4 days left on my first 21 DSD!!!

Four days to go! The end is in sight and I am dreaming of mayo and blueberries! I am so proud of myself and Tony for making it this far and not going too far off track.  We did accidentally cheat once though.  We ate sweet potato fries thinking they were on the “ok” list, only to discover that they are not! This has gotten a lot easier the further we have went in the process.  I’m not really missing all of the sweets that I like, but I know that it will be very important to continue being vigilant with not over indulging! Self-control will be an ongoing problem for me.  However, I have been working diligently to get back into a gym routine and hope to keep the momentum.  I know how important it is for me to exercise and I know that, personally, the exercise drives me to want to eat healthier. I…gotta…exercise!

Now, there has been a slight monkey wrench this week.  I, successfully, had my gallbladder removed on Tuesday.  What can I say….I have been stoned for years! I am pretty sure that I have had gallbladder attacks for about 10 years and stones were confirmed while I was pregnant in 2012.  The discomfort continued for four years and I finally had a chance to get my gallbladder removed this summer. I have been good with my eating and have had no significant issues other than some localized soreness.  I may well attribute my lack of digestive issues to the clean eating I have had the last couple of weeks.  We will see if things stay settled with my stomach once we are finished with the 21 DSD! My only slip was with cough drops.  My throat was a mess after the surgery and I did allow myself some cough drops to help ease the discomfort.  One thing though….cough drops have sugar in them! Technically one might say that I have failed my 21 days and must start over.  I say….I haven’t failed because I’m not sitting on the couch binging on a tub of ice cream to ease my discomfort! I will saythat I am making it through with my favorite n’oatmeal! It is a real lifesaver! Along with a new discovery…Coco Monkey Smoothie.  Unfortunately I  have had to slow down my exercise though.  I am itching to go for a real walk and hope to accomplish that by Friday! A slow walk at least!

Overall, things are going well and the food is getting easier!  Anyone wanna commit to  21 DSD with me in the near future???

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Half way through my 21 DSD!

I had a rough couple of days during days 3 and 4.  I pretty much had a headache both days and ended up taking an Advil day 4.  I’ve been somewhat tired and a bit snippy as well.  The book did warn that I would have carb flu at this time and I have, indeed felt a bit flu-ish.  I am pretty confident that my body went through a period of rebelling against me because I was denying it sugar and junk.  I am also, probably, cutting my caloric intake in half.  I am not tracking calorie intake, but I have to be pretty severely cutting back, because I am averaging about ½ a pound of weight loss per day. I know that isn’t “healthy” in the long run, but I also know that rapid early weight loss is pretty typical in people identified as obese. I won’t sustain the rapid weight loss for long, but my body does have to adjust to the healthy version of eating. The book I am following does suggest that as the sugar cravings subside food will taste different.  My taste buds will change.  I am looking forward to that day, because right now I am just not feeling food.

This week has been much better.  I write this as I wrap up day #11.  I have found my stride and started working a way to get more veggies in.  I do…not…like…to cook for myself.  I enjoy cooking, but if I cook it I seem to not like to eat it. I have had Qdoba two days this week because I can get lettuce, meat, avocado, pico, and several other goodies on top.  This immensely satisfies my needs while staying within the 21DSD requirements.  Pico de Gallo is my savior!!! I am actually using it as my salad dressing!  Also, today we went to the Tiger’s game and I bravely ordered a cheeseburger, no bun, with an egg and bacon on top.  It was VERY good!

At this point I really seem to be finding my stride. I have a “go to” breakfast and I have been eating chili for lunch, then having a varied dinner. I am not feeling an urge to seek out sugar and have adapted to not having crackers, bread, or chips. I anticipate that the next 10 days will focus on building good habits and continuing to address my desire to seek the less than healthy choices. Fingers crossed that the next 10 days go smoothly!