I'm learning all kinds of new stuff as I wade through the waters of my new lifestyle. I researched the difference between wheat and gluten because I thought they were the same thing. Wrong....sorta. Wheat is found in anything made with wheat flour: bread, pasta, cookies, cakes..... *sigh* Gluten is in wheat, but also in other grains: rye, barley, pumpernickel...... also a *sigh* but not as much as the wheat stuff. I haven't been diagnosed with Celiac's disease or wheat/gluten intolerance, but I've certainly had some symptoms (bloating, gas, diarrhea, and other yuckiness) which I have not had since I began to eliminate wheat from my diet (yay!). I allow myself a treat on special occasions or a bite here and there (off The Husband's plate, of course), but I know I'm better off without these things in my system.
There is one thing I know about me, however, and maybe you deal with this too. I love, love, love my chocolate, ice cream, and anything with buttercream icing. If I had to picture the rest of my life without these things, I know I'd feel shortchanged and deprived. I'd eat 'em anyway (rebel here, remember!) and probably way more than is healthy or necessary. But if I have a little taste here and there, I don't binge. But I also don't compromise. I went to a birthday party this past week and they had cake, a fan fave (I'm the fan). But it had that whipped shit for icing instead of buttercream. No thanks! If I'm gonna treat myself, I want the goooooood stuff!
I think The Husband gave me a compliment this week. He told me that my butt was smaller. Frankly, I don't see any difference so I said, "Really??" His answer: Ohmigod YES! So if my butt still looks big to me, but he says it's smaller, how fucking BIG was my ass??? And he was soooo emphatic I was a little shocked. When he saw my reaction, he tried to make it all sound better, but it just got worse. I guess the good news is that it's getting smaller....apparently. And, let's be honest, spouses are usually in a no-win conversation when it has to do with weight issues. So I've decided that, YES, it was a compliment.
We had family in for the weekend, so my eating wasn't quite as pristine as it has been. I made my famous chocolate cake because they adore it (everyone does!) and had a couple of small pieces, but sent most of it back home with them. There is one piece left for The Husband....and I'm not touching it! We had a great visit and I even got some laps in while they floated in the pool. Best news: I'm down two pounds today.
I'm still listening to my Slimpod, and I still love it!!
How's your battle of the bulge gone this week? How do you handle company and your eating style when the two collide?
Have you been there?