Saturday, February 20, 2010
Day 13 started out great and is ending on the same note.
I was up early after a great nights sleep and work-out for 45 minutes. I had enough time to fix a fabulous breakfast and my lunch prior to leaving for my Saturday job.
On my way to work I had one of those OM-Gosh moments. The back story is that for as long as I can remember I have had chronic neck and shoulder pain on my left side. My chiropractor and massage therapist both can ease the pain but it usually comes back within a day of treatment. I have lived with constant pain for years! Well, today when I was driving to work I looked over my left shoulder and it hit me .... I have NO pain! It's gone and has been gone, the mobility is much better too. Literally the only thing that has changed in my world is the lack of sugar. I am, of course, going to keep an eye on this and see how things progress.
Weekends being the worst time for me due to lack of scheduling I tend to get off track but not today. I ate on schedule, logged my food AND I had a work-out.
Another great moment was finding an organic tomato sauce that has NO added sugar - I was so very, very excited. I came home from the store and made a small pizza out of a baked corn tortilla, tomato sauce, hamburger and sweet onion - I was literally in heaven. Yup, I don't miss the cheese at all and can't wait to make one again.
With the end of the day coming up quick I am settling in for a hot cup of tea and relax.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Seems to be met with the same routine just on a different day. Not a bad thing when it comes this process and keeping it under control.
My energy level in step class was amazing last night. I nailed the routine, again, and left for my walk home with pep in my step! Gotta love that.
Yesterday's weird craving came and went without action. Staying aware was key and not having any no-no foods around helped.
With the weekend coming up in mere hours I can't help but hold my breath a little, it is my most troublesome time. People tempt me, in the name of love and routines are ever shifting, so I have to stay on top of my game.
On Saturday's I work with a friend who is a food pusher, I love him but hate him for this. "When I say no thanks, I mean no thanks! So please stop asking!" I've had the uncomfortable conversation with him but he just doesn't get it or see it. I'll have to defend against his temptations.
Day 12 into this journey I find that cravings are mental, not physical and in the past I formed some habits that need to be broken. Like my Saturday job, as soon as I walk into that office I think Peanut M&M's and soda come to mama - they used to be my afternoon snack. I have to retrain my mind just like my body which is a tough assignment but completely doable. Instead of the Peanut M&Ms I will take roasted peanuts and to replace the soda I shall take some sparking water, this should help.
The nagging question on my mind has been, "What are you going to do on the 29th day KT?" As Winnie the Pooh would say, "Think, Think, Think." I'll leave the answer to this question until the 28th day but I'm sure doing lots of changing and self assessment now so I won't be caught off guard when the time comes.
My thought for today: "I am Fabulous! and I don't need sugar to make me sweet."
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Day 11 was met with unexplained urge.
I needed to drive to work today instead of walk and while turning the corner to the office the little voice in the back of my mind spoke up Real loud. She said to me, "Today would be a great day for a hot tea and a florentine cookie w/ chocolate from Peet's Coffee." I actually looked around AND I answered with, "Where the heck is that coming from and NO we won't be having a florentine cookie w/ chocolate, thank you very much. I'll allow the hot tea once we get into the office but that's it." I did enjoy a cup of hot green tea, delicious.
The little voice did not give up the fight all morning and for the life of me I tried to figure out 1) why I wanted a sweet treat and 2) why I felt like I was hungry when I had a balanced breakfast and 6 glasses of water before 8:30 a.m. SERIOUSLY!!!!
Every time I felt like I needed to patrol "the area" for something to stick in my mouth I would simply ask myself, "why do you think you're hungry?" That usually ended the search but not the nagging question of why this was happening.
Thankfully, it really does me no good to go patrolling for something sweet or otherwise. All that is left is healthy alternatives both at home and at the office. Sometimes I think a little food fairy is going to bring me a surprise . . . it has never happened! HA.
I decided after my lunch that I would do some research on the internet about sugar, sugar addiction and breaking the sugar habit. I have to report there are some interesting and conflicting facts out there on the super highway. I did get a little frustrated by the conflicting "facts" that I closed my browser. I'll try again later.
My latest quest is to find a tomato sauce that does not have sugar added to it that I can use when making my own version of pizza. And when I say my own version of pizza that means a lot. What I haven't mentioned in the last 11 days is that my system can't tolerate egg, soy, gluten, and dairy - and now, I've added sugar to that no-no list, so my pizza has really got to be creative. Anyone reading this blog that knows of a good tomato sauce that does not have sugar of any kind as an ingredient let me know.
I feel good about the rest of my day. I have step class tonight and then a brisk walk home from the gym. I will challenge myself to cook a well balanced dinner and be off to bed at a reasonable hour.
I'm really digging this no sugar thing even though it's a challenge.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Day 10 leads to more education!
Here is what I found on the internet today, after seeing evaporated cane juice listed in many items, GRRRRR!:
Is "Evaporated Cane Juice" Any Better Than Sugar?
If you're an avid ingredient label reader like me, you've probably seen "evaporated cane juice" on a million different food products lately. It's everywhere! So, I wondered, what the heck is it, really, and is it any better for you than sugar? Here's what one expert had to say...
It's easy to see the absence of "sugar" on an ingredient label and think that you're scoring yourself some health points. But is evaporated cane juice really any better for you? Here's what nutrition expert Melina Jampolis, M.D. had to say:
"Evaporated cane juice is pretty much just sugar," she says. "It is less processed so it retains trace vitamins and minerals but has the same amount of calories as sugar. It is a little sweeter so you might get away with using less sugar which is always good."
So there you have it!
I was not happy to read this information but was also not surprised. So, I'm adding evaporated cane juice to my list of hidden sugars. Will the madness end?!
I've been tired today but I think is has more to do my monthly cycle then anything else. I made it to the gym to do some weight training and walked everywhere today.
YEAH, Another day without sugar!
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