Saturday, October 31, 2009
Good Grief! The entire world is conspiring to put candy in my mouth after I went the entire week with no sugar! I guess Halloween week isn't exactly the best time to renounce the sweet stuff, lol.
I bought 3 bags of Tootsie Roll Pops to hand out, because I know that whatever is left won't go right down my throat in the first hour after the kids go home, lol. I can keep a bag of those all year and not worry about it.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!
Have a Maxine Halloween!
Friday, October 30, 2009
I made it through the 3 day challenge to cut out the white stuff in my diet.
Yes! I feel better!
Dearly as I love pasta and bread, etc. I never feel very good when I eat it. Mostly because I OVEReat it, I'm sure. So doing without it has sort of re-wired my body, in a good way.
I found that I could eat more food and stay very satisfied AND lose a few pounds if I stay away from the bad white stuff and fill up on the colorful veggies and fruit along with some lean protein.
I existed on chicken breast, 97% lean ground beef, eggs, some cheese (not a lot) beans, and a wide assortment of veggies - yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers of all colors, onions, broccoli, etc.
I ate apples and plain yogurt with various frozen berries for snacks and desserts.
I had NO SUGAR and don't feel the desire for any. My hunger disappeared.
It was a good three days, but it was long, because that white stuff is such a HABIT!!
Karen - more able to be moderate now.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wow, I made it through the second day without any white stuff!
NO SUGAR is part of that and a really big thing for me. Also no pasta. No chips. No hot bread and butter.
Those are all things I resorted to once I became bored and fed up with not being able to "move" my body due to pain and restriction. Almost got myself swallowed up in a hole of frustration.
This challenge, which is a contest with only myself, has brought me out of it. Having all my Spark Friends to help me along is what made it work!
I may have eaten ten servings of veggies the first day, lol, trying not to be tempted off my plan. I'm picking them by color now, lol, trying to cover the entire prism of colors. It's like having a new paint box full of all the new paints I need to paint of picture of me, healthy and fit!
Today is the last day of my three day challenge. I can do it.
PS - Thanks to all my Spark Friends for the wonderful Birthday Wishes! You made my day!
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.
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