Sugar Strike Day 14

Here I am on the last day of my 2 week sugar strike. It’s amazing how much better I’m feeling, and I certainly had my share of slip-ups. No matter what happens after this, I know eliminating sugar has to be my #1 priority. It’s also the most difficult – at least at first. But it’s worth it to have more energy and feel better all the way around.

I have always liked salads, especially good ones that are more than just lettuce and possibly cucumbers or tomatoes added to them. The past few months, I have learned that they are very satisfying when I add different things to them. Any kind of meat, boiled eggs, nuts…so many possibilities. They are so versatile, and I find I’m craving the greens. I’ve already warned Marcus that I want a LOT of spinach in our garden this summer!

Here is what I ate today.

Breakfast
Organic oatmeal

Lunch
Taco salad

Snack
Chocolate banana/strawberry/spinach smoothie

Supper
Roast beef
Roasted potatoes and onions
Cooked carrots

Mood: Good
Energy: Good

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Sugar Strike Day 13

I had a really hard time not eating last night. Partly, I was hungry. But by the time Marcus got home with groceries, it was later than I wanted to eat. I powered through and didn’t eat, and felt good about it this morning. I proved to myself that I CAN do this. I CAN have willpower when I want to. Eating well IS worth it. I feel better and I will look better soon.

Here is what I ate today.

Breakfast
Organic oatmeal

Lunch
Chocolate banana/strawberry/spinach smoothie

Snack
Cottage cheese

Supper
Taco salad

Mood: Good
Energy: Pretty good

I’m feeling hungry tonight. My stomach isn’t growling, but feels empty. Maybe it’s my mind that thinks I need to eat and I simply need to retrain it. After all, I don’t need to eat until I feel full, only satisfied, right?

One more day to go and I’m officially done with this sugar strike. It has been far from perfect, but I have made progress, and ultimately that’s what this is about. My birthday is Tuesday and I know it won’t be the best day food-wise. But I will get back on track the very next day.

Progess, not perfection!

Sugar Strike Day 12

TGIF!!

Here is what I ate today.

Breakfast
Organic oatmeal

Lunch
Romaine lettuce salad with ranch dressing and 2 boiled eggs

Snack
1/2 apple, which was mealy, so I tossed it. My boss brought in bananas, so I had that as well. Yay for healthy treats!

Supper
Small piece of chicken marinara
Celery with peanut butter

Mood: Good
Energy: Okay

I’m hungry tonight. I didn’t eat enough for supper, partly because groceries were getting low. Marcus stocked up on some essentials, but I still feel like we don’t have much to eat. I think I’ll just go to bed and read until I fall asleep and hope I don’t wake up too ravenous tomorrow!

Sugar Strike Day 11

Today was a better day. I’m feeling much more in control.

I increased the intensity for yesterday’s wii Biggest Loser workout. It didn’t seem any harder than normal, but boy do I feel it in my butt and core today! Since it didn’t seem crazy hard, I will need to think about upping the intesity of my scheduled exercise sessions.

Here is what I ate today.

Breakfast
Organic oatmeal

Lunch
Chili
Cottage cheese

Snack
Banana

Supper
Onion frittata
Banana/peach/mango/spinach smoothie

Mood: Good
Energy: A little tired at first, but better later in the day.

Sugar Strike Day 10

Because of the wine I just had to have last night, I went to bed with heartburn. I felt it the minute my head hit the pillow. Was it worth it? YES! But it also reminded me of one of the reasons I need to keep my diet on track. Before I started this 2-week sugar strike, I had daily heartburn, even when taking my antacid. It has all but gone away with the change in my diet. Until last night.

Here is what I ate today.

Breakfast
Chocolate banana/strawberry/spinach smoothie – have I mentioned how much I’m loving this combination??

Lunch
Chili

Snack
Girl Scout cookies, she says sheepishly

Supper
Chicken marinara – I wasn’t hungry, so I just ate a little. I think it’s important for the kids to see me eating, and for us to eat together when possible.

Big confession time, ladies and gentlemen! Girl Scout cookie sales are about over, so I took ours from the car and put them in the freezer. Looking back, I should have kept them in the car. They may go back to the car so I can ration them out reasonably. As you can see, I ate a few – okay, more than a few – of those damn evil cookies this afternoon.

I knew the grilled cheese and wine last night wasn’t a good idea. This is what happens when I consume sugar. And by sugar, I also mean the sugars and processed junk in the bread I used. It makes me want more and more and I have a hard time stopping. I am an addict. A BIG kudos to those of you who can eat it in moderation. I am not one of those people. Unless I want the constant struggle of trying to get back on track.

Something interesting I noticed is that not too long after I was done eating the evil morsels of sugar, I started to feel really tired. Like tired enough I wanted to take a nap. Then my head started to hurt. Is it really worth it? NO!!

So I continue to live and learn. Again, I will persevere! I will finish this sugar strike on a more positive note!

Mood: Good
Energy: Good until afternoon. I have been sluggish since then.

My tip of the day: If you find frozen potatoes in your refrigerator, do yourself and favor and throw them away instead of waiting for who-knows-what. If you don’t, they will rot and make a big, stinky mess.

Sugar Strike Day 9

The day started out well. We got probably 8 inches of snow overnight, so schools were closed and I worked at home. I decided to exercise right away this morning while everyone was still in bed. It was nice to get it out of the way. Then a couple of hours later, just when the kids were starting to get crazy, Marcus brought them to him parent’s house down the road so he could blow snow. I got a lot of work done during that quiet time!

The rest of the day went well. Until late afternoon…I’ll explain after I share my meals for today.

Breakfast
Organic oatmeal

Lunch
Taco salad

Snack
What the heck did I have for a snack?? I know I must have eaten something. Or did I??

Supper
Chili
Toasted grilled cheese

Okay, so I shouldn’t have eaten the grilled cheese. I knew the kids would whine about the chili, and probably barely pick at it, so I made grilled cheese to go with it. The sandwich was good, and I admit I don’t regret eating it. It’s about moderation, and this isn’t something I will indulge in very often.

But…I also opened a bottle of Barefoot Sweet Red wine. Why you ask? The only answer I have is because it’s been awhile and it just sounded good. I even distracted myself for awhile, and it was still calling to me. Definitely not the best choice I made all day, but again, I don’t regret it. I won’t live my life with regrets. I’ll simply move on.

The thing I’m doing differently from the past is this. Before, I would tell myself I already messed up so why not eat whatever I want? Not now. I’m done eating for the day. No nibbling or anything. I will not cave to the munchies. I know I’m not hungry.

I guess I basically blew my sugar strike for today. I could have easily lied about what I ate, but this blog is about being honest with myself. And proving to myself that I will not give up despite a minor setback or indulgence. I will persevere!

Tomorrow is technically a day off from exercise, but I promise to exercise anyway. I’ll need it to help make up for tonight’s calories.

Mood: Good
Energy: Good, until I started drinking wine!

Sugar Strike Day 8

Day 8 already??

My day was a little messed up. We got enough snow this morning that it made the commute to work a little difficult. But I had to get there to finish up some stuff that had to get shipped out today. By mid-morning, things were tapering off. Another round was supposed to start (I thought) by 3pm, so I left work early and finished working at home. Well, this next round still hasn’t come, so I could have stayed at work. Oh well…I’d rather be safe than sorry. Chances are good that we’ll all be home tomorrow, if we get the snow we’re supposed to. That makes working quite difficult. I might send everyone to grandma’s house just down the road!!

Breakfast
Organic oatmeal

Lunch
Eat Clean egg salad
Apple

Snack
Chocolate banana/strawberry/spinach smoothie – I think this is my new favorite. Yum!

Supper
Breaded tilapia
Romaine lettuce salad

Mondays and Tuesdays are basically Marcus’s nights to make supper. I was excited when I was the fish thawing in the fridge, but then he started getting out all his breading fixings. Oh boy… He kind of made it up as he went, and I have to admit it was pretty good! Not exactly on my plan, which is why I opted for the salad over the boxed rice and corn he also made.

Mood: Good
Energy: Good

Sugar Strike Day 7

One week down! One week to go!

For the most part, I think I’m doing quite well. Why did it take me so long to get back on track?

Breakfast
Chocolate banana/strawberry/spinach smoothie – this turned out DELICIOUS!

Lunch
Chicken soup with a little parmesan cheese – the soup is finally gone!

Snack
Greek yogurt

Supper
Taco salad

Mood: Good
Energy: Good, although I did take a short nap

I am definitely going to make spinach a staple in this house. I’m loving it in my smoothies, and Cameron ate it with her tacos for supper. It has taken a long time to get her to eat fruits and vegetables at all. She’s definitely making progress, but I admit I was surprised when she grabbed the spinach and gobbled it right down. Plain. Then she told me she eats it at school! If I had known that, I would have been buying it long before now!

We’re expecting 2 days of snow and probably horrible driving conditions. Is it spring yet??

Sugar Strike Day 6

You may notice I tend to eat the same things over and over, especially while trying to lose weight. I am working on adding more variety and choices. Weekends are nice for a change of pace…more time to prepare meals!

Breakfast
Organic oatmeal with raisins

Lunch
Peach/mango/spinach smoothie
Eat Clean egg salad – I was going to put this on a bed of lettuce, but since I put spinach in my smoothie and taco salad is on the menu for tonight, I opted to eat it plain. You can find the recipe here. It was delicious!

Snack
Banana with natural peanut butter

Supper
Taco salad

I must admit I ate a slice of zucchini pie for dessert. I’m trying to be conscious of what I’m eating and why. I wasn’t trying to fill a void or eat it because of emotional reasons. So I decided to eat it. I don’t regret it, although when Marcus makes them this summer, I’ll have to try to clean up the recipe a bit.

Mood: Not too bad
Energy:  A little tired today

I plan to get to bed earlier than usual tonight. Hopefully it doesn’t backfire and I’m wide awake at 4am!

Sugar Strike Day 5

I am feeling downright giddy today. The scale is down, so I have salvaged the month! More on that in my weigh-in/goal post I will write tonight.

Here’s what I have eaten/will eat today.

My company bought all of the employees a beverage and/or danish of their choice. I went for the salted caramel latte. Not a good choice, I know. But I refuse to let it ruin my day. If I post this now, I can’t eat anything not in my plan, right?

Breakfast
Organic oatmeal

Lunch
Romaine salad with ranch dressing and 2 boiled eggs
Greek yogurt

Snack
Apple

Supper
Chicken soup…again…

Mood: Good so far!
Energy: Good!

UPDATE: It is now 2pm and I’m getting sleepy. This hasn’t happened all week. I blame the latte. I knew that wasn’t the best choice!