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"? :)
Thursday, May 24, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I joined the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge as you guys know. Week 1 was about recognizing your sugar downfalls and tracking everything you eat. It went smoothly and I learned a lot about my sugar eating habits and cravings along the way. Then along came Week 2 which focuses on eliminating sugar from your diet, and that's when things went wrong I guess. My birthday came along as well, and I had some cake and cookies. The next day I had some ice cream... And the next day I had a small piece of chocolate... I didn't get back on track. I didn't go over my calories but I did eat something sugary every day for a few days. I only had small portions and I'm glad I stayed within my calorie range every day but it was still sugar and I had some when I shouldn't have.
At this point, I'm thinking about maybe restarting the whole challenge. If I decide to do this, I want to do this the right way. No shortcuts.
But at the same time I'm having mixed feelings about the whole challenge. While I think it's perfectly fine to eat everything in moderation, I think cutting back on sugar might be beneficial and a good idea health wise. But to be honest, though, I don't know if I want to cut out sugar completely. My portions are usually small and I rarely go over my calories these days. I used to eat a lot more sugar and compared to that, my sugar consumption these days is pretty minimal. I know sugar is not healthy but having some in small portions a few times a week keeps me from binging.
I don't know what to do. Maybe I'll just sleep on it and decide tomorrow. It's almost 1 a.m. here already and I'm getting tired. Off to bed! :)
Monday, May 21, 2012
It's been three months since I started my journey towards a new and improved me. It's been an interesting three months and I've learned so much along the way! I don't know what has changed but this time, everything is different. I feel like I can do this, without a shadow of a doubt. There will be bad days and bumps in the road, but I know this time I will not give up on myself. I'll get right back up and keep moving forward!
I've lost 21.8 pounds so far! I'm so proud of myself for taking small steps towards my goal every day. THANK YOU, my SparkFriends, for encouraging me and supporting me along the way! I couldn't do this without you.
I took my measurements today, and here are the results:
Waist: 34.2 inches (2 inches lost)
Hips: 43.3 inches (2.7 inches lost)
Bust: 45.2 inches (2 inches lost)
Chest: 34.6 inches (2.8 inches lost)
Thigh: 25.9 inches (1.6 inches lost)
Calf: 15.3 inches (0.8 inches lost)
Upper arm: 14.6 inches (0.8 inches lost)
This month, I didn't lose any inches off my waist. On the other hand, I lost most around my hips and thighs. I'm very happy! Next month, I hope to fit into one of my favorite skirts that has been too small for a couple of years. I tried it on today and I could almost zip it up but not quite! So that's my goal measurement wise for next month.
I lost 6.6 pounds this month. I'm very happy about that as well! I'm taking it slow this time to make this change last. Now I've lost a third of the total amount of weight I have to lose. The last two thirds will come off just as smoothly as the first one (I HOPE!).
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