My Sugar Free Journey: Part One

My Sugar Free Journey: Part One

My Sugar Free Journey Part One

It Started at The Beginning

I have been fat for as long as I can remember.  I was a fat kid, fat in Jr High, fat in High School, fat in my Wedding pics, and only got fatter as the years went on.  I knew I was big but didn’t really have a sense of HOW big I was getting or what it was doing to my health.  I mean I knew I was never going to run a marathon but I was fine with that because who in their right mind wants to run a marathon?

No Self-Evaluation Skills At All

I know at this point the best thing to do is to put up an old picture of when I was at my biggest but I can’t bring myself to do it…not yet at least.  UPDATE: You can see a pic of me at the top of the 28 Day Challenge group.  One of the reasons I didn’t have a grasp of how big I had gotten was that we didn’t own a scale that would go up high enough to weigh me.  It stopped at 250 and I figured I was maybe 20 pounds or so over that.  I was a smidge off.

The Weigh-In

Somehow or another I got a membership in to a 24 Hour fitness and was able to use their scales and BOY was I shocked to see my weight.  I was tipping the scales at a whopping 400 pounds.  Then I decided to go to the doctor (something I NEVER do) to see how bad things had gotten.  I got as far into the physical as checking my blood pressure before it was clear I had an issue.

I Envisioned Pricking My Finger and Being Able to Shoot Blood for 20 Yards

I don’t remember the second number of the BP because I was so focused on the first.  I knew healthy BP was like 120/80 or something so expected to be like 160/something.  I wasn’t even close.  It was 220+ over something.  The nurse checked it twice because she was sure the machine had malfunctioned, then asked me if I was having chest pains.  Then she said she was calling an ambulance to take me to the hospital.  I said “Nope, I’m self-employed and have the world’s crappiest insurance, I can’t afford that.”  So I got a stern talking to by the doc, some blood pressure medicine and was out the door.

And So It Began

But at least now I was motivated…kinda.  I spent the next few years trying different diets and different exercise programs.  I managed to lose some but it was a mostly horrible period in my life.

Next time: We look at the diets I tried and why they failed.

Link to Part 2

What is Sugar Free at Subway?

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What is Sugar-Free at Subway?

This is a new blog so I haven’t had time to flesh out the “rules” for what is sugar-free.  Basically, when I say sugar-free, I am referring mainly to fructose.  Fructose is the sugar that is making us fat as our body has no real way to regulate our intake of fructose.  (Again, more on this as we move forward.)  Sugars such as Lactose, Glucose, Dextrose, Corn Syrup (Not HFCS), Maltodextrose and Maltodextrin are allowed as our bodies are equipped to deal with them.

Here is what we can eat at Subway

All this information was compiled using the official Subway Ingredient List

  • Turkey Bologna
  • Pepperoni
  • Egg Patties (Breakfast Items)
  • Roast Beef
  • All Cheeses and Vegetables
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • Light Mayo
  • Oil and Vinegar (Not the vinaigrette)

That’s it so I hope you enjoy Roast Beef and Pepperoni salads with Oil & Vinegar Dressing!

Will You Take the Fed Up Challenge?

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Will You Take the “Fed Up” Challenge?

These last few weeks have been such a roller coaster for me.  As I have been learning about the dangers of Fructose and wondering why in the world no one had ever told me about the dangers of eating it, I was filled with a desire to tell as many people as possible about the dangers of what is being added to our food.

It looks as if no less a newswoman than Katie Couric has been learning the same things and started working with Laurie David (An Inconvenient Truth) to put out a documentary detailing the dangers of all the sugar we have been eating.  “Fed Up” is the title of this new documentary and will hopefully wake more people up to the health problems that happen when you feed an entire nation way more sugar than we were ever intended to have.  Check out the trailer.

 

You want to watch that, don’t you!  To go along with this new movie, they have issued the “Fed Up Challenge”.  Starting Monday, they want as many people as possible to cut sugar out of their diet for 10 days.  Can you do it?

Head on over to the Fed Up Challenge page and sign up.  You will be entered to win prizes and get more information about the project.  Then be sure to go see the movie at one of these theaters when it is released tomorrow, May 9th.  Let’s get the sugar out of our food!