So, things haven’t been going so well in the weight-loss department. I’ve been eating the Kodiak waffles twice a day (900 calories x 2) and then popcorn late at night (roughly 200 calories, maybe, seeing as most of the kernels refuse to pop). But my weight hasn’t budged off of 200 or a little over.
Yesterday, I cut the waffle recipe by 2/3 and had 600 calories x 2 and the popcorn. Life was going well until I awoke at the ungodly hour of 6:30 AM, starved, and I went on a slightly unhealthy eating binge that involved snack from the drugstore and then pastries from the local pastry shop. I’m taking it in stride, though, because I used to eat that way every day. So I know it’s not the end of the world that I just blew breakfast. And lunch. And snacktime. You get the picture.
But I do have a new strategy. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with my waffle-eating ways. They’re healthy, filling; and they keep me grounded on not turning to junk food. See, if I’m not hungry, then I won’t go back to my old ways. So the 900 calories x 2 plus popcorn diet ought to be useful.
So here’s my new strategy: my beautiful, gorgeous new blue tea maker came today. Oh, I should take photos of this wondrous appliance! It’s so pretty. I’ll just share the stock image again to refresh your memories:
It’s even prettier in person. I’m so glad I went through some difficulty to acquire this particular unit. They had it in black on Amazon, with prime shipping and everything, but I was set on getting the blue one! Too cute. I’m sure it’s strange to be in love with an appliance, but I can’t wait to learn how to use it! I’m currently studying its manual. It came in today’s mail while I was napping.
Anyway, here’s my strategy. In general, each day, I drink unsweet tea (black tea that my dad brings me from his outings at restaurants) to which I add Monin flavor syrups. It’s a good system that has worked well for me for years. (If forced to get by on water alone, I will become dehydrated. So not kidding.) Each cup of tea I make thusly has roughly 25 grams of sugar and 100 calories. In a day’s time, six cups of this might equate to 150 grams of sugar and 600 calories. I’m starting to notice how extreme that is.
So, here’s the plan: ditch the sugar. Now that I have a tea maker, I can brew exotic blends, like from Teavana, for example, and no longer have to rely on boring black tea. Basically, Teavana makes potpourri-like loose tea from natural ingredients: dried fruits, coconut chunks, tea leaves, plants, etc. I’ve never had it iced. I have some Teavana leaves, but I’ve only ever used it to make an occasional hot cup in the microwave. I think it would taste pretty good iced without any added sweeteners.
So, that’s my hope. Eliminating 600 or so calories a day must be helpful for weight loss, right?
I want to clarify, though, that my blood sugar levels are fine. I know, because I’ve used my dad’s testing kit on occasion. (He’s never used it. We tried once, but he wouldn’t bleed.) Regardless, I still think it could be healthy to ditch the sugar, and if I can do it successfully, it should guarantee that I never get adult-onset diabetes. It runs in my family: dad, maternal grandma, maternal aunt. And I watched them all get it by hitting up the soft drinks every day, which is why I didn’t want to go down that path, and so I settled on the Monin flavor syrups. But I think this will be a great improvement, if I can pull it off! Wish me luck!
Yeah, like, with my dad’s diabetes, he’s been drinking artificially sweetened Coke for years now instead of the sugary stuff. I don’t think artificial sweeteners are healthy (except maybe if they’re fruit-based). But the point is that even though he gave up sugary soft drinks years ago, his diabetes appears to be here to stay.
There’ll be a process of trial and error with the tea maker. I’m excited to jump in and get started! We’ll see how it goes!