250-499 SparkPoints 362

End of Day Two - 707 calories

Friday, July 13, 2018

I have been getting wonderful comments on my blog posts. Didn't really intend for it to be read by anyone but me. I was more or less just using the blog as a catharsis. A way to journal all the hills and valleys on my weight loss journey. It's nice to think I will have friends along for the ride.

The feedback I am getting regarding the hCG injections is great, love all your thoughts and onions. I have not made the decision to do the injections, that is why I am giving myself till July 31 before deciding. I did talk to the lady who does the injections, part of the program is a lot of counseling on learning new eating habits for maintaining the weight loss. She also includes an extended period of time to slowly increase calories and exercise once the injections are completed.

As for the drastic cut in cals, it is only temporary, till July 31. I am taking this time (22 days) to break old habits and begin new ones. During the next couple weeks, I hope to clear my system from all the yummy, naughty cravings, and restore the cravings for natural unprocessed foods. A jump-start, so to speak, for the rest of this journey. I have arthritis in my left hip and will need a hip replacement; however, the doctor will not do surgery till I get my BMI under 40. Since I am in a lot of pain and have a hard time getting around, I am just a little impatient to shed about 40 lbs. Most of all, I want to get healthy, so I am trying to incorporate everything I am learning into a healthy lifestyle I can live with the rest of my life.

The day after Thanksgiving last year, I started with baby steps in regards to the foods I eat, or should say, shouldn't eat. I have pretty much given up bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, all the big starchy yummies. It has been a week now that I have had no sugar (except for the popsicles) or diet coke. I am surprised by the lack of cravings for the soda, I am NOT complaining. I thought it would be harder to give up. I have add turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon to my daily routine to help control blood sugar, blood pressure, sugar cravings, and inflammation. Within the last week I have committed to the "Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type" diet. Which isn't that big of a change just a few foods to avoid - corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, sesame seeds, and chicken.

Since I have arthritis in multiple joints, have diabetes, and just an overall crappy body, I did some research on foods that cause inflammation in the body. As with the foods from the Eat Right diet listed above, I am taking the next 20 days to work on avoiding the following foods/ingredients.

1) Sugar
2) Saturated Fats – cheese, red meat, full-fat dairy products, pasta dishes, and grain-based desserts
3) Trans Fats - partially hydrogenated oils
4) Omega 6 Fatty Acids - in oils such corn, safflower, sunflower, grapeseed, soy, peanut, and vegetable; mayonnaise; and many salad dressings
5) Refined Carbohydrates - breads, rolls, crackers, white rice, white potatoes, french fries, and many cereals
6) MSG - hydrolyzed proteins, calcium or sodium casienate, soy protein isolate, vegetable protein concentrate or isolate
7) Gluten and Casein - wheat, barley and rye, or casein, found in dairy products
8) Aspartame
9) Fried Foods
10) Artificial Additives
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