I have been struggling to lose some pounds since we got back from HK. When we got Piper, I read that the key to a happy dog is exercise. So, I started on my walking journey. They dog and I average around 3.5 miles a day - sometimes doing upwards of 5. I have felt my legs getting stronger, and also my endurance increase. But I didn't feel like I was fitting into my pants better. So, last Sunday, I decided to go cold turkey on sugar and wheat. I have done really well eating all natural foods and such. One of the side effects that I have seen from this is, some of the aches and pains that I was having every morning have disappeared. I was having a lot of issues with my achilles and my IT band. As of today - I am really 4 days pain free from it. I don't know if I am completely intolerant to gluten or wheat, but maybe there is something to this.