Yes, I’m Fine, Wearing Skinnier Jeans And I’ll Let You See

by Sherry Riter in Family,Grain Free,Sherry

As you know, when I HAD TO go grain free, it was because I had become EXTREMELY allergic to grain thanks to scientists messing with nature. One day I will explain GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) to you, but not right now.

Anyway, during the year of terrible allergic reactions to the grain, I kept gaining weight. I had never gained weight my whole life even when I used to eat a double cheeseburger from Braum’s, a large french fry and two triple dip banana splits with all the toppings for lunch every Monday through Friday. I’m salivating just thinking about it. The banana split was a decadent delight – the vanilla scoop had chocolate syrup on top, the strawberry scoop had fresh strawberries with juice slathered over it and the chocolate dip had marshmallow and fudge oozing all over it. The whole thing was covered with TONS of whipped cream, nuts and a beautiful bright red cherry on top. Delicious beyond all words and description.

Where was I?

Oh yeah, I’m telling you that I didn’t EVER gain weight. Even when I was pregnant with Alyssa, I didn’t gain weight or have a tummy until my SEVENTH month. I am NOT SUPER thin because I am bigger boned and taller, but I wasn’t fat. Well, I wasn’t fat until I kept gaining weight because I didn’t know I was allergic to grain and it was wreaking havoc on my body. Towards the end of the nightmare before my windpipe swelled up and nearly suffocated me to death, I was gaining A POUND A DAY. I’m sure a bunch of it was water, but the rest was just plain fat.

When I stopped eating the grain products, I immediately started losing weight. You wouldn’t ever believe me if I told you how much weight I lost because even my family was like, “You weighed how much?!!!!” I will save that number for another post because you will all pass out, plus I need to find a before and after picture so that I can try to make you believe I REALLY weighed THAT much.

A couple days ago, I found my smaller and skinnier jeans. I know I’ve lost more weight since I was laid off from my job, so I figured I would give it a shot and tried on my used-to-be jean size. I kept the jeans because I KNEW I would eventually fit in them again. I also have some jeans the next size down too because you just never know how toned I’m going to become some day. So I tried the jeans on and much to my joy and surprise, they fit…great. No sucking in to button them and no shaking back and forth to make the butt fit. I just pulled them right up, buttoned them and they fit like a glove.

I probably would have told you sooner but…

Yesterday I spent from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. applying for jobs online. It is so crazy that everything is online these days. The last time I had to look for a job, I walked into the business and handed them my paper resume and application. The world changes so fast. Anyway, I didn’t even eat lunch yesterday because I was so involved with the application process.

At 10:20 p.m. I did that stupid thing I do…I told myself that I would just lay down on the couch for a “moment” and take a short “nod” so that I could get up and write a post. Obviously, I was exhausted and my fingers didn’t see the keys the rest of the night.

Upon awakening, I thought, “Oh darn it! I didn’t write a post or tweet or do anything on my Facebook!” So being the dedicated blogger and because I need a little break from job applications, I thought I would share the happiness I feel because I’m just fine and wearing skinnier jeans these days. I am healthy as an old mule since I stopped eating grain and I swear I feel 25 years old! I promise I’m not going to tell you that you why you should stop eating grain, but it is SUCH a thrill to have all the inflammation in my body completely gone because there is no more inflammation causing grain in it. (wink) I know. I couldn’t help myself from saying at least that one sentence.

So I’m sharing the picture with you of my successful jean encounter AND my TUCKED IN T-SHIRT without a muffin top. I know there’s no upper body in the picture. Alyssa was in a hurry this morning to get to work and couldn’t take pictures of me, but at least I have the jeans to show you.

One more thing…no one comment about how dang white my foot is because the God of Pale Skin will strike you with lightning today. 😉

I told ya’ I was whiiiiiiiiiite.

(rolling eyes)

I can think of only one really great expression to describe how happy I am with my skinnier jeans fitting again…


Yes, that is one word. You just have to be a southern girl to understand. 😉

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 teresa vett January 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Oh my gosh, I see the afghan I made is on the chair. Well done, I do not like the skinny jeans on anyone. lol sorry


2 Sherry Riter January 30, 2014 at 8:34 am

Mom, these are not “skinny jeans.” I am skinnier, therefore my jeans are smaller. (rolling eyes)


3 Along these lines January 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm

As the saying goes, no grain, no pain.


4 Sherry Riter January 30, 2014 at 11:53 am

LOL 😉 Very well said!


5 Katherines Corner January 28, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Sorry about the job search..yuck. Yea for skinny jeans. I miss wearing mine. I am wearing stretchy waist pants right now..shhh don’t tell anyone. I am currently having a poor little me pity party regarding my weight and appearance. All of my meds, menopause and my irradiated thyroid are fighting against me every which way you can imagine. The pounds just keep coming. My baggy work in the yard jeans are now tight and my nephew’s wife actually said to me the other night that Nordstrom has a nice plus size section, I sank….My daughter said that size 12 is considered plus size and I sank a bit further down in my seat. I said do you remember when I wore a size 6 and 8. She responded, yes you were to skinny. Now stop talking to me about weight…. Hugs


6 Sherry Riter January 30, 2014 at 8:40 am

I’m sorry your body is driving you nuts, Katherine! I sure know how that feels. I don’t want to beat a dead horse to death, but honestly, if you will quit eating grain, I KNOW you would drop at least 25 pounds within 30 days. That’s the average weight loss for people who go grain free. Plus, all the inflammation in your body would disappear and you will feel younger! Think about it. What do you have to lose by doing it for a few months to prove me right or wrong? You have everything to gain and nothing to lose! 😀


7 Jerel Gall January 28, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Congrats! That is a great feeling! Is the God of Pale Skin going to strike me with lightening or lightning? 🙂


8 Sherry Riter January 30, 2014 at 8:40 am

Ha! Ha! Yeah, well, I fixed it, so thanks! 😉 Although, it was a funny play on words 😛


9 Joan January 28, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Really, if I stop eating grain products I can look just like you? Well, I must say you look MARVELOUS in your skinny blue jeans! Simply MARVELOUS! TOO MARVELOUS for words! 🙂


10 Sherry Riter January 30, 2014 at 8:42 am

Thank you so much Joan!!!!

Yes, if you stop eating grain, you will lose LOTS of weight!!!!


11 Joan January 28, 2014 at 9:52 pm

But then again you are SO MARVELOUS, how could you not look MARVELOUS in your skinny blue jeans? 🙂


12 Sherry Riter January 30, 2014 at 8:42 am

Awwww, you’re so sweet to me. {{{hugsss}}}


13 Joan January 28, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Hey, wait a second. Those jeans look very familiar to me. Are you sure that’s not the picture I sent you to show you how much weight I have lost? The only way I can explain the white toes, though, is that you took my toes out and Photoshopped your own toes instead. 🙂


14 Sherry Riter January 30, 2014 at 8:43 am

You’re so silly.


15 Joan January 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm

What a lame excuse when you wrote, “I know there’s no upper body in the picture. Alyssa was in a hurry this morning to get to work and couldn’t take pictures of me, but at least I have the jeans to show you.”

Darn right you have the jeans to show everyone. THEY’RE ME IN MY SKINNY BLUE JEANS! That’s why there’s no upper body in the picture. And I might not be a southern girl, but I say, “Giddyup!!! I look MARVELOUS in my skinny blue jeans! 🙂


16 Sherry Riter January 30, 2014 at 8:44 am

Well I couldn’t help it!!!! I will get my face in a pic soon. Maybe today 😀


17 Joan January 28, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Wait just another second. Upon closer inspection of the photograph, I just realized that I don’t have a blue chair like the one I am standing in front of in the photograph, nor do I recognize the crocheted blanket hanging over the top of the chair, unless, of course, you Photoshopped the chair and the blanket into the photograph like you Photoshopped your white toes.

Okay, so maybe it really is you in the photograph wearing the skinny blue jeans. Okay, I concede, it is you, but it could be me, too, if I went grain free! 🙂


18 Sherry Riter January 30, 2014 at 8:44 am

Mom made the afghans in the picture. I love them. I won’t even tell you how many I have LOL


19 Patti January 29, 2014 at 1:05 am

Lookin’ good girl! Someday, I’ll be skinny enough to wear those kind of jeans, (even it I don’t). I like the thought of being that slender! LOL! I like that you’ve kept up with your “southern vocabulary” as well! Give Alyssa and your mom a hug for me!

Love y’all!


20 Sherry Riter January 30, 2014 at 8:46 am

LOL {{{hugssss}}}


21 PJ January 29, 2014 at 1:09 am

Hey! I’m making up for lost time! LOL! If you don’t eat grain, what do you use for pasta, bread, and so on? I think I need to get on that diet. I think it might help my Colitis, wouldn’t it?


22 Sherry Riter January 30, 2014 at 8:49 am

Yeah, it sure would help! I don’t really eat bread and pasta anymore PJ. I can make bread and biscuits using other flours, but we don’t do it often. You can also use spaghetti squash as the noodle for spaghetti or every once in a while, use rice noodle spaghetti.


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