- Cathy Yonek
- Pittsburgh, PA, United States
- Four years ago I decided (age) 42 would be my magic number. I stepped on the scale for the first time in a LONG time. It was a BIG number, it was a SCARY number, but mostly I knew I had to own that number. I lost 40 pounds, leaving the obese category behind, and have maintained that loss. Now I am ready to take the next step, from Overweight to Normal, and then to Super-f'in-fantastic normal. You can read about it here.
Monday, March 3, 2014
I don't believe there is just one good way to lose weight. But I do believe that cutting back on sugar as much as possible can't fail you if you want to lose. For many years, I did not believe this. Why? Because I didn't want to give it up! It tasted too good, and quite honestly, I didn't think I was capable of cutting back, or eliminating the foods I loved. It was my addiction. And in the past few years, while I bounced around in my 10 pound comfort zone, I did indulge too much in sugar. In my revised diet plan, limiting sugar grams is my #1 goal. What that means is that I will be eating some foods very rarely, if at all. Some sound like "treats" and some do not. Nonfat Misto : only 60 calories, but at 8 g sugar, 20% of my daily allotment. Just not worth it. Biscotti : oh how I love them. Dry and crunchy is my thing. But at 14 g sugar for one (chocolate), fuggedaboutit Bagels : I will eat 1/2 whole grain bagel from Panera, at about 4 g sugar. Cinnamon crunch bagels (so delicious) are worse than a donut, at 31 g sugar. Yogurt : fruit yogurt is basically a dessert, and I can't fit it into my plan. Bananas : yes, fruit sounds healthy, but at 14 g sugar, I just don't like them that much to accommodate. Blizzard : actually I have not had one since I started losing weight, and may never have one again. The calories, fat and sugar far outweigh the taste, for me. Just not worth it. Pasta : this really isn't about sugar, or carbs. I just lost interest in it. It used to be something I thought I could not live without. I am allowing myself 6 oz wine per day, which I measure. That is my treat of choice. Today was a really good food day, with more than twice as much protein as sugar.