Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Wow! I did it! Yesterday was Day 1.
Yesterday, I avoided all sweets, potatoes (chips), various types of tasty bread and rolls, and PASTA!
I wanted something sweet after lunch, but had a massage appointment and once I got on my way, I got that craving out of my mind.
I wanted something sweet last night about 2 hours before bed, but I took the advice of a Spark Friend and ate an apple instead.
Another Spark Friend suggested I think of the "white" carbs as bland and the good carbs as colorful. That worked for me, too. I made colorful side dishes with black beans, peppers, tomatoes, squash, etc., trying to add as much color as I could!
Thank you all for your support and encouragement. Part of the reason I was able to do something that, for me, was very difficult, is that there were so many people here thinking of me and trying to pull me through it.
I feel good about the next two days of my challenge after having aced Day 1, lol.
What this does for me, remembering times past, years ago, when I did this before, is that it "breaks" me out of the mold, the habit, the need for those foods that I know are not good for me. Foods that actually make my body feel worse. Foods that I always abuse by overeating them. We all have very unique bodies and usually, if we are really honest, we can tell what we should not eat.
Lots of others out there who have a carb addiction! Maybe we should all have a no carb day once a week. Many people fast one day a week. Avoidance for a short time merely strenghtens your resove to be moderate the rest of the time.
Please understand when I say "no carbs" I never mean the good carbs found in most vegetables and fruit. Just what is usually called "white" carbs that most people really abuse.
What's the best diet in the world? Spark Friends!!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I'm a carbohydrate addict. Really. I crave those simple carbs which I usually call the "bad" carbs or the "white stuff". That includes white pasta, potatoes, and anything made with white flour and sugar. I crave that stuff just like any alcoholic craves his drinks. It's that strong.
I love to eat all the "bad" carbs. However - I never feel good after I eat them. I'm always hungry for more, too. So they never really quench my hunger. Which means I just eat more and more of them.
It's really hard for me to stay away from them. The only way I can do it is to just remove them from the house.
I feel so much better inside and out when I stay away from pasta, potatoes, ice cream, sugar, etc. I can really tell the difference in the way I feel, physically and emotionally. It's like my body is really rewarding me, thanking me, when I don't t eat those things.
It's like the effect of a drug in my body. My body KNOWS when I put the wrong food in it and it lets ME know. I just feel better when I eat lean protein and an assortement of healthy vegetables. Yogurt instead of ice cream. Apples instead of cookies.
I'm trying to hang on to that thought and use it to keep me away from that white stuff for the next three days! I'm trying to dwell on the feeling I have when I eat what is good for me. I'm trying to use that feeling to guide me through this mini-challenge I've set for myself - NO WHITE STUFF for three days!
Surely I can do anything for just three days, don't you think? It's a pretty short time period. But it's long enough that if I make it I can feel a sense of accomplishment, yes?
I'm putting all of this out there so I'm really commited and MUST stay the course for these three days. I want to see the difference, FEEL the difference, that eating the better way for me will make in my body.
Here's a little secret. I'm really afraid I can't do it. Afraid I can't stay away from these foods I've identified that really need to vanish from my diet. So telling you this, telling everyone this, is my secret weapon to help me get it done.
That's what Spark People is all about, isn't it? I'm hoping it works for me.
Ok, I'm ready. No white stuff for me today. I have lean chicken and beef. I have fruit. I have veggies. All I need is willpower, lol.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Happiness is an inside job!
Happiness is always having something to look forward to!
Your turn. Please continue. . .
Sunday, October 04, 2009
What year did the Halloween novelty song "Monster Mash" reach number one on the Billboard charts?
This great song written by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and Lenny Capizzi reached number one on the Billboard Charts for two weeks in 1962, and then returned to the charts in 1970 and 1973.
Do YOU remember doing the Monster Mash? Any other Halloween oriented music you remember?
Some girls performed a talent act at my school, using the Monster Mash record. They had great lighting, green, blue, red, to give a spooky dark basement lab effect, with a “mad scientist” complete with gray Einstein wig, pouring smoky liquid into the beaker and filling the stage with misty fog. I can still see it clearly, lol, and hear “I was working in my lab, late one night” and then the chorus “It was the Mash. The Monster Mash”, lol.
Why is MUSIC such a good tool for memory? I have record albums from the 60's and after not hearing them for 20 years, I played a couple of them. Not only do I remember the words to all the songs, I know WHICH song is coming next without looking at the label.
Schools should have a music director who puts lessons from every subject to music. All those dates, rules and formulas would be forever in our brains!
NEIGHBORHOOD FUN HOUSE - Did anyone in your neighborhood ever turn their garage into a Halloween fun house? The family across the street from me - TEN children - did that every year. What I remember most is being led blindfolded through the garage and having to “experience” various things. Someone stuck my hand into pot full of MONSTER BRAINS, lol. Which turned out to be cold macaroni soaked in corn oil. Slimy! Of course I screamed.
"Homemade" tricks and treats were so much better than the slick, purchsed high tech ones of today, don't you think? AND it was fun for us as kids to THINK of all the things we could create and do.
We also never bought costumes, but dreamed up and put together our own, or maybe grandma or someone sewed something.
What did you do when you were young to join in Halloween that no one went to the store and bought for you?
Saturday, October 03, 2009
I had a medical procedure yesterday called a guided cortizone injection. The actual procedure took about 20 minutes. I felt a sting and about 2 seconds of discomfort. That's it. I'm telling you this because I was very fearful of the procedure, not having much experience in anything like this before. So for anyone who might have this in their future, it's nothing to fear.
The doctor said to give it a few days to get the full effect. About 3 hours after I came home, I began having some real relief. There's some discomfort, there's some soreness, but there is no real pain. NO PAIN. First time in 3 months! I continue to step tenderly and be cautious. I extremely grateful for this relief and giving thanks for it constantly. I contine to pray it lasts for some time.
RESULTS OF CT SCAN on my kidney. There is a small, simple benign cyst there. Doesn't present any threats, and causes no symptoms. Just ignore it. YAY!
HOWEVER, (geeze, it just keeps on going, lol) now the radiologist says that scan showed some unusual or abnormal, or enlarged blood vessels in my liver and they will be calling me next week with an appointment for another CT scan with a different protocol. I'm wondering if radiologists have quotas, lol.
My innards are getting micro examined, it seems, lol. Not a bad thing when you're about to turn 61, I guess. I'm having more medical tests than I've had in my entire life to date.
THANK YOU all for your prayers, good thoughts and good vibes you've sent my way. Don't stop now, please continue!
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