Food File: December 9 2018

Target Audience: Evangelical Christians

Sugar Rush! I will admit that I ate way too much sugar tonight. I went to my church’s Carol and Dessert night. How did I do? Well, it wasn’t as good as I had hoped, but not as bad as I had feared. I decided that I would not eat manufactured desserts, such as cookies, cakes, pies, etc., that people bought ready made in stores. So, as I browsed the 30-foot buffet of sugary desserts, I selected those which I felt people had baked themselves. I also restricted myself to a very small Chinette plate. It seems my best efforts were not enough. I have not indulged in sugary desserts in months. Right now, I am not feeling very well. I do feel like I am on a high and it does not feel good. It is almost like my system is racing and yet I want to get to sleep. I have taken my Melatonin for the night, yet I might have to take yet another one to actually shut my mind down to the point that I can get some rest.
I need no more proof that sugar and I are not friends. While I didn’t eat anything that was ridiculously outrageous, I also didn’t use the kind of self-control needed at one of these events. Mercifully, I do not have another Christmas event until the 23rd when my church hosts Christmas Dinner for those who may not have a place to go on Christmas. That, I think will be more manageable. It is a catered affair and portion control won’t be an issue. I can always refuse the dessert, thus avoiding another sugar calamity.
So, let’s move on to some positive news. This past week, I lost 3 pounds at Weight Watchers. In total, I have dropped just over 30 pounds. My goal for the month of December is to lose weight every week in December. I think I can do it. Tonight’s experience with sugar has reminded me of the bad old days when I would consider a box of a dozen donuts to be supper, breakfast, and perhaps lunch for the next day. Those were really dark days with respect to food. I have come a long way. The fact that I briefly stepped back into an old habit means less than what I have achieved over the past three months.
The even bigger challenge than Weight Watchers is exercise. I will be the first one to admit that I feel so much better when I exercise, but last week, I made it to the Y only once. It definitely is a challenge.
Moving forward into the week ahead. I am not bound by my losses this weekend. I went to a potluck dinner on Saturday night. In my Weight Watcher online tracker I listed the dinner as BLT (Bite Lick Taste) and recorded 20 points for the affair. I have no idea if that is close, but it is better than not tracking at all.
So, for this week, I am back on track tomorrow morning with a high protein breakfast of bacon and eggs with black coffee. Lunch may very well be my homemade chili with two tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup of yogurt. Lettuce is so expensive right now it is actually cheaper to go to a restaurant for a salad.
Anyway, I think that will do for my report this week.

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