Thursday, May 31, 2012
For about a year now, I've had this reoccurring dream about running. In my dream, I am fit and strong and I'm running and running for miles on end without getting the least bit winded. My body is toned and fit, nothing jiggles, my legs don't hurt. I just feel completely calm and at peace with myself and the world. It's such a wonderful feeling! My feet barely touch the ground as I run through different landscapes. I feel like I could go on forever!
Last night, I had this same dream again. I was running in the rain. I remember feeling so incredibly free as the rain poured down on me and hit my face. I remember what it sounded like when my sneakers hit the wet pavement as I ran through the city, strong and fit.
Every time when I wake up from a dream like this, I feel incredible. I feel like my body is telling me to keep on moving towards my goal and to get fitter and healthier. I definitely want to become a runner, I've known that for a while now but I have been ignoring what my mind is trying to tell me. I've been meaning to start the Couch to 5K Challenge for a while now, and now I feel it's the right time. I want to challenge myself to make my dream of becoming a runner come true!
(By the way, week 1 of the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge is going well! I have made some eye-opening discoveries. Week 1 will be over on Saturday and I'll share my insights with you then. Then it's on to week 2 and eliminating sugar from my diet for a few weeks. I'm excited to see how it'll go!)
Sunday, May 27, 2012
So I decided to restart the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge, and today is Day 1. I contemplated whether I should just call it quits but then I decided I'm not going to let myself down and for once, I'M GOING TO FINISH WHAT I STARTED! I started this challenge for a reason, and I really need to finish it for me. I can't keep giving up on myself when the going gets rough!!
Here's what I posted on the team message board today. I think it sums up what I'm thinking right now:
"I stuck with it for two weeks but then my birthday came up and one slice of cake on my birthday turned into having something sweet every day for about a week. I didn't binge or go over my calories, but I did get hooked on getting my daily sugar fix again and I was thinking it would be best just to restart the whole challenge. I really want to do it right this time and stick with it for the entire four weeks!
My reasons for doing this are:
1. I want to learn to control my cravings and to eventually get less cravings in general by eating less sugar.
2. I want to keep my blood sugar levels balanced.
3. I want to put sugar where it belongs to in my diet: to keep it as a special treat, not an every day occurrence.
I'm sure there might be more, but these are the three big ones that came to mind. I don't want to cut out sugar from my diet completely (I believe in having all things in moderation) but I do hope that this challenge will make me crave it less and keep it as a treat mostly reserved for special occasions. Wish me luck!!"
I know that I will never live my life completely without sugar and honestly, I don't even want to But I do think it would be beneficial to take this four weeks (a really short time when you come to think of it) to assess my sugar eating habits and stop relying too much on my daily sugar fix. Hopefully, I will get less cravings and learn to find healthier and satisfying substitutes for my usual sugary treats. I want to keep sugar as something I enjoy from time to time, not every single day.
I'm going to keep track of my sugar intake this week and really focus on how much sugar I eat and when and why I eat it. I'll share my discoveries with you at the end of week 1!
HERE WE GO! Taming my sweet tooth, take two.
Friday, May 25, 2012
I'm now on Stage 3 of the SparkDiet and tackling Diet Strategy #4 which is called You Can Overcome Setbacks. As a part of this strategy, one of the action steps was to write in my blog about one single "trouble goal". Here's a quote from the article:
"We all have that thorn in our side, an itch we can never get rid of. We all have that one "trouble goal." As hard as we try, it always seems to come back and cause problems. (....) Itís time to make that trouble goal go away! Write about this goal in your online journal. Talk about why it happens, what problems it causes, and what you can do about it. Talking about the problem may not solve it, but it can help you gain insight that you may not have recognized before, leading to that elusive breakthrough youíve been waiting for."
I'm having trouble choosing just one! Haha! I have a few trouble goals that I should probably focus on, such as getting 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day consistently and staying within my calorie range on the weekends (although I'm already doing pretty well with that one these days!) or eating less sugar.
But here's my pick: eating less fat. Even though I stay within my calorie range and meet all other nutritional goals, I often go over my fat grams. Almost every day, actually. I really want to start focusing on eating less fat because I want to lower my cholesterol and eat healthier in general. Honestly though, I don't know where all the fat comes from! I'm going to go through my tracked meals and try to find the most common sources of fat in my diet and hopefully it'll be easier to find healthy substitutions and lower my fat intake for good.
What are your "trouble goals"? :)
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