Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Day 8 without sugar went much better than day 7!
I had the day off today due to it being Presidents day and it was wonderful. I ate on schedule and I took a nap. I did not miss sweets today. I even tried to schedule a massage but couldn't get in, so will have it later in the week.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow! Not only because I am going back on a more structured schedule but I have a step class in the evening.
I find that water and protein are keys - fiber is also a saver too.
I also find that I have more calories to use on more healthy choices too! Who doesn't love that!?
This day is over and I am getting the hang of this one day at a time.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Day 6 is coming to a close and it was a success.
After watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics I expected to sleep-in but my eyes opened at 7:30 and I was up and ready to go.
On my to do list was to return a few jars of spaghetti sauce that I bought right before the decision to kick sugar. I am still amazed that they add sugar to these products. I returned those jars and replaced them with blueberries. What and exchange, HA.
Weekends are tough for me when it comes to staying on track. Today was even more difficult due to being alone for most of the day. I can really be my own worst enemy when it comes to food! I did it though, I stayed on track and I kept the promises listed in yesterday's blog. I repeat them here in the hopes I have a repeat tomorrow . . .
I promise myself to do the following for this holiday weekend is:
1) I will eat regularly
2) I will enter my food/work-outs with SP
3) I will stay focused
4) I will drink all of my water
5) I will get out and get involved
When I went to the natural grocery store I checked the freezer section for my most favorite sweet treat - Coconut Bliss Ice cream - it is soooooo DE-Licious!!!! To my amazement they had a new flavor . . . Peanut Butter! Side Note: I LOVE peanut butter - by the spoon full. I checked the label and there was NO added sugar - YES. I grabbed a pint and off I went. Side Note: I usually don't keep this product in the house because 1) I can and have eaten a whole pint in one sitting, 2) it costs $5.99 a pint. Today however, I decided I would buy it, why not - I mean I do deserve it. Then reality set in, a light bulb moment if you will, when I looked a the label again. Still no added sugar but one serving is 250 calories and there are four servings per container. I quickly decided I couldn't afford (physically) to buy this product. Not now, not anytime soon - I put it back and walked away, okay I quickly walked away.
I noticed today, which is different from past Saturdays, that I was not preoccupied with what was in my kitchen or what I was going to eat next. My body told me when it was hungry and I listened. It's different when it's your body and not your mind talking about food.
Another childhood memory came to me today:
While having dinner with my immediate family my brother looked up and said to me, "you know, you would be pretty if you were thinner." He might as well have slapped me in the face. I was completely crushed and humiliated. The table fell silent . . . I just kept eating. As a preteen that statement registered as, "you are ugly, fat is ugly and that's you." It wasn't until recently that I was able to recover from the statement . . . a lifetime I've carried that around and I finally got tired. Tired enough to ask for help! Words can hurt and when followed by silence of others it can leave a wound that may never heal.
Tomorrow, is another "high risk" day but I am feeling motivated! Without thecravings and a clear head I really think this is doable.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Day 4 into my journey of kicking the sugar habit did not start out so fabulous.
My body wanted to sleep this morning so I stayed in bed as long as I could. I was hoping my energy level would pick back up after I had a great breakfast but all morning I yawned and felt sleepy. Even this afternoon I am a bit on the sleepy side.
This sleepiness could be triggered by 1) my body adjusting to no added sugar, or 2) my activity level - which has increased over the last four days. I'm hoping tomorrow I will be bright eyed and full of energy.
Good News of the Day:
I have not been "patrolling" to find a sweet treat, no real cravings to mention.
The feeling of "needing" to eat has subsided and my body is more at rest.
I have eaten today because my body has told me it's time to eat not because of a false need.
The edgy mood swings have subsided too.
A friend, who is also trying to kick the sugar habit, gave me a "soda" yesterday to try it is called Zevia - it's a product made of all natural ingredients. Feeling like I wanted a little something after dinner last night I made some air popped popcorn and tried the drink. I was completely satisfied! The drink was DE-licious. I understand from my friend that it is a little pricey and is not sold in mainstream supermarkets so it will actually be a treat when I do have it. I won't have to go far when I want to buy it - there is an all natural market just around the corner.
SP Article: "How to Stop Sugar Cravings"
On the second page the following is suggested - I tried it and it worked for me!
"Wait out the craving. Most nutrition experts say that the cravings you experience will only last a couple of minutes. So if you can wait it out, they will pass and you will be better for it. Try to occupy yourself for a good 10 minutes when you get a craving. Call a friend, take a short walk or do something to distract yourself."
I seem to be working through some childhood memories these days. So far they all seem to be related to, dare I say it, sugar! My latest memory recall is:
My bedroom was on the main floor of the house with the other two upstairs so I was isolated from the rest of the family at bedtime. As a child, I was for reasons unknown (I question that statement now) a very emotional child. I loved, cried, hated and laughed with a more passion than I knew what to do with. I bring that up to say, after everyone in the house retired to their bedrooms I would lay and silently cry for hours and then to comfort myself further I would get up and drinks lots and lots of milk and eat multiple slices of bread. It happened so frequently - the nightly sneak eating - that it became a habit over the years. I finally broke that habit when I was in my 20's. I'm mortified now as an adult that I did that but understand I was powerless over it as a young child. Further looking at it I understand this was the beginning of my food addiction, sugar addiction and emotional eating. To this day my family doesn't know the great sadness I carried as a small child but they witnessed the affects it had on me as I ballooned in size.
I think it's key, for me, to understand where this sugar addiction started and the habits I formed over the years because of it. To know my past can help me live a healthier future.
I am further embracing this journey not only because I will be physically healthier but also mentally healthier!
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