...and I can't believe it's not driving me crazy!
I love BodyRock.tv, and the host Lisa-Marie said she doesn't weigh herself. She just follows her plan and knows she's off if her pants are a little too tight. I decided to weigh in at the end of 2011 and not step on the scale for a month while I kicked off my marathon training and attempted a diet of no added sugar.
I'm about three weeks in with a little cheat here and there, but overall, I'm sticking with my plan, and I don't need that scale to tell me on Feb. 1 that I am fitter, leaner, and a little lighter.
I thought a lot about my diet before this month, and I was generally eating within a good calorie range during the week and then "cheating" on the weekends. BodyRock has helped me think about that pattern, and clean eating has helped me think about what I was consuming. Sure, I was within a good calorie range, but was it quality? Was it good fuel for my body? I'd say overall I was picking good choices, but a lot of them were still highly processed, and instead of picking something wholesome, I'd often reach for something sweet because I could "afford" it.
I wish I had started a list from Day 1 of all the items I would have eaten if I wasn't trying to eat NSA. It would be a crazy list, so cool and inspiring to see! I'm going to keep a list starting today to help me get through the week. Here are some big changes:
1) No sweetner in my coffee every morning, just almond milk.
2) I used to allow myself a diet soda at work if I worked out that morning. Easily 10-12 sodas avoided. (This is a habit I want to keep - no more soft drinks PERIOD.)
3) Reaching for a piece of fruit to help with wanting something sweet (fuji apples are your FRIEND!).
4) More willpower to pass on items at work functions that aren't necessary.
5) Better planning of grocery needs and meal plans because I have to travel farther to specialty grocery stores to get what I need to cook clean.
6) NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETNERS
Even when I allow more sugar back in my diet, I am going to do my best to keep those 6 things going. I am especially excited about cutting out artificial sweeteners and baking/sweetening with the real thing, just less often. I really think I will keep my sugar intake low and truly enjoy my less frequent indulgences that can be MORE indulgent because I'm more disciplined.
I'm really grateful for the blog The Gracious Pantry.
The author has made my journey into clean eating and trying to eat with no sugar added fun, pretty easy, and really tasty!
Also, I'm really grateful for the crew at BodyRock.tv for somehow turning on the light bulb in my head about being even more disciplined about how I eat.
Now, off to plan our meals for this upcoming week so I can grocery shop with a mission tomorrow! This is a great tool for helping plan your meals and shopping for the week: