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Day 40...Whoo Whoo!

Friday, January 09, 2015

January 9, 2015
Day 40.
I think that I can go back through past SP blogs and find Day 1…over and over and over again.
I know that I can go back through past SP blogs and never find Day 40. I’ve never had a Day 40.
Wow. I’ve never had a Day 40, and today is Day 40! Whoo Hoo! That’s awesome!
Day 40. No sugar, no white flour. I got through Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, vacation from work, and New Years without any sugar or white flour. It’s so simple. Sometimes it’s not easy, but it’s simple. That being said, I cannot sit here and pretend it’s hard. It’s actually not. There is some conventional wisdom that states that the struggle is in the decision. I think that’s true. Today, a friend at work came into the kitchen with some cookies. He shielded the cookies from my sight, because he knows that I’m off the sugar and flour. I told him he didn’t have to do that. I don’t even want them. It’s true. I don’t. I decided that I’m not eating S & WF, and I’m not. A lot of people have said “I could never do that!” My answer is “Yes you can. You’re just choosing not to.” This is not a judgment, it’s just a fact. Dr. Robert Lustig, The author of Sugar: The Bitter Truth, and my personal hero, makes a good argument for the addictive qualities of sugar. I happen to believe every word of it. The thing about addictions is, if you remove the addictive substance, you remove the physical craving. (You can (and probably should) watch his presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=dBnniua6-oM )
All of that blathering to say, once I got rid of the sugar for real, I really didn’t want it any more. Since I quit, I have not binged, and I have had no desire to binge. Please don’t think I’m saying this is easy. It took me a long long long time to get to this place. I’ve tried to quit S & WF in the past. I know now that I wasn’t successful because I was ok with cheating “just a little” or “just for a day”. The problem, for me, was that cheating would just set me back. Is this a lifestyle I can live with? ABSOLUTELY! There is a TON of really really delicious food that doesn’t contain these two substances. I am eating fruit (God’s sugar, with a ton of fiber to save us from the fructose.), and I’m allowing myself a lot of leeway.
So…on Monday, I started the weight-loss phase of my journey. And I quit Weight Watchers. I’m back tracking on SP. I know it’s not the diet. I think that WW is a GREAT program, but it lacks the nutritional data that I want/need, plus it’s kind of pricey. What am I doing?
1. No Sugar
2. No White Flour
3. Reduced Carbs
4. If you can’t read it, don’t eat it.
5. If the food didn’t exist when your grandparents were kids, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.
6. Hit fiber and water goals every day

Also…I joined a gym. This actually is not news. I’ve joined a lot of gyms in my day. The news? I’m actually GOING to the gym! I took my first spin class on December 14. I joined a gym on December 22. My goal is to get there at least 3x a week. In the 14 days since I’ve joined, I’ve been 11 times! I’m alternating spinning with weight training. I LOVE TO SPIN! Who knew???
I did NOT start this for weight loss/toning. I started it because my energy level is THROUGH THE ROOF, and I have to do SOMETHING. So I started…and I don’t want to stop. It’s amazing! I believe, based on my research, that this is a direct result of my body responding to my new diet. No Sugar, No White Flour, No Processed Foods. In short, I believe that I’m leptin resistant and my revised food choices are helping to correct that. You can read all about leptin and it’s relationship to obesity here: http://authoritynutrition.com/
I love my life. I love how I feel. Part of me is waiting for the other shoe to drop, but another part knows that this is no accident.
Ride on, folks!
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