Monday, February 27, 2012
Over a week ago I listened to a snippet of a radio broadcast from a doctor saying that sugar should be classified as a drug. He feels that sugar has contributed to the obesity epidemic. Years ago during the low-fat craze when fat was removed from food, the food industry replace fat with sugar.
So I thought this was very interesting and since I was feeling horrible after a 4 day sugar binge around Valentines days, I was curious to see how I would feel to go without sugar for a week. I focused on eliminating caloric and non-caloric sugar.
I was really more interested to find out if I had the willpower to do this. Luckily my daughter did this challenge with me, so I had support.
Going in I knew I would have to eliminate the following:
• Starbuck's skinny vanilla lattes
• Skinny cow ice cream sandwiches
• Fiber 1 brownies
• Most frozen meals
• Granola bars
• Coke Zero
• Bran buds cereal (favorite yogurt parfait topping)
My biggest challenge was reading the food label carefully for added sugar. Here are some of my surprises during the week:
• Whole wheat English muffin (6th ingredient – sugar)
• Pike Place fish rub seasoning (1st ingredient – brown sugar)
• Low-fat chocolate milk (my post-workout drink)
• All bread in my house (bummer…)
• Salad toppings mix
I didn't realize when I started that not only was I going sugar-free, but also gluten free and low-sodium.
How I felt:
• Less achy (I had terrible body aches after 4 day sugar binge)
• Clear headed
I lost 3.2 lbs!!!!!! This is huge for me since I'm on the tail end of my weigh loss journey. I average 5 pounds a month and to lose over 3 pounds in one week is incredible.
The following are some of my meals for the week:
Breakfast: Egg white omelet (spinach, mushrooms, onions) with skim milk
Lunch: Green smoothie (Fage 0 plan yogurt, spinach, apple, pineapple, grapes)
Lunch: Fage fruit parfait (puffed rice instead of my bran buds)
Dinner: Salmon and couscous/or steamed veggies
Dinner: Large salad (w/ lima beans, kidney beans, cucumbers, onions, olive oil, balsamic vinegar).
Snack: Banana with almond butter
Snack: Handful of walnuts
Snack: Rice crackers
To be honest I didn't feel deprived. I think my smoothie and fruit parfait satisfied my sweet tooth. I actually stayed at the lower end of my calorie range.
I will continue reading labels for added sugar and make better choices. I will add back in my bread and my post workout chocolate milk. I can't give those up.
You should give it a try…I dare you!
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Last week was a rough week. My dog and I were having some issues. My dog has a pinched nerve in his neck and I’ve been having knee problems. So we didn't do our normal daily outdoor walking. I also cut back on my gym workouts last week. To add to that, I took a break and gave up on tracking my food. I still tried to eat a good healthy breakfast and lunch but lost it around dinner time.
So today I got the courage up to get on the scales. I jumped on the scale and lost .4 pounds. I actually made it out of 170-ville today. I'll take it. I thought I would gain 5 pounds.
I'm back to tracking today and heading to my chiropractor next week to get my knee looked at.
BTW – My furry buddy is doing much better. I went out and bought him a harness so I can protect his neck. We need our walks!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."
"Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind."
"The measure of the moral worth of a man is his happiness. The better the man, the more happiness. Happiness is the synonym of well-being"
"Real living is living for others."
"Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality."
"Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts, all problems are brought into existence -drop them."
"Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light."
"To grow, to discover, we need involvement which is something I experience everyday, sometimes good, sometimes frustrating."
"Zen is not 'attained' by mirror-wiping mediation, but by self-forgetfulness in the existential 'present' of life here and now." We do not 'come', we are. Don't strive to become, but be."
"The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be"
Friday, February 10, 2012
I never thought I would lose more than 20 pounds when I first joined Spark People last year. I've always been on the weight loss roller coaster. It all started when I was a teenager. My mother took me to my first Weight Watcher meeting at the age of 13. Now some of you may have an idea of when that was when I mention three things: liver, tuna fish, and melba toast. To this day, I avoid those three things. My history with Weight Watchers through the years has been…...lose 20…..gain it all back...plus more. I have never been able to make it to 25 pounds. After dropping 20 pounds I would seem to lose my motivation or something stressful would derail me. And there were times I would just get plan tired of the program and would take a break. We all know how a break goes.
Well, I'm not tired of Spark People. In fact, this community motivates me. I was so motivated that last night I couldn’t wait to get to the gym. I love exercising now. One important thing I have learned during my Spark journey is that I can handle stress. Sure I may hit a bump along the way but I end up jumping back on the Spark train.
Not only have I made it to the 25 pound mark, I've hit 30 pounds. Well, actually 31 pounds today! I plan to hit 40 pounds (my goal) this year.
I got my eye on the finish line and I'm going full speed ahead. Nothing is stopping me. Fit-by-50!!!! I will do it.
If I can do this, you can too. I really mean it, you can too!!!!
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