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Day 2 of 28 - Kicking the Sugar Habit

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Moving into day 2 and I'm feeling good. emoticon

Things I noticed yesterday as I started this journey:
Loved my new breakfast (had it again this morning but added more fresh blueberries)
Daily routine did not change much when it came to food.
My energy level in the afternoon did not drop and I had more energy in the evening.
I did note that I went on the hunt for a sweet treat after my evening meal. It was like I was a hunter trying to snare that elusive sweetie . . . The treat was never found - they simply don't live in my house, now.
I slept better. I generally wake in the middle of the night and then have trouble returning to sleep - my mind starts to race (I understand from 1 of my doctors this is caused by my blood sugar dropping/crashing. Eating more lien protein with the evening meal helps with this.)

A concerned husband had this reaction on my first day: emoticon
1) He is not quit sure what to make of all this.
2) He is not sure how to help/support.
3) He is concerned and I quote, "you already starve yourself - now you're getting rid of more food you like?" I did try to ease his concern but this is a - I'll show you it will be okay and not a I'll talk about it to death. Side note: I've never starved a day in my life!
4) He is uncomfortable with the possibility of me losing my curves (won't happen, I just want them to be sexier. SERIOUSLY, the belly fat has just got to go - I hate it!)
5) He does like that I am trying to get healthier so I'll live a happier & healthier life.

Facts I've found about sugar:
When you eat sugar, it stimulates the release of dopamine into the nucleus accumbens, which makes you feel pleasure. The brain recognizes and likes this feeling and begins to crave more. It may startle you to learn that heroine, morphine and sugar all stimulate the same receptors in your brain.

Consuming sugar and refined carbs affects one of the most critical hormones in your body: insulin. Insulin is produced by your pancreas to manage your blood sugar and control the accumulation of fat - especially around your waistline. According to Nobel prize - winning physicist Rosalyn Yalow, co-inventor of the first accurate test used to measure insulin in the bloodstream, insulin is the "the primary regulator of fat tissue." Increased levels of insulin will make you fat and make you stay fat.

47 tsp. - average sugar consumption. emoticon

Things I'll work on:
Moving more. emoticon
I noted that I am bored with my gym routine but I still go. I'm scheduled to be in step class tonight and I will go and shake my tail. I actually like the class but have found it difficult over the last few months . . . maybe the slight weight gain and not so great food choices have affected this work-out. I'll see if that changes over the next 28-days! All signs point to - you betcha things are going to change.
I am walking to and from work now - it's not that far, I just got lazy! Which means, If I walk to and from work, I walk to and from the gym too - so be it. The only time I'll hate it is when it's windy and rainy out - past experience proves I don't melt or blow away.
I will be aware of the foods around me and what I consume.
Watch out for those who will try to tempt me. (It's sad when a friend says,"it's only a little bit - what's the harm?" REALLY?! Put that on my headstone when I'm Dead, you boob!) Hmmm, that seemed to touch a nerve . . . will have to examine that more closely.
Drink my water (what else is there at this point? HA). emoticon
Track food, sleep, take time for me, and truly face the fact that sugar may taste great but doesn't mean it's great for me.

Things I look forward to:
Feeling better.
The day my thighs don't rub together when I walk. emoticon
A new wardrobe.
Going to the gym because I want to not because I feel I have too.

Day 2 - I continue my quest and I will continue to search my pantry for hidden sugars.

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TSEWARD 2/9/2010 8:01PM

    "(It's sad when a friend says,"it's only a little bit - what's the harm?" REALLY?! Put that on my headstone when I'm Dead, you boob!)"

I love it! I feel exactly the same way. My friends who either don't have a sugar problem or are in denial all say the same thing. "it's only a little". Well that little bit is all it takes to send me to little debbie land....all about the sugar rush, very little to do with tasting anything.

I was encouraged right away when I read your status! Alot of energy...that has to be good. Your sugar free diet must be having a great affect on your energy level. I want this too!

Okay, I have an odd concern....I have read and agree wholeheartedly with the facts you have learned about sugar and it's affect on the brain's pleasure centers. What will I do for pleasure when I have no sugar? I am going to explore this in my next blog. Would love to have your take too. I think I fear giving it up because I think I won't be able to enjoy life anymore. Isn't that nuts? Sure sounds like I am addicted....

Looking forward to more blogs about your experience! Enjoyed today's very much.

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Day 1 of 28 - Kicking the Sugar Habit

Monday, February 08, 2010

Day 1 for my challenge to kick the sugar habit.

Last week and over the weekend I read materials to help guide me through this adventure and I feel good about my decision to try this. No anxiety but a sense of adventure.

Last night I went to the grocery store armed with my list. Before I left for the store, I reviewed products in my frig and cabinets to see what had "hidden" sugars - an eye opening experience!

As a side note: I would love my husband to take this challenge with me but he isn't up for the challenge. I won't push . . . must be his choice and this is my chosen journey. Secretly though I would prefer he just stop drinking soda and the sugar laced juices - I won't even get started on those darn Twinkies! emoticon

Over the weekend I really tried to stay aware of what I was eating and drinking, I didn't want to binge eat sugary foods just because I was going to try to kick the habit. I did well! At times it was hard but I kept telling myself that the foods aren't going away just your habit so put it down and walk away. emoticon

When I got up this morning I decided to step on the scale and get out the measuring tape. Might as well have a starting point and here it is (ugly but true):

Beginning Weight: 243.6
Stomach measurement: 52 inches
Waist measurement: 40 inches

I'll mark the progress at the end of the 28 days. I can't handle the scale much more than that and no reason to get obsessed about the numbers!

After the weigh-in and measuring the day brightened. I fixed a 1/2 cup of oatmeal (not the processed instant stuff), a 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries and added one packet of Stevia (allowed and does not mess with blood sugars). I washed it all down with two glasses of water. The real treat was when I thought to put the blueberries in the oatmeal just as it was finishing cooking. This made the blueberries all warm and sweet - DE-licious!

Things I will probably miss:
Taco meat seasoning
Almond milk
Hot Tea in the morning (I usually enjoy it with almond milk & splenda)
Snapple Diet Iced Tea
Jams (I'm trying to find one that is sugar free and doesn't require me taking a loan)
Skippy Peanut Butter
Soda (although I've been trying to kick this habit for years)
Wheat/gluten Free Toaster Waffles

Things I will probably enjoy:
Finding new ways to enjoy natural foods
The hunt for new foods
Discovering life without "added/hidden" sugar will make me healthier

Things I admitted to myself this weekend:
I am bored with my work-outs at the gym. I have very little motivation and show up because I'm scheduled to do so. (I admitted that on my 2 mile walk outside on Sunday morning)
I need quiet time to myself - call me selfish but I admittedly like being by myself, always have. Sometimes I just need it to be quiet - no phones, computers, friends, husband, television, radio, paperwork, etc. I just like the quiet and I like the quiet in my head.
I need to work on both of these issues: finding a challenge at the gym and finding quiet time.

Day 1: I'm feeling good!

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TSEWARD 2/8/2010 11:17PM

    You can do it! if you do not mind I am going to add you as a friend. I want to stick close and copy everything you do! Well, I am exaggerating a bit. I really need to quit sugar. I can't seem to eat it in moderation. I would like to take this journey with you, but I am afraid to set a goal of no sugar. What else did you buy at the grocery store?

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SUDEAUX 2/8/2010 12:58PM

    Yay for Stevia! You're already armed with a ton of knowledge so I know you can do it!

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Getting Ready for the 28-day Challenge

Friday, February 05, 2010

Monday is the deadline I have set to start the 28 day challenge to stop consuming sugar.

I've taken a look at the foods in my house and office to see what needs to go - I happily report that I've only found a few items (so far): instant oatmeal and a small box of brown sugar. At the office we do have packets of sugar, splenda, equal and sweat and low but those have to stay due to others in the office and our clients.

I'll confess at this point that some of my high sugar foods are no longer in the house because I ate them slowly over time and never replaced them.

Sugar will be added to the list of foods I should not consume, but won't die if I do. My extended list is: eggs, gluten, soy and dairy. My doctor and I discovered in April 2008 that I had developed an intolerance to the extended food list so I stay away from it as much as possible.

Why sugar, why now? Good questions and I respond with, "why not?"

After reading more about sugar and sugar addiction I have come to realize that it's just not a substance I really need to consume if I want to become healthier.

When I read the following I decided NOW is the time to try:
"When you eat sugar, it stimulates the release of dopamine into the nucleus accumbens, which makes you feel pleasure. The brain recognizes and likes this feeling and begins to crave more. It may startle you to learn that heroine, morphine and sugar all stimulate the same receptors in your brain."

I don't really have anxiety over this decision, I can do anything for 28 days, SERIOUSLY! Especially if it is going to make me healthier.

I am not really afraid of failing either. If I fall down I will get back up and try again.

I don't fear pressure from others, I'm a big girl I can say no and mean it.

I understand I'm human and I have flaws so I do not strive for perfection but I will strive for a better understanding of what my body wants and needs.

I generally do not broadcast this type of news, I don't want to be "that person" in the group that always has to be catered too. Again, I'm a big girl and I can figure out what I can eat and what I can't when it comes to food - I've never starved a day in my life.

I did however, chat with a co-worker about the sugar issues and discovered she has a few reference materials for me to take a look at. I also let my husband know that I am going on a quest to not eat sugar along with my other no-no foods. He simply said, "ok."

I will not make him the food police nor will I allow him or anyone else to be. There has only been one time in our relationship that he has told me not to eat something and before I lost my mind I simply asked him, "WTF was that all about?" He looked me dead in the eyes and said, "you've been eating those foods you shouldn't and I'm scared you might get sick and die and I don't want to be without you." Well, darn it, he was right. We discussed this topic more and I discovered he was silently frightened about all of this. Such love!

I'm not sure what it really means to "give up" sugar (real or synthetic) so over the course of this challenge I'm going to blog about it. I can't help but wonder where this adventure will lead me and how it will change my body and mind. I also can't help but wonder what foods will be given up and what wonderful replacements I will find to put in there place.

Back to basics?! I think so and I'm up for the challenge and adventure.

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JOCELYN01 2/5/2010 1:21PM

  My daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy and is cancer free, but in her adventure she had to stop consuming sugar. Cancer thrives on sugar. When you get a ct that is how they find out where it is it attracts the sugar and it glows. She had to change her whole way of eating and is doing very well. Stay away from the sugar as much a possible. You can do it. It will be a little difficult at first, but then it is nothing. I am trying to cut down on my sugar also a little at a time. I crave it once in a while, but not as often as I use to. You have a husband that loves you also and that is so important in your journey to have that support. We are here to help you so you go girl and cut that sugar. You can do it. Have a great weekend.

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2nd Weigh-in in over a year & I lost Weight

Friday, October 30, 2009

With an empty stomach, fingers crossed, and the exact outfit I wore at last Friday's weigh-in, I trundled off to my doctor's office to weigh myself before work.

I tentatively stepped on the scale this morning in all my glory and was pleasantly surprised .... I was down another pound. YES! emoticon

After Friday's weigh-in I noticed a shift when it came to eating - I kept thinking, "you have to weigh-in again this coming Friday, sure you want to eat that?" I forgot how much "good" power that scale can have over me. Sometimes I would say no to that question and others times I said yes.

I'm on the right track, no longer circling.

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BLAQUELORELEI 10/30/2009 10:29PM

  Great job!

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DRAGONFLY1974 10/30/2009 12:30PM

    Congats on the loss!!!!

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I did it ... I weighed in today!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Today I got myself up early and got ready to head over to my chiropractor's office to use her scale. Earlier in the week she agreed that I could stop by her office and weigh myself when needed.

Why is it a big deal?

I used to weigh myself everyday and found that it altered my personality/mood when my weight stayed the same or went up, so much so that I had to stop weighing myself. With that, my scale went to the back of the closet, never to be seen again.

Now, I think I can weigh myself once a week without altering my state of mind and know where I am on the scale. Thus, being able to stay more accountable for my actions.

I knew I had put on a few pounds .... my body has been screaming at me for about a month - I finally faced reality when I got weighed at another doctor's office. Yup, up 6 pounds. YUCK!!

Good news today - At my appointment on Tuesday I weighed 242 and today (Friday) I weigh 241. A move in the right direction. I feel at peace with my decision and walked out with a smile. I even noted my progress on my SP page .... a first.

I have the option to weigh on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 8 and 8:15. I've not decided if I will weigh in on both days or just stick with Friday's. But for now I am happy to have made the leap!

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FREDDIE_13 10/23/2009 1:57PM

    Way to go!! Any time the scale moved down it is a good thing. I would stick to once a week for weigh-ins. Be consistent in what you wear, and when you weigh. This way you know you are keeping it as close to accurate as possible.

Keep up the good work!!

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VELVETCATT 10/23/2009 1:56PM

    Congratulations - you are moving in the right direction. I, too, used to weigh myself practically every day. Then I discovered that for me, it was de-motivating. Now I only weight when I go to the doctor's office, and it works for me. Gld bless you!

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LUVSUNSETSSLIM 10/23/2009 1:53PM

  Way to go! Congrats on be open about your weight loss! You should share your progress with others who understand! Keep up the good work! Remember Consistency is the key! Best Wishes!

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