And you can see where every bit of it is in this photo, which the Badger snapped yesterday as I was leaving to go shopping and he was feeling silly.
My goal is to have it all off by the Ides of March. One year from when I started this whole endeavor.
As part of this final push, I have sworn off sugar until March 15th. I do this periodically because I am addicted to sugar, and I don't just say "addicted" casually. Once I've had a taste of it all I can think about is how I can get my hands on more and if I can I eat until I am ill. I would love to be able to eat it moderately like normal people do and just enjoy one slice of cake at a party or bake cookies and eat only 2 or 3, but I haven't got to that point yet. Either is ruling my life or I have to avoid it entirely. So I go through these periods where I avoid it.
I try to allow myself other treats when I am off sugar. Over the years I have come up with quite a few munchies and snacks that I like when I am "on the wagon" and it's fun to rediscover them. Dried apricots. I had forgotten how much I love dried apricots (natural sugar doesn't kick off the same reaction as refined so I'm safe with fruit.) Golden raisins mixed with almonds. Dates. Stuff like that. And I can handle honey, so I've got some good recipes for baked stuff with honey. Like pumpkin carob cookies. And I'll try to post some more of them if I have time.
Here's to health!
(I can't believe I just posted a picture of my backside on the internet!)