Friday, September 30, 2011

Day 22--Really? That went fast!

I can't believe it's been 22 days of being wheat free already!  Kev and I even survived a trip to Atlanta with no wheat!  I was looking forward to trying a gluten free hot dog at Turner Field (who doesn't love a good ballpark dog?) but I couldn't even begin to make myself get one as I was STUFFED from the veggie taco I had for dinner.  Make that 1/2 of a veggie taco.  I couldn't believe how full I was!  We also did have some tortilla chips and queso before our main course but still!  That is something I have to get used to.  I'm used to eating an entire platter-ful of food and rolling out the door.  We did a lot of walking on that trip too.  We were just down the street from food and coffee and enjoyed the crisp, cool air and the exercise.  I told him this might just be the first trip we've ever taken where we actually lose weight!  I think that being wheat-free actually made our trip more enjoyable because I always want to try local restaurants but Kev just isn't that adventurous.  Most of the local places were the ones that had gluten free items.  We had the BEST pizza at Blue Moon Pizza in Buckhead.  I would LOVE their recipe for crust.  You would have never known it didn't contain wheat.  It was crispy and perfect.  I wish we had one here in Knoxville!  

I guess I haven't been updating the blog much because I felt like I would just be saying the same thing over and over again.  I still have energy throughout the day and I'm not snackign all the time.  I did have a day, recently, when I did feel like snacking so I don't know what that was about but for the most part, I'm doing well on it.  I just wish I would see a difference in my clothes or on the scale.  I'm not really discouraged by that though because I feel so great.  It's worth it for that reason alone.  

I spread out 4 bales of straw (wheat straw) yesterday to cover grass seed for our dirt patch...oops, I mean backyard!  I started sneezing a bit while spreading it and today I have been absolutely miserable.  I take Allegra every night and haven't had any flare ups this entire summer until dealing with the wheat straw.  Coincidence?  I think not.  Just an interesting observation.  

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Weight Loss Realized

I'm not quite ready to talk openly about my weight -- not as a number at least.  Once I'm buff and 160, I'll share numbers -- but let's call it the heaviest I've ever been.  However, in the past I've noticed that no matter how hard I try -- working out casually or eating better... makes literally no difference in weight.  For the past year, I've been almost exactly where I am today.  I fluxuate + or - 5lbs, depending on the time of day.  So let's call it my "morning weight" vs "night weight".

When we started the wheat-free experiment, I was extremely apprehensive.  While I wanted to believe the claims in the book, I am naturally skeptical about miracle cures.  I'd rather be pleasantly surprised that it worked -- as opposed to being disappointed in the experiment (and myself) when it failed.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Office Space and Buckeye Balls

Anyone who has seen Office Space instantly relates to the dialogue including "Corporate Accounts Nina Speaking, Just a moment" (and repeat)...  Being in a cubical farm is survivable, even with repetitively monotonous phrases.  This challenge for me, however, is to listen to the conversations at the bake sale.

The office set up a charity bake sale that's been going on since 9:30am or so.  53 feet from my desk, patrons approach to discuss how delicious the triple-fudge cupcakes were, or "how much is this cheesecake?!"  I can not only picture the food -- I can taste it in my brain.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 3

Well, today has been a good day.  I don't feel the need to eat constantly.  I am getting filled up on smaller meals and my nighttime snacking has stopped (wahoo!).  I also didn't have time for my morning coffee today (trying to wrangle everyone out the door for church services) and I didn't even notice it!  I am normally doing all I can to keep my eyes open when that happens but I felt like I had had coffee today.  Amazing!!

Having a 2 year old and a 4 year old in the house means that peanut butter sandwiches are quite the staple here.  I used Pamela's Gluten-Free Bread Mix & Flour Blend.  It was incredibly easy to make!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day 2 Happenings

Okay, so there wasn't a lot of stressing about food today.  I'm finding that I'm not sitting around thinking about what I could be snacking on, which is highly unusual for me.  I can be sitting around, totally engrossed in something and then just BAM! think that I want something to eat but not today!  The other thing I have been noticing is some memory problems so I don't know if this is because of the wheat still affecting my system.  There are certain details that I should know without much effort that I am having to sit for a good 15 minutes (or more) to come up with.  Oh but the big thing I am noticing is how I haven't had the 2pm siesta time.  I am normally fighting to stay awake at that time of day, every day but not for the past few days.  Oh, did I also mention that I'm not buying any more Diet Dr Pepper too?  I figured I'd work on keeping my teeth enamel intact as well.  

Friday, September 9, 2011

Kev's Lunch Today: Headless BK

In geek speak, "headless" refers to a command-line-only server OS.  For instance, if I installed Red Hat without the Gnome or KDE components -- it might be referred to as "headless", running in init level / runlevel 3.  I'm a big fan of the term "headless" and I have used it for years when referring to the basics of a certain product - such as a burger without the fluffy bun.  Today is no exception.

So since I work walking distance from Burger King, I expended the energy to "exercise" across the parking lot to get a Double Stack.  Large fries too.  I removed the bun and salvaged what I could of the cheese... but I ate the entire burger, bacon, sauce, and most of the fries.  If this 30 day experiment is going to show any changes, I'm not going to trick it into false results.  I'm going for the gusto.

Tonight's Dinner

So I had already been planning to make a quick Tuna Noodle Casserole for dinner before we started this book.  I drove by Earth Fare (let me say how happy I am to live in an area where I have a healthy market near us!) and found some spiral noodles made from corn and rice flour.  The casserole came out great!!  I also now have blackberry cobbler in the oven with the flour mix that I paid an arm and a leg for!!  I just did it P-Dub style and substituted the wheatless flour mix for the wheat flour she calls for.  So, all in all, not such a bad day.  I do have a bit of a headache but I did notice I didn't have the 2pm slump that I always have.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

The Pioneer Woman's Blackberry Cobbler