Day 24, A New Strategy

 
“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Hebrews 2:18).
 

Morning

 
With my new strategy, I am starting to make progress again!  Today is Day 24.  Today has not dawned yet, but I managed to sleep until past 5:00 AM, which is encouraging.   Yesterday was a soul-satisfying day.  Look at the diet diary.  I plan to use the same strategy today with a couple of tweaks.
 
The shaded portion on the graph above shows when I fast.  Fasting means more to me than weight loss.  It is overcoming temptation.  Weeks ago, I was eating out-of-control.  Not happy with myself, I wanted to change that as much as anything.  Now I have lost a few pounds.  My clothes do not fit as tightly.  I am not bothered by constant trips to the kitchen all evening (except to prepare food for my husband.)  I have time for my writing.  My outlook is brighter.
 
On Monday, my chiropractor mentioned that my name came up in a staff meeting–probably not a back improvement.  They were referring to my mood.  I had dressed more brightly the Monday before and impressed the staff.  My brighter expression showed through my face mask.  It must have been what I said, too.  That was two weeks after Day One.  Admittedly, my third week, the week of the pizza was challenging.  However, I am poised for more results with my new strategy.  You can read what happened!  I love pizza, but it is a dieter’s disaster.
 
Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.  Part of my new strategy is looking at this photo, the lady in red, above my altar–my inspiration.  That was me four years ago, so I will not look precisely like that when I reach my ideal weight, but I can approximate it.
 
 

Music

 
Music is part of my weight-loss strategy.  It stimulates my senses in place of food.
 
I am listening to Schubert’s Trout.  Perhaps my taste for classical music comes from decades of studying piano.  My friend, Jacque, has that type of music playing in her unit when I visit.  She and I share similar tastes.  She gave me a whole wardrobe, and the clothes all suit me.  Most of my clothing will fit after I lose weight, some of it even better.  However, I want to update my closet.  The above red dress is in my storage unit, one article I want to find and get.  I could squeeze into it now.  However, it will be less tight once my excess weight is gone.
 
Memory from Cats is playing.  I played a part of it for a piano recital–quite a memory.  I am still nostalgic about playing the piano.  I have made no progress at getting one, except to think about it.  The desire to play has not entirely gone away.
 

Breakfast

 
It is 7:46 AM.  Breakfast is in less than an hour.  Let me do meditation first.
 
Changing the way I balanced the V8, I reduced my green drink’s fructose from 11.2 grams yesterday to 9.4 today.  I will finish the day with less than 15 grams of fructose, which should aid weight loss.  That is one of the tweaks I wanted to make on yesterday’s strategy.  Today, I used spring mix for a change in flavor.  For a list of the ingredients, see the diet diary below.
 

Air Emissions

 
Minutes ago, I got the jeep’s air emissions inspected and registered it online.  Now I can breathe a little easier.
 
What now?  It is half an hour before lunch.  I am looking forward to it.
 
For months, I have wanted to make a batch of nut bread.  However, my Vitamix is aging and has trouble grinding the nuts.  Now that I am doing this two-meal-a-day strategy, I will not need nut bread for a while.  Besides being supportive of oral health, the nut bread has a high dietary-fiber-to-sugar ratio.
 

Lunch

 
I had lunch with extras, in line with my current strategy.  (Check the diet diary below for the ingredients.)  I need more protein, but I got all my amino acids, so they might be sufficient.  I could fast until breakfast.  Even though I broke my fast yesterday for pork tenderloin, maybe I do not have to do that today.  Let me see if I can fast through the rest of the day.   I ate only 959 calories.  However, I will not starve.  I believe in complete nourishment.
 
Current Fast
Two-Meal-A-Day Fast
20 hours
Oct 7, 2020, 11:56 AM
Oct 8, 2020, 7:56 AM
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Diet Diary

 
If you wonder where the fluoride is, it is in the Completed record I attach to my diaries when they are done.  I have not yet put that on this diet diary.  So I can calculate how many of my daily logs are complete, I use the fluoride field as a trace.  I am currently not using any food records that contain fluoride.
 
I am using the phytosterol field to track the price of my supplements.  It would be a slick enhancement if Cronometer allowed the creation of custom fields.  However, it does permit custom biometrics, even though it does not allow the user to edit them.  I have requested the editing of custom biometrics, and other users support this enhancement as well.
 
You may wonder how much tyrosine I take and why.  I take 500 mg a morning.  I use it for anxiety.  Take too much, and it can actually cause anxiety.  Fortunately, I do not need a pharmaceutical for anxiousness.  Many of the drugs are habit-forming.  Tyrosine is also used by the thyroid gland and is the precursor for dopamine, the reward neurotransmitter.  I believe it helps me.  Thankfully, it is not expensive.  For more information about the supplements I take, see my ebook.  You can download here for FREE, Joyful Vibrance:  Transform Your Body Image, Energy, and Mood!
 
Supplements are useful.  However, they are not a complete solution for mood disorders.  Do not expect to take a supplement and have all your problems solved.  Mindset is as important as anything.  Keep reading my blogs for more clues, or go back and start reading on Day One.
 
Part of my strategy is maximizing the calories remaining in my budget.  Today’s diet diary has 592, which is a maximum so far.
 
 
 

Prayer

 
 
AFTERNOON PRAYER
 
Dear Lord,
 
You will not believe this.  I am listening to Gladys Knight Christmas music.  Already!  It is so uplifting!
 
Wow!  I got the jeep registered this morning.  I only need to wait for the decals, which should arrive soon.
 
I am at peace, Lord.  I have figured out how to get all of my nutrients in two meals.  Except for maybe some protein, which I may have for a snack.
 
Fasting is not always comfortable, but I am indeed a lot more comfortable with it than when I started.  Let me tell my readers to hang in there with fasting and keep trying.  All weight loss involves fasting.  I believe that weight maintenance requires it also.  If we eat all the time, we gain and gain.
 
Lord, help me to hold to my plan, at least until I reach my ideal weight.  Please permit me to stabilize without gaining back.  That is not easy.  I plan to show that in this blog.  It does no good to lose if it is not sustainable.
 
I am thankful I got out of my funk on Day 22.  I caught myself.  I was thinking of things that were going wrong in my life, trying to analyze which of them was causing my depression.  The more things I thought of, the worse I felt.  Instead, I needed to think of what was going right.  When I started doing that, the depression lifted.  It is all a matter of what we focus on.  Help me to catch that whenever it happens.  I want new habits of thought that are empowering.
 
This blog is going well.  It is still a secret, but I will unveil it and share it with whoever is interested.
 
Amen.
 
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This article, with its diet diary, shows what worked for me.  I do not claim that it will work for you.  Consult a licensed medical provider to determine your diet and medical care.  These blog entries do not diagnose or treat any disease.  If I provide any clues for you or your provider, I will be happy.
 
 

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