Only way to go is forward
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I feel like I've been to the dark side of the moon and back. I got my changed medication (Welbutrin) regulated and I have had a wonderful 5-day vacation with my bff from Oregon. I laughed at times until I could not breathe, spent time along the beach with the negative ions all around, and just was able to unwind from a year of doing for others, but not for myself. These mini-vacations are going to be necessary I think, and this last one left me so happy and refreshed.
I have not been happy with losing 3 lbs in something like 4 weeks. My mini vacation surely added some weight, which I expected, but I knew I needed to get serious about something and be very consistent to see results. I bumped into an old "friend" -- Jorge Cruise of the "8 Minutes in the Morning" exercise book that I enjoyed a few years back. We had several people at the company I worked for try it out and in place of NO exercise, it was wonderful. Well, Jorge has the "Belly Fat Diet", and the crux is not eating more than 15 grams of sugar a day. I've been on it 1-1/2 days now, and feel better, less hungry, and more energetic than I have in a long time. It took a shopping bill of about $100 to stock up on sugar-free foods (and that's with NO splenda, or the blue & pink varieties as well). We're only allowed to have natural sweeteners like Stevia and Xylitol. I don't believe this diet is necessarily for everyone, but I am a carboholic, prone to "sugar blues" & that whole chemistry, mother of a Type I diabetic, and daughter of a Type 2 diabetic. My pear-shape isn't high risk for Type 2 Diabetes, but I know that my system is affected severely by sugar. So, I think this is the food program I need to be on for now, and should probably use this as a life-change. It is too early to make any big claims, certainly, but I am happy that I have latched onto something I think will be beneficial and successful. Some people have lost 13 lbs in 1 week on this food program. With 6 small meals of 15 grams of carbohydrate per meal, I don't think it's in the starvation zone or is losing muscle. It all has to do with Leptin....once that is under control, the weight comes off as the explanation went.
So, if I've taken 2 steps back I feel I've recovered with 3 steps forward.