Saturday, June 6, 2020

What I Have in Common with Ex Hot Girl and Julie and Julia

I can hardly believe it's been about 3 weeks since my last blog post! Time has certainly been marching right along and I've been sauntering right behind it. Those weeks ago, I had lost 4 pounds and I was nearly able to fit in that pair of shorts. Well, days later I fit into those shorts. For one blissful day, they fit perfectly. Then, the next day, not so much. For the last 3 weeks after trying to meticulously watch my calorie intake, I've lost nothing else. And then towards the end, I just started throwing caution to the wind and eating copious amounts of Oreos and ice cream. Okay, so maybe it was more than that. We celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary and I might've gone a bit overboard.

Homemade sushi!

Homemade smores!

Not homemade Starbucks Frappucinos. The rest of the treats are not pictured. There were many.

It was clear that I needed to come at this whole journey a different way. I remembered several years ago I really loved this blog called "Ex Hot Girl". Jen (the blogger) was on a journey to lose weight and get fit again. While I thought she was beautiful as is, she referred to herself as an "ex hot girl". She struggled here and there with how to go about getting to her goals, but blogged the whole way through it. At a certain point, personal blogs like hers began getting less attention and she moved on. A few weeks ago I found her on Instagram and dropped her a note letting her know I was a reader from years ago and was happy to see her. She now lives a vegan lifestyle and is in very good shape. She told me she's healthier than she's ever been. Knowing where she came from and seeing where she ended up gave me a little boost of energy when it came to my own journey.

After doing a little research, I've decided that I am going to try eating a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. For the last year or so any time I eat my stomach balloons and my self-esteem shrinks drastically. So, I figured taking things out of my diet that are known to cause inflammation will help me jump start my health goals. Along with that, I will significantly be reducing my sugar intake (something I've already been working on before the Oreos and ice cream) as well as working to increase my water intake.

Another favorite from the past is the movie "Julie and Julia" where a blogger cooked her way through Julia Child's cookbook. The blog became a book and the book became a movie. In like fashion, I'll be cooking my way through the litany of gluten-free, dairy-free recipes and sharing the successes and fails along the way. I've heard lots of people have a hard time with this kind of diet because of withdrawals, but I feel like I have what it takes to fight through. Sometimes the most challenging things have the biggest pay offs.

I went to the local natural grocers this weekend and picked up a bunch of items that might help me make the transition without much of an issue. It's amazing how many gluten-free, dairy-free snacks there are! Mind you, I picked the least processed food items I could find (because some are pretty highly processed). I've put together my game plan for the coming week, took before pictures and recorded my weight (one day I might share both...but right now I'm not ready).

So, you gluten-free, dairy-free friends can go ahead and spam me with your recipes and favorites!


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