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sugar and stuff

I gave up white sugar and grains today. Just for today to see how I would feel. I was pretty sure I was gonna fail, but I managed to distract myself through 2 episodes of Doctor Who and working on some graphic design stuff. I am addicted to sugar. I think about chocolate candy and baked goods and creamy hazelnut filling. I want a sugar iced chai from star bucks, or a crunchy wafer filled with chocolate. No grains meant none of my usual rice today for lunch. Instead I made some sort of broccoli/avacado mix as a side to my meat. I guess it's okay. I'm okay. I just think about food more then I normally would. I wish I could make this more a regular thing. I'm thinking of implementing sugar free days 3 times a week. I was thinking about how some people get hooked on drugs or cigarettes, and I think: what poor life choices. But I have the same poor life choice in that my drug of choice is sugar.

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dnivie
Jun. 4th, 2013 08:38 am (UTC)
foodstuffs
I never ate much sugar, nor do I miss it. Sure I ingest a few grams of it now and then, when it's included in some other food, and there's small amounts of sugar in things like bananas and tomatoes, but I eat essentially zero refined sugar.

My "problem-food" has instead always been salty and/or fatty. Still on the weight-loss plan that I started last autumn, and still making progress, but I'm slightly behind schedule. Plan was to drop 45 lbs and be 175 lbs in a year. This far I've lost about 30 lbs. Spent 3/4 of the year for dropping 2/3 of the weight. And the main reason for that is precisely too much fatty and/or salty snacks in evenings.

I guess it doesn't -really- matter if it takes me 12 months of 15 months to reach my goal weight, but it's still annoying to be behind-plan.

In contrast, I'm way ahead of any plan I even dared dream about in running. Had hoped to be able to run around lake Stokka in an hour, which I considered optimistic, but which infact is trivial by now, so I adjusted the goal to be 45 minutes. It's only slightly more than 5 miles, but considering I could run for -one- minute last summer, I'd say progress has been satisfactory.

In entirely unrelated news, I look at all the pictures you post from the various weddings and engagements. They are amazing, and oftentimes I ponder telling you how much I like your work. I don't know enough photography to be able to give any useful critique though, but I know what I like, and I know that I like your photos.

Next time you're in Norway and/or next time I'm in Texas, I'd love it if you'd be willing to take some photos of me and Silvia.
ripresa
Jun. 4th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
Re: foodstuffs
Congrats on the 30 lbs weigh tloss! That's amazing. Was it mainly because of running or did you have a diet plan?

And thank you for the note about my pics, of course I would shoot you and Silvia.

You may want to consider visiting Austin for the austin marathon then:
http://www.youraustinmarathon.com/
dnivie
Jun. 4th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: foodstuffs
It was due to running and to Intermittent Fasting. I didn't make any changes to *what* I eat, but only to *when* I eat. For me counting calories or adjusting what I eat -work- but isn't sustainable. Counting is just such a huge HASSLE after the first few days that there's simply no way I could do that for a period long enough to make a real difference. IF ain't magic in any way, it's simply calorie-reduction. But the nice thing about it for me, has been that I require only a watch and it's trivially easy. Monday-Friday I eat between 11 and 18 only. I ain't stuck to that 100% of the entire period, but probably about 90% of all weekdays since last autumn I've stuck with it.

An additional reason for my impatience is that I've promised myself a new wardrobe when I reach my goal weight, and presently every pair of trousers I own are much too large. Yeah I know, that's a good "problem" to have. Still, I -do- want new jeans, and I won't buy them now with 15 lbs to go.

I don't have a competitive bone in my body, never run any race, and I don't see the point of paying to run in a crowd, when I can run a similar route the day before (or the day after) for free. Might do a tough mudder though -- for the *cooperation*, because _that_ is something that I love. Austin has zombie runs sometimes though, those rock.

Silvia is actually going to USA in september, for a week - attending her sisters wedding, but that's in North Carolina, which ain't precisely Texas. (no, her sister does not live in USA, nor does her fiancee, they're merely "fans" -- don't ask me why anyone would pick North Carolina as the most romantic spot on the planet though)
mdf356
Jun. 4th, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
I went low carb (Atkins-like) a month ago. I miss sugar and pasta some, but I've also lost over 10 pounds, and I don't feel as icky in the mornings, and I don't have the urge to keep eating in the evenings. I wasn't even snacking on cookies or whatever, but another bowl of pasta I wasn't really hungry for. So I'm feeling a lot better.

I had a cheat day on Friday and finished off my kids ice cream, and I felt kinda icky on Saturday morning. Knowing carbs are tasty, tasty poison makes them not too hard to avoid for me. The difficulty I find is that I can't trust anyone's pre-made food -- all for-profit food making companies have an incentive to give you high volume for low money, which means lots of carbs. The fact they're addictive helps their profit too. So if you didn't make it from scratch or choose carefully, you'll end up with carbs on you plate.
ripresa
Jun. 4th, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
What made you decide to go low carb?

I know that sugar and refined grains are tasty tasty poison, I have always struggled giving them up or managing them. So today I woke up after my 1 day of giving them up and I can tell my tummy is not as bloated as it usually is. I can't even imagine doing this for 30 days. I wish there was a paleo food camp that I can check myself into for 2 weeks. Kinda like sugar rehab.

Partly it's the socialization too. There's a birthday party today and tomorrow I'm going to a $50 supper club.
mdf356
Jun. 4th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
Whoops, that was me, anonymously.
ripresa
Jun. 4th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
I agree, refined white crap is bad for you.

I'm going to try to do majority paleo meals, I think it does mean I have to retrain and relearn how to cook.

I find raw salads really boring, but I do love the fancy salads at restaurants.

What are your default quick and easy meals?
mdf356
Jun. 4th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
Well, my wife does most of the cooking, and I like salad, so that may not be much help.

Most days I skip breakfast, and eat from the salad bar at work for lunch. Dinner the past few nights was roast pork, since we had a huge amount. A huge pork shoulder, cooked in the oven for a few hours with wine, garlic, and onions. That made leftovers for about a week!

When there's little in the house I graze on cheese and deli meat, and sometimes olives. Also, celery and natural (no sugar added) peanut butter. I have had lactose intolerance problems in the past but I seem to be doing okay right now. Lunch when I'm home is usually romaine lettuce with tomato and some low-carb dressing like ranch or ceasar.
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