Gluten Free Fitness


Where to start (or restart) with this thing called fitness


Where to start (or restart) with this thing called fitness

Welcome to the very first Gluten Free Fitness video blog!  (Apparently also known as a vlog, which I learned recently.  I’m a little behind.)

It’s only about 6 minutes, and you really don’t have to watch me, so feel free to listen as you do something else.  (Except you, Melissa, I want to keep you in one piece 😉

Below the video I have links to some of my previous posts that are applicable to today’s “discussion”, so feel free to click and read if you don’t feel like watching the video!  Also, be sure to comment and let me know what you think, do you like/hate the idea of video?

Misconceptions About Getting Fit and Healthy

Exercise and Celiac Disease-Why It’s Important

Supplements for the Athlete-Glutamine Edition

The Tale of the Clear Heels-Goal Setting, Roadblocks and Success

10 Tips for Healing as a Crazy Gluten Free Injured Athlete

FitFluential: Fitness Found This amazing and wonderful group of individuals whom I am so honored and pleased to be a part of!

Happy fitness trails!

“Want” to Lose Weight but “Can’t?” Read This Book…


I recently had to travel for work, and pulled out this little book that had been sitting on my bookshelf.  I had bought it from Amazon.  It was on my “recommended for you” list, and it looked good.  (They do a pretty good job with those, don’t they?  I don’t know what the algorithm is, but it’s pretty impressive.)  I’m writing it up now, before months go by like they did for my review of Generation Gluten Free.

The book was my plane reading, and it kept me both engrossed and entertained.

It will do the same for you, whether you are celiac and on a gluten free diet, living gluten free for other reasons, (like gluten intolerance, or avoidance of lectins-which by the way I will be touching on in a post next week) or not gluten free at all.  It really doesn’t matter.

If you are human, and you eat food, and you wonder if your eating is spurred by more than just physical hunger, you need to read this book.

It’s called Hungry: Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin by Allen Zadoff.

The longer I’m in this game of nutrition and fitness the more I see that weight issues are very rarely just about the physical aspect of eating.

Eating is so tied into emotions for us.  Eating is celebration, eating is family, eating is love, eating is sorrow.

I’ve learned through my experiences in both the fitness industry and in “real life” that sometimes those individuals who look like they have the perfect body, the perfect life, are sometimes the most messed up of all.

In “Hungry,” Allen explores his journey in losing, regaining, and finally losing again, weight over a 28 year period.  In his journey he finds that life is not perfect when you are thin, and that there so many issues to deal with when it comes to food.  Although we all have our own personal journey, his story is very relateable.

He shares his discoveries of what helped him lose, and helps him maintain, his weight.  Here’s a hint-it’s not necessarily about counting calories.  You’ll have to read the book.

“Hungry” is an exploration of the psychological issues with eating and overeating; the awareness, recognition, and finally success over them.

You may not go through the same exact issues as Allen did, but I’m sure you can find tidbits where you can relate.

With Allen, you travel through despair, hopelessness, resignation, determination, reflection, and finally motivation and success.

Read this book, and take from it what will help you on your journey.

Even with a better handle on the psychology of weight loss, weight gain and overeating, you still need strategies for the physical aspects.

For that, you can check out Gluten Free and Fit 101.

I’m curious to hear-what psychological issues with food have surprised you, either in yourself, or what you’ve seen in others?

Why I Don’t Wear Shorts


Sometimes we teach best what we need to learn.

A good friend of mine told me this, years ago, as he could always tell what was going on in my personal life by the way I taught my Spinning class.  (This was back in the infancy of Spinning when it was a bit different than it is today.)  If I taught a very meditative, focused class, he knew it was because my own life was in turmoil.  By teaching with focus, and creating that internal quiet for my students, I could hope to quiet the chatter in my own mind.

I haven’t taught Spinning in many years, but I see that concept overflowing here in the blog to what I write.  If I write an article about awareness, it is because I feel that awareness slipping away from me.  If I write about being kind to yourself, it may be because I have been especially hard on myself lately.

So I continue to teach best what I need to learn.

I believe very strongly that we have everything that we need to succeed, that we have to simply draw it out and choose to use it.  I believe that celiac disease is a blessing in disguise. But sometimes I am overwhelmed, and scared too, and doubt fills me.

As some of you know, I have had multiple surgeries on both knees.  My knees are pretty torn up with scars and scar tissue.  Most of the time I look at these scars and bumps with a sense of pride that I’ve managed to overcome a few obstacles in my path.

And yet, why don’t I wear shorts?

I very rarely wear shorts.  Even though I live in subtropical South Florida, I generally wear pants, capris, or skirts.  I have returned to fitness competitions, and even though I wear a bikini on stage, I am acutely aware of the scars.  I recognize the scar tissue, and the way it deforms the lines of my legs.  I look at this picture from last year, and the first thing I see is the scars.

And on a more abstract plane, the scars and scar tissue are a reminder of my own weakness, of fallibility, of being imperfect in many ways.

So why is it so hard?

I’m not sure.  I know that I am a perfectionist by nature, and that sometimes that makes it very difficult to accept imperfections in myself, even when there is nothing that can be done.

Most if the time I can recognize that which I cannot control, and I can let it go.  But sometimes I cannot.

And so I struggle.  And so we all struggle from time to time.

A friend of mine is an incredible athlete, a wonderful empathetic person, a wife, and an emergency room physician.  She also is very hard on herself from time to time, and I remember encouraging her to be as kind to herself as she is to others.

So why is it so hard?

For some reason it’s easier to see the good in others.  It’s easier to remind someone else to be kind to themselves, to give it a rest.  To step back and observe, enjoy, and celebrate the accomplishments.

It’s hard to do for yourself.

So once again I am teaching best what I need to learn.  I hope you all choose to be kind to yourselves today.  Feed yourselves well, spend time with people who make you happy.  Please leave a comment and share one thing you will do to nourish yourself well today.

And me?

Well, I’m going to wear shorts.  And I’m going to be okay with it.