Monday, April 13, 2009

Detox - Day 1

Today is the first day of my new way of eating. After weeks of research, and coming up with a plan with a friend, I am ready to completely change the way that I eat. I am really feeling a difference with the supplements I am taking, and am ready to start eating clean!
  • I am going to make an effort to steer clear of processed foods.
  • I am going to balance my meals with healthy carbs, protein, and healthy fats.
  • I am going to stop eating anything with added sugar or artificial sweeteners - only the sweetness that God gave it.
  • AND I am going to stop my caffeine habit.
Last week, I made an attempt, but didn't really have the groceries I needed. Over the weekend, with my grocery trip on Saturday, I decided that it's time to stop playing around. I'm going to JUST DO IT.

My first step is detox - from sugar and caffeine. The caffeine shouldn't be too hard - I have stopped drinking coffee as of about three weeks ago. And I have even cut my sodas down to one per day. But this week I will not have any sodas, and will concentrate on getting at least 100 oz. of water per day. The sugar will be a challenge, but thankfully I have made it through the day with no headaches. Yvette (W8losschick) recommended a supplement to help with the headaches and cravings, and I'm guessing it works. I haven't had a single craving today, either. There was a bag of candy in my face at work today, and my daughter handed me my favorite Easter candy this afternoon. I turned it all down with no problem.

I just got finished journaling all of my food, and totaling up calories/fat/fiber/sugar. Since I am technically still on Weight Watchers, I will also total the POINTS before I go to bed. I have paid for my WW meetings until the end of May, so I will continue to go. I think the support at the meetings are great and can only help me. I'm not quite sure yet what I will do about the WI's (since I have vowed to stop the scale habit). I have to think about that.

But my focus is not just about numbers right now. It's about health, and longevity of weight loss. I have come to the conclusion that I need to change the way I eat - totally. I can't keep allowing for candy and sweet treats in my points allowance. It leads to a binge EVERY TIME. It might not be immediate, but eventually it will. I want to kick the sugar habit, and this is the only way I know has been proven to work. It's just a love affair I am going to have to end for good. But I'm not mad about it at all - it's time that I started to get to the root of my obesity and make some hard decisions about habits I have to change. I'm ready!