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True confessions, part two ...

Friday, February 05, 2021

Arrrrgh! What happened? Success, success, success ... blip, success, blip ... again?!! Arrrrgh!
It all started innocently enough... would I like some sourdough starter? Sure, why not.
1. Research says sourdough is lower on the glycemic index scale, therefore a better bread choice.
2. I will make it myself, so no unwanted additives.
3. I can add healthier ingredients.
4. I can made two loaves at a time and freeze one.
Sounds good, no?

Well, let me tell you! After not eating bread for nine months, here I was ... eating bread! Not only did I make sourdough bread, I made sourdough waffles. What goes with waffles? Maple syrup. What happens when you don’t have raisins for your recipe? You use candied peel (from the Christmas cake I never made), and add pumpkin spice. This bread tasted like hot crossed buns, my favourite! Guess how many slices I had for breakfast? THREE! Did I gain weight in the last three weeks? Yes! Did I snack and binge? Yes! Did my sweet tooth kick in? Yes! Did I eat a whole Terry’s Chocolate Orange with toffee by myself? Yes!
So, today was my turning point. I am not going back! Sourdough starter will die! No more baking or eating bread. I tracked everything today. Sweet tooth was tamed. No snacking. Teeth were brushed early - no eating after that. Confession blog posted!
Next week, for my birthday, I will blog why being 63 is better than being 36, at least in my experience. I have much to celebrate, and my Spark friends are cheering me on. I feel bad that I let my 5% Challenge team down a little, although I did continue to get my exercise in. This is a reality of life, with ups and downs. Maintenance is challenging, I must say. We are human, and food is a temptation. Moderation is key, but if that doesn’t work, just so “No! See you next year, sourdough.”
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    I LOVE Hot Cross Buns too!

    Some time ago I tried using a sour dough started for the very same reasons you mentioned. I even took a class on how to make bread and bought a book too. Well, I ended up with sour dough starter EVERYWHERE! The loafs were not the size DH likes for sandwiches and I decided that Sour Dough Bread didn't have all of the nutrients I wanted in my bread (a.k.a. fiber for one). So I gave it up. Now I luxuriate in a good piece of bread from some of the healthier restaurants we go to. Better to keep the bread there than at my house!

    Great job turning it around and staying strong emoticon
    60 days ago
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    At least you didn't stop your walking!

    61 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/12/2021 10:17:38 PM
    emoticon I'm impressed that you could give up bread for so long. I'm sure I could start losing belly fat if I gave up bread and baked goods. But... I'm not prepared to give it up in the long run, so for me, any loss, would probably be regained. So good for you for being able to commit.
    66 days ago
    66 days ago
    I just have to say.... our loaves are beautiful!

    Sorry they caused so much trouble! The important thing is you have it all back in hand. Well done!

    I'm looking forward to that next blog! I, too would have to concur that being 60 (today as a matter of fact) is better than being 30!
    68 days ago
    Yes maintenance is challenging which is exactly why the regain statistics are so dismal.
    But, staying connected here and turning around those lapses quickly as you are doing is exactly how we will do it.

    Hang in there.
    68 days ago
    Looks like you got a handle on it, you are not alone, one thing leads to another and before you know it there are know limits! We have to be self disciplining, cause we are the only ones we can really count on!
    68 days ago
    You know what they say...nothing ventured, nothing gained. In this case you gained knowledge about your triggers. You have to test the waters sometimes, and if you fail, you don’t just get out and strengthen your resolve. So I say good on you!! Bread looks yummy, btw!
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    68 days ago
    That bread looks good. Grandma always made her own bread.
    We all have spells like that, then move on, back to the healthy eating we chose. How wonderful to be at maintenance.

    68 days ago
    I love sourdough. Looks yummy. What date is your b'day? Mine is Monday 8th.
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    Oh my, sourdough is my favorite too, though I have mostly given it up in favor of the healthier whole wheat. I must admit I may have had problems with portion control with that yummy bread you made! Just learn from the experience and move on. You haven't done major damage and get back where you were fairly quickly.

    Can't wait to read your 63/36 blog. I am so much happier and doing worlds better at 50 than I did in my 20s, so I get it! emoticon
    68 days ago
    The bread sounds delicious. Now I want some. And I love the Terry's chocolate orange. I still have a couple of slices left. Sometimes you have to give in and then know when to stop. You've got this. Keep up the good work.
    69 days ago
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