Staring at a blank screen, don't know what to write!

Coming off the steroids has been good and bad. The good is that the water in my legs is gone, the tooth sensitivity is much better, there's hardly any more cramping in my legs and feet. The bad news is the rash is coming back a little bit, and my skin is so dry I think it's going to peel off. I've lost about 2 pounds. The weight that I lost that first couple of days pretty much came right back. I am feeling a lot better than I was though, so that's good. The problem is, I feel pretty much the same as I did before diagnosis. I don't feel like the meds are helping at all, and let's be honest, I'm doing horribly at sticking to the gf diet. Well, not that horribly but still, not that good. It's hard when you have no time and no money. I know, excuses, excuses. I feel like if I did stick to it consistently I would feel better, I just haven't been able to do it yet. How do you stick to it? What works? I'm very frustrated these days! I packed my lunch today. It's a good start.

There are 11 weeks left in 2008. Last night I went over money for the rest of the year and started to plan a budget for next year. If I'm smart next year I can put up to $3,000 into savings and have my credit cards completely paid off by January 2010. How awesome would that be? So awesome. That's providing my roommate doesn't decide to move out. If she does, I doubt I will get another roommate and will have to find a one bedroom for myself. That will pretty much cut the savings out but my credit cards will still be paid off by the end of the year. Either way, it'll all work out, and that's really great. I've been busting my butt to get this debt paid off and to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel is really exciting.

I don't have much of anything exciting to say these days so the blog's been kind of quiet. I'm hoping it will pick up soon with lots of gluten-free success stories rather than sporadic confessions about my lack of success. The hardest part of my day is breakfast. Everything else is easy. I really wish they made gluten-free instant oatmeal packets, like Quaker Oats. That would make my life so much better...


Lisa said…
Hi Jenny,

I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago. It is hard sticking to a gf diet, but worth the health benefits. I'm a bit older than you and can't imagine having to do it at your age. I do have a couple of quick breakfast tips...I usually eat Rice Chex Cereal and a banana for breakfast. The Chex are a little boring, so I usually put some brown sugar or maple syrup on top. Also, with it being fall, I baked up some gf pumpkin bread (you could even do muffins for a quick on-the-go snack). It's wonderful with coffee or tea and are healthy for you! You could also do hard-boiled eggs, if you like them. Sometimes, I buy "EnviroKids" cereals.."Panda Puffs" are really good..put them in a ziploc bag and take them along. There's a really good blog out there called Gluten-Free is Life... This woman can really plan a menu! I hope this helps!

Liz said…
Jenny, I feel your pain. It can be difficult, but it's almost a mind-set you have to force yourself to have: be stubborn if anyone tries to get you to cheat, always carry some sort of gf food with you so you are not tempted and stock up on things like chex, corn tortillas and rice that are inexpensive and easily excessible. Lisa has some really great tips.

I've actually been meaning to write a "gluten-free (and dairy-free) tips" post and you are inspired me to actually do that. :)

Oh, P.S. No kickboxing for me tonight :( I am getting over a craptacular sinus infection (remember when I said last week that I felt a sore throat coming on?) and I don't want to push my recovery back. Ugh. I'm bummed, but with the traveling I know it'd be dumb to mess with my immune system right now.
Rochelle said…
Have you tried Instant Breakfast packets? They are really quick, and most flavors (except chocolate malt) are gluten free. If you like Granola, Trader Joes carries really good gluten free granola. They also have frozen gluten free waffles and pancakes. I think I have seen packets of quinoa flake cereal at A New Leaf, which might be similar to hot oatmeal.

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