Doxy asked about the no flour, no sugar thing.
I first blogged about this particular round of what I'm doing here, about three weeks ago. I could talk about what I'm doing as a diet. I don't eat flour. I don't eat sugar. (They're not my foods, I think, when all is said and done.) I weigh and measure my meals, three a day, with no snacks in between. That's how I've been doing this, and at this point I have some weight loss success I can share: a little over 23 lbs in the month I've been doing this thing.
But, the truth is, I'm in a 12 step program. And the essence of what I'm doing can't be boiled down to diet details, though they are part of it. The essence of what I'm doing is saying, I have an addiction. I've used food addictively and I've hurt myself with it. I don't want to do that any more. Even when I've had a couple of slips (I ate some flour about 14 days ago), I don't want to dive headfirst into these substances again. They are not for me, not today. And I believe this is something about myself I cannot change, this addictive response.
Everyone who's familiar with 12 step programs understands that this is a spiritual path. I, who am a minister, pastor of a church, a "professional religious person," needed this program to remind me to put my money where my mouth is. I believe God's in charge? Well, I guess now I'm trying to live into that, even to the details of what I put in my body every day for nourishment.
Doxy, yes! It takes kind of a long time to eat, and at the beginning it took a long time to prepare food too. Salads! Chopping vegetables forever and ever! But now I have learned to make a bunch of salads at a time, and that's made things a lot more streamlined. And... I feel so good, it is totally, totally worth it.
God, keep me in this frame of mind. Grant me (everybody together!) the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. And let the people say: Amen.