Tunes for Tuesday: Space Age Love Song, by A Flock of Seagulls
I'm going to be one of 'those people' with wheat

Time for a gut check -- literally

I went up a pound this week and (no buts!) it's because my stomach has been ruling my life most of the week. I think this gut pain is beyond just acid. I'm tired of playing amateur gastro doc and last night made an appointment to see an actual one.

Early in the week, I was feeling pretty darn good. I've been avoiding wheat, because, why not? -- and Wednesday I seriously forgot and had a petite vanilla scone at Starbucks for breakfast. By the afternoon, the acid was churning away and the tummy ache was in full force. I didn't feel better until this morning, when I woke up feeling great. The only grains I've eaten yesterday and today have been oats and it's made a huge difference. It's like night and day.

Weird, huh?

OK, so why did I gain a pound? Because the only time my stomach stopped the flaming acid bath was when I had food in my stomach. Something as small as an ounce of cheese or a piece of fruit would occupy my stomach acid and I'd feel somewhat better.

But, geez! Eating all day is not conducive to weight loss.

And that is why I made the doctor appointment. I'd like to find out why I've had tummy troubles all my life and I'd like to stop them, preferably without having to take anything for it. I REALLY don't like "medicating the situation." It only masks the situation and doesn't change it.

CorazonasSo today -- whoo hoo! I had a Corazonas oatmeal square (Publix carries them now) and a Greek yogurt for breakfast, which was great. It's easy to go wheat free when there are nice alternatives like the oatmeal squares. Lunch was a salad and a homemade chocolate peanut butter protein bar, which was ... well, let's just say I'll be glad when they're gone. They're not bad but they make a crumbly mess.

I got in a good 'n' sweaty 3-mile walk at noon, which I hadn't been able to do when I wasn't feeling good. That felt great.

Until I see the doc, I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing (avoiding wheat) and see if that makes things better. And my doing that, I can stop "feeding the fire" and go back down on the scale.