I got on the scale this morning and yet another pound has gone! Can you believe that???? That is 6lbs. since giving up sugar. I am dumbfounded.
In the past, in order to have lost 6lbs. I would have had to go zero carbs and exercise an hour a day. That of course would only last a few days as I would eventually rebel against the strict regiment and go back to carbs, especially sugar. Then literally, in one day, the weight would come back and usually doubled itself.
Now I think I am getting the hang of what my body wants. I don't need to go no carb (although I am still pretty low in carbs) in order to lose weight. It seems my body just wants very low sugar. But, it is fine with a piece of fruit a day and sometimes a potato. And, I can still have a cup of coffee or tea with sugar or honey (only a teaspoon though). Life is good. Really good.
Another result of giving up sugar is how much less I want to eat in general. I am convinced that sugar creates false hunger. I recently read an article on the topic and wanted to post it here but after looking for it for an hour I must admit defeat. If and when I find it again I will post it. But, the reality of why I am losing weight without starving myself or feeling deprived is that I gave up sugar. Once the detox process was done I no longer really wanted it. I absolutely don't miss it one bit. In fact, foods made of sugar now gross me out a bit. If I am really craving something special I will bake an apple for myself.
Many of you know that I was able to get past my sugar addiction by using a hypnosis program by a company called Thinking Slimmer. Previously I had tried another hypnosis product from the same company called a "Slimpod" which is excellent for general weight loss. While it helped my self-esteem greatly, I couldn't lose weight using it. Now I know why, my real problem was the blood sugar roller coaster that consuming sugar had put me on.
Speaking of self-esteem, the other thing this process has taught me is that I am worth taking the time to cook for. I never cooked for myself before. I made certain my husband had his food prepared and organized. But, I never did it for myself. Now I am purposely making time daily to have all my meals organized. This way I am not tempted to give in to poor quality food when I am hungry. My old viscious cycle was not to do anything to prepare food ahead of time, get super hungry, rip the house apart looking for something I can eat, and then end up eating something less than healthy. I finally feel like I deserve to eat healthy food and I deserve to take the time to care for my own health. This is something I also attribute to "Thinking Slimmer".
So, all in all, I am feeling really happy and grateful for the weight loss. Now all I have to do it keep up the good work. 6lbs down and only 144lbs to go.......