Thursday, January 22, 2009

Inspired

Between Laura's journey into health and weightloss; Shay's running (and a number of other blogger/runners I love) and Haley-O over at Cheaty Monkey, I am inspired. Haley is trying to eat more healthfully and responsibly, she is already a vegan, but now she is doing a 3 week sugar and caffeine cleanse. Well after 2 months 2 years of indulgence, my sugar cravings are through the roof and I have found myself drinking a cup of coffee and about 6 cups of tea a day. It is time to quit cold turkey.
So I am going to go without sugar and most caffeine for the next 3 weeks. I am also trying to eat a healthful, clean diet and get some (30 minutes minimum) exercise in each day. Yesterday was the first day, and it was a failure. I gave in to my chocolate cravings and ate some chocolate chips. That lead to a few spoons of peanut butter.... But, I didn't eat the chocolate bars in my fridge or the cookies or the tarts on the counter! And the day before? I would have eaten all three.
Today I am doing great! I replaced my morning chocolate milk with hot chocolate made with skim milk, cocoa and a touch of splenda. I think tomorrow I may add some vanilla and cinnamon too. Omelette for breakfast to keep me full all morning.
To head off the afternoon cravings I am making berry smoothies for all of us, with a bit of choco flavoured, sugar-free protein powder. I find protein really helps keep food cravings at bay, and the sweet berries fill that need for sugar.
If I need a treat tonight, I will make myself a skim milk, decaf latte with maybe a touch of splenda or cocoa powder.
Wish me luck in breaking the terrible habits I have gotten into. I need it! And I hope I start to lose some of this spare tire I have been lugging around. It is depressing and when depressed I eat emotionally. ugh. I need to work on that too!

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9 comments:

  1. Sounds like you're off to a good start. I eat badly too when I'm feeling down but if I get a chance to exercise at all it really helps. Those smoothies sound good!

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  2. You can do it!!!! Sounds like you're doing great. I've left out exercise for now. Focusing on one thing at a time -- diet! But, I notice I'm more active with this better diet, in general! Go girl! :)

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  3. I am very impressed! I too, have a sweet tooth and I know how hard it is to cut out or cut down on sugar. I am in awe you are going cold turkey!! Bravo! What a great example you are setting for your kids :)

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  4. You go girl! I've elimated soda completely. I only drink it when we eat out as a treat. Trying to drink only water. I do better when I'm flying...I take much better care of myself. At home it's easy to get wrapped up in everyone else.

    Cheering you on!

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  5. Good for you!

    Haley-O and Laura are such inspirations!

    If only my little guy didn't like baking cookies so much!

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  6. You can do it...just one good decision at a time...and if you make a not so good decision, then make the next one good!!!

    Good for you!

    I am cheering as loudly as I can for you.

    HUGS, SUPPORT and BEST WISHES.

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  7. Good luck! I know you can do it :)

    Yes! Ice cream, cookies and chocolate have taken over my life lately. I think in my state of pure exhaustion, these foods keep me sane. Or so I think!

    I have vowed to slowly wean myself. There's progress but still a long way to go!

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  8. wow! I am so proud! I'm happy I can encourage you but I am feeling the same way you are about my eating. I've decided to start Monday with a new no-sugar diet myself. It just creeps in and is so very very addicting. I can't wait to hear how you do. Maybe we could keep each other accountable?

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  9. I am catching up on old posts and wanted to say, GOOD FOR YOU!! I am on Day 10 of Phase I of the South Beach diet which means I have had 10 days of no sugar and no starches. I won't lie, it's been challenging. BUT, I have lost 4 pounds!!

    Oh, and I have also been exercising everyday but that isn't as big of a challenge for me. I have always been pretty consistent with exercise, it's the eating that I have to get control over.

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