Wow! I can't believe its been 3 weeks! It totally has been way easier than I thought it would be!!
I also should say though, that if I hadn't put up that Days with No Sugar ticker, I would've casually given in, even though the cravings weren't that bad! Just knowing that I have Sparkfriends doing the same thing, has made a huge difference.
I was really taken out with a wicked cold, fever, sore throat, cough etc last week that I thought was never going to get better, than all of the sudden, on Friday night, I just felt so much better.
It was a super busy weekend with a Billy Graham/Franklin Graham in Ottawa this past weekend called Rock the River. It was incredible, although unfortunately it rained steady for the last part of the event which I watched LIVE online from the comfort of my home.
Franklin Graham speaking of Michael W. Smith sang Healing Rain in the pouring rain.
One of the greatest things I have been learning about not being on sugar is keeping my brain chemistry balanced. This has been my strongest motivator for staying off the processsed sweet stuff. I can have reactions that border on despair and depression from one bad meal, but what I have learned to do to maintain an even keel is the following:
- smaller meals/snacks 4-6 times per day with protein at each one and no more than approximately 20-25grams of carbs per meal.
- SLOW down, I mean really slow down my eating. This is something I still have to make an effort with. I have a very bad habit of inhaling my food. This is a quote from Shirran's Solution
'There is an unquestionable correlation between fast eaters and being overweight. Overweight people eat as if the world is about to end. They hardly stop for air. They are always guaranteed to be one of the first to finish, yet with the next breath they will tell you how much they love food'
I really don't want to be one of those overweight people that is so focused on the food, they barely notice the people around them. People are always more important than food!
So I still find I have to consciously tell myself to slow down when I am eating, thoroughly chew my food, take a deep breath between bites etc. I am working on it and notice that I tend to realize I am full sooner when I do this.
Supplements I am taking:
- L-Glutamine - this one I've noticed makes a HUGE difference!!
- B Vitamins
and I am going to add Chromium GTF when I can find it.
Accomplishments this past week
- began getting back in the habit of regular workouts, despite feeling under the weather.
- on Saturday, my youngest DD and I made up a batch of brown rice, grilled chicken breasts and some hard boiled eggs so that I had my lunches prepared ahead of time - and then forgot to bring my lunch today - DOH!
but that's ok, I have it planned and ready for the rest of the week.
What needs to be improved? - Still ate something with white flour almost every day, trying to restrict this even further.
Goals for this week
- continue making the daily exercise streak into a habit. Keeping the goal to 20 minutes a day for this week.
- further restrict white flour