Monday, February 14, 2011
After being visited by ghosts throughout most of the month of December, I finally realized that I had a sugar addiction. Much like my original decision to lose weight. I vowed that I would spend the rest of my life if necessary either killing my sugar addiction or finding a way to make life without sugar bearable.
I had tried stopping it altogether quite a few times two days worth of headaches later, I was clean. For awhile. Then I fell. Fell hard.
Yes, if there was a way to not crave sugar I was going to find it.
First step after admission
A few days later, a friend and I were in a bookstore. While my friend was looking for a book that he wanted, I went over to the health and diet section. There I saw a book with a bright white and pink cover titled "Beat Sugar Addiction Now!". I'm usually a find-it-in-the-library kind of guy, but this was different. This was war. It was written by a doctor and not a super hyped diet, so I figure what the heck. Maybe it would work, if not, maybe I could learn something. If it didn't, I would find another book or go online.
The book started with 4 different sets of life-style questions to determine which type of sugar addict I was. Two of them were clearly not me. I certainly haven't given birth recently and certainly haven't gone through menopause. One other was sort of close, but upon reading the profile that one was clearly out as well.
The other type though. my response totals were double the "this is probably you" score. When I read the profile, it described my sugar eating habits to a T.
The problem: Candida yeast overgrowth
The solution: A candida cleanse.
Now the book's prescription on how to handle it was clugy at best. It would tell me what to eat and not eat very generally. It had some natural remedies but never dosages. It diagnosed the problem, but really wasn't helpful. So I went on this new-fangled invention called....
I Googled candida and found a site completely about cleaning oneself of candida overgrowth. Unfortunately, phase one was the textbook overly restrictive diet. As I was about to go looking elsewhere, I saw a link that said, "For more details on how the foods you eat can help cure your Candida, check out our Top Candida-Fighting Foods page."
So I clicked the link and it listed 10 foods that would help fight the problem. I knew that it probably wouldn't be as effective as a full-score cleanse, but I could eat copious amounts of these foods until I was ready for the cleanse.
I started eating lots of these foods the first week in January. I noticed two things:
* My cravings for sugar were greatly diminished
* I lost almost 4 pounds.
I've gone from eating 800-1000 calories of chocolate and sugar a day to 200-500 on average. Sometimes more. Sometimes less. I have started eating more sugar/chocolate when not eating them, but I feel like I have the power at anytime to goose up the volume of these foods and my sugar/chocolate cravings go way down. It's a power that I've exercised a few times
Over the next 7 months, I'm going to introduce and regularly start eating many of the foods in the initial detox step 1 phase that I don't already eat regularly (read vegetables). If I have to give up fruit even for two weeks, it's not going to be in the Summertime
So that's how I lost 6 Pounds in January with almost no effort.
The point of this blog is not to say, "look into a candida cleanse". Rather it is to challenge you to make a decision to fight a stronghold. Commit to exploring many options. Be willing to try something that fails (who knows, this one might for me in the long run).
Make the decision. Fight the stronghold.
- TD Out!
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Let's face it, there are a lot of roadblocks in life. Things that hinder us for success and happiness. Even when we are able to overcome them, they still take a piece of our life and a piece of our heart. But they are things that we still need to overcome to be truly successful, happy and at peace.
I'm talking things like:
* Emotional pain and suffering
* People who need to end deep thoughts with, "I'm just sayin..."!!!
* Monkeys giving CATS BATHS!!!!
* BABY PREACHERS!!!!!
(Hmmmmm, I hope that this whole YouTube/Internet thing catches on someday.)
Today, I'm going to take on something tougher than all 6 combined.
There is a lot of guilt associated with being overweight, over-eating and not exercising. This is especially the case when others are affected by it (spouses, children, friends, etc.). It's bad enough when one sits pathetically alone on Friday nights eating a whole bag of chips in the one pair of pants that still fits, unable to simply physically stop putting food in one's mouth.
How much worse when one can't walk the mall with friends for fear of knees hurting or eat out at a restaurant with a spouse/date for fear of judgment. The beach and swimming pool are a whole other blog.
I've lived with the sense of shame and guilt of my excessive weight and poor appearance. I know.
Please hear me on this one. There is a way out.
I beg you to take it.
Here's why I no longer struggle with guilt.
First off I looked at motive. I didn't really want to be overweight. I didn't want to live life at half-mass when hanging with friends. I didn't want to eat 600-1000 calories of junk food a day. I didn't want to look disgusting in swimming trunks.
As hopeless as they were, the looking at and trying of all the diets was a cry for help stemming from a desire to not do and be all of those things (Heck, their failure got me here onto SparkPeople).
Was I ignorant of the solution? Yes. Did I know that I was living below my potential? Yes. Was I deliberately doing it to hurt myself or someone else? No. Definitely not.
Failing miserably at life? Yes
I felt guilty because I thought I should have control over my eating, despite the very cold, clear and obvious reality that I didn't. Once I finally accepted the possibility that I didn't know enough of what I was dealing with to stop trying and start learning, I took my first step to freedom from guilt.
I admitted to myself that:
* I had a sugar addiction
* Trying to give up sugar for good with just "will power" was not working.
* There may be a way out that I didn't know about and that someone else might have the answer.
Then it was no longer "What's wrong with me"
It was "OK, what can I do or will it take to fix/overcome this?"
Please don't misunderstand me. I was responsible for my health and what I ate, I don't deny that. But I was no longer of the mind-frame that *I* was the problem and that *I* was was in some way a bad person. It was an *actual problem* I had that was the problem. And maybe I could figure out what it was and fix it.
That was the first step toward me becoming free of the stronghold that sugar had on me and the end of the guilt in my life.
For your sake, and for the sake of those who you love (and love you (including me)), please take that step. Make sure that the guilt that you experience is real. Test it. Do you really want what you have. Are you really doing this deliberately to hurt yourself or others. If you do and you are, then the guilt may be warranted, but if you're not.....
Identify any strongholds and figure out how to conquer them. Doing so could lead you to a guilt-free life like the one I'm experiencing today.
Doing so would be one of the (if not the) most freeing thing you will ever do for yourself.
I'm just sayin...
- TD Out!
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
This week's weigh-in is probably not going to be like any of the stellar ones recently. I've started exercising again. That always causes an increase in appetite. Friday night, I'm having dinner out with a friend (Night before weigh-in). The salt itself will probably cause a higher number by water retention.
All that and, let's be realistic, 7 pounds in 4 weeks. If I don't run into a plateau soon, I will actually be concerned.
I may or may not be above 200 Saturday, but I may or may not care. OK, actually, I totally won't care. I am really happy with the way my health and nutrition is going now. I'm planning on doing a half marathon over this month (a total of 13.1 miles of running, walking or elliptical over 28 days). I tried this over the last 1/2 of January, but never finished. So I'm lowering the bar for February. I'll work my way up to a full one over a moth's time by the end of the year
Who knows, maybe I'll run an actual 1/2 marathon later this year. In one day even. I know, crazy talk.
I'm one vegetable away from the top of my goal range of five for the week. That's five more than usual. the 13.1 miles over 28 days is 13.1 miles more than usual.
So here's to my best bad week ever!
Crowd: (lifting champagne glasses) Here Here!!
(Crowd starts clinking glasses)
Trent: There you go.
- TD Out!
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