Sunday, July 06, 2014
Nine days without sweets, and then I slipped a bit last night.
Actually, I'm not going to call it slipping. I spent the day exhausted. Even with a short afternoon nap, I couldn't concentrate, my eyes were drooping, and I couldn't quite seem to wake myself up enough to actually get anything done. Tea wasn't touching it, and neither was water. So, I walked down to DD to get a medium mocha iced coffee--skim milk and no sugar. You know, other than the chocolate.
I don't have any regrets. I am doing so good, and I've made a lot of progress, even over the last week or so. An iced coffee didn't derail my efforts.
This week, I start the 5 grams of sugar thing. Thursday morning, if I'm counting correctly. I'm really not worried about it; I've been pretty close to not eating anything with more than 5 grams of sugar for the past (almost) two weeks. This is just an extension of that.
A few days ago, I posted about what happens next, after I cut sugar down even further. Two weeks from Thursday, I'm going back to tracking my food. This is such a basic step, and it's so effective, but I just really hate doing it.
I started eleven days at 196 lbs. My goal is to hit 185 by Labor Day, and then 175 by Halloween. Slow progress, but hopefully it's something I can stick with.
In Hula Hooping news... I ordered my first pair of minis and doubles on Friday. They should be here by the end of the month. I'm really looking forward to expanding my abilities, and I feel like this is the next step in my journey. I'm also still waiting on my LED hoop. I'm hoping to get the shipping confirmation early this week and (if I'm really, really lucky) my hoop by this weekend.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
As of today, I've gone eight days without any sweets. I've lost a total of 3 pounds so far, and I feel wonderful.
Yesterday was rough. My daughter had a friend over, the kids were all going nuts, and I was stressed out. I was tired. I was close to breaking my streak. I'm an emotional eater and yesterday would have been a CHOCOLATE NOW day. I settled for a sip of super creamy chocolate milk (produced by a local farm, even. YAY local!), and it was just enough to get me over the bump. I might keep a pint in the fridge, just in case of emergencies. It really did help, but it was too rich to enjoy more than a tiny amount.
I think part of the issue yesterday is that I'm a writer, and my current work-in-progress is stuck in a stressful place. I pour a lot of emotion into my work, and sometimes, it pours back. And this scene is really pouring. Unfortunately, I wasn't quite sure how to move past it, but after staying up half the night working on other bits, I finally figured it out. I'm feeling more centered today, so hopefully the cravings will stay away.
The local fireworks display takes place tonight, so I'll be heading out this afternoon to spend several hours at the local park. My hoops (at least a few of them) will be going with me. I'm skipping the gym today after not getting much sleep last night. The last time I tried to use the elliptical on little sleep, I almost fell off. I'll be saving my dignity today.
If these past eight days have taught me anything, it's that I don't need chocolate or sweets like I thought I did. I've been so reliant on them for so long, I didn't think I'd make it this long. I've made a few little cheats here or there (sip of chocolate milk, peanut butter and honey sandwich), but nothing nearly as sweet as a chocolate bar, brownie, or cupcake. And now, everything else tastes so much better! I even managed to fight my way through a salad the other day.
I'm off to make breakfast and get my writing started for the day. I'll check in again in a few days.
Monday, June 30, 2014
It's the beginning of day five with no sweets. My pants are a bit looser (YAY!!!!), and the headaches are gone.
I'm getting more creative about how I eat. We picked strawberries yesterday, and I made a low sugar version of strawberry shortcake using homemade whipped cream, half a biscuit, and strawberries with only a touch of sugar (2-3 tbsp. for the half gallon of sliced berries), just to get the juice going. It was good, but I missed the Angel Food cake.
I'm down two pounds from this time last week. I have more energy, and I'm sleeping better. I have another week at just cutting out sweets before I switch to the next phase, where I can only eat things with less than 5 grams of sugar per serving. I haven't figured out where to go from there. I need to give up white pasta, but wheat pasta just doesn't have the same taste. I have to admit that I might not ever get to that point. White bread? Mostly not a problem. White rice? I only eat it as a rare treat anyhow, so that's not a big deal. The pasta... We only eat pasta once every other week or so, so I'm not going to worry too much about it. I didn't gain weight because of the occasional bowl of spaghetti.
I don't know if I'm going to give up sugar quite this severely for the long-haul. Likely, I won't. I still enjoy all of those foods. I just have to get to the point where I can eat them in moderation, after I've met most of my weight loss goals. I'll re-evaluate once I reach 180, and then again once I reach 170.
I also haven't thought much about my ultimate goal. What weight to I want to reach? Truthfully, I don't know. I'd love to see 150. I'd settle (quite happily) for 165. I think my goals right now are more based on non-scale achievements. I want to fit comfortably into a size 12. I want those flannel shirts I bought a few years ago to fit, for the first time ever. I want to get rid of that part of my stomach that has doubled over itself. I want to have an actual jawline again. I want to wear shirts without worrying about my stomach sticking way out. I want my clothes to fit me the right way. It's been a while. I also want to look better hooping (and as a fitness instructor).
I need to get back to tracking my food and exercise again, but I'm holding off until I beat the sweets. I just don't want to worry about every little calorie when I'm focusing on this right now. I know that I'm eating (mostly) healthy, and I'm exercising at least 30 minutes a day. And right now? That's good enough.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Five days ago, I decided to give up sweets. I've tried cutting back, and it just doesn't work for me. I did great the first day, had a Frosty the second day, and started again the day after. I'm currently facing down day three of no sweets and less sugar in everything else. No cereal. No overly sweet yogurt. Nothing besides water or tea to drink.
It's hard. I currently have a headache that could kill a horse (hurry up and work, Advil...), and I feel nauseated and dizzy. It's not been pleasant. But, I feel good about my decision, and if it wasn't for these withdrawal symptoms, I would be fine.
It's a bit of a drastic move, but there are a few good reasons behind it. First, as I mention, I can't do "a little less" sugar. It doesn't work for me. I start out with a little less, and then have just a little bit more, and more... I don't have that kind of willpower.
Second, diabetes runs in my family. Both grandmothers and my father are/were all diabetics. I didn't want to head down that path. The health risks factor into that, but part of it is that a diabetes diagnosis would feel like failure. I'm a bit unsteady about it, but I do try to eat well and exercise daily. I just really like cupcakes (and ice cream, and chocolate, and...). I just don't want to let those cupcakes determine my health.
Finally, I know that, with the exercise and generally healthy eating, my sugar habit is the one thing standing between me and my weight loss goals. If I want to drop these 30+ pounds, I need to make this change. There's no way around it.
Eventually, I'll let in a small amount of sweets. What's summer without the occasional ice cream cone? But I'll do it in moderation, and make sure that it's a once-in-a-while thing, not a daily thing. In the meantime, I'm already feeling better (headache aside), and I'm really looking forward to the energy I'll have in another few days.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
There. I said it.
Actually, it's not so much the coffee as it is the coffee+chocolate combination. Coffee on its own isn't my thing, but I've gotten used to my afternoon pick-me-up, and I really miss it. And my fridge is too small to make and store iced tea. And it's too hot for hot tea. And I'm tired (the three-year-old was up half the night), and I'm in a whiny mood.
Over the past couple of weeks, I've been working on slowly cutting out "bad" stuff. No more soda. Less chocolate. Smaller servings. Healthier meals. And now, the iced coffee is gone. I'm trying to stay positive about this. It's my one big vice, and letting it go is going to help with everything else. I just need to hang in there for a few days.
I'm also trying to cut down on snacking. That's the next bad habit that needs to go. I graze all day long. A little here, a little there... and it adds up. I'm limiting myself to a morning snack (100 cal. Greek yogurt after my workout), and then an evening snack, with the idea that I need to keep myself busy in the afternoon so I don't get munchy. A small snack is fine when needed, but I'm hoping to keep my total snack allowance to under 400 calories (with the idea that I can do 400 cal/meal, too, for 1600 total).
As far as fitness-- I'm doing great there. I regularly go for walks. I'm at the gym 3 mornings a week. I'm hooping every day. And I started back into strength training this morning. Also, the gym is offering evening daycare starting next week, so I can go in and take some of their evening classes, too. I already have my eye on a couple, and I'm so excited to get started!
I think the strength training is really going to help. I've never had good arm strength. That's something that I need to improve upon, but I also need to remember to focus on overall strength too. That's my challenge; I need to learn to include more variety.
It is nearly lunch time, and I'm more than ready for it. I'll check back again in a few days...
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