Ok, ok…. so I’ve been really lazy for the last several months and haven’t updated the blog. I’ve moved twice, bought a house, bought another puppy, and my baby is getting older and more mobile, so I haven’t done much.
The good news is that the weight I lost from my “Wii Fit Diet” still seems to be gone, despite only sporadic exercising. I weighed in at 220 yesterday, which is 18 lbs down from where I started and 5 lbs down from my last post. The exercises on Wii Fit have kind of become repetitive and boring to me, so I’ve decided to just do Free Step and watch a movie for half an hour while I do it, in the morning after breakfast, rather than at night. I’m switching to morning because I tend to feel really tired at night and then want to skip the exercise. 🙂
As far as eating goes, I’m going to start calorie counting again. But besides that, about a week ago I decided to go off sugar. I decided this because I used to eat SO MUCH SUGAR. My husband loves sugar (and somehow is a healthy weight? I just don’t get it), and we always had candies, cookies, soda, ice cream, etc around our house. I would eat small amounts of it when my husband was home, but once he’d go to work, I’d eat and eat and eat whatever was around. I just couldn’t help myself. And that’s when I knew I was addicted to sugar. Even when I calorie counted, I always left some calories for my ice cream. It was bad and it was affecting my health.
So I just went cold turkey. Did some research on sugar addiction and made my husband take all the cookies and candies and whatnot to work with him. Now, I’m only off things that are mostly sugar. Like most breakfast cereal, candies, cookies, syrup, etc. I still eat bread and the like, because it’s just the majorly sugary items that were doing me in. So far it’s been a mixed result. Just being a week into it, I’ve had mood swings, headaches, cravings, been depressed and been happy. But I know it takes a while for your body to get used to not having so much sugar all the time.
Some of the ill effects of having too much sugar in one’s diet, I discovered, are as follows:
– Feeling lethargic (I had a big! problem with feeling lethargic)
– Sexual side effects. Sugar suppresses SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin), which controls the amount of estrogen and testosterone in your body. If you don’t have the right amount of those hormones, it lowers libido. You can do a little bit of research if you’re interested in learning more about that.
– Mood swings
I can certainly tell you that some of the positive effects of eating less sugar have already shown up. I have a lot more energy… I used to feel tired in the mornings and not want to get out of bed, but now I get up and feel awake and energized. I don’t need a sugary cereal to wake me up. Maybe TMI, but I have noticed that my libido has increased dramatically. I feel more focused and I see things more clearly. It’s like I was in a haze before, and now suddenly I’m able to pay more attention to what’s around me. Still having some weird problems with depression and mood swings, but I’m hoping that will clear up soon.
It was HARD to go off of the sugar at first. Three days after I went off it, I had to make some goodies for my neighbors. I made cookies and brownies. I was literally fighting myself to not lick the spoon, try a cookie, lick the frosting off my hand and so on. It was really weird to have to use my self-will to overpower my craving for that stuff. It was like I was a parched man who’d been wandering in the desert for days, who finally finds some water… I almost couldn’t help myself. But I DID win. I would not recommend that anyone else test themselves like that though. Just keep the sugar out of the house, period, until you’ve been off it for 2 weeks or more.
So anyway, hopefully I’ll be able to drop to my target weight soon (from 220 down to 160 is what I am hoping, so 60 more lbs). Or at least drop down from an Obese BMI to an Overweight BMI. I’ll keep you posted, probably every other day. 🙂
It’s nice to get back into the groove of things!
Oh, also, to the person who commented regarding my hamburger helper meals… I know, the sodium is horrible… I’ve started making fresher recipes now though, so we only have hamburger helper every once in a while now. 🙂
Good luck to all you newbies who just bought a Wii Fit for Christmas. Stay committed… work out every day and eat healthy. You’ll lose weight, and hopefully, like me, you’ll keep it off. It DOES work. I do no other exercise besides Wii Fit and I have lost weight. So don’t get discouraged!