Is it worthy?

Friday, October 22, 2010

I've been waiting for something significant to blog about, AND I forget if this is private or public, but I'll verify later and just avoid saying anything too icky or revealing :) Is it worthy of the first real blog? Maybe not, but I should get started before I'm too far down the road.

I've known for years that I needed to reverse my health trend. I've added individual life improvements along the way to slow the regress: limiting pop to once a week, drinking more green and white teas, etc. Then a couple years ago I buckled down, reduced portions, and lost 23 pounds. Unfortunately I hadn't heard of plateaus, so when my progress stalled after all that hard work, I decided to go back to relaxed living.

Then some bad numbers at my physical last summer kicked my dr. into gear and she threatened to put me on meds. Who knew that would be the last straw; pills are easy! but it kicked up a resistance in me.

How to proceed? Well, I knew that most of my bad numbers would likely improve if I lost weight, so that became the primary goal. I've paid enough attention to realize that my main problem areas are portion size and refined sugar, and a friend sent me a link to a blogger who cut out refined sugar for 100 days--with no other changes--and she still lost weight. So I started that. I heard that if you go long enough without it, you lose the craving; I'd tried for 1 month once and 6 weeks another time, and it wasn't true for me. But this time I would try for 100 days to get it out of my system, regardless of cravings. I think I'm 11 days away (by my count). If anybody knows me, they'd realize that's some feat! All my favorite foods have sugar; even shelf and restaurant bread has refined sugar as an ingredient!

I chose to also avoid maltose, dextrose, glucose, etc. And since I was going to all this effort to improve my health, I also prohibit the unnatural non-calorie sweeteners; they tend to give me a headacheanyway. My mother-in-law always used to say that the best foods were the ones that were closest to the way God made them, and that's stuck in my head for a long time. The less processed, the more friendly it's likely to be to our bodies, regardless of the current trends. There's still a gray area for me--is "evaporated cane syrup" just another name for refined sugar, or is it really not refined? I feel safe with sucanat and stevia, but I try to avoid large amounts of even those. I mostly use fruit for my "sugar fix".

So now that I'm almost finished with my 100 days...
1) What's my big reward?
2) What now?
As for #1, I had planned to go to St. Louis (the closest location) for my favorite meal: a Penn Station Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich with real lemonade and the best fries in the world. Now our employer's on the verge of layoffs, so it wouldn't be wise to go. I'm not really disappointed; I do hope to make it there within a year, Lord willing. BUT I can still have a little bit of my favorite food in the world...Baker's Square French Silk Pie!!!

As for #2, it's the reason I question how much of the pie I should have. I may go for another 100 days no sugar, OR a year. I do feel so much better without it!!! That's been worth it. I've lost 25 pounds, too. I can't go back to my old way of eating or I'll have to be buried in a piano crate (I have a picture of that on my fridge for motivation).

Gotta go for now, but more later sometime. Maybe I can find something else worthy to blog about, lol.

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