Krissie: All About You

Photo on 2013-05-20 at 07.57 #3 Oh, what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day, she warbles happily. The book is done, and off. A huge weight is off my shoulders.
Unfortunately a huge weight is on my stomach. And butt.
Yeah, I’ve been eating, non-stop. No holds barred. Yesterday I had a muffin, four apricot scones, a couple of bratwursts, some goldfish pretzels. Ah, a health food diet.
Full disclosure time. I don’t want to tell you what I weigh. I don’t, I don’t.
Maybe I’ll tell you tomorrow. It could be worse. Sigh.
So here’s my plan. We’re going down to Crusie’s this week to pick up her extra set of lawn furniture — yippee!!! I have such plans for my outdoors this summer.
But this week I’m concentrating on food, first and foremost. And feeling better. So here’s the deal:
No dairy. As in, zero. I eat pizza and cheeseburgers and spaghetti with cheese without lactaid, and I think even those small amounts wreak havoc on my digestion. so I’ll avoid them completely. Of course, the day before I head out on a trip is unreasonable, so I think I need to do my best till Thursday and then hunker down.
The other thing I’m cutting back on is gluten. I did cut out all gluten for a couple of weeks and didn’t notice any change, but I’m guessing I’m sensitive to it. If I stuff myself with crackers and bread I an get a pain in my stomach. Might just be from stuffing myself, but I think cutting back on gluten (or even cutting it out) might help.
And it’ll force me to bulk up on the veggies and fruits.
And of course, back to my original plan. No fast food, no fried stuff, etc. In fact, if I cut way back on gluten I’ll really be doing a lot better, and it’s easier to think of it that way. Not cut carbs to two a day, but cut gluten.
So anyway, that’s my plan, but since I’ll be on the road Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so I’ll just have to do my best. More about that tomorrow. In the meantime, what’s on your agenda?

40 thoughts on “Krissie: All About You

  1. Maine Betty says:

    1. You don’t owe anyone your weight #, it ain’t nobody’s business if you do…

    2. This is the only joke I’ve even been able to remember: What’s Irish and stays outside?
    Patty O’Furniture!

    3. Wow! You wrote a book! You are so cool!

  2. I highly recommend getting on a probiotic. I take the generic form of Align and it’s done wonders for my IBS. Still have to be careful, but a bowl of frozen yogurt or small Frosty doesn’t do me in like before. And I love pizza. Couldn’t live without it.

    Congrats on hitting the deadline! Have fun with Crusie and be careful on the drive.

    My agenda for this week is simply to survive. If I make it to Saturday with some semblance of sanity, I will consider the week a success.

  3. Last week I managed more balance. This week I will even out things even more. Then, I’m off to New Hampshire for a couple of days to be with family and friends at the wedding of two of our friends. Travel is exhausting but this will be fun.

  4. Redwood Kim says:

    The no sugar, dairy, or wheat thing worked wonders for me last summer. I started in on a modified version yesterday (baby steps. I am taking baby steps.) In addition to my weight, I have a rather nasty case of reflux, and once again it seems like I should actually pay attention to my body. It’s been trying to tell me something.

  5. Fabulous!!! glad the book is done and in, and we will have new reading material soon. : )

    Yep, it’s normal when we’re under pressure/stress that we reach for the carbs. I know I eat more pizza when I’m on deadline than at any other time in the month. And then when I’m done with the work I celebrate with more carbs. Ha ha.

    This is my week for getting my health (bad eating habits, lack of exercise) back into some semblance of order. Starting with a workout in half an hour, followed by a restock of the fresh foods, and then a swim.

  6. I walked 3 miles with a good friend yesterday. It was fun because we talked and it was a former walking place of ours and it was nice seeing all the people out enjoying the non-raining weather. My body is feeling it today, so I definitely intend to get in more walks during the week.

    Time to start contacting agencies to start looking for even temp work (which I enjoy). And to unpack my professional clothing so the wrinkles fall out (or get ironed out). Must start the job search and there is a professional organization meeting on Tuesday.

    Arrange a lunch with another old friend from before. He works at Amazon and loves it and they tend to be hiring tech writers these days.

  7. This week I am planting flowers and I should probably start wrapping things up at work. Circumstances beyond my control pretty much made the last nine months a huge fail. But I did my best, fought the good fight. I should probably make an appointment with my boss for a debriefing. (I’ll be debriefing her.)

    Then I have a couple of months to think about what I will do next. Besides finish the books!

  8. Hi,
    Now that the AC is functioning again and those installers are gone, I’m concentrating on my kitchen.
    Bought the set of used cabinets/countertops/appliances. The cabinets were just beautiful and look like they cost a fortune new. Countertops are Corian, which I really like, but these are plain white. I don’t want plain white, and I think since I saved a fortune on these cabinets, I may splurge on gorgeous countertops. Will end up with an extra microwave and dishwasher in the deal.
    If anyone’s near Greenville, SC, and needs countertops or some appliances, just ask. I suck at selling things like that (while I love buying on places like Craigslist). I’ll probably end up sending the countertops and appliances to the Habitat for Humanity store.

  9. This week I’m forcing myself to work. Had some drama that threw me off track and I’m so scattered (at the best of times) that I haven’t been able to get back on yet. The longer I’m out of the pattern, the harder it is to get back in.

    Have been following my “I know I feel better when I do this” diet and have lost a little weight. I fall into bad habits when I get upset, but this time I’ve been focusing on not letting the pigeon drive the bus. It never works out and my insurance rates just can’t take that hit. So, I’m going to stick with the plan for as long as I can and it’ll be a good week. 🙂

    Am dog sitting for a friend and it’s fun to watch my Lab (who’s really neurotic just like her mommy) play with a younger dog. Socializing is good for you–who knew?

  10. Congrats on the book! That’s so awesome that you got it done, take a moment and revel in the feeling of a job well done. You deserve it!

    GF pizza is fab, texture is crunchy instead of chewy. And pizza with garlic infused olive oil and toppings, yum! Or try goat or sheep’s milk cheese instead of cow’s milk. Also yum!

    Here’s how I do GF: if I make it, it’s GF. If I eat out and I want gluten, I eat it. It works for me. Plus I second the idea of taking probiotics. They really help me.

    This week, I’m back on with Insanity after taking a few days off for a minor (very minor) injury. I’m really looking forward to it.

    Yesterday, I dragged Bob to The Grove here in L.A. for brunch at Morels(Humboldt Fog goat cheese, honeycomb and quince appetizer; huevos rancheros & sangria for him, Dungeness crab, asparagus & mascarpone cheese omelet with a Bloody Mary for me) and then in a vodka haze, I bought myself an IPad. Woo-hoo! Now I don’t have an excuse not to blog. Hmmm, maybe I’ll write about the dream I had last night after watching Looper…

  11. I’m a no-dairy, no-gluten gal. Don’t do sugar either. Or other random stuff I’m allergic/sensitive to. But I would offer one tip if you’re going to try it to relieve digestive woes: ditch packaged foods as much as possible and carefully read labels of those you do buy. Gluten & dairy is hidden in lots of stuff. Watching for it is easy when you get the hang of it.

    I’ve been eating whole foods for so long, though, most of the food in my house has no ingredient list at all:)

    The good news is you’ve chosen the best time of year to give your new plan a go. It’s super easy & fast to make all kinds of gf wraps or salads–not just from vegies, but rice/grain salads, bean salads, sweet potato salads, or chicken salads etc. (for those who eat poultry). And avocados are amazing & have the protein & fat (good kind) to keep you feeling full. I even use them as a substitute for mayo–works great & way more healthy.

    I wish you lots of luck. Health really is more about how you feel than how much you weigh, though. If I were you, I’d probably pitch the scale for the summer–sometimes watching the numbers fall can be a good motivator but a happier tummy can be an even better one. Really, as it is with so many things in life, your gut is often your best guide:)

  12. Therese says:

    Oh, congrats on getting the book done & out, Krissie! I can imagine the relief! Sounds like you’re winding up for a fun, but busy, week too!

    I’ve got a stressful week at work here – I’m on a search committee and we’re interviewing 3 candidates this week. In the meantime, I’m reviewing and critiquing a manuscript on soil amendments that needs a LOT of work. (I will earn my keep with this one!) At home, we replaced our 34-year-old (!) well pump on Saturday, but apparently our pressure tank also is caput, plus some switch needs replacing, but those are scheduled to be fixed today and, happily, my husband is at home right now to deal with all of it. He’s also finishing the great firewood project today, with help from the neighbors, so we can proceed to the new landscaping!

    But happy as I am about getting the home projects done and having interesting work projects, I kinda just want to crawl under my desk and eat M&Ms…

  13. Lois says:

    Yeah on getting the book finished and out!!! What a relief that must be.

    Women who are GF need to watch their magnesium levels.

    This week? I did too much yard stuff yesterday so now my back is killing me. Other than that I have 2 SILs arriving. I like them and they are not staying at my house but it means a totally skewed schedule. For part of it we will be staying in a cabin on a lake about 100 miles from here. I am just going to go with the flow. I may need to repeat that statement to myself many times.

  14. Terrie says:

    Yeah on the book!

    And yeah me, because I am done grading. D. U. N. Dun.

    So, now, the reading and writing? It’s all for me!

  15. From what I’ve read, most of the magnesium deficiency issues are due to celiac disease, not from the diet. It’s a malabsorption thing, not a don’t-get-enough-of-this thing. A cup of wheat flour only has 22mg of magnesium anyway… you get 4 times more than that in a cup of spinach. 🙂

  16. Cath G says:

    For the psst two months I have been in a constant crisis spiral, and it’s not over yet. My comfort has been food, high calorie cookies, cakes and donuts. Needless to say I’ve gained 7 pounds (though I had lost a total of 60 pounds.) I don’t know what the outcome of the crisis will be; I am divorcing my husband and we are losing our co-op. (Because I have been unemployed for four years and he has been unemployed for six years.) These problems are going to resolve themselves in their own time. Other than my reaction to them I can’t change anything but my diet.

    Your site has helped me enormously, it defines grace under pressure. It’s hard to wallow in negativity when you realize how many people are in the same position.

    Thank you.

  17. Barbara Cameron says:

    Such terrific news that you got the book done and off! Now get some rest!

    I appreciate your honesty about getting down to the wire with the book. I tend to be that way and too many other writers tend to act like it’s an easy coast to the finish, no prob…very disheartening to some of us to hear.

  18. Micki says:

    Someone mentioned on this blog that almonds really help . . . and I found that they did for me. Just enough so that I can control the rest of my diet so the reflux isn’t happening. Try four or five almonds next time it hits and see what happens.

  19. Micki says:

    Excellent! You deserve to pamper yourself a little bit now that you’re done — naps, and delicious salads and the sort of pampering that makes you feel good for a week after you do it!

    LOL, I guess I want that pampering, but I haven’t really put in the hard work to deserve it, yet. (I’m going to have a BLT with a fresh spring salad tonight, though, and I might work in a nap this afternoon. The expensive massage will have to wait until I do something that deserves it. (-: Must make plans!)

  20. Congratulations on finishing your book. This week, I’m focusing on some mental housekeeping. in the last couple of weeks, I have let worry and stress get the upper hand. So this week, I’m going to exercise, eat well and not put extra pressure on myself. I will work on controlling the problems (difficult colleagues, aging parent, etc), rather than the other way around.

  21. Carol says:

    Glad you finished the book and it has been sent off. I ate more than usual this week too. Tomorrow is another day to eat better than today.

    I’m changing my office around, today I packed up the bookcases, 20 boxes so far. Will continue to pack it up and shred stuff and work. Hopefully this weekend, the furniture gets moved around.

    Have a great week every one.

  22. Hey congratulations on getting the book finished! And all the best with your plan to get healthy. You’ve got some good advice up further in the comments. I second the idea of a probiotic and also avoiding refined and packaged foods. Read labels, it’s an eye opener.
    And what I’ve found is helpful is to look at the food pyramid and focus on what you need to be having. If you concentrate on stuffing six servings of vegetables into you in a yummy way you won’t spend all day thinking about what you said you wouldn’t be having. Should is such a hard word to live out of.
    Good luck!

  23. Glee says:

    Catherine, you clearly need a hug. So sending you one.

    Krissie, yea for finishing the book. Travel safely.

  24. Reb says:

    Well done on the book!

    I hope no refabbers are caught up in the Oklahoma disaster, or know anyone who is. It looks utterly appalling.

  25. Great to hear your book is done!

    For the last two days I’ve been eating crappiest foods I can lay my hands on. It’s all in the name of science 🙂 I tested my food allergies yesterday and had a good/bad reaction. So today I had a 24 hour heart monitor attached and I’ve been eating crap all day. It sounds weird, but I hope my heart does the crappy things it usually does when I have a reaction, otherwise I’ll have to go through the whole crappy thing again. 😉 I’m still having fun with my ancient world fantasy, and doing this while eating a muffin laced with sulphates makes it even more fun.

    Food manufacturers should be made to have their ingredients printed so that we shoppers could actually read them without a magnifying glass hanging around our necks. Especially when its printed on cellophane…in red. There I’ve had my whinge 🙂

  26. German Chocolate Betty says:

    OMG, Cath, you poor dear! What a horrible situation to be in…on all fronts.

    Hang in there: I too send virtual hugs!

  27. Jen Wyatt says:

    I can’t wait for the book! Yay, Krissie!
    Don’t beat yourself up for falling off the food wagon. It happens. Just keep going and do your best.
    Savor the deliciousness of life!!

  28. Kieran says:

    I’m in a really cranky mood lately. I want to get in fights. I don’t know why. Wait! It’s that time of the month coming up. When is this being a slave to my hormones going to end?!? Damn. When it ends (if it ends naturally and not because I get hit by a bus), it means I’m that much closer to living out my life span, an idea I’m not crazy about, either.

    Now I’m crankier than I was even ten seconds ago!

    Krissie, I want to go on a rant about gluten. I think it’s the latest fad “bad thing in our diets” that everyone’s jumping on. I know I might upset some people who are truly intolerant of gluten. I apologize in advance.

    (that wasn’t much of a rant)

    Here’s an article that might be of interest:

    http://business.time.com/2013/03/13/why-were-wasting-billions-on-gluten-free-food/

  29. Jill says:

    Book done, yay ! I think cutting gluten and sugar will make you feel better. Gluten free is very popular now-more stuff in grocery stores (in a separate section) and more menu selections marked gluten free. I should try it 🙂

  30. Cindy says:

    I love avocados. My daughter is gluten free and dairy free, and she loves having avocados around the house. She’ll use them on her GF sandwiches instead of mayo, and in her chicken tacos.

    I also agree with you about the label reading. Gluten is in so many things, I’d say even more so than dairy. I love shopping at Trader Joe’s, because they have their packages clearly marked as Gluten Free or Vegan, and they have their little list of GF products.

  31. Cindy says:

    It’s so expensive! My daughter is allergic to gluten and dairy, and it’s so expensive. Gluten free granola costs $8!!! Gluten free bread is about $5 per loaf, and the loaves are small. Same thing for the cereals.

  32. Kelly S. says:

    Congratulations on getting the book done!

    This week I am at Drupalcon and WebVision conferences. Having spent time in 2 sessions so far, I realize I should have hung out w/hubby until his plane left instead. I am way too new to Drupal to be here. I get none of the jokes. I don’t know any of the main players’ names. I am feeling incredibly ignorant, out of place, & alone. Still, hoping I win an apple iTV from a vendor & that I will leave here more knowledgable for having attended.

  33. It is pricey–our entire food infrastructure is based around the cheap manufacture of gluten containing foods–and I for one am glad that people are trying it. The more people say they want it, the cheaper it’s going to get. Look at what happened with organic foods, or hormone free milk–people said, “I want it” and it got cheaper.

    If, as Kieran’s article suggests, 6% (1 in 16, as per article[and you have to expect the figure to be underreported]) of the population *does* have a gluten reaction, that would make it almost as prevalent a medical event as asthma (8.2% of population) or diabetes (7.7% of population) according to the CDC FastStats site. Now, I’m not saying it’s as dangerous as those diseases can be if untreated, but I think it’s worth shelling out a little more money for research and the occasional dietary restriction–especially for people who *know* that changes in their diet change how they feel overall.

    If one isn’t up to a complete elimination diet, restricting gluten seems to be a reasonable baby step. It’s difficult because gluten stays active in the system for 6 weeks after ingestion, and *any* ingestion in a sensitive person (even topical absorption–say hanging out at Panera) can cause lingering symptoms, but it isn’t unhealthy. A gluten-free diet can include whole grains, whole fruits and vegetables, many soy products if you’re vegetarian, and of course any whole animal products you might be interested in. It’s typically higher in fiber than the traditional American diet due to filling in gaps with fruits/veg, and has no fat restrictions.

    If you’re going to pick a fad to follow, I really don’t see the downside in this one.

  34. Oh, the Con world is *so* hard if you’re not up to your lips in everything! The in-jokes are killers–it’s like being the only one in the room who doesn’t get the meme.

    *pats on back* But, you’ll be okay. Just smile and nod and know that next year it’ll be funny. 🙂

    Good luck on the apple iTV!

  35. Me too on the reflux and last weekend with the goddaughter I ate like ca-ca. I am looking into going more plant based whole food but keeping egg and fish in the mix. I have no moral issues with eating animals and in fact love pork. I read someone who refers to themselves as a flextarian – mostly vegan/vegetarian but doesn’t make it a big deal with other people. I like it.

  36. Kelly S says:

    Thanks for the encouragement! It got better, somewhat. Luckily I am old enough that I’d rather look stupid and ask a question so I understand than to nod knowingly and try to remember what to look up later so I can understand. 😉 Also, I found a friend and a whole bunch of librarians. This has removed the “aloneness” issue.

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