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Cutting Out Sugar/Getting Back on Track

Saturday, September 02, 2017

DH came home yesterday and told me he is going to cut out sugar. What?! My sugar loving DH is going to cut it out? Coolness! I told him I would do the same, except my coffee at first, I'll wean myself off my sugar in my coffee. Nope, he says, all sugar. Oh, boy! I'm actually excited about this. I've been wanting to do it for a while, but with having cookies and such and baking, I haven't done it. I'm still going to bake cookies for the kids, but I'm not going to eat any. I'll make bread at the same time so I have something homemade to eat.

I am totally craving posole. Well, I don't make real posole, DH does not like hominy, so I call it posole chili, because I use white beans instead. Flavor profile is the same, just a little different with the beans in it. Still good. I make everything homemade except the beans, I get the canned stuff. And I make homemade tortillas to go with it. It's chilly today and I SO want it. I'm talking DH into going to the store to get a whole chicken for me to boil and make homemade broth and all that jazz. *grin* I'm going to make homemade bread to go with it for tomorrow (takes me two days to make) and then I'll make homemade cookies for the kiddos (none for me!). It's yummy, it's warm, it's good for you. When I'm sick I don't want chicken noodle soup, I want posole chili. Unless it is DH's homemade chicken and rice soup, that is good stuff!!

I am going to try to get back on track with taking my Thrive (3 step nutrition supplement). I have more energy when I do take all three steps like I'm supposed to plus the extra 4th step I do of taking a vitamin drink at lunch time. DH says I do much better taking it. I'm still in the mindset that I'm only going to work out on days when I get enough sleep. I don't want to overtax my body with not getting enough sleep and then wearing it out with exercising. Today I got a total of 6-ish hours of sleep (I tossed and turned a lot so don't know how accurate that is) but I'm feeling okay enough to work out, I think. My back is really hurting, so I'm thinking that some walking might stretch it out and loosen the kinks in it. If not I'll go lay down on a heating pad for a while.

Cutting out sugar is going to be really hard. I love sweets. But I have to realize that with diabetes, sweets are basically poison and I'm killing myself by eating them. Once I get to where I'm doing okay with cutting out sugar, I'm going to start by cutting out carbs. Not all carbs, just most of them. This is going to be really hard, as I love homemade bread. I'm going to switch to a mostly veggie and meat diet, and use the plate method with how much starch I eat, which will come mostly from veggies and fruit. It's a good thing I love veggies!

As far as getting back on track, I think we are on the right path to getting me to where I can sleep, we are addressing the three things that I think are messing with my sleep: my PTSD nightmares, my anxiety and panic attacks, and my inability to sleep/insomnia. I'm taking meds that are starting to work, I'm making a bed time routine that includes therapeutic yoga, deep breathing and hot herbal tea. I may add a hot bath if I need more relaxation after my yoga. I'm also sleeping under a doubled over quilt for now until we can afford a weighted blanket for deep pressure therapy. I just need to get to where I do these every night not just when I feel like it.

Once I start getting enough sleep I can start getting back into a routine!! Not just for working out but for cleaning the house and packing to move, which is only a month or two away, I think we start looking for reals at the end of this month (so excited!) We have to be moved out by the end of December, so we have to get the ball rolling! So much going on! So once we get moved and get mostly unpacked, I will be getting my puppy (for future service dog!) in January I hope, depends on if these dogs breed. I hope and pray that they do!

So that is what is going on in my world right now. Cutting out sugar is something I should have done when I was diagnosed with diabetes, but I don't think it really sank in till I started hearing horror stories of people who didn't really take care of their diabetes when they were younger and are paying for it now that they are older. Diabetes is a progressive disease, but you can keep it progressing at a crawl or not at all if you take care of yourself the way you are supposed to. Oh boy.

Working out is part of taking care of that and of me. I want to lose this weight, which will help with my diabetes as well as how I feel about myself.

Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday!!

Maybe I can find some of those cookies that are made with applesauce....

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  • HAWKTHREE
    I found that getting knowledgeable about carbs helped me stay of diabetes medications.
    940 days ago
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