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Day 9 of 28 - Kicking the Sugar Habit

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Day 9 without sugar was a day I discovered, again, why it's important for me to eat regularly!

The morning and early afternoon went as planned, then I left for an appointment at 2:40 p.m. I had planned on putting a Trio bar or a bag of almonds in my purse before leaving but simply forgot. When I got home at 5:30 I was Hungry - yup, hungry with a capital H! I grabbed a Trio bar which is basically and nut and fruit bar and 16 oz. of water to take the edge off - it worked, so I thought. After that I was going to walk to the gym for my step class but when I got outside it was such a fabulous evening that I decided to stay outside and walk. I started the stop watch and off I went - it was sooooo nice to be outside in the fresh air!

When I returned home at 6:30 I started cooking and apparently I thought I was having company because an amazing amount of food was simmering, boiling and baking in my kitchen. None of witch had sugar. emoticon

I ate like it was my last meal and it consisted of 90% protein. Then I started entering things into SP and I squirmed a little bit but in the end I had stayed within my target calories but completely missed the mark on fiber. Feeling that I was still "hunger" I quickly fixed a cup of hot decaf green tea and snuggled in to watch the Olympics - that finally stopped the madness.

Things I learned:
1) No sugar helped me get through the day without cravings and "phantom" hunger
2) Eat often and eat well
3) Fiber is just as important as protein
4) Drink the hot tea while cooking the "last meal" - HA
5) Having no sweets around rids temptation

  


Day 8 of 28 - Kicking the Sugar Habit

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. emoticon

  
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COOKIEGIRL26 2/16/2010 1:42AM

  Great job! What a great goal! emoticon

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Day 7 of 28 - Kicking the Sugar Habit

Monday, February 15, 2010

Day 7 without sugar.
Today was met with anger and bitterness. emoticon
Everywhere we went I was faced with soda and candy. emoticon
I became angry and bitter many times and I was beside myself while shopping at one point.
It was like a scene in the movies where the angel is one shoulder and the devil is on the other.
Simply, it was awful!!! emoticon

With help from my husband, who would not entertain my urges, and my determination to see this to the end, I did NOT give into my own temptations.

I did make it through the day without sugar . . . and for that I am proud of myself! emoticon

I'm not sure what tomorrow will bring but after today I feel like I am strong enough to face it.

No real childhood memories haunted me today, I was too busy trying to white knuckle it past every minute on the clock and every candy isle I saw.

I shall have a cup of hot tea now and enjoy what's left of my Valentines. My husband found his romantic gene today and for that I am blessed. It was a sweet day even without sweets.
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Day 6 of 28 - Kicking the Sugar Habit

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.

  


Day 5 of 28 - Kicking the Sugar Habit

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Day 5, complete.
I woke up with more energy today.
Body ache's nearly gone.
Sugar cravings nearly gone.
Mentally I'm feeling better not having it around.
I did eat out for lunch, had Mexican food. Easy to order and it was delicious.
Last nights work-out was fabulous! I had little trouble staying focused at step class. I nailed the routine and my body did as my mind told it without screaming back in pain.

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

Weekends are hard for me, little structure, so I am going into this one with a plan.

Memories of childhood still haunt me while on this quest of no added sugar. The latest to occupy my brain, Diet Soda. I started to secretly consume it while in grade school when a high school girl would buy me a can for the ride home on the school bus. My folks never knew. Such secrets I had as a child around food. More to think about and come to terms with.

Without added sugar for 5 days and life has improved.

  
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TSEWARD 2/13/2010 9:11AM

    Thank you Thank you Thank you..for sharing your journey. And for your comment on my blog. Your mention of stories you could tell me about cereal made me laugh. It is such a relief to know I am not the only one!
I need to keep it out of the house. Or I am setting myself up for fialure..speaking of which. Also a big relief to know I am not the only one that has dreaded tracking in my spark page!

I am enjoying your positive comments about how you feel while not eating sugar. You are a great motivator, just by the example you are setting. Looking forward to more!

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RAHAFEEZ 2/13/2010 1:16AM

    How did you start not eating sugar. I have the worlds worst sugar tooth and I can't seem to stop eating sugar. I would love to hear how you did this.

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