Friday, March 09, 2012
Today is Day 1 of week 2 of the Sweet Tooth challenge.
Week one was very revealing of my sugary cravings and now it's time to tackle those cravings.
My top 3 sources of sugar comes from:
*Drinks: sweet tea and juice primarily.... once in a blue moon, soda.
*Desserts: Ice cream, cookies, candies
*Foods: cereal, added to recipes
Now, while I know that sugar is found in many many more places, there are some forms of sugar, I do not plan to give up entirely.... Ketchup is a big one for me. I can try a sugar free kind, but if I don't like it, well... I'm gonna stick to the regular version and I will be perfectly happy with that.
What I am focusing on this week is my top 3 listed above. For this week, I am not going to eat any primarily sugary food or drink. No sweet tea, no sunny d, and definitely no ice cream.
What I'm not going to do:
*Go buy sugar free versions of every single thing in my pantry. One thing at a time, please.
*Freak out if somewhere I go doesn't have splenda or an unsweetened version of something. I'll just drink water.
*Beat myself up about any of this.
So, now that I've set my goals, I added it to my goals to track on SP and I'm going to make a streak out of it. My plan is to hit at least 7 days, but I'm going to keep it up as long as I can. I want to see what kind of streak I can hit!
Of course, this will have to start tomorrow, as I drank some sunny d with breakfast before I decided on these goals.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
I'm feeling very nervous about this challenge. Honestly, I've never done one, and I'm not quite sure to expect.... but from what I can see, the group is really demanding commitment from it's members. Which is totally cool, and something more groups really ought to do....
That said... it scares me. To be completely honest, I have problems with "follow through" and I've never completed a challenge on spark inside an allotted time frame given by whatever team issued the challenge. I've failed so many times, I feel like its inevitable.
But yet I always try again. I sign up for some other challenge. I haven't given up hope... even if the naysayer inside me tells me I have. I can't have given up if I keep trying, right?
So to ignore the negativity oozing from my past and in a huge effort to stomp it out, I present the following:
I commit to exercising 5/7 days each week.
I commit to drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day.
I commit to eating food that's good for my body, nourishes me and energizes me.
I commit to posting on the team daily, keeping track of my fitness minutes and team points.
I commit to seeing this challenge through to the very last week.
March 17th, here I come!
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
I joined SP's official Taming your Sweet Tooth Challenge a few days go.
All I gotta say is WOW. This may just be the single most important thing I've done for myself.
The first step is to take a quiz regarding your attitude towards sugar.... I honestly was surprised about my results: Out of Control
I've never cut any food out of my diet (and I don't intend to), because I truly believe in moderation. But I truly didn't realize exactly how LITTLE moderation I was practicing!
Part of week one is to just observe your habits, not to change them. And I'm just flabbergasted. In the past week, I've eaten ice cream, sweettarts and girlscout cookies.
But that's not where the sugar ends...
I've also had koolaid, sweet tea, sunny delight and dipped my strawberries in sugar.
And we can't forget about the carbs either.... which you might as well just call sugar.
This week has been EYE OPENING for sure!
I think its time to control this sugar bug once and for all!
Monday, March 05, 2012
Yesterday morning, I rearranged my living room, not once, but three times trying to find a set up that would fit three couches (we just bought one, and will be selling the two we already had). We don't have any storage options, so I had to make it work.
Well, after the third try, I finally found a semi workable setup that involved one of the couches being propped against the wall on its side.
I did this alllllllll by myself while fiance and his son were off at a birthday party full of fun, cake, and face paint. Sigh.
Oh, and did I mention that all that work was for nothing. NOTHING.
The darned couch would NOT fit in the back on my dad's suv. So my lovely, comfy, couch is not in my livingroom right now. Grr. Now, I have to wait until moving day when we have our uhaul. Boo.
And then, I still had to go to the grocery store!
By the time I got home, I couldn't take a step without wincing. Lets just say, getting up in the middle of the night to pee was a horrible experience.
Last night, I told fiance that at least I got some exercise in... and he's like "how?" cause he knows I didn't do a "workout". And I'm like, "do you have any freaking idea how much WORK it is to move couches that weigh almost as much you do?????" He didn't seem to believe me.
But the sore muscles in my upper body this morning completely justify my statement! It was ST and cardio combined lol.
So aside from filling up the boxes in the pic above, I'm not doing nuthin' today. lol
I gots to recover lol.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
The last few days have been.... interesting, to say the least.
Thursday and Friday I managed to complete my cardio and stretching goals. I didn't make enough time for meditating, which means I didn't get to it. So now I know how to adjust for that.
I have figured out one BIIIIG thing. I can't DO ANYTHING on the weekends. And it's really annoying. My fiance and I live in a tiny one bedroom apt (at the moment!) and now that we have these two children of his here, cramped just doesn't seem to accurately describe it. They basically live in my livingroom. They sleep there, they play there. They are ALWAYS there (yes, I'm still a bit bitter about this). My fiance is also home on the weekends. Don't get me wrong, I love spending time with everyone... but I like my space and I like my alone time. And above all, I like quiet. I've NEVER looked forward to a Monday like I do now. They all go to school and work, and I have hours of blessed silence. Anyway, back to my point... I can't do anything while they are all here. The living room is filled with kids, fiance is usually in the bedroom... so I have no place to workout or meditate. This apt doesn't have a gym, so the only option I have is to go for a walk. Which I do... but with my foot the way it is, that only gives me 20 minutes or so. I'm hoping with this move coming up, I will have more space for me to do what I need to do. They will have their own room to clutter up with toys. I can use my living room for what it's meant to be used for! Plus, the new apt WILL have a gym and a pool (which I am super excited to use!) so at least I will have a place to escape to if needed.
Yesterday, was a mess. We got up at 7am, hitting yard sales and furniture stores looking for stuff for the new apartment, specifically a dining table. We found an awesome knife set with the knife block for only $2, but we didn't find a table... at least not one under our limit of $200. We were out until 5pm, so we ate out (bbq) for lunch. Might I mention my foot was super swollen, super sore and developing a blister in my arch by this point.
Once we got home, I kicked off my shoes, crawled on the bed, and began hunting through craigslist for tables and couches. I STILL didn't find a table we wanted, but I DID find a SUPER AMAZING deal. A black leather couch with TWO built-in recliners for $200! The lady selling it was available right then, so I got my shoes on again and left. No limp was coming between me and this couch! And I'm so glad too, because this couch was as awesome as it sounded. Perfect shiny leather, smooth gliding recliners, comfy squishy back and seat. I was, and am, in couch love. We're picking it up today (can't quite fit it into my trunk lol) and I can't wait. I love finding good deals like this. The couch is easily worth 800 new (I know, because we looked at like, 50, of them yesterday) and it was in perfect condition.
Anyway, time to go for now... I have to somehow figure out how to make room in my living room for a third couch! Yikes!
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