Christmas Eve = Merry Christmas to all - may this be the Christmas that we all take time to reflect on the reason for the season.
Sitting here taking time to reflect that last couple of months - really struggled a lot throughout the year with trying to release weight - seems the harder I tried the less I lost. Got quite discouraged with all of it.
End of October what came to mind was that I should really look at going no sugar, no flour. And that is what I did. A friend here on Sparkpeople suggested a book to read that pertains to this - was the best book I could have bought - also bought the cookbook to go along with it.
So on November 5 2019 I started on this journey. As of today, December 24 I have lost 18.8 pounds (today had a bit of a setback as I had a gain but that is ok) Am pleased with the progress and looking forward to releasing a lot more weight while I continue to stay on plan.
I did have a discussion with a sister about what I am doing - she was so happy that I am releasing weight but just doesn't get it. Kept referring to the fact that I am doing Keto which I am not doing and she had a hard time understanding that going no sugar / no flour doesn't mean you are on Keto. Then she asked about almond and rice flour - explained I am having no flour at all. Then she asked what about bread - shared with her the only bread I could have was Ezekiel as it is sprouted bread. And then she said 'well when are you going to start eating bread again as you can't go without having sandwiches.' She doesn't get it - she doesn't get that sugar and flour are just not good for a person and a lot of people are addicted to these 2 'foods' = I told her I have no intention of having bread - that there are other foods to eat beside bread - we can still have 'hamburgers' only we eat them without the bun. Shared with her that this time next year I could be at my goal weight if not close to it - she was somewhat surprised at that especially when I shared with her that the goal for me is to get to 120 (possibly 110) which she informed me that though I am only 5 feet she thinks I should not go below 150 = I shared with her that I know I am past 70 now but that 150 is to heavy for me - was too much way back in the day and is still too heavy = so we left it at that and I know she will be watching for results - I am sure she will be surprised when she returns home in April and sees me 40+ pounds lighter than when she last saw me.
One thing that I was taught this past week was that I just can't have sugar any more. Last week I had the flu (12 hours of being terribly ill) and during this time drank apple juice which is my go to when sick. Then went back to water by the end of the week. Then on Sunday December 22 hubby asked he if could bring home some sweets for the day - of course I told him ok that just because I couldn't have sugar he could have some. So he brought home a chocolate chip banana loaf (don't like that combination so that was not a trigger) and also some shortbread cookies. I told him that though I am not eating sugar I wanted to give one a try - ended up having 2 of them. And honestly I will not do that again. I was so horribly sick after - bad headache, joints hurt and the worst cramp in my one foot that I just couldn't get to go away. Went to bed about 11 pm praying that when I slept that the cramp would go away - it did but I awoke at 1:30 am suffering from acid reflex. Did not bring anything up thankfully but the part of the acid reflex where it leaves fumes in your mouth was horrible - so I ended up having to get up and take a med for it and then had to sit up for 45 minutes to let the med work before stretching out again. All this due to having 2 shortbread cookies. Am I going to have sugar again? NO! ! ! Lesson learned. Love my new way of eating and how I feel now and am not going to let sugar or flour make me ill again.
For tomorrow have the meal all planned out - and I will be having a great dinner that will not include sugar or flour. Turkey (4 oz), potatoe (4 oz) vegetables (up to 10 oz), salad and all is well. My plate will be full and my stomach will not be bloated due to overeating or food that just bloats and makes you uncomfortable.
3 things I am grateful for today are
(1) grateful for lesson learned re eating sugar
(2) grateful that I have so much great food that I can enjoy to eat
(3) grateful that I am making progress this year to restoring my health
My Scripture Verse for today is
1 John 4:19 (NIV)
We love because he first loved us
My Streaks here are Sparkpeople are
90 days of logging on at Sparkpeople
90 days of tracking all food and water
90 days of reading the Bible with my hubby
50 days of having no sugar no flour (2 months / 7 weeks)