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Day 40 of my journey / 3 things I am grateful for today (October 31 2019)

Friday, November 01, 2019

Well Halloween is just about over - glad of that - I can hear fireworks going off - of all the holidays throughout the year this is the one I dislike with a passion

Went shopping today and got a few more things for the freezer as well as a few fresh vegetables. Also bought a new indoor BBQ grill - it is bigger than the George Foreman one we have and I think it will be nice to have it - it is supposed to be smokeless. Bought some frozen cauliflower rice - just a small bag - going to try that this weekend and if the family likes it we will get more bags of it for the freezer. Am going to put some snap peas and sweet corn into it so hopefully it should taste good.

Also I have purchased the Bright Line Eating book and The Official Bright Line Eating Cookbook by Susan Pierce Thompson. Have started to read the one and it makes a lot of sense. I skipped ahead to look at what the food plan looks like (she gives what should be eaten for breakfast, lunch and supper) and she has pages listed with approved food. All looks ok - some of the vegetables I know would give me gas and bloat as do many of the nuts but can work around that. In the cookbook she gives some recipes for different sauces so will see about making one or two of them up this weekend - as we like sauces over our chicken and vegetables to need to make sure there is no sugar in them.

She also share what to do before starting Day 1 - she has a checklist - have pretty much done it all - but as I get weighed on Tuesday I will see about starting with going sugar / flour free then. Meanwhile I will read more from the book to get a better idea of why to go sugar free - but I know that I do feel better not having any. She has a saying 'not my food (nmf) so need to make sure that things like salad dressings are ok - as long as sugar is not listed in the 1st 3 ingredients it would be ok - but if none at all even better.

I do no when I have foods with sugar (such as any pastry) I just don't feel good -so am praying that this is the change I need to make. She talks about quantity - I know most 'diet plans' say 4 servings of vegetables but truthfully over the past couple of weeks getting that all in has caused trouble with the IBS = so I will be eating vegetables but will be reducing it down to 2 cups and staying away from ones that I know cause a problem. Am learning that I just need to find the right balance for my digestive system.

No bread though due to the floor so will have to be creative if making a 'sandwich' = I found a recipe that looks good for tuna and when you get it all made up you put it into a tomato so that sounded interesting to me. Going to be giving that a try.

Interesting in the book she talks about having a gratitude journal - which I do hear on my blog. She also mentioned to keep a 5 year diary - each day of the month to be divided into 5 columns so that each year you can reread what you wrote the previous year - I kind of like that idea so am thinking I am going to make up a journal for that

So with all the research I am doing, deciding that I really need to get rid of the sugar and flour and monitor my vegetables better - I believe this is the way to go. The author of this book mentioned to pick the day you start and then to go to what she calls her 'checklist' to make sure I have everything ready for day 1. Pretty much have everything ready -kitchen has been cleaned of sugar and flour, just need to take a new picture (standing) on Tuesday when I get weighed and think maybe a new one for my profile picture here. And get my 5 year journal ready to go. I am also going to take time over the weekend to think through what 7 days of meals will look like, write them down, and pick at least one of the recipes from the cookbook to try. But will be working on be in compliant with the program before then but will be working at being as close to 100% as possible on Tuesday.

3 things I am grateful for today are
(1) grateful that we were able to purchase a new smokeless indoor BBQ grill
(2) grateful that hubby is willing to try cauliflower rice which and frozen zucchini noodles which we will try this weekend
(3) grateful that I am starting to feel better - not so frustrated

My streaks are as follows
Day 35 of blogging my journey
Day 40 of logging onto Sparkpeople
Day 40 of tracking all food and water
Day 40 of reading the Bible with DH (we are still in the Book of Job)

Part 1 of Virtual Walk Across Canada completed (Port Hardy to Port McNeil BC = 27 miles)
Part 2 of Virtual Walk Across Canada (Port McNeil to Campbell River BC - 17 miles) have completed 14 1/2 miles so far

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  • GRAMMY065
    Wow, I really look forward to your blogs Marilyn! I learn so much. I am praying for your chosen journey of no sugar/flour. I am not there yet but I am watching those that are and gleaning info. May God bless you this new month of November. I am thankful for you my friend!
    79 days ago
    Marilyn, I enjoyed reading your blog so much! It sounds like you are learning so much and heading in a new direction that will work for you! Excited for you! That new grill sounds very interesting!
    79 days ago
    Sounds like you have a great plan/direction you are taking! I hope the principals and knowledge Susan provides in her Bright Line Eating book really is a key for your progress ... I know it was for mine. A key that finally opened the door to success for me! I know it was different and a learning curve for me at first to weigh my foods using a food scale vs. using measuring cups but once you do it for a while it is easy. Wish you much success with your new direction!!!! emoticon
    79 days ago
  • COOP9002
    79 days ago
    I really hope the Bright Line Eating works out for you! Share your cookbook experiences on your blog or on the One Year group chat thread so we can follow your progress!

    Also let us know how cauliflower rice is. I understand it's become quite popular but I haven't tried it yet.

    So glad your husband is open to trying new things with you! My husband and I eat totally differently - he eats meat two meals of the day and I am vegan. We just keep separate foods in the house though we sometimes overlap on veggies.

    Have a great day, and keep learning!
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