong. The clinic offers packaged convenience snacks that are 100 calories and have 10 grams of protein. I love the Chocolate Celebration Delight Bars, Signature BBQ Zappers, and the pancakes, and I would highly recommend them to you if you can tolerate gluten. In fact, I’ve recommended them to you and put them in Tanya’s Treasures. Unfortunately, I cannot tolerate gluten and should not be eating them.
I wasn’t at all surprised when I was diagnosed with arthritis in my early 30’s, because almost everyone in my family has been affected by it. The pain I felt daily in my neck, back, and hands was so intense I found myself in tears multiple times a day. The terrible pain went away completely when I went gluten-free. Well, guess what’s coming back?
Standing in front of the almighty scale, I confess that I have officially started cheating on my diet. I read the first chapter of the South Beach Diet Super Charged last night. I love Arthur Agatston, MD and have a lot of respect for his research. Did you know 1/3 of Americans over age 20 are obese? Wow! You can find the book the South Beach Diet Super Charged in the Book Nook.
I step on the scale and it looks like I have lost a few more ounces. Good deal. But I know what you are all wondering or at least I know what I would be wondering if I were you. How much weight have I lost and kept off over the past sixteen years? The answer is a little over 60 pounds!
And what does everyone ask anyone who has successfully lost weight? “How” or “What did you do?”. Oh, friend, I wish I could give you an eloquently prepackaged answer, but it wasn’t like that for me. I’ve thought about whimsically answering with something like, “one pound at a time”, but that wouldn’t be the truth. For me, it was more like one ounce at a time.
I would love to hear your success stories and how you took the pounds off. Please stay tuned to future blogs for more information on how I lost the first sixty pounds and what I will do to lose the next sixty!