Monday, January 12, 2009

Kicking Gluten Free Butt.

Well, this was a tough weekend. I went out Friday night with friends and had a few too many cocktails. Ok, well I had three cocktails, but they were pretty much all alcohol with a splash of cranberry juice for coloring. Since I rarely drink anymore, those three little devils really knocked me on my ass. I might have also been taking sips of other people's drinks at the table as well...

So I spent my entire Saturday laying on the couch recovering. I really hate being hung over. I don't just get hungover either, my stomach totally rebels from my alcohol abuse. I know I'm better off without it, but this particular night, I needed a little liquid courage. Yeah, so Saturday was a total bust. And then it started snowing, so Sunday was another day spent lounging around the house. At least I got up and took a shower. That was nice. The way I lay on the couch is not very friendly to my spine, or legs, or any part of my body, so needless to say, today I'm kinda sore. And cranky for not doing anything all weekend.

The upside to all of this, is that I have still not cheated. I've been totally gluten-free for eight days plus today. For me, that's a big accomplishment. I'm pretty excited. The other bonus is that I've lost about 5 pounds in those 8 days. I know that seems like a lot, but it's kinda like the first week at weight watchers, you always put up a big number but that levels off right quick. I'm a little concerned about my energy levels and stomach issues. I'm really having a hard time with Crohn's paranoia. I'm terrified that no matter what I do, it's just going to keep getting worse and I'll eventually end up having surgery or something. It scares the crap out of me (ha!) and I'm not sure how to get control of that. I feel like I'm always always always sick. I'm trying to stay positive and just keep pushing through and know that it takes a long time for the body to adjust and start to feel better. I just wish the process would speed up a little bit! But I actually am feeling better at least a little bit. I'm just gonna keep at it. The thing is, it's not getting worse, I'm just a lot more aware of it now. I just have to try to relax! I need to take up Sally's suggestion and get into some meditation. I had this grand yoga plan but I made it too complicated for myself. Just take it easy...

5 comments:

Diana said...

Those drinks were crazy strong!

Marlow said...

I'm so proud of you!! The first month is the hardest. Great job!!

Kerrie aka GFShaolin said...

I'd say it gets better...lol
I do drink gf beer when I can get it, but i stick to wine (which is a bad hangover) but, i do like the Ciroc Vodka...made from grapes!!!!

sallybranwyn said...

Oh man, I totally feel you about feeling like you're always sick. I've gotten bad again, after feeling way better for several months. So I've re-cut out dairy, but that hasn't made much difference (it's only been a week). Doesn't it feel like your twenties are just being sucked away? Sorry for the depressing; but I sympathize.

And speaking of drinking, when are you, Allie, me (and others?) getting GF beer? :)

Allie said...

Nice work Jen! Keep up the gluten free life! AND WOW - 8 lbs, that's awesome....

And hey Sally -- YES! I was at Washington Square tavern the other night & had some Redbridge.... it made me SO happy.

Allie ;)