Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday, 06/14/09

Pill Organizers
This morning after I took my medicine, I thought that I'd take a pic of my pill organizers. They are awesome. Before the organizers, I would forget if I had taken my meds yet, and I would run out of medication. These were picked up at Wal Mart for a couple of bucks each.
Today was an off day for my food plan. It wasn't too terrible. I don't thing that Jack Sh*t will be too angry. I learned today that I can no longer have Ambrosia salad.
Went to the grocery store today, and I got waffles, cottage cheese, yogurt, and fruit again. I really missed them last week. I figure I was losing weight controling my portions of the above items, so I will continue to eat them.
Weigh in is tomorrow. Hopefully today didn't f*ck it up.
Sausage, Egg, and Cheese buscuit with hashbrowns from McDonalds


Pita Chips
Seafood Salad
Peach Salad (low fat cool whip, peach jello, fat free cottage cheese, and chunk pineapple)

Tuna salad sandwich

Sirloin Patty
Onion with blue cheese
Peach Salad

4 cups

Simple arm workout with 5 and 20lb dumbells

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  1. I love my pill organizers too, though they're not as cool without the fancy colors like you have. Just boring ol' clear!

  2. Stephen,

    The "food" you are missing is called "sugar". We are ALL addicted, not just you. From the moment we eat it, it rushes through our bloodstreams and gives us an instant "high". Sugar is extremely addicting, and food manufacturers know this all too well, which is why they load everything we eat with tons of it. McDonald's is notorious for this. "Special sauce? got it...Sugar laced with tasty man-made chemicals"

    Biggest problem: Sugar makes you more hungry to eat even more. The reason it does this is that it is "refined" (stripped of all it's fiber) and therefore, because it does not need to be broken down by the body, it is immediately able to be utilized, making our insulin levels shoot up. Insulin is the hormone that shuttles that sugar into our cells. (Refined sugar products, such as high fructose corn syrup, etc. have been "stripped" of their fiber, and so are referred to as "high-glycemic" White bread, and most crackers, cookies, waffles etc. also fall into this category) The Glycemic index measures the availability of energy over time. Low-glycemic would be the opposite.

    Another problem: What goes up fast, also comes crashing down just as fast. Result: Hunger pangs! Followed by more eating. This is a natural body phenomena. But thankfully we do know how to break this cycle.

    Your first challenge...mentally preparing yourself, not to starve, but to change the foods you eat long enough to break the addiction. (Give yourself at least 2-3 weeks)

    During this time, you go out and discover REAL foods and realize these tasty foods will both satiate you AND make you thinner and healthier: These are the "good" fats, mixed with healthy carbohydrates (vegetables). Foods like olive oil, almonds, avocados, sunflower butter. If you are really craving sugars, (which you will), start eating blueberries, strawberries and other fruits, a natural source of sugar, but not high insulin-producing. You can also have sweet potatoes with the skins, are not high-glycemic. Eating these foods and other good foods will give you the chance to discover them and enjoy them! THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

    Use sunflower seeds on your salads for extra protein. Protein is very satiating to the body. Most bodies are starved for good proteins and good fats. Our brains need healthy fats. Our bodies need carbohydrates for fuel, but not the high--glycemic ones that keep us on the sugar seesaw. This up and down is counterproductive and in some people, causes insulin insensitivity and diabetes.

    If you don't allow yourself to discover other foods than what you are presently addicted to, then you short-change yourself.

    All that being said, it's ok to have the other foods once in a while, just don't make a STEADY DIET of sugar-laden foods and sodium-laden deep-fried carbohydrates, because obviously they are not going to allow you to really change your health status-- plus, they are addicting, and unless you eventually change the WAY you eat, in addition to the amount you eat, you'll keep drifting back to these "comfort foods" and begin to again overeat them.

    It really is all about discovering a NEW WAY OF EATING.

    Try to start thinking about food as "fuel"... yes it's a pleasant thing to eat, that's built into our survival DNA, but we have brilliant minds, so let us also THINK! "...What is good for my body?" and at least, most of the time, let us make that commitment to our bodies, our faithful servants, which are always there for us, let's support our marvelous bodies by making the right food choices.

    I urge you to start studying what foods support good health and learn to prepare those foods so they taste great to you. Get rid of the "rabbit food"'s a stereotype and not true. The truth is about inventing your own tasty meals from REAL foods. Seeking this out is the true way to ultimate health.

  3. Wow Natasha, I agree, and well written. I wish you had your own blog, sounds like you have a lot of good information to share.

    Stephen that is a really good picture!

  4. Yes, that is a good picture... You could sell that on an online stock service, in fact it is so good. Look into that right away.

  5. Stephen,

    You're rocking this weight loss mission. The wonderful things you're learning about yourself along the way are things that will transform your mind right along with your body.

    Keep up the great work!

    It'll be interesting to see how many pills you have to take when you reach your optimal weight. I'm no doctor, but I would put money on it that it's much less than what you're taking now.

    Bless you my friend,

    Sean Anderson
    The Daily Diary of A Winning Loser

  6. I love pill boxes, too.

    I take one prescription med and tons of vitamins: E, 2-3 fish oils, 2 Cs a day, multi, and two baby aspirins. I couldn't survive without my pill box.

    My son who has epilepsy also uses a pill box. It's my sneaky way of keeping on top of his medication intake without being a naggy mother. He also takes a multi and fish oil daily, too.

  7. I think it is great that you are missing fruit. It means you need to add it back into your diet. Have you tried plain low-fat or non-fat yogurt with fresh fruit? It is good, but may take some getting used to. You could mash up the fruit a little in a blender or food processor and then add it to your yogurt. Also try experimenting with the various styles. The European is very runny while the Greek is very thick with a slightly more noticeable tang (great with fruit). The nice thing is you can customize it by making smoothies or as a topping (in soups yogurt is amazing rather than cream or milk).

    I agree with the others that your photo is spectacular. You have a gift with the camera!