Well, this bump in the road–let’s just call it my lack of commitment–caused me to not only fall off the wagon, but broke the wagon into pieces. Maybe a wagon wasn’t the best choice in the first place. The walk would’ve done me good. I would’ve burned some calories and maybe lifted my spirit along the way too. I think sometimes I spend way too much time soothing myself with things, that if I would just take time to reason through, I wouldn’t eat in the first place. Like, for instance that lovely gas station muffin where I read on the label lately that one serving was 1/3 muffin. Yes, that’s right, 1/3 muffin. Seriously? Who in the world eats 1/3 muffin? I’d eat the whole doggone thing. Oh, by the way, that 1/3 muffin serving is 230 calories. That means the whole muffin is a whopping 690 calories. You’ve got to be kidding me. See how reason gets in the way of indulging yourself? Needless to say I won’t be eating one of those again.
My other eye-opener was a Quiznos sandwich. I love Quiznos and probably could eat one everyday for lunch if incentive was provided. Until–yes, reason set in. I decided to look up the nutritional quality of the sandwich. At first I was pleasantly surprised, but then–dun dun dun–the sandwich was a whopping 1200 calories. Again I say, “Seriously?” Needless to say, I won’t be eating Quiznos any more. Oh, I want to. I just can’t.
This week I plan to rely on my reason instead of my self-indulgence. I’m getting off the cart, picking myself up, dusting myself off, putting on my cross-trainers, and reasoning myself right into walking instead of riding my way to a better me. I can do this. I just have to be reasonable. 🙂
Yesterday I ate a girl scout cookie. It was my favorite–Do-si-dos. They’re all peanut butter crunchy cookie with peanut butter filling. I love peanut butter and had decided that I was going to enjoy one even though I’m now sugar free. Fact is, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I used to. The sugar kind of burned my tongue, an unexpected sensation, and sort of took the enjoyment out of the peanut butter. The good thing about it was that it made me all the more certain that I am on the right path for myself.
Now if I could just get organized, I’d be next to perfect. 🙂
Today is the 60th and final day of my sugarless commitment. Wow! I can hardly believe it. More satisfied and 10 lbs lighter, I ‘m glad I did it. Honestly, I don’t plan to go back to my old lifestyle filled with fast food, sugar and weight gain. Although I didn’t lose a ton, I’m satisfied to have lost some and kept it off.
As for lent, I plan to keep to my sugarless promise, plus this whole idea of keeping up the laundry and the dishes is developing into a good habit. I never knew I had it in me! 🙂 I’m hoping that these challenges will bring more light into my life and give me the strength to believe I can do more. So, here’s a recap of what I’ve done:
1. No sugar for 60 days (and now moving on through lent)
2. Clean my kitchen nightly before I go to bed including wiping down all the counters.
3. One load of laundry daily: washed, dried, folded and put away.
4. Meal plan weekly. This one thing has saved me money and helped me to regulate what I eat. I have fallen down a time or two, but it’s much easier to pick yourself up when you think you’re saving 300 – 400 dollars a month. (I’m not kidding. It really is that much savings.)
I don’t think I ‘m ready for any before and after pictures yet, but it can’t be too far away right?
I’m sure when I get on the scale this week I’m going to weigh too much. I don’t know what happened to me. I felt like a giant vacuum cleaner sucking in everything that came in my path. No, I didn’t eat any sugar, but I just couldn’t seem to satisfy the desire to eat. I had an orange for breakfast–delicious, an orange for snack, 2, ok I shouldn’t have eaten 2 corn dogs for lunch, but there you have it, some broccoli with cheese, a few grapes and a humongous diet limeade for lunch. For supper I made a cheeseburger casserole and ate 2 big pieces. That rotten number 2. I gotta get rid of that. Oh, but before that I ate several, I don’t even want to say how many, peanut butter crackers. What makes me do this to myself? Technically, I haven’t broken the 60 day challenge, but really, did I need all those crackers?
Tomorrow is the 3oth day of the challenge. 30 days. I can hardly believe it. I made it a whole 30 days without sugar. 9 lbs are gone. I have more energy and I feel great.
So, this week when I step on the scale, will I weigh too much?
It’s been 20 days without sugar and I have to say I feel a lot better. The only thing I would say is that I have to remember to eat regularly. It is in those times when I get hungry that sugar’s temptation raises its ugly head. I satisfy this tempation with fruit and I’m back on track again. Truthfully, I’m not missing sugar all that much. In fact, a wonderful parent brought in 3 boxes full of cookies and brownies for the teachers and I wasn’t even tempted, much to my surprise. (Normally I would’ve eaten 5 or 6 I’m sad to say.) Still no actual weight loss, so I’m going to have to evaluate what I’ve increased in my diet. Oh, and well, exercise of course. 🙂
The desire to eat sugar today was almost unbearable! I didn’t eat any, but I have never felt so much pressure within myself to just quit. The only thing that kept me from it was the thought that my daughter would be disappointed in me.
That’s a thought for all of you out there. Get a partner to help you. Choose someone you trust, who will give it to you straight, but with kindness and love. When you are at your worst, they can help dig you out. When you are at your best, they can celebrate with you. Thank you Dolly for being that person for me. I love you!