The good news is that I am entering my second month of liberation from sugar!! This is a BIG DEAL and not to be pooh-poohed. I no longer crave sugar or refined carbs, and I don't have a problem resisting them. Yesterday I had lunch out with friends and a yummy-looking homemade snickerdoodle cookie came on the side of my salad plate. It was easy to wrap it up and bring it home for someone else. This really is Liberation and I'm very grateful!
However, the bad news is that I seem to be replacing my old sugar/carb addicition with a new one: delicious homemade whole grain bread! When I started this journey away from sugar, I decided that I would eat whole foods - fruits, vegetables, legumes, a little fish, and whole grains. Instead of buying low-calorie bread, I switched us to really good whole grain bread, sometimes from our favorite bakery. It's become a little too easy for me to snack on, especially since school started again and the stress level has increased.
A week ago, I weighed 119.6. Then, as the week went on, I was back over 120. Not a big deal, but not the direction I was expecting to go... Yesterday, I brought home a loaf of "Superseed Cranberry Bread" from the bakery where we had lunch (and I resisted the little cookie!) My plan was to freeze it in thirds, but first - feeling virtuous after my salad & cookie-less lunch - I ate a fresh chunk off one end. Wow, it was chewy & delicious & slightly sweet because of the cranberries. Working on the computer all afternoon, I drifted in and out of the kitchen, continuing to sample the bread, until I'd devoured about a third of the loaf! YIKES! What was the difference between that behavior and the way I've been in the past when chocolate is in the house? I quickly froze the remainder and went for a bike ride.
This morning, I weighed 121.4.
I've had the idea that, if I removed sugar & refined carb treats from my diet, the weight loss would follow and continue. And, for a while, it happened. Now I'm back in summer school classes and it's harder to track consistently - and clearly, sugar or no sugar, I have to track my food and keep my calorie count down. Back to low-calorie, high-fiber bread that is a little less delectable & more resistable! And back to planning and preparing and tracking as much as possible.
I was reading BSTAKINGACTION's blog today about our BMR and our daily calorie allotment. Someone suggested to her that we should take our weight and add a zero for a more accurate place to draw the line. That's 1200 for me. Ewww! But, I'm going to try to work my way down there.
More Good News - if I can achieve liberation from sugar, I can slay any dragon in my path! Next on my hit list: wonderfully delicious whole grain breads.