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Feeling great. . . so glad to be eating better

Monday, June 13, 2011

I did really well this weekend. I stuck to my goals. I tracked all my food this weekend and drank my green tea. I didn't end up needing as much as I planned. For some reason my caffeine withdrawal wasn't that bad this time. It's still early though, I could start getting headaches today or tomorrow.

I'm reading this book called The Sugar Fix. I found it after watching a great presentation on Youtube from a doctor researching the effects of sugar (specifically fructose) on the body. I knew last year without anyone telling me that sugar does terrible things to the body, but after hearing about the research that this doctor (Dr. Lustig from UCSF) has done and the implications was jaw dropping. I'll just say that it's a must watch if you care about your health. The book that I'm reading is written by another doctor who did research and came to similar conclusions. Here's the link (it's long, but well worth the time)

Today I feel really good. I'm not going to lie, I'm still craving some sweets, but it's not nearly as bad as last week. I haven't had a chance to really talk about what I've learned from the book and the video with my DH yet, but I really want to. I plan on making some time tonight. I really want to start weaning the kids off of juice and other sugars.

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Never give up starting over

Friday, June 10, 2011

I'm glad that I'm writing this, next time I fall off th wagon I will read it and feel better. I'm not going to beat myself up for slipping up in my eating and exercise. I've been feeling so guilty the last few months for not sticking to my new lifestyle (read more here):

I'm disappointed in myself. Not for falling, but for staying down for so long. I am human and it's okay to make mistakes. I can rebound.

Last year when I started the no sugar, flour, caffeine journey(NSFC) I felt so amazing and was so excited to be starting a new life. I was a better mother and wife for sure. I want that again. I have been so moody, lethargic, etc. this whole year.

DH and I decided about a week ago to clean up our eating and get healthy for our kids. We both need to lose a little weight, but we really need to just live a healthier life in general. We'd gotten in to the habit of eating fast food or other junk several days a week - which meant so were our kids. We were hardly exercising (me never).

So for the past week I've cleaned up our family meals. No junk, no fast food. I've cut down on sugar quite a bit, but not completely. Even though I'm eating really well, the coffee in the morning and the little bit of sugar I put in to it is making me so tired at night and in the morning. Yesterday I had about a third of a diet soda and it put me to sleep. Not good.

I am committed to get back on track with my NSFC journey. I have decided to allow whole grains though. If I see that I'm still having energy or mood problems after a week or two I will cut them out also. Making this committment is hard because I feel so dependant on coffee every day. Just thinking about not drinking coffee makes me a little uncomfortable - I think adding coffee back in December was one of the things that made me fall off the wagon in the first place.

I did have a little sugar today in some coffee (I only made this decision after rereading my post from October - above). I know this will be hard for a couple days, but that's okay. I have my previous blogs and a journal at home I will review for motivation. Also I ordered 2 books from Amazon that I hope will help: "The Sugar Fix: The High-Fructose Fallout That Is Making You Fat and Sick" and "Beat Sugar Addiction Now!: The Cutting-Edge Program That Cures Your Type of Sugar Addiction and Puts You on the Road to Feeling Great - and Losing Weight!". I'm hoping that I'll find some tools in these books or atleast a little reading to keep me going in the beginning.

Week 1 Goals:
Track everything
Drink 2 - 3 cups of unsweetened green tea to ease coffee withdrawals
Make a to-do list for weekends on Friday night to stay busy

** P.S. I will allow myself to have some of my favorites foods once in a while. Like we've been planning reward pizza from our favorite place for tonight for eating well for the past week, and I will have a slice and enjoy it (with a big salad emoticon )

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Starting at Day 1

Friday, April 01, 2011

I have been off the wagon big time - eating really poorly and not working out. My energy level and mood have been in the crappers, and that bothers me more than the weight gain. Just a few months ago I had so much energy and such a positive outlook, I really want that back.

Today I am starting at square one with food. This is the only thing I am tackling for the next two weeks. I will not count calories at all. I will make it my mission to only choose foods that I know will nourish my body and mind. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats. I will eat how ever much my body asks for, but I won't eat refined carbs, sugars, candy, etc.

I just really want to feel good again. My life has been so stressful these last couple years and it's only getting worse now - my body is taking a mental beating - I can't afford to also feed it crap. I deserve much better.


Having a really good week.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

This week started off great, lost 4 lbs! I was a little suprised that I lost weight, and lost that much because I had a couple rough days last week. Seeing that loss really gave me a boost of confidence and made me really want to stick to my goals this week.

My number one goal is to track everything. Second, I want to stay within 150 calories of my upper calorie limit on Spark. Lastly, I will stick to my 10k training this week. So far so good. I ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill yesterday in 30 minutes. It's an accomplishment for me because I run during the week on my lunch hour and I was worried about getting the mileage done with only 30 minutes. I haven't gotten in more than 2 miles until yesterday.

I also need to take it one day at a time and note get overwhelmed with doing the whole week. I know if I focus on each day by itself I can do it.


Making progress!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Last week I felt aweful, I just couldn't get it together. I was working out, but was eating pretty bad. I came up with a menu for this week that I believe will help. Part of my problem the last couple weeks was that I was starting my day with a breakfast that I wasn't happy with and it just set the tone for the day. I came up with something for this week that I like more and will keep me more full. Also, I didn't prep my food consistantly, so some days I wouldn't have my snacks or lunch. It left too much room for making poor choices out of hunger.

I prepped a bunch of stuff ahead Sunday night for the week. I do still need to cook some healthy muffins I planned on having this week, but I will do that tonight.

My biggest obstacle, not beating myself up for one slip-up.


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