Ideal Protein Diet – Day 1

So, I’ve battled my weight most of my adult life.  I’m ashamed to say that out loud, because I fashion myself a very strong person.  Hell, I even have the word ‘strength’ tattooed on my forearm.  And yet, when it came to my weight, I, for whatever reason, never was strong enough to transform my body the old fashioned way.  I have a  million excuses from heartbreak to laziness to love of carbs.  None of them matter anymore because today, I finally started the lifestyle change that I know is going to work for me.  And that is to give up sugar.  For good.

I don’t like sugar in the traditional sense.  I could care less about cookies and candy and ice cream.  I am, however, addicted to all things gluten.  Any bread, pretzel, chip, and pasta I can get my hands on, I want.  I crave popcorn and sweet potatoes.  I yearn for sourdough bread and flakey croissants.  All of which, turn to sugar and were destroying my body.

I was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes three years ago, and actively ignored it, again, with the excuse that I was taking care of my dying mother, and her health was more important than mine.  Well, it’s been a year since she died, and I’m still carrying this extra weight.  And today, on the anniversary of my mother’s death, today I take my life back.

I don’t want to end up like her, as all of her health problems stemmed from type-2 diabetes.  And I don’t want to end up like her.  And I”m going to, if I don’t make some changes.  So, I took the money I’ve been saving, headed over to Alliance Healing Arts in the Eastlake area of Seattle, and invested in my health.

I have done this diet once before, but only with the goal of losing a quick 25lbs.  This time, I’m losing it all!  And today is over, and I am so proud that I followed it to a tee!  I ate the food, which today, was pretty good.  I started with the maple oatmeal, and it wasn’t bad.  The mango smoothie for lunch wasn’t great, but I don’t care for mango (sadly you don’t get to pick your food the first two weeks).  And the evening snack of chicken noodle soup was just so so.  My dinner of a ground turkey, mushroom and spinach scramble was friggin tasty!  And it felt good to cleanse my system with lots of lettuce and celery today.

The downside, the sugar withdrawal.  I’m really feeling it tonight, but not as bad as I did last time.  The headache is faint, and hopefully will be gone by morning.  Thank god for the chicken broth I get to drink to help with the salt intake to get me through this drastic change in food I’m ingesting.

Every great journey starts with a single step, they say, and today was my first step to a better body, to better health, and to a better life.

Follow me on my journey, and if you feel like it, please post supportive comments to help keep me motivated.

Thanks for reading!

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