I am currently participating in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live 6-week plan to becoming Nutritarian. You can follow along with my journey here.
Starting Weight: 279.0
Today’s weight: 281.8 (up 2.8 lbs)
Total weight loss: 8 lbs
This week will go down in history as the Bavarian Pretzel Crisis of 2014.
First of all, I chose to take this challenge during the holidays on purpose. Sure, I could have waited until the New Year and allowed myself to partake of all the goodies I wanted these holidays. I specifically chose to start now. I suppose I wanted to go ahead and face the challenge head on.
The Christmas packages from vendors started rolling in last week… dark chocolate toffee with almonds… boxes full of cookies…
I was doing pretty good until I lost my resistance to the toffee late one afternoon. I had at least one piece everyday afterward, which still wasn’t horrible but definitely NOT on my plan.
Started out the weekend strong and then my church Christmas party happened Saturday night. I felt like I should go since I’m still very new to the ward and trying to get to know people/feel like I belong. I knew they weren’t serving anything I could really eat on my plan, so I decided just to eat small portions of the healthiest items available. No desserts.
I was feeling good about the plate of food I ate, so I allowed myself a little dessert. I think I had two cookies, but to be honest I can’t remember because it was completely overshadowed by what happened next.
A brother in my new ward is friends with a woman who runs the German bakery on the island. Once a week they apparently get rid of tons of bread items by donating their leftovers. There were BAGS of fancy (and expensive) breads in our kitchen. They were encouraging everyone to go get what they wanted. I saw person after person hauling away big bags full off goodies and curiosity got the best of me.
I knew better than to take one step into that kitchen!!
There were still three large flour bags full of bread. I looked in one and right on top were two pretzels. They were glorious and I knew I was doomed. Soft pretzels are a major weakness for me. There was no resisting. I took them home and gobbled them up.
Have you ever heard of “sliver, slice, slab”? It’s the idea that we tell ourselves that we can have just a little, but then we end up devouring the whole thing… Well, my little allowances of a piece of candy here and there snowballed into pretzels and sadly beyond. On Sunday, I had cheese-stuffed shells with garlic bread and even a donut.
What is the most telling to me is the way I have felt. I woke up Sunday with a sore throat and felt lethargic all day. Two days before, I felt like I was on top of the world. It was obvious that my health was taking a hit thanks to all the sugar and carbs I had eaten.
By Sunday night, I was ready to get my act together again. I decided to let it go and move forward. This is a great learning experience and I know that I’m growing and my mentality is changing.
I’m off to a very strong start for Week 3 and hopefully I’ll survive traveling and my family Christmas next weekend!