Chilled white wine, lush sweet berries, the scent of freshly picked gardenias wafting over a beautifully set table beneath a lemon arbor…
Fluorescent pink roses against a garden wall
Great friends, non-stop laughs and plates piled decadently high with delicious warm weather delights, including a massive platter of fresh crab meat.
Summer Perfection, right?
Except just look at that crispy white French bread.
Filled with naughty gluten.
And oh I just wish I could show you a photo of my gluten-free for 3 months lunch mates’s tiny little ballerina waist.
Rosie Huntington-Whitlington-blah blah blah
I hadn’t seen my friend in awhile and I was totally gob-smacked by the transformation. I was so
jealous happy for her.
So much so, that I only had 1 1/2 pieces of that bread (only because there was cheese) and decided to try going gluten-free for 3 weeks myself.
Not right away mind you, but a couple of days later.
I’m 6 days in and so far, so good. I’ll keep you posted.
Now all of you long time S.P. readers (bless each and every one of you) know diet & exercise is not exactly a recurrent theme on this blog.
Other than the exercise post I wrote a week or so ago, I think I also mentioned going for a run once this year.
The only productive thing that came of it was I bought some better bras. Never ran again. Dude, it was hard and I ran out of breath.
I did keep up my coconut oil “pulling” for a few months but that fell by the wayside with traveling so much. I will definitely start doing it again, for the meditative benefits alone, if for no other reason.
If you missed that post, you can read it here but of course oil pulling hardly counts as exercise.
I stopped Pilates too long ago to even admit, though I still adore my pilates trainer Kristi Cooper and derived a great deal of perverse pride in being her longest lasting, worst client ever. Literally.
Kristi now has the uber-successful website “Pilates Anytime” and I like to think that in some
infintesmal infintesimal small way my laziness and bad attitude contributed to her turning to web-based classes and she’s never looked back.
I DO still love yoga and my yogini Denise Zeverdes with whom, I just realized, I’ve been practicing for 7 years.
However I’m afraid to do handstands (my wrists are like twigs) it has to be on days it’s OK for my hair to be frizzy and my pitiful “OM” in class is a constant source of embarrassment.
WTF?? How does everyone else “OM” so loud for sooo long??!
But let’s back track, as I believe I was on the subject of tiny waists…
I really wanted to share the amazing results of another good friend’s commitment to getting majorly Bathing Suit Ready this summer.
Now as you can see in the photos below (which she so graciously permitted me to share) Ronda wasn’t exactly battling a big weight problem,
but after having two babies, she was sick and tired of the constant yo-yo of diet and exercise regimens that never seemed to ‘stick’.
One day, along with a couple of friends, she simply made the decision to work with a trainer, keep a food journal, and religiously follow everything her trainer told her to do.
Without question, without cheating.
Yes, she’s tall and has gorgeous legs, but don’t be a hater. Ronda worked super hard to achieve these results in just a few months!
PS. I always assume these type of photos are photo-shopped or totally fake but these are 100% real.
Most importantly, she feels empowered, looks amazing and has kept the weight off.
Way to go Ronda!!
And yes, she is a lot younger than me. I have young friends because I’m cool :-)
And refuse to grow up.
What’s not so super cool is that I thought I might cheat my way to Ronda’s results with an aggressive regimen of GUAM cream.
I got caught up in the incredible Beauty Department of Liberty’s in London.
Even though the only words I could read on the box were “CELLULITE”, “Quick and easy to use mud-based cream” and “Guam”
I mean, I’ve been to Guam. What could go wrong??
So, you might be thinking that due to the “strong” reaction the test patch produced on my arm that I’d reconsider this ‘Get Svelte Quick Scheme’
Instead, I thought- yes! This is going to burn fat off my thighs something fierce!
In fact, for the sake of the blog, i.e. YOU, I’ve been applying it to just one leg and, er, cheek, to see if I’m able to measure any discernible difference after a few weeks.
So far, nada.
But if you happen to see me around town with one leg like Gisele’s and one like Melissa McCarthy’s, you’ll know the reason why.
In the meantime, I remain your gluten-free, pink thighed Slim(ish) Paley.
Any diet/exercise/gluten-free secrets YOU care to share?!
*Ronda’s Santa Barbara based trainer’s name is Andrea McLarty
Denise Zeverdes’ Montecito Yoga
Black & white & “Soleil” photos via Tumblr