Friday, October 10, 2008

Getting Better

Ahhh. It's late Friday night and I just wanted to share. I am feeling so much better today, somehow. I am not sure what it is... maybe just backing off the sugar... but I feel much more hopeful and at peace. Stronger. I wanted to share that, because so many of you have been in the same desperation boat. I wanted to share that there is hope.

Today was better. In fact, I realised that I had been eating a lot more sugary stuff than I noticed. "How can you eat a giant muffin and a caramel macchiato and not notice???" Hard to explain. But the food goes in, and disappears. I don't think about it again until I see it exploding in the form of fat on my thighs. (This is a great argument for mindful eating. If you don't pay attention to your food you can FORGET you ate it and then wonder what is going on with your weight!) I was actually eating sugar for 3 meals a day and several run-together snacks. Sugary oatmeal for breakfast. Lunch of a sandwich, and oh a few cookies can't hurt. Dinner... I hate to admit it, but some days I was so busy snacking on donuts and sweet stuff that I didn't even really EAT dinner. I think not only was my body drowning in a sea of sugar overload, but it was also suffering from protein deprivation! I often "forget" to eat enough protein, just like I forget the sweets I ingest. This the importance of keeping track of what you eat in some form... calorie counting, points, food journal, whatever works.

Anyway, today I did pretty well. I have been letting myself have a bit of fattier foods than usual as long as I avoid sugar. Breakfast was Egg Beaters with low fat cheese and a double fiber whole grain English muffin. Lunch was a Wendy's bacon cheeseburger... NO fries, NO soda (green tea instead). Dinner was a very nice, light but warming soup made from turkey polish sausage, carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms, chicken broth, potatoes, and drained sauerkraut. It was so yummy. When I got hungry later, I had a string cheese and some Kashi crackers. I have been drinking loads of water and tea.

I had one lapse today when I was taking out some groceries that I had bought a few days ago. Suddenly there they were: those Ferrero Rocher chocolate candies. Three little balls of hell. I set them aside. I waited. I paced a little. Then I ate them. They were good. Then I remembered the FIVE Twix bars I had purchased. My son has a birthday coming up. I never buy my kids any candy (now I feel even worse for buying MYSELF so much and eating it while they're in school!) and he asked for Twix for his birthday. They were 5/$2, so hey, I HAD to get five. I was not having sugar cravings but I kept thinking about them. I decided I wanted one. I ate it. It did not taste that good. As a matter of fact it was distinctly chemically. I put the other four away and went on with my life.

Maybe you think, oh my goodness, this woman ate TWO servings of candy today and she says it was a good day?? Well, it was. It was a far cry better than the ten or twelve servings of sugary food I was eating last week. And I do feel a lot better. I think tomorrow I won't be eating any sugar at all. It seems to be less appealing to me at the moment so that's progress.

So how are you guys doing with the water and tea? I hope to put together a post tomorrow (Saturday) on the benefits of tea and address some of the concerns you guys have left in the comments (help!! I have to pee all day!!) Until then, be well.


Lauren said...

I did really well with the water Monday through Thursday, Friday I only got 48 oz. today I'm working on it but it's tougher on saturdays where I don't have so much of a routine

Joy's Journey in Weightloss said...

Good for you on the limiting sugar! One suggestion I have for you is to make a date in the future that you will stop processed sugar. Try it for a while to see if you feel better. Ramp up to it though. You have to be ready for it. The best thing I read about it was-

This free ebook really saved my life. I do not care about Twix now. They are no different than a pencil or any other ordinary object. Before, I was a FREAK for chocolate. I would not be centered if I did not have chocolate after lunch and dinner. I could not stop myself. I hope you look at that book. If made such a difference in my long term success in eliminating sugar.

MizFit said...


I do that with myself and did it with my clients. taking my day and thinking, INITIALLY, ICK! and then taking my day and looking back at what Ive done and what ID HAVE DONE were I not 'watching,' seeing the success (the candy) and saying EH I DID A PRETTY DAMN GOOD JOB!

have a great weekend.

redballoon said...

"...Oh my goodness, this woman ate TWO servings of candy today and she says it was a good day?? ..."

You're too funny, Lyn!

It WAS a good day! Look at all that wholesome food you ate. But be careful, the sweets are EVIL. Really. I feel the same as you today. Is it the stabilizing effect of the waxing moon? (Twilight Zone music here). NO! It is getting off sugar. I had a binge last night, but today made my lentil brown rice curry with veggies and it was yummy. I had NO sugar and did a LOT of exercise but had POWER!! ((((cheer)))))

Keep it up!!

spunkysuzi said...

Did really well on the water and green tea this week.
I started the week by finding a jug that would hold the 9 cups of water i drink a day and i make sure it's empty by the end of the day.
And green tea i've been doing at least one a day :)

bbubblyb said...

When I started my weight loss journey I traded my ice cream and other sweets for fruit. I would eat usually about 5-6 servings a day. I still often eat 3-4 servings a day. It has really been what has gotten me off the sweets. I just don't crave it like I use to but I sure know when I'm out of fruit. Also, the sugar free fudgesicles have gotten me through plenty of nights when I'm craving sweets. I can eat one or two of them (40 calories a piece) and they really make me feel like I'm having something great.

The water was going super good Monday through Thursday and then yesterday I sort of fell off the wagon with it. I always struggle more when the weekend rolls around. I hope that I can get in more this weekend by being conscious of it.

On a good note, I totally think it was all the added water this week that saved me from gaining weight. I had seen a 4 lb gain on the scale and so for the next several days I drank a ton of water and low and behold the 4 lbs went away. I really think all the added water helped flush out the extra sodium I had been eating.

I'm so happy you are having this challenge I really think it's going to help me. I know as the weeks go on it might get more difficult to doe ALL the different habits in a week but I'm sure going to try.

I'm so glad you're doing better. It really is about being aware and mindful of what we put in our mouths. Hope you have a good weekend.

~TMcGee~ said...

Sounds like you are back on track, Lyn. I can hear the "peace" back in your voice and I'm glad it's there again. You are going to get there, I know that one day I will be reading your blog and you'll have a post that says "made goal today", I am as excited to read that for you as I am for myself.
Some changes that I'm making in my own personal battle of the bulge are adding tons of fiber (through black beans in my case) back into my daily eating. I have no gall bladder and when I make poor choices, I pay for it "out the wazoo". :-)
I must confess that I am not doing so well in the water consumption department but today I plan to kick butt in that area.
Keep on going strong *walks away singing I Will Survive*

Dinah Soar said...

Because of the challenge, I am drinking more water than I normally would, although not the suggested level, but still more, and I'm more conscious of it.

Also, one thing I find that helps me eat less sugar, because like you I am inclined to eat lots of sugary food, is to think "macro- nutrients".

By that I mean, plan you meals/snacks with these categories in mind...protein, carbs and fat. Make sure each meal or snack has a good balance of each...that way you won't be eating too many empty carbs. If you do have a mainly carb snack, then make your next snack protein/fat heavy..get the idea?

And use fat free products so you can use your fat calories to get in enough GOOD fat grams ...i.e. eat fat free yogurt with some almonds, or have fat free cheese on your sandwich and add some avocado...or have a side salad with some good quality olive oil in the dressing.

I think this is really the best use of fat free products...too many have the missing fat replaced with sugar or flavor enhancers which make us crave "more" while they are lower in calories we end up eating more calories in the long run.

Kathy said...

Wow! You are a determined woman on an inspiring journey. Just refocus and keep going - slow and steady wins the race.

Paula said...

I have no trouble drinking the water, do it every day anyway. I hate chocolate and don't like sugary things either. So you can see it's easy to get fat and stay there by avoiding both of these if you're still not eating the right portions of "good" food. Lyn, I question why you are still going to the fast food places? I would think it's cause the kids want it but I don't think it's helping you to eat there. Maybe you could try and eliminate that or make it one of "our" things to avoid? No criticism intended, Lord knows I have plenty of my own faults. If I can convince you of something then maybe I can convince myself as well. I'm not a fast food person, but I really want to cut out the snacking, cause I know people say it helps them not to eat too much at meals but I think I still eat too much then AND eat the snacks on top of it. I want to get to the point where I don't think about food at all except during my three normal meals a day. I honestly think men have an easier time of it than women cause they don't overanalyze every bite and chew like we do. (I know, we are cursed with hormones, more fat, and periods, pregnancy etc. but let's face it, we do make it our entire existence when we are dieting, I still think there's something wrong with that and that's why we can't stick with it for life).

Alissa said...

Per usual, your post made me remember something so important--I can only do the best I can. Having an "all or nothing" attitude about eating well screws me up every time, but you're right, having a cheeseburger (or whatever one needs as a temporary replacement) is okay, as long as it's helping us get to where we need to be. Thank you!

Karyn said...

So good to hear you feeling more positive! You are going to lick this thing, I know it!

Alexandra said...

I was just taking a look at your blog. It seems you're doing really well. Great job! I struggle, a lot, with my diet and what I eat. The one place I don't have problem is drinking water. It might have something to do with living in a warmer area. I've got the water down, now if only I could put the chocolate covered peanuts down! Best of luck. said...

You know what helped me with the food -- doing a picture diary. I can scan a week visually on one screen and immediately see that I need to adjust to include more of this or that or less of this or that. Just a thought :-)

redballoon said...

A picture food diary! Wow, what a great idea. If I had to take pictures of everything I ate I'd be pretty embarrassed. Could work! Thanks, alexia.

LissaLee said...

Hello Lyn, I just wanted to check in and see how you are doing. I am so glad that you are feeling better. I think it must be so hard to be a mother of 3 and pursuing these sorts of life changes. I am a single girl in my 20s without any attachments and I find it hard enough to change my habits. All this to say that I find your efforts admirable and inspiring. We can do it!

Lyn said...

Thanks Lissa! It is challenging to do this with children, but still possible. Actually I am a mother of FIVE children :)

They give me even more reason to be healthy!

Ceres said...

It's so great that you're having better days! Hang in there :-)

Anonymous said...

You should really count your carbs and not worry about the rest of it. It doesn't mean you have to eat a lot of meat just cut out the breads, crackers and processed foods. When your craving sugar try some of the sugar free options out there they are great. Go ahead and order a hamburger at your favorite fast food place but order it protein style. If you cut your carbs/sugar for a few days/weeks the sugar cravings go away. Carbs/sugar are the enemy on a diet!