- Cathy Yonek
- Pittsburgh, PA, United States
- Six 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. In 2014 I committed myself to working out HARD and a low sugar diet, losing more weight and gaining nice definition. Then life happened, and I lost momentum, gaining some weight back. My goals now are different, and include completing my first ever marathon at age 48. GULP! You can read about the next part of my journey 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.