Is giving up sugar / flour easy ? No. Can it be done? Yes.
Today is Day 2 of making the change of no sugar no flour and all is well. One thing I did do though that was not on my plan was a had some peanut butter - not good - digestive system did not like that at all - so I know that is a food I have to stay away from.
Doctors visit went well. I had written down in my paper journal what info I wanted re blood work and he nicely completed it for me. Out of 7 items 3 are on target and 4 need some work. Discussed with him this morning re no sugar no flour and how that would be re diabetes and IBS. His answer: for diabetes excellent - for IBS could be a challenge as vegetables tend to trigger an attack - boy do I know that. He suggested (as per the information also that I have found from my reading) to try one vegetable for 3 - 4 days watching for any uncomfortable effects due to IBS. A mouthful might not bring on an attack but when you are getting up to 20 oz of vegetables a day - yes an attack can happen. So that is what I am doing.
I have the habit of weighing each morning - have done this for years - but only take the weight for record keeping once a week - every Tuesday. But I find that it helps me daily to see just how I am doing - I know the weight goes up and down during the week helping me to see just how the food is reacting. I understand a lot of people find it difficult to weigh daily but for me it helps keep me accountable. This morning (day 2) the scale showed a loss of 1.6 pounds which I am sure is water but we will see = goal it to have lost 1 - 2 pounds for the week but I understand that with the weight I am at I could possibly lose a lot more than 2 pounds in the 1st week. But am just going to take it one day at a time - goal is to be down to a new number that I haven't seen in years by December 31.
I have found a group on facebook (a large group) that are doing the Bright Line Eating and I have participated on it twice and got lots of positive respond. So am glad I am not the only one doing this - and those that have responded have said to stick to it faithfully for at least 14 days but longer if possible to see any results.
My lunch today - when I looked at it and smelled it - didn't like it -but after a few mouthfuls it was ok. What I had was 4 oz of tuna (packed in water) with 6 oz of celery and tomato and then 1 tablespoon of mayo for oil. I also had an orange.
Supper I really enjoyed. Had 4 oz of grilled chicken (skinless) served with 1 cob of sweet corn plus 3 oz of mixed vegetables. And it was so filling.
Have written down in my paper journal my food for tomorrow - and while daughter is out with her worker we are going to go and get some more fresh vegetables = more tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, and green onions to name a few as I know I will go through a lot of these in the next 7 days. My sweet DH is being so helpful - he likes to cook supper so every afternoon he asked what is on the menu, how much I need of each and if he can put any 'sauce' on anything - he has taken the chicken for him and daughter and used a sauce he likes on the chicken for them (it has sugar listed as the 3rd ingredient) and then he cooks up my chicken just with lots of spice. One thing we are going to get tomorrow is a couple of roasted chickens - when we get them home I will take the meat off of them and bag it into zip log bags so I have some ready for lunch.
This program I am working on does not emphasize exercise - but I know I need to do walking daily in order to stay mobile. I only got some steps recorded on my pedometer - not many but a start - seemed today was a day of more sitting than walking = and to top it of I forgot to put the tracker on until after lunch so it would have registered more if I had worn it in the morning also. Tomorrow is another day and am looking forward to getting a lot more on it.
3 things I am grateful for today are
(1) grateful for the sun shining today
(2) grateful for having eyes to see
(3) grateful for having ears to hear
My streaks are as follows:
Day 1 of tracking my steps using my pedometer
Day 2 of going no sugar no flour
Day 41 of blogging my journey
Day 46 of logging onto Sparkpeople
Day 46 of tracking all food and water
Day 46 of reading the Bible with my husband