Sept. 25 Menu and Events (Day 30)

Hello, you little leaves of autumn fancy, flitting through the fall chill air! Flitter. Flitter.

I am enjoying so much the promise of cooler weather and the changes that are beginning to grapple with the once-green shade of the deciduous trees. My windows are again open and I light candles to remind me we are finally exiting some of that hot, humidity of summer and into the fabulousness of chilly months to come. That and I’m tired of worrying about my lawn. Boo! Waste of resources!

I am working from my treadmill desk right this minute and will have pictures coming next week of my desk set-up, even if they’re not perfect yet! Speaking of my desk, I was able to walk a bit longer today, and I hope to keep adding time on until I am working for 4-8 hours per day while walking. Yay!

Also, I am so happy to have Wink Frozen Desserts (pictured left) as a Your Lighter Side sponsor! It is so cool to be able to work with Gabe (who I’ve known for about year now). He not only believes in my message (and I in his product), but he also knows that I am spazzy, and that I’m lactose intolerant and soy and gluten intolerant, too. I will be sharing his newest frozen desserts with you next week! I can’t wait! So stay tuned. I love working with companies who I get and who get me, too.

Now what I had yesterday… First of all, here’s the plan I’m following and here is the introduction post to the Mid-Year Resolution Challenge. While you look at what I’m doing, be sure to do your thing. I am thrilled to give some ideas, but I’m not the person you should necessarily look to for dieting advice (I’m not a paid nosh-a-titian). I am, however, here with you to cheer you on when you’re so skinny you will have to watch slipping through the cushions of your couch.

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You can also click the tab up top that says Mid-Year Resolution for the daily play-by-play and to see what I’m doing. Whee!

Tuesday, September 24

I ate this:
Breakfast: All-beef kosher hot dog with cheese, SF ketchup, mustard, relish and onion + iced tea
1/2 of a Subway Spicy Italian Salad + Diet Coke
Dinner: 1/2 of a Spicy Italian Salad + Iced tea and Diet Coke
Late-night snack: cottage cheese + shredded Parmesan + green olives + almonds

Exercise: Walked and worked for 2.2 hours at my treadmill desk at 1 mph.

Notes: I have so much energy from the exercise and from my food choices that I cleaned up my other (sitting) desk. It’s so clean!

What I learned:

Slow changes over time reap big rewards.

First, I stopped drinking the Splenda sodas, suspecting that they made me hungry and could be a reason for slower losses my first two weeks. I love Diet Hansen’s sodas, but sucralose, how you kill me. Boo hoo… *swoon across my fainting sofa*

Next, I put the kibosh more or less on the erythritol/stevia drinks, because as much as I love them (and I do–especially Dr. Zevia and Mountain Zevia), I can’t afford to overdo the sugar alcohols and then get to a point where I deal with the same situation I now experience with maltitol. *sob*

Finally, I am down to simply aspartame (and occasionally saccharine and Sweetleaf Stevia) as my beverage sweeteners of choice. I still partake in Diet Coke and Hansen’s and Zevia, but the shift from diet sodas to unsweetened mint/caffeinated iced tea (review of my iced tea maker here) has been a steady, slow, comfortable shift.

Cold turkey from a beverage that is both caffeinated and laced with  phenylalanine is not a pretty proposition. And since I can’t afford to be laid out in bed for days overcoming headaches, mood swings, and extreme lagginess due to cold-turkey amino acid stoppage, it’s wiser, in my case, to make those gradual changes.

I should add I drank Diet Coke for decades and never suffered any issues with weight loss, despite the fact that Dr. Atkins maintained that the sweetener stalled roughly 25% of the population.

Still, I’m happy to make the switch. While it’s slow, it’s happening! Will I ever be totally Diet Coke free? Probably not; but being able to save it for special occasions means when I actually need the feel-good chemicals from the caffeine and the amino acid phenylalanine, they’ll actually work for me.

And that’s worth the effort.

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  1. Jamie,
    I subscribed to your blog via email since a few days before your Mid Year Resolution. I was in the planning stages at that time. In the past few years, I have discovered that my body has decided to reject wheat, gluten, and soy. I’ve been lactose tolerant for most of my life, but I usually know my limits, and I discovered long ago that artificial sweeteners have immediate very uncomfortable effects on me (weird headache, muscle aches and a stomach ache that nothing will relieve).
    I’m stuck with a little Stevia and maybe a little Agave syrup.

    How to do low carb with all these limitations? I found your site and your recipes, and I feel like I can do anything! I just made my first batch of Oopsie Rolls a few days ago, and I feel free!
    Thank you so much. I mean . . . thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Your imagination has sparked my imagination, and the variety of foods I can put into my low carb menus seems endless. (I should admit that my kids are a little worried about my excitement over something called Oopsie Rolls, but they’ll get it! )

    I started being very serious about low carb dieting on 9/12/12 and have lost 8 1/2 pounds. I’m preparing for knee replacements, so my exercise choices are extremely limited, but I’m still losing steadily!

    Thank you, again!

    • Wow on on your success so far! I am so super proud of you.

      Do xylitol and erythritol cause the same issues in terms of sweetener side effects? I like them a lot.

      I am fairly limited in my choices right now, too, so I feel you! It’s also why I tend to cook more savory meals and less sweet ones. I have no real issues with sweeteners, but dairy can do a number on me for sure. I also avoid soy, gluten, nightshades (for the most part) and nuts as often as I can.

  2. Hey, is Wink for real? Where can I purchase this remarkable product? I have never heard of it! Do you have a flavour list? Do you know the carb count? I need info and answers, please!


  3. I had developed a bad habit of SUGARY soda. So I switched to Coke Zero. Is it the best choice? Probably not, but about 99% better than HFCS. Baby Steps, I say.

    • It is about baby steps. Really, no one else can take this jorney for us; we have to make the changes that will stick for life. I am proud of yours.

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