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Day 3 :: 59 Days to Wedding

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Today is supposed to be my first trip to the gym with Mike... Wish me luck!

I stuck to the SBD very well yesterday. I woke up late in the day and had two scrambled eggs (no added milk) for "breakfast," seasoned with black and hot peppers. It was actually pretty tasty. I didn't eat any snacks or lunch since I was already into the afternoon (probably bad) but for dinner I had about 3 oz. of lean buffalo sirloin (pan cooked with olive oil and a spice rub), green italian and herb salad with feta and olive oil dressing, and some french-cut green beans seasoned with garlic and pepper. I drank quite a bit of water, too.

Oh - and I had a sugar-free creamsicle for an after-dinner dessert, but I found out they're sweetened with Splenda, and frankly... I think I'd rather have the extra sugar! I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners at all. So... I'm now on a quest for some kind of no-sweetener-added dessert item, and if I can't find one, I may wind up freezing my own popsicles from natural fruit juice.

I've "lost" something like 3 lbs. already, but that may very well be normal weight fluctuations or water weight. I really ought to only weigh in once a week, but I'm too excited to wait. :)

Anyway, my success thus far with the SBD thing has me thinking: I don't think I need any kind of fancy diet plan at all. I think I just need to go on the, as my friend Audra calls it (and pardon our French) "don't eat goddamn crap!" diet. I mean, I know I've only been at this two days, but I feel pretty good. I have been saying no to carbtastic temptations, and realizing it doesn't take that long to make healthy food for myself.

So, what am I getting at? I think I've discovered that I have the willpower to eat right after all. I don't think I need the two-week "phase 1" period of SBD because 1) I don't think it's healthy in the long run, and eating an unbalanced diet worries me, 2) I think the desired effect of phase 1 - culling my bad carb intake - has been/can be achieved on willpower alone, and 3) I am eager to incorporate healthy food choices into my diet for health reasons, not craving reasons.

For example: one of my favorite foods in the entire world is Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup. I was scrounging for a breakfast here on campus a few minutes ago, and read the "Soup at Hand" label hoping it would pass muster. Unfortunately, it didn't - it had all kinds of weird preservatives and "corn syrup solids" and so on. So I put it down and moved on.

I wound up choosing a skinny 20 oz. caffe mocha and a cup of strawberry yogurt with granola. From now on I will try to bring my own yogurt, since the kind I bought didn't have nutrition info and probably had added sweeteners as well. As for the granola on SBD problem... Well, I made the conscious decision to eat the granola (it came separate) not as a carb craving but as a healthy whole-grain choice. (I mean... I actually looked at the granola and thought, "Okay, that's a WHOLE OAT right there... I think this counts!") I am sure there is healthier granola out there - this kind included raisins, and probably sweetener. I'll go shopping for my own next time.

Anyway, the point is: I don't think I need to all but eliminate carbs from my diet now. I just need to take advantage of the vast good-carb opportunities available to me. I do a lot of my shopping at our local co-op, and was amazed last night at how many of the selections there are whole-grain, no artificial sweeteners, no sugar added, etc.

So I guess you could say my dietary goal at this point is less strict SBD and more healthy choices, period. NO junk food carbs, for example. I'm staying away from the chips and Cheetos and sourdough breads and all that stuff. I'll probably re-examine my shredded wheat and make sure it's crap-free, and eat that as a breakfast food, maybe alternating with some peanut butter whole grain toast or adding an egg.

I also need to start packing my lunches, because there simply aren't healthy food choices here on campus.

And as for dinner - I enjoy cooking, especially when I can whip up good meals in 30 minutes or less, which I usually do. I need to talk to Mike about doing more regular, better grocery shopping, so I always have healthy ingredients on hand. He loves it when I cook, so I think he'll be on board.

So basically, at this point: I'm eliminating empty carbs, added sugars, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and as many other bad-for-me things I don't really need as possible.
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