Tuesday, May 31, 2016

FODMAP Challenge Week 6: Fructans

So yeah, fructans.  They kind of sucked about as much as I thought they would.

I was super squirrely this week with the challenge foods and definitely overloaded my system with high FODMAP foods, but even at the beginning of the week when I was being all scientific and good, my stomach wasn't that happy.  Pizza felt heavy, garlic powder caused some cramping and heartburn and I just generally didn't feel good at all.  And I started the week off stopped up, and let's just say things didn't improve.  We had a super wild weekend food-wise, so my poor system is thrown into another dimension level out of wack.  I pretty much did it all:  Lactose, Sorbitol, Fructans (also known as ice cream, metric ton of avocado, salsa and tequila.  So much tequila).

This whole thing has been a bit disappointing, but in may ways I feel fortunate.  I could have a life threatening allergy or celiacs, so I'm fortunate that the worst thing that will happen to me is that I'll get stomach cramps/bloating/constipation if I overload on FODMAPs.  I mean it could be worse, I could have a situation where I have to carry an epipen around.  In some ways I'm grateful that I had to do this diet.  I feel like I make better choices now, am happier with less food, am in the habit of packing my breakfast and lunch every single day and am more in tune with how my body feels.  I'm just trying to stay positive about it all, and there are definitely positives to be had!

My game plan going forward indefinitely is to just pretty much eat low FODMAP most of the time and avoid triggers, but to not stress if I'm in a situation where I have to ingest something high FODMAP.  Yes, I'm even going to try to stay gluten free where I can.  I honestly don't miss it that much, and when I've had it over the last few days I feel gross afterwards.  I also notice my desire to snack goes through the roof.  Coincidence perhaps, but I find it odd that whenever I had any fructan stuff that I would get weirdly snacky and overeat.  Anyway, there's no reason to mess with what's working.  Once I get back from my travels, I'm going to go back to 100% low FODMAP for at least a week to try to get my poor system working properly again.

I leave this week for Minneapolis to see my friend M, and I am SO excited!!  It will be amazing to see her after so many years, plus it will be cool to see a new city.  I leave Friday so I will get my Thinner Thursday post up.  I'm honestly not expecting great things after hoovering down delicious fatty things all weekend, but you know, I guess we'll see!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thinner Thursday and Nine Years

Ack!!  I can't believe I almost forgot to post my Thinner Thursday post.  It was a good one this week!

Previous Weight:  188.6
Current Weight:  187.4
Difference:  -1.2

Yes, after complaining and being mildly bummed last week, I finally dropped more than 0.4 pounds of weight!  I honestly think my digestive system is to blame (fructans are going just about as lame as I expected they would), but at least I had a nice loss this week.  I've really not done much of anything different as far as diet or exercise so, I'm just going to keep plugging away.

So today is a very special day because it's the 9th anniversary of my poor husband legally binding himself to me.  The poor guy.  In all seriousness, I can't believe it's been 9 years already.  It seems like just yesterday we were lining up in the balls ass hot sun of Las Vegas to take pictures and head into the Little Church of the West.  (Adorable chapel if anyone wants a quick but non-tacky Vegas wedding).  Our wedding was a glorious 4 minutes long and there was no reception.  We went back to Mandalay Bay, ordered room service cake and reveled in the air conditioning.

Eric is a wonderful person and an even better husband.  No one makes me laugh harder than he does, and no one seems more capable of putting up with my shenanigans.  There's no one else in the world I'd rather be married to or share adventures with.  I'm a very lucky lady!

The dysfunctional Layton family!

If there is a Sex Pistols poster in an airport, I WILL take a selfie with it.

Photo booth at the Holiday Ale Fest. Yes we were very tipsy.

The infamous Lucy statue!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Meta Stream of Consciousness

Y'all I woke up feeling all meta and zen today.  I've been finding that's happening to me more and more lately as my weight continues to drop.  I just feel like I've shed a lot of crap and nonsense out of my life and am simplifying things.  I feel like I continue to shed that stuff and am getting closer to who I am fully supposed to be.

I am about halfway through my 8 week Fitness Blender program and guess what?  I have not skipped a single, solitary day of it.  Me, the person who hates schedules and following the rules has faithfully followed a schedule for 4 whole weeks!  There have been times where I've had to swap a rest day or double up 2 days of workouts in one due to late night concerts, but I have not missed a single workout in the program.  Not only have I not skipped a day, I bought another program of theirs specifically for lifting that starts immediately after this challenge ends.  It makes me feel really good about myself as a person and obviously makes me feel good physically.  I feel better about my body than I ever have, and if I could time travel and tell myself these things, I would have started strength training many years ago.

The crazy thing to me is how easily it's come to me.  Every day I get home from work and go right upstairs to do my workout without even really thinking about it.  It's like brushing my teeth or feeding the dog, it's just something I do every day that needs to be done.  No angst, no hand wringing, it just is.  Just like my teeth need to be brushed or they'll rot out, and the dog needs to be fed or she'll starve and riot in the streets, working out needs to happen or my body doesn't feel good and I won't reach my goals.  To not brush my teeth or feed the dog would be neglectful and weird.  Not working out feels the same way, to the point my rest days feel weird.   You read about these things in fitness magazines all the time, about making workouts non-negotiable and part of your day, but I've never been able to put it into practice until the last few months.  I'm not sure why, it was just something my brain couldn't do, until one day it clicked.  Now I get it.

I have to admit, running seems like a distant memory these days and that realization is all kind of part of the meta zen thought process I've had lately.  I just can't see myself doing another race, and definitely can't picture myself going out for a run just because I feel like it.  Lifting weights has been a bit of a revelation because for the first time, I am doing an activity where I can actually see consistent improvement.  I went from doing 5 pound deadlifts to now doing 15 pounds (and could comfortably do 20 if I had the weights).  That's consistent, I know I can go upstairs today and do a 15 pound deadlift, then walk up there the next day and do 15 pounds.  With running I just never could see or gain improvements.  Most of that is my fault because I didn't put in the work necessary and wasn't consistent, but some of it was the nature of running.  Some days you can go out there and feel like Usain Bolt, and then 2 days later for no reason, you'll feel like shit/cramp up/go slower.  Mentally that was very discouraging for me and I think contributed to why I had so much mental thrash with it and lack of motivation to be consistent.

The great thing about weights is that I had no baseline of what I'm "supposed" to lift, so I just started lifting what I could and didn't worry about it.  Then that weight got easier so I upped it.  Then that got easy, then I upped it again.  I imagine by the end of the program I'll be upping things yet again.  That progression has been amazing for my confidence and self esteem.  Watching muscles get defined little by little encourages me to keep going.  There's just an ease to it that I never felt with running.  Running always felt hard and like it would never be easy no matter what I did.  Lifting feels natural.

And I'm certainly not saying running is the devil or that I hate it.  I think it's an incredible sport, takes an great deal of effort and moxie and I will never cease to admire those I see out there getting it on a daily basis.  I think I've just realized it's not my calling or exercise of choice anymore, and that I'm okay with that.  I remember being so sad and stressed about this at the beginning of the year, but now I'm chill about it.  Hilarious considering my blog name, but it's okay.  It's part of my history and who I am, so the name stays.  Plus I paid for the domain!  ;)

Anyway, it's all a very long winded way of saying I'm happy.  I'm well.  I feel really good.

Monday, May 23, 2016

FODMAP Challenge Week 5: GOS

This week's challenge category was GOS and my challenge food was English peas, and I don't know who was more excited, me or Eric!  He loves peas!  I love them too, plus they are so easy to have around and go with so many things.  I missed being able to toss them with pasta or have them as a quick side with dinner.

The challenge went...okay.  When I had the peas in a half cup portion things were great.  Bathroom trips were good, didn't have cramps or heartburn, life was good.  On Thursday though when you have to have at least 3 servings of your challenge food, things got a little squirrely.  No cramps, but let's just say that I was not productive and leave things at that.  I finally had to take an aid last night, which really didn't help me.  So irritating because my stomach is all bloated from not going.

It seems like the end game with the GOS group (or at least peas) is that in small amounts it's fine and won't hurt anything, but I shouldn't expect to sit down with a giant Costco bag of peas and go to town anytime soon!  And honestly, this really seems to be the theme of all my challenge groups other than avocado/sorbitol.  I've kind of made my peace with it at this point since my weight loss does center around portion control.  I shouldn't really have more than a half cup of ice cream or peas in a sitting anyway.

I am really incredibly nervous about this week's fructans test group.  This is the group that contains gluten, garlic, onions and all of the stuff that I suspect will be a disaster.  I've already kind of mentally prepared myself and am at peace with living without wheat (it's the fructan carbohydrate, not the gluten protein that causes issues in people with IBS) and severely limiting things from this group.  It really doesn't help that I'm already starting out on a stopped up note either.  I've already decided to not bother testing onions, the few times I've accidentally had them the last couple months have been horrible, so I already know they bother me.  Today I'm going to have the Cheeseburger Pizza from Cooking Light, so that will be my gluten serving.  Hopefully it goes well.

At the request of my favorite people, I took some Molly pictures this weekend.  I have been incredibly neglectful in not updating everyone with pics of America's favorite diva!

It will come as a shock to no one that Molly is incredibly spoiled.  Yes she has her OWN couch that has TWO dog beds on it, yet she consistently lays between the two beds because she's a weirdo.

She did "help" me yesterday during my workout by watching me and making sure I was lifting with proper form.  (Side note, those are 15 pound dumb bells, yay for Fitness Blender!)

Then we took selfies, because that's what us girls do.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thinner Thursday

Weigh In

Previous Weight:  189.0
Current Weight:  188.6
Difference:  -0.4

Another somewhat solid weigh in this week, I say somewhat because the small losses are driving me nuts despite my flowery pep talks to myself.  It is good that it's consistent, I am happy about that, it just drives me crazy because I wish I were losing full pounds.  I am holding off on recording measurements until the end of the month, and I'm sure those will give a better picture of my progress.  My clothes are loose as hell so I know things are happening, so I just need to calm down.

Everything Else

I looked at my sidebar and feel bad, I realize that the blog probably has been boring lately since the only posts are weigh ins and FODMAP updates.  Sorry about that, life has just been a bit hectic.  I obviously work now full time, then I work out as soon as I get home, and much of my free time lately has been going to my Rock Hall side project (which is going great!).

We did see The Who this week, which was pretty cool.  Poor Roger Daltrey seems to be struggling vocally and we suspect this is the last gasp for them to be out there touring, so I am really glad we saw the show.  Tommy is one of my favorite albums and they did a decent chunk of it during the show which made me  very happy.

I can't believe how the year is flying by.  I just realized that I'm headed to Minneapolis in like 2 weeks to spend time with my friend M.  Crazy!!  It seemed like so far away and now it's almost here!  Soon after is our Los Angeles trip!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

FODMAP Challenge Week 4: Sorbitol

The Challenge

This week's challenge group was sorbitol and I used avocado as my challenge food.  Peaches were another option I could have used but honestly I don't eat peaches very often whereas I eat avocado ALL the time, so that made the most sense to test.

The Results

OMG I FINALLY had 100% success with a challenge group!!  I actually ate avocado more often this week than you're really supposed to in a testing phase, but once you open an avocado you kind of had to eat it or it gets that disgusting brown color.  Anyway, even with overeating it things went really well.  No stomach pains or cramps, which I didn't really expect anyway and absolutely zero constipation.  If anything it made my life much more pleasant, and if this isn't too TMI to say, I was practically doing the George Jefferson strut out of the bathroom every day this week.  That's how pleased I was.

The Verdict

I am confident that I can eat avocado once the dust settles, which is really awesome since it's something I love.  Of course it won't be something I can eat a zillion of in one sitting since they do have so much fat, but it's nice to know I can add it back into my life.

Next week's test group is GOS and I'll be using green peas as my challenge food.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thinner Thursday

Weigh In

Previous Weight:  189.6
Current Weight:  189.0
Difference: -0.6

The scale is continuing to be nice to me and keep moving down, although it would be nice to have a bigger loss.  Right now my daily calorie limit is 1600, but when I work out I obviously replenish those calories until I hit a net of at least 1300.  If I cut my calories I would probably see a bigger loss each week, but at the same time, I feel like I've got things calibrated pretty nicely and I don't want to mess with anything.  I find that I'm consistently satisfied but not stuffed, so I don't want to tweak things to where I'm hungry all of the time.  I guess having smaller losses will be the trade off, and I'm at peace with that.

I got better perspective when I took waist and hip measurements just for fun this morning.  I was down a half inch in my waist and almost 2 inches in my hips since when I last checked at the end of April.  Pretty insane right?  It was just a good reminder that there are so many metrics when it comes to measuring success, and I can't always depend on just the scale.  I'm going to do "official" measurements at the end of this month and record them, but having that bit of reassurance this morning was nice.


The diet stuff is going okay this week.  I'm testing sorbitol and my challenge food is avocado.  I'll cover it more when I do my FODMAP challenge post for the week, but I just about cried with happiness the first time I bit into some avocado on Monday.  I just really love it, and it's been SO LONG since I've eaten it.  I think I'm going to make tacos tonight, and I'm so excited to have taco with avocado on it!

I had a awful blip on Saturday at the movies.  We went to the fancy theater that serves food, and since it was around lunch time I ordered some fries, literally the only thing on the menu that was FODMAP friendly.  Apparently not because I bit into a fry and realized instantly that not only was it seasoned with garlic powder but that the fries were coated with some kind of breading.  I was so hungry that I decided to chance it, and that's how Mary learned the lesson that she apparently needs to bring her own food to the movies.  I had awful, awful cramps and stomach pains, plus was comically bloated for the rest of the day.  I am dreading my test week with the fructan group (gluten, onions, garlic) because I already know it's not going to be pretty.

At this point I've made peace with the fact that eating out is what it is.  It does really bring home the fact that nothing, and I do mean nothing is cooked simply at restaurants.  Everything has random ingredients in it, and I've just kind of accepted that eating out will be something where I have to risk stomach pains or be hungry.  Otherwise it's just too easy to get freaked out and obsessive about it.  I mean there are certain situations where I can talk to the server and ask questions/modify my food, but I realistically don't expect the 16 year olds making minimum wage at the movie theater to accommodate me.

FB Fit 

I am still going strong with my FB Fit challenge and am starting to feel stronger every day.  I can't believe how much I've taken to and like strength training, it's made me view my body in a completely different (and more positive!) way.  It's a total trip seeing and feeling muscles in my arms and being able to physically do things like tricep dips.  The other day I rubbed my stomach and was like "What the hell is my stomach hard for...oh my God are those abs?  Those are abs aren't they!?"  I had the same reaction this morning when I went to scratch my side and was like, "What is this hard thing in my side...oh my God are those ribs?  Can I actually feel my ribs?"  Anyway, it's just silly little things like that that keep driving me forward and encouraging me to work out!  I've  never stuck with any kind of regimented training program this long!

Long Term Weight Loss and The Biggest Loser

I posted this article on my Facebook yesterday that was a bit of a rebuttal to the New York Times article on the medical study done on the Biggest Loser contestants.  I was really, really bothered by that article, not so much because of the study but everyone's reaction to it.  I tried several times to write a post about my feelings and finally stopped because frankly, I would have probably majorly pissed some people off.

The long and short of it is, I already feel like we in the US have a defeatist attitude towards health and weight loss, and I watched last week as that NYT article became an anthem for "see being healthy is pointless" by many, many people.  It just really frustrated me.  For starters, the study is not a complete picture and is flawed in several ways and does not address a lot of questions I personally have.  They used a small sample set, did not compare the BL contestants to others who lost weight more traditionally and there was just a lot of other general information that was missing and questions that were not answered.  But the damage is done, the media portrayed weight loss as hopeless and many people now have a reason to not try.

The article I posted yesterday really articulates how I'm feeling and I LOVE that it brings up how building muscle can help your long term weight loss.  It just really brings more of a message of hope and a message that you really shouldn't give up on your health.  I truly believe people's attitudes have so much to do with their success in weight loss.  I myself was not successful until I changed my piss poor attitude about it and realized that I can do it!  Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is that things can be hard, but not impossible, so you've got to keep trucking along.

Friday, May 6, 2016

FODMAP Challenge Week 3: Mannitol

The Challenge

This week's group was mannitol and my challenge foods were sweet potatoes and mushrooms, two VERY high value foods for me and two things that I eat all of the time.  I happy danced the first time I had mushrooms this week, I'd forgotten how much I loved them!  It was the same with sweet potato, there is just nothing better than a baked sweet potato with butter.

The Results

I don't know guys, I'm starting to feel like a broken record here and am really kind of down in the dumps.  I didn't have any kind of bad reaction like stomach pains or gas, but I feel like my digestive system just simply stalled.  It's already slow, this much is clear after however many months, so piling onto that sucks.  It's miserable to eat 1600 to 1900 calories worth of food a day and barely have any output.  I just start freaking out and wondering what state my intestines are in when that happens.

I'm kind of ready to throw my hands up in the air and say fuck it to the rest of the challenges.  I just feel like they aren't going very well.  I went into this thinking that there was no way that every single group affected me, but apparently every single group affects me.  I just kind of have a bad attitude about it, which I shouldn't because anxiety and that kind of stuff does affect the digestive system.  It's just very hard to not be discouraged.  I am going to dutifully test out the rest of the groups, simply because I've come this far and might as well see it through.  Once testing is done, I'm going to have to figure some things out.

The Verdict

At this point I don't know what to think.  Is it simply that I need longer challenge periods to see if my digestive system will level out?  Three days of eating challenge foods just seems like it's not very long for my body to adjust, but I'm just following what my guidebook tells me to do.  I mean I'm not a doctor and the people at Monash University are a billion times smarter than me, I figure they know what they're doing!  Is it just that I will have to strictly eat low FODMAP for the rest of my life and barely touch anything in the "no" categories?  That seems insane.  Besides the fact I'll be missing out on nutrients in a lot of foods, low FODMAP is an absolute nightmare when it comes to traveling or eating out.  I mean I can't live the rest of my life being incredibly stressed out and panicky over the thought of eating out, which is kind of how things are now.  I'm going to Minneapolis in June and Los Angeles in July, I can't be in a state of anxiety about food unknowns, that's ridiculous.  I want to have a good time and relax, and I don't really know how to reconcile the two.  I'm just going to have to do my best I guess.

The one thing that scares me the most is wondering if the FODMAP results were short lived.  One of the many things I tried awhile back pre-FODMAP was taking a magnesium supplement and that immediately fixed my issues...for about a month.  I keep wondering if the FODMAP success is temporary and even if I went back to strictly eating that way, is it going to help me long term?  It's just a lot to think through I guess.  I'm just kind of scared and discouraged.

I guess to end on a positive note, I'm eating better than I've ever eaten in my life.  I have always scoffed at the whole "clean eating" thing but basically that's kind of how I'm forced to eat now.  I feel really, really good physically and now that I'm eating in a more balanced way, I don't really get hungry except for right before mealtimes.  I guess there are worse things than eating this way, I just really would like some more variety.  Anyways.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thinner Thursday

Weigh In

Previous Weight:  190.4
Today's Weight:  189.6
Difference:  -0.8

Well it's official, I'm in the 180's!  I'm not totally excited about it yet because I've been fluctuating a lot, so I would prefer to be like 187 before I'm 100% confident of saying "I'm in the 180's".  I know that sounds nuts, but my weight has fluctuated pretty wildly this week so I'm just being realistic.  I think my muscles are in a state of WTF and retaining water or whatever muscles do, lol.

Anyway, I'm very happy with that number and feel that I'm continuing to do the right things, so basically I'm just going to keep on keeping on.


Yesterday in honor of May the 4th the Lovely Ladies group put together a Star Wars workout challenge.  You could choose to be on the Rebel team or the Dark Side team, and each one had a different set of exercises to complete.  There were also extra credit run/walks that everyone could do.  Eric and I of course picked the Dark Side, so we had to do 15 crunches, a 30 second plank, 30 seconds of toe taps, 5 donkey kicks per leg and 5 minutes of marching in place.  We also squeezed in an extra credit Nerd Herder Mile at work!  It was a lot of fun and I think will be a new tradition for us!

My first week of my FB Fit program is almost over and I am liking it so far and already noticing changes in my body.  The only buyer's remorse I have is that I wish I'd gone with the FB30 program instead where each video is 30 minutes or less.  I do my workout every day when we come home from work, then go down and make dinner.  It's been really challenging to workout for 45-60 minutes, then have to rush down and put together dinner in 30 minutes, so I just wish I had a little extra wiggle room.  I'm usually famished by the time I put dinner on the table, which is also isn't ideal.  Eric can totally fend for himself and it's not like he's cracking the whip about dinner, but I like cooking him (and me) homemade meals since they are healthier and I get leftovers out of the deal.  Anyway, being done in 30 minutes would just make like a little less hectic but, it's all good.

I also wish they had two rest days a week instead of just one.  I just feel a lot of fatigue in my muscles and it would be nice to have one more recovery day.  There's no pain or unpleasantness, just a sense of being a bit tired and maybe not having as much "get up and go" as they say.  It's telling that I practically threw confetti in the air when I saw today's workout was just a 30 minute yoga stretching routine!  Tomorrow is a rest day and I will definitely be resting!  I know I could take an extra rest day on my own if I really need it, but I'd like to not get off the schedule too much if I can help it.

I know that sounds like a lot of complaining, but I do like the program a lot!  They do a great job of having a different muscle group being worked each day, which is exactly the kind of guiding I needed since I tend to just focus on my lower body.  I have never ever challenged myself this much when it comes to strength and cardio workouts, and I'm finding that I actually like lifting a lot!  I'm still weak AF compared to most people I'm sure, but I'm able to use the 10 pound weights for a lot of the exercises.

I just needed to throw in this shot of Molly, who is always determined that she needs to touch her mouth to mine.  Considering she munches on her nether regions all damn day, I do not share this desire with her.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

FB Fit 8 Week Challenge

After my big happy lovefest over my measurements and body shape progress the other day, I decided that I really wanted to challenge myself for the next couple of months.  As you guys know, I've been pretty much exclusively using the free Fitness Blender videos on Youtube and just kind of picking workouts that sound good or fit in my time table.  I know I've gushed about them a lot, but the significant body changes I've noticed have been as a result of those videos, so I gush for good reason.

While their Youtube videos are free, they do have a handful of structured programs you can buy.  It's all online based and it sets it up in a nice calendar for you and everything.  I'd been toying with this for a couple of weeks, but I finally broke down and bought one of their paid programs.  While yes, I could do a zillion of their free videos, I do want to support what they do so I thought throwing some cheddar their way would be good.  I also feel like I'm at the point where I want to be guided a little more as to what muscle groups to work which days if I'm going to be more serious about strength training and sculpting.  I mean yeah, I can pick some videos out at random, but I feel like I'm not working as effectively as I could.  Anyway, I kind of struggled with which program of theirs to pick, and finally settled on one of their 8 week FB Fit programs.  8 weeks is a long time and I tend to have a short attention span, so this will be a challenge for me in more ways than one.  In retrospect I wish I'd picked their FB30 program since all of the exercises in that are 30 minutes or less, but it's all good honestly.  Our schedule is fairly light the next couple of months, so I can spare the hour a day.

You have to do a fitness test at the start of each program (a timed mile, the amount of squats/push-ups you can do without rest, how long you can hold a plank and a reach test to see what your flexibility is) so that you have numbers to compare at the end of the program to see what progress you've made.  I have to admit, I'm loving having my focus lately be on noticing improvements in my strength and physical changes in my body rather than worrying about the scale, so I was somewhat looking forward to the results of my test on Saturday and focus on improving those numbers.  I am actually quite eager to see what my numbers look like once I complete the program!

One part of the fitness test I wasn't looking forward to was the timed mile.  I haven't run a step since February or something, and I felt incredibly stressed and anxious about doing this mile, so I am definitely still adverse to running.  I finally kept having to tell myself that worst case it was 12-14 minutes of my life and it would be over and done with.  So I did the run on Saturday and it was...interesting.  Part of me thought that maybe I'd stress and kevetch about the run, but then do it and suddenly rediscover how much I loved it.  Nope!  I felt sluggish and awkward the whole time, and while it has been awhile since I've run, I expected to be faster than I was.  I was very disappointed that I finished my mile in 12:48.  I've lost a bit of weight since I last ran and gained all of this leg strength so I was expecting better, but I guess it just wasn't to be.  I don't know, I kind of hated it the whole time and was so relieved when it was over.  At least I won't have to do it again until June!

Here are the results of my "test":

Timed Mile:  12:48
Half Push-ups:  7
Squats:  15
Plank:  49.40 seconds
Reach Past Heels:  1 inch

I did my first workout in the program today and oh my God....I was literally dripping sweat in a way that I never had, plus EVERYTHING hurt!  It was good hurt, but still, I think I'm in for a tough go the next 2 months!  I immediately undid my workout by having wine and appetizers with our neighbors, but hey it was totally worth it.  ;)  My neighbor made these insanely delicious pickled asparagus and ham roll ups that immediately made me say "FODMAPS and sodium be damned", and I consumed a ridiculous amount of them!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  As always I will be keeping you posted on my challenge, FODMAPs and all my usual happenings!