Day 12 - no (unplanned!) sugary snacks
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Valentines Day. My husband asked me about a week ago if I was eating sugary snacks on Valentines Day. I said it would be okay (suspecting he had seen something he thought I would like). Valentine's day arrived and I was given a beautiful bouquet of cupcakes decorated like flowers. So, I had two cupcakes. One in the morning when I was given the cupcakes and then later in the evening after dinner. I shared the rest with my family. It feels a bit false saying I had no sugary snacks today, because I did. But they were planned, and my intent is to be avoiding unplanned sugary snacks.
It was very hard not to eat unplanned sugary snacks, though. I think because I had already had the cupcake in the morning, even though it had been planned for a week. It felt like it was okay to let go and just eat whatever I wanted. So, just opening myself up to a bit of sugar did make it much harder than it has been to not eat any at all. I think this is why it is actually better to plan a sweet treat at the end of the day, rather than having something early on - because if it's at the end of the day, there is less chance of having a loose resolve and eating more sugar than intended.
The other flip side of the day was that I was in a very good mood, and I haven't been in a good mood for a long time. I don't know if it was the sugar, or the nice Valentine's Day, or that I had an easier day at work and had addressed a lot of issues the day before with my husband. It was probably a combination.
I think I need to consider my resolve at this almost half-way mark, though. This is where it gets easy to say, ah, just one treat - that's okay. But it could easily turn into, ah, just another - I've already had one. And that's not okay.
This last week I had dessert on Wednesday and two cupcakes on Friday. Still a much better situation than I have been in. But not a pattern I want to repeat next week.
So, at this point I don't think I can say it's getting easier. I'm seeing some results from reducing sugar in my weight and my waist-line, which is motivating and helpful. I'm less hungry than I was in the first week, which is very helpful as I'm not constantly seeking food to eat. But, my emotional resolve is a little weaker.
I've also caught a slight cold, and didn't get out for my scheduled jog today, choosing sleep instead. This is a new thing to factor in over the weekend.