Friday, August 24, 2012
This is a strange occurrence for me that I have never experienced before. I have noticed lately that I no longer live to eat, I eat to live in every sense of the phrase. I haven't felt hungry between meals for several days now. This morning I didn't have any desire to even eat breakfast, which is not really a good thing. It felt like my appetite for food in total had gone away.
The book that describes my plan in detail "It Starts With Food" covers this and says that it can occur when your hormones are still off balance. It suggests to just eat the same balance of food as a meal (protein-veggies-healthy fat + fruit if desired) in order to stabilize the hormones and restore appetite. I did that this morning and surprisingly the food tasted good to me and I felt better afterwards.
Another side effect I've experienced the last few days is light-headedness once in a while (it happened during Zumba last Tues.). I'm monitoring my blood pressure daily because I'm on HBP meds and want to make sure it's not dropping too low. It's been averaging around 117/71, which is outstanding for me. I do hope to reduce and then eliminate the meds as I drop weight. I've been on them for a little over 20 years...20-some years of yo-yo dieting and eating lots of processed food and sweets has been the cause and the pills have been the band-aid. Now I'm seeking the cure.
I also started checking my blood sugar and this morning my fasting sugar was 96 which is good.
All in all, I'm happy with my progress. My thoughts are no longer consumed with food. I'm not sure yet, but I may do another 30 days of the program if I'm still feeling good. I hate to say it, but some if it may depend on what my weight is after I've completed the 30 days; i.e., do I want to keep going because I'm a lot closer to my goal weight, or do I want to "take a break" from the plan and see if I can maintain a while and proceed to the Re-Introduction Phase. I sort of would like to keep going and get to my goal weight before the holidays. But it's hard for me to say what I'll do at this point.
During the Re-Introduction phase, you eat one food group at a time and assess how you feel. There are some foods that I anticipate to still be huge triggers (such as cheese, breads, sweets) that can only be an occasional thing. What I'm hoping is that the huge desire (craving) I once had for these foods will fade away such that a couple slices of pizza or some birthday cake once in a while won't send me back into overindulgence. Only time and experimentation will tell.
I've continued to stay off the scale, but yesterday I tried on a couple more pairs of size 12 pants that hadn't fit before and now I can wear them!! There had been about a 2-inch gap at the zipper in front, and now the zipper goes up easily. That makes me smile!!!