Good News & Bad News...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The good news is that I am entering my second month of liberation from sugar!! This is a BIG DEAL and not to be pooh-poohed. I no longer crave sugar or refined carbs, and I don't have a problem resisting them. Yesterday I had lunch out with friends and a yummy-looking homemade snickerdoodle cookie came on the side of my salad plate. It was easy to wrap it up and bring it home for someone else. This really is Liberation and I'm very grateful!

However, the bad news is that I seem to be replacing my old sugar/carb addicition with a new one: delicious homemade whole grain bread! When I started this journey away from sugar, I decided that I would eat whole foods - fruits, vegetables, legumes, a little fish, and whole grains. Instead of buying low-calorie bread, I switched us to really good whole grain bread, sometimes from our favorite bakery. It's become a little too easy for me to snack on, especially since school started again and the stress level has increased.

A week ago, I weighed 119.6. Then, as the week went on, I was back over 120. Not a big deal, but not the direction I was expecting to go... Yesterday, I brought home a loaf of "Superseed Cranberry Bread" from the bakery where we had lunch (and I resisted the little cookie!) My plan was to freeze it in thirds, but first - feeling virtuous after my salad & cookie-less lunch - I ate a fresh chunk off one end. Wow, it was chewy & delicious & slightly sweet because of the cranberries. Working on the computer all afternoon, I drifted in and out of the kitchen, continuing to sample the bread, until I'd devoured about a third of the loaf! YIKES! What was the difference between that behavior and the way I've been in the past when chocolate is in the house? I quickly froze the remainder and went for a bike ride.

This morning, I weighed 121.4.

I've had the idea that, if I removed sugar & refined carb treats from my diet, the weight loss would follow and continue. And, for a while, it happened. Now I'm back in summer school classes and it's harder to track consistently - and clearly, sugar or no sugar, I have to track my food and keep my calorie count down. Back to low-calorie, high-fiber bread that is a little less delectable & more resistable! And back to planning and preparing and tracking as much as possible.

I was reading BSTAKINGACTION's blog today about our BMR and our daily calorie allotment. Someone suggested to her that we should take our weight and add a zero for a more accurate place to draw the line. That's 1200 for me. Ewww! But, I'm going to try to work my way down there.

More Good News - if I can achieve liberation from sugar, I can slay any dragon in my path! Next on my hit list: wonderfully delicious whole grain breads.
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    You are doing great work! Giving up sugar is very impressive indeed.

    Well done!!

    3628 days ago
    Good job on passing on the snickerdoodle. I love them and would not have been able to. I can't do sugar or bread. Bread makes me have cravings, gain weight, and it triggers my GERD and IBS.
    3647 days ago
    Even though you gained a little weight your are doing awesome with the sugar free diet! I guess the body is trying to get you to go to his memory weight and he knows that he can do it by saying "eat bread, eat bread" hehehe..

    I know you will turn this around and lose thous pounds with a blast!
    3654 days ago
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    Way to go on liberation from sugar.

    I completely understand you new found love of whole grain bread - fresh and yummy. Totally divine. BUT you know it has to be counted within the calorie allowance of the day otherwise... yep the scale goes up.

    3656 days ago
  • NAVYMOM133
    Congratulations on your sugar/refined carb successes so far. That's got to feel great!!
    I think it's a win that you recognized what was about to unfold with the whole grain bread and reigned it in.
    It *is* delicious and nutritious. I like to include things like that once in a while. Healthy treats, enjoyed and GONE!
    emoticon job resisting the snickerdoodle cookie!
    3657 days ago
  • SHEILA1505
    Congratulations on the sugar free story - I can understand the story with the bread - before I knew I was multi grain and gluten intolerant I used to devour huge quantities of cranberry bread :))

    Just yesterday I remembered my promise to myself a couple of weeks ago - 100percent Rye Bread again - because I will only eat it all and if I freeze it, then I will toast it!

    Interesting calculation - adding the 0. I wonder what the numbers should be for loss - do we start with the required weight perhaps? Painful!
    3657 days ago
    You really are fighting that battle! emoticon You have come way too far to go back now, & I know that as vigilant as you are, you won't! Enjoy the journey Cindy.
    3657 days ago
  • GATOR12
    Trial and error and finding a balance for each of us; that seems to be the name of the game. I see you are still a work in progress and still finding that magic quota for YOU!!
    3657 days ago
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    Interesting info. It makes sense that we would replace one thing with another. But the whole grain bread is much better than that sugar and other junk.

    I'm sure you'll figure out a good balance.
    3658 days ago
    Cindy, congrats on the newly found sugar freedom. That IS HUGE and, you are right, not to be taken lightly (no pun intended, right?).

    Something similar has happened with me...only its with dried fruits and nuts. Since I've given up the sugar and most of my crackers/bread, those two food items are my go-to snacks. Whole foods? Yes. But, geez, they really pack a wollop in fat calories and carbs (as my friend pointed out to me emoticon .)

    I guess I look at it in terms of taking one thing at a time. The lesser of the evils so to speak. Eventually, I'll feel strong enough to tackle EVERYTHING in moderation.

    I have full confidence that you can get a handle on this. Keep trying! We're replacing all those bad at a time!
    3658 days ago
    That's an interesting (and very simple) way to calculate calorie requirements.
    3658 days ago
  • SHERWOODCYCLER kind of is a delicate balance. You can't have too much of a good thing. And for those of who weigh less, now that slice of bread (or, for me, that extra handful of almonds) is what starts putting the weight back on.

    I am confidant you will figure this out. You can do this.
    3658 days ago
    You are a brave soldier! emoticon
    3658 days ago
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