I am experimenting with eliminating white sugar and flour in 2011 to develop a closer relationship with my Higher Power, whom I choose to call "God," as well as to improve the pain level in my body. My goal is to replace my sugar/flour addiction with more frequent conscious contact with God so that I can better discern His will for me!
Oy-freakin'-vey. I had four teeth extracted yesterday (and, yes, I opted for "twilight" anesthesia). I wasn't allowed to eat anything but cold, soft food yesterday; hence, all the bolded food categories (even though I didn't have a choice in this situation). I'm actually pretty amazed that I could eat all that sugar and just go over by 2 points on my eating plan.
The surgery went pretty well, and afterward my roommate took photos of me with gauze stuffed in my cheeks and sticking out of my mouth like fangs. We sent a photo to my brother, and he texted back, "Does she have rabies?" which gave all of us, including the dentist, a good laugh. I came home smiling despite the pain I was feeling, and that is truly a gift of my being closer with my Higher Power. In general, I've been noticing an increased capacity to laugh at my life situations instead of taking everything with dreaded seriousity [sic], and I know that's a fruit of the spirit even if it's not actually in the Bible, LOL.
Speaking of the Bible, the recovery Bible study I'm co-leading starts tomorrow night, and I'm feeling nervous despite having prayed on it. A wise person once told me that nervousness becomes excitement if you breathe into it, so that's what I'm going to work on tonight. There's a certain amount of "getting ready" that hasn't been accomplished yet, and might not get done before tomorrow night, so this is also a chance for me to just answer God's calling in my life by suiting up and showing up, doing the best I can, and then letting go and letting God take care of the rest. Good thing I don't mind flying by the seat of my pants once in a while :-)
I found the culprit to my stalled weight loss over the past 8 weeks or so: I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray. I love that stuff as much as sugar. On the nutrition label it says one serving has no calories, no fat, and 1% of the daily value for sodium . . . when you use only 5 sprays, which is one serving. Five sprays amounts to about a quarter of a teaspoon (yes, I tested it). Doesn't work so well when I pour, not spray, it on by the quarter-cupful. In my mind and stomach, vegetables are merely a vehicle for butter (or something like it). Problem was, I was consuming about 1.5 times the RDA for sodium (1500 mg) several times each day (I have to eat a certain amount of veggies daily on the Weight Watchers plan). Simply put, I was retaining water. I cut my use of ICBITB spray way down and lost 1.5 pounds last week. I wish I had asked my group leader about my problem earlier, but as usual I had to think at first that I could solve my plateau on my on. Just goes to show you that two heads are sometimes better than one, LOL.
So, that's all for now. I'm sure I'll be blogging about tomorrow night's experience of the Bible study. Until then, take care.