This past Saturday I went to my Uncle Bob’s house for a Halloween party. It was great being able to visit with everyone and catch up on how things are going. I received compliments from everyone about the amount of weight I had lost, which is great but at the same time makes me feel like a fraud.
I have a confession to make. Since we went to Vegas, my eating hasn’t been the best. I’ve been working out consistently (for the most part) 4-5 days a week, but my eating has been out of control. I’ve been eating sugar…and more sugar…and more sugar. My allergist said I wasn’t allergic to wheat, so I’ve been eating bread products galore too. Which…those items turn into sugar in the system, therefore I’m craving sugar constantly.
So, while I truly appreciate their compliments I know I have been slacking lately and no one should be looking to what I do as a way to get healthy. The sad part is, it really hasn’t pushed me to get it back under control either. Yes, I’m doing better now than I was. However, I’m still sneaking sugar when I shouldn’t be.
Can’t be that bad? I’ve consumed Grasshopper Cookies, Magnum Ice Creams (yes more than one), a Milky Way, Peanut M&Ms, mini Snickers and 3 Musketeers, donuts, cupcakes, Lindt Chocolate Balls, Peppermint Giradeli Squares, Laffy Taffy, cherry pie and a pumpkin muffin all in the past month. I’m sure I’ve probably missed some items too. Granted, in the past I may have eaten all of those in 2 days…so spreading it out over a month is somewhat of an improvement but still bad!
“The Holidays are coming up anyway, don’t worry about it until the first of January.” While I would have whole-heartedly agreed with this in the past, now I’m thinking this is just a damaging way for me to think. What this does, for me, is say “It’s ok to eat like a pig! Bring on the desserts!” and worry about the weight loss later. I don’t want to put on 10-20 more pounds before January 1 and have to start all over. That being said, I need to pull myself together! I’m not going to be overly strict, but I am going to continue being aware of how much I’m eating and what that is doing to my body. I was trying to cut all refined sugar from my diet for 30 days, but I failed after day 3. This time of the year, asking myself to not eat any refined sugar is like telling an alcoholic not to drink and asking him/her to hold your glass of wine. Not.very.smart.
Sugar is not our friend people. It has been linked to chronic inflammation and insulin resistance (metabolic syndrome) which in return has been linked to diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disorders, Alzheimer’s, and many other chronic diseases. It is also a leading culprit in aging, wrinkles, splotchy skin, acne, etc.
Now…who’s going to give me that kick?!
One other positive note, my Uncle Brad said he and my Aunt Sherri have been trying to work out/run so they can do 5K’s like I’ve been doing! NSV!!