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The Secret to my Successful Summer

Saturday, July 13, 2013

For me it's all about sugar.

Everywhere else, and at every other time of the year, I know that I cannot eat a lot of sugar and still feel well.

Easter and Halloween and the Christmas holidays are times when I would run into trouble, because I would allow myself to indulge in the candy and sweets that are so readily available during those times.
I understood that I would pay a price for eating them, and I usually did.
I would usually gain weight and have a day or two when I did not feel that well.

Somehow I never looked upon delicious summer fruits as being in the same category as candy and sweets.
I thought of fruits as being much more healthful and nutritious -- and I always ate generous amounts of fruit -- all summer long.

Every summer, I overate fruit.

But to prevent myself from feeling bad, I would just automatically then eat additional food -- mostly fats.

So then I overate other foods as well.

Add to that picture, that often I would start my day with crumb cake - and maybe have another piece during the day. Also, there was usually dessert being served -- either ice cream or pie -- or both.

That is why I always wound up putting on weight during the summertime.

So far this summer,
I am cutting out the sweets at breakfast.
And I no longer eat any fruits alone - only with a protein and/or fat

I am still enjoying myself and having lots of fun.
I am still enjoying delicious food -- including fruit and desserts.

The big difference is...
I am watching the scale go down.

If I don't gain weight this summer - it will be the very first time that has happened in a very long time.



Keep doing what you are doing.

Continue limiting portion sizes.

Continue tracking food every day and staying within the calorie range.

Continue walking for an hour most days.

Do NOT relax your rules!

There will be no celebrating here!

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    Sounds like you are doing great!
    1740 days ago
    Great observations and adjustments !!

    Like you, I have found including a protein in a snack (even if the snack seems healthy because it is fruits or veggies) has worked well satisfy my hunger

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    1744 days ago
    So happy for you that you are in control this summer!
    1745 days ago
    Good for you! You're doing absolutely great AND you've figured out why!!
    1745 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Good for you..I eat frit only in the morning and with protein. I stay away from sugar also. You are having a great healthy summer. You can do it.

    1745 days ago
    Good for you, figuring that out! The fact that *I* don't have a problem with sugar isn't relevant to *you*; you know that you have an issue, and you have a plan for dealing with it. Well done!
    1745 days ago
    Very good reminders and hints. Thanks!
    1745 days ago
  • --KREN
    Sugar is NOT our friend, in any form. Has anyone ever said to you "I think you need a little more sugar in your diet!"

    What frustrates me to no end is the SP Tracker will not give you the total grams of sugar in your day. I wrote to Becky Hand about it but she is afraid people won't eat fruit and other good things if they worry about sugar. She says to track carbs. There is no set "RDA" for sugar so she's not worried about leaving it out of the tracker info. You can track fructose and a few similar things, but that is NOT grams of sugar in your diet. Individual items seem to have grams of sugar listed, but if you want to track your total for the day, get out your pencil and start adding. SP won't do it for you.
    1745 days ago
    You're going to be so healthy and svelte the next time I see you, I'm going to swoon in amazement lol!

    When I visited SFriend in Kansas City, she and her partner prepared the most delicious salad, a favorite with them (and now with me). It's a SRecipe, and she uses fresh corn when it is in season:


    Since quinoa is a source of complete protein, as well as a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, is high in magnesium and iron and is also a source of calcium, you get lots of "bang for your calories."

    Spark on!
    1745 days ago
  • YMWONG22
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    1745 days ago
    emoticon You have had a wonderful "AHA!" moment for yourself!! I am so glad for you! Keep doing what you are doing! emoticon emoticon
    1745 days ago
    Fruit is fructose, a sugar. It is certainly healthier than candy, but it's sugar nonetheless. Diabetics need to be very careful with fruit. One time I accidentally took my hubby's diabetes meds (don't ask) and I called my son who is a Registered Dietician. He told me to slam 8 oz of regular soda every half hour. I was shocked and asked him if orange juice wouldn't be better. He told me that from my blood sugar point of view, they are the same. This is why the old WW plan limited fruits to 2 per day, with the big emphasis on vegetables.
    1745 days ago
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