August Tenth and Eleventh


I am two days in and I have nothing to complain about. I am totally in love with breakfast. My creature-of-habit-ness finds me fixing the same thing each morning (well, it’s been only two) but it is so yummy.  I am currently using plain almond milk yogurt, but have ordered coconut milk yogurt.  It is a bit hard to find yogurt with no sugar. So Delicious is my hero!Two mornings now I have used bananas as my fruit, but I might diversify tomorrow as I have blueberries!! This morning I sprinkled a little cinnamon on top and that was delightful!

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Lunch for two days (remember the creature of habit tendencies) I have had green lentils, quinoa, and brussel sprouts all combined in a bowl with a tablespoon of Italian dressing. And a bowl of watermelon on the side.


Dinner was the same, with a salad replacing the fruit. But tonight we are going out for some shopping and will grab salads at Panera, where I have browsed the menu to find something that will work.

My love of consistency and little variables is being satisfied nicely. My prayers have consistently revolved around a mindset that accepts this way of eating as life. Because that is what it has to be.

I weighed in yesterday morning so I knew where I was starting. And I had to laugh over the fact that it is exactly where I left off.  I was concerned that I had gained over these months of not weighing, but I weighed in at 284.2.  I will go back to a weigh in day each week. It was Monday, but I just like the Weigh-In-Wednesday title, so I think I will do it on Wednesdays.

I am feeling motivated, and God has given me a few confirmations that it was a good choice. I knew, as soon as I heard the amount that the weight loss clinic was charging that God was not in that plan. To take out a loan to pay for something that in all honesty can be done without a large charge, seems so against all I know about God.  He expects me to live within my means and gives me what I need. I believe He could have given me the money and the peace of mind I needed if that was the direction He wanted me to go.  But because it caused such inner turmoil and because the money wasn’t available, I can be sure I went the right direction.

Bright Lines has settled into a place of peace. And just the fact that I am not hungry is a positive signpost.   As the weekend is beginning, and for me, there is some ease and rest,


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This is life lately for me, and the odd thing is that I cannot figure out the reason for being so behind in everything and where this feeling of chaos is coming from. But it is now later in the afternoon on Saturday.  I am glad I waited to post so that I can briefly discuss the detox headache with you.  I have given up coffee every so often, and the resulting headache is wicked.  But, honestly, the sugar detox head-banging I have had all day is nothing in comparison.  It gives me an indication of how much more addicted to sugar I am than possibly caffeine.  As I consider helping with a Sunday School class tonight and teaching a class tomorrow , all while clenching my teeth and squinting my eyes, does not leave me feeling happy in any way! But persevere I must, right?  The only redeeming thing about a detox headache is that it is kind of predictable.  It comes on with a true vengeance, lasts just a couple days, and leaves as suddenly as it came. I will be counting the days.

My mind goes back again to the previous post where sugar, flour, opium and cocaine are compared.  Yes, I can actually totally see that right now.  I am praying that this pain makes a great enough impression to prevent me from going back to sugar ever again.  I just want to say and believe that I will never eat sugar again. I am ready to be the intentionally careful person that I need to be in order for the Me I want to be to emerge.

Today is Day 3 of following Bright Lines and Day four of no sugar.  I am looking forward to that count of Bright Lines eating days to rise into the double digits. Susan Pierce Thompson has a 14 day challenge that I may do.  I completed it once before but may do it again, because I wonder of the video material would be beneficial to hear again?  Or maybe it is all in the book?  So I am going to give it a bit of time and see.


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