I started dieting on May 15, 2020. Welcome to day 198. This post is updated throughout the day.

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Today, I came across this video, “Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines | Sarah Hallberg | TEDxPurdueU.”

Since I was diagnosed with diabetes, I have been trying unsuccessfully to radically change my diet. Today, I met with a diabetes nutritionist. She informed me that reducing (but not eliminating) carbs can help reduce my blood sugar levels. Previously, I have only counted calories. She gave me a nutrition chart, which highlighted the fact that nutrition labels downplay the most important number for type II diabetes – and that is sugar. “Carbohydrates” is used as a catch all for sugars in processed foods.

If you count carbohydrates, you have to consider that a single serving of whatever you eat, should be 15 carbs or less. A full meal should be 45 – 60 grams of carbs total. The problem comes when you eat more than a single portion – which could be as little as 1/8 cup of something. Try to get full on that! If you eat until you are satisfied, your carbs will be through the roof. And this is a bad thing because carbs are just sugar waiting to happen when they hit your bloodstream. You might as well pour a bowl of sugar down the hatch and chase it with a bowl of ice cream.

So, after hearing today that if I continue my present lifestyle, I could have gout, numbness, headaches, insulin shots and unlimited finger sticks… and seeing that I have not lost significant weight by counting calories alone, I decided to revisit a weight loss psychology course that I wrote, called, “Mission Makeover: Lose Weight and Keep It Off.” This is a “Biggest Loser” style life-changing experience that I think will benefit you as much as I enjoyed writing it (if only I would have stuck to my own advice – to help with that, I am inviting you on this weight loss journey to hold me accountable and share your experiences and let me know if this program works for you.)

Register for my new course happening now – Mission Makeover: Life Hacks for Smarties!



Monday, 7:00 am Breakfast (500 calories allotted)

  • 1/4 L of Water – 0 calories
  • 1 Bowl of Raisin Bran Cereal With 2% Milk – 380 calories
  • Total 7:00 am Breakfast calories = 380 (120 calories under Breakfast allotment)
    (1,620 calories under daily allotment)
Snack (4)

Monday, 11:00 am Snack (4) (100 + 3 Missed Snacks (1, 2, 3) + Breakfast leftover = 520 calories allotted)

  • 1/4 L of Water – 0 calories
  • 1 Bowl of Nachos – 400 calories
  • Total 11:00 am Snack (4) calories = 400 (120 calories under Snack (4) allotment)
  • Cumulative calories as of 12:30 pm = 780 (1,220 calories under daily allotment)

Monday, 1:30 pm Lunch (500 + 1 Missed Snack (5) + Snack (4) leftover = 720 calories allotted)

  • 1/4 L of Water – 0 calories
  • 1 Cup of Hot Chocolate – 250 calories
  • 2 Baked Potatoes With Margarine and Pepper – 450 calories
  • Total 1:30 pm Lunch calories = 650 (70 calories under Snack (4) allotment)
  • Cumulative calories as of 12:30 pm = 1,430 (570 calories under daily allotment)

Monday, 4:30 pm Early Dinner (500 + 1 Missed Snack (6) + Lunch leftover = 670 calories allotted)

  • 1/4 L of Water – 0 calories
  • 1 Cup of Hot Chocolate – 250 calories
  • 2 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – 525 calories
  • Total 4:30 pm Early Dinner calories = 775 (105 calories over Dinner allotment)
  • Cumulative calories as of 4:30 pm = 2,205 (570 calories under daily allotment)

Total calories consumed: 380 + 400 + 650 + 775 = 2,205 as of 5:00 pm

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Charity: Water Campaign

On Saturday, September 6, 2020, I became a Spring Member, pledging a donation to charity: water every month. I also started a fundraising campaign for charity: water called, “Songs For Water.” This fundraiser is to help charity: water build the much needed water projects around the world. Read my post about this. With just a little work, we’ve already raised enough money to give water to one beautiful life for an entire year! Your support really goes a long way. We have 30 days left and only $100 remaining to reach our goal before this campaign ends. Let’s smash this goal!

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