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My best friend just lost 14lbs. What about me??

My best friend has been working with a personal trainer.  She lives across the country so I can’t just tag along when she goes to the gym. But she sent fotos (yes, I used an “f” in fotos), and the difference is amazing.

It motivated me even more to take this journey seriously. (Monkey see Skinny Monkey. Monkey eat less starch).

I don’t have the budget for a personal trainer. But I CAN modify my eating habits. Going gluten-free was a start. But carbs/starches are still very magical for me.

I’m trying to imagine cutting down on my starch intake by not having it for breakfast. That means something other than bread, cereal, morning bun, cinnamon toast, pop tarts, bagels, oatmeal..?  I don’t…I don’t understand.

Her accomplishments in weight training are motivating me. It helps that I know someone close to me is making an effort to change things in their lifestyle for a healthier outcome. Other people’s accomplishments are part of my support system. It also makes me want to reach higher for goals that I know are challenging but are good for me.

If you need help with getting motivated or putting together your support system, there are online communities like Tribesports.com with people who work out and train, from all over the world, ready to cheer you on.

More about support systems in another post!



I learned about how some ppl are very sensitive to gluten and eating it can basically make them crazy. I decided to try to go gluten-free. Though I’m not 100%, I’m eating more stuff that is gluten-free.

I tried this for two reasons:

I wanted to decrease feeling lethargic after eating starches. I had a more noticeable reaction to it after treatment.

I also wanted to see if gluten-free could would be easier on my digestive system. I found that hard starches gave me problems when I would have to empty out. Popcorn, certain breads and Clif bars were common factors in my diet when I would have difficulties.

I’ve had gluten-free bread – brown rice bread. It feels heavier when you lift it, so it gives you the impression it’s a dense bread. It’s actually spongy when you eat it. Gluten-free nacho chips from Trader Joe’s: yum! Crispy, cheesy and no MSG, unlike Doritos. No weird queasy feeling either, which is what MSG usually gives me.

Gluten-free may not have significant effects but I know it won’t hurt me. If I start cooking gluten-free stuff, then that would be a cool graduation for me.

Throwin up the G sign? for Gluten-free.