Today is Day TWENTY FIVE…
That means we only have 5 more days!
How are you doing? Did you make it past the withdrawal? Did you cave and then restart?
Every day is a good day to restart, so if you threw in the towel on day 6, then today is YOUR Day #1!
It was ten (10) days ago that I mentioned my “over the hump” moment and it was true! So I guess this could have been a 14 day Challenge but I needed the full month to REALLY drive it home to my brain that this was happening.
In case you missed it, this was the poster I made and hung on our refrigerator:
I think the thing that helped me the most was making a clear list of the foods I was going to avoid. I thought the rewards were going to be the thing that helped me the most, but, nope, it was the list. So, in my head, I wasn’t abstaining from ALL sugar, just the sugary foods on my list. Some how that seemed better.
So, as I went through the grocery store, I would say, “Well, Poptarts aren’t on my list, so I could eat those if I wanted.” But, I didn’t WANT poptarts. It’s funny how we can trick our own brains.
I made it through my time of the month. Barely. I ended up eating a box of Cheez Its and a box of Chex cereal. But no Poptarts.
Now that sugar is no longer in the driver’s seat, I am ready to shift my focus to cleaning up my diet. I have not lost one pound in the past 25 days and it’s because I turned to comfort food to, what else, comfort me while I got the sugar out of my brain. Now that I am feeling refreshed, I turned to Pinterest for motivation Sunday morning and found THIS.
Now Folks, I know what you are thinking….Good Grief, Stacy, we can NOT go through another challenge with you, but hear me out.
I have been doing this diet for three days and LOVE IT!
I didn’t take pictures of Monday’s food or blog about it because I wanted to be sure it was something I was going to stick with because honestly, when I looked at some of the meals I wasn’t sure. But, you guys know I don’t play around when it comes to food, so you have to trust me when I say that everything I have made has been DELICIOUS!
Just One Thing…
Ok, so in the description it says it’s a detox plan. I don’t get into the whole “detox” thing as I feel like our bodies are pretty capable of detoxing themselves, but whatevs.
I drink two cups of coffee with the powder version of dairy creamer. Don’t worry, I know how terrible this is but I have been drinking this manufactured, chemical substance since I was 16 years old, sitting in Winstead’s at 6am, drinking coffee that was 1/2 coffee, 1/2 creamer and smoking cigarettes with 15 of my closest friends. The cigarettes are long gone. The creamer, while there is less of it, has stayed (as have most of the friends).
What I am getting at is when you read the intro to this “detox” just know that I skimmed it in lightening speed with a bibbety bobbety blah blah blah, get-to-the-recipes attitude.
So, I may substitute a chicken thigh here and there or guess at how much two (2) tablespoons is, because who has time to get out measuring spoons?!
You are going to read some of the recipes and think I need to go eat a Snickers and get my foggy, normal brain back, but wait until you taste it!
Breakfast was overnight oats which I have been wanting to try but wasn’t sure about the consistency. Which, is a little hard for me but I got through them. They tasted good. I felt like I was eating “gunk”. Like, if you look up the definition of Gunk – there would be a picture of overnight oats. I would eat it again.
Lunch, I made this: Kale, Fennel and Chick Pea Salad
And it was AH-MAZING! When I read the recipe, I had to do some self talk to take that first bite because I was just sure I was going to gag. I mean…fennel (black licorice) with mint? and orange vinaigrette? with chick peas and LEFT OVER STEAMED kale? Do I look like I’m vegan and have a pallet for this salad?
I do now. I will totally make this again!
You can find the recipe HERE. It was a lot of food and I even gave one to Justin.
There are two snacks each day. The first snack yesterday was a whole tomato with feta, basil and balsamic. The evening snack was two clementines or one orange which I didn’t feel like eating.
So, if you decide to jump in, let me know!
The first couple weeks of the sugar challenge I rode the struggle bus in circles through lazy town. Last week, however, I had some great workouts!
Thursday I nestled myself deep into the cramp cave with a box of Cheez-Its.
Friday, I crawled out of the above cave long enough to get acupuncture! I really liked it and am going back two more times this month. I asked the practitioner if she could go ahead and just jab one of those needles right in to my uterus. She assured me she would try. The pain subsided for about 5 hours and then returned which I had me slinking back to bed with my heating pad and box of Chex cereal.
I was ready for this to happen she had advised that it may take several sessions to feel a change. I have been dealing with horrible cramps since forever so it’s not just going to go away with a couple needle pokes. (she said it MUCH more professionally)
Ok, gotta go! We are finishing up our Girls on the Run season today and I have some last minute things to do before our party! The race is this weekend!