Not One!

Not one what?

Not one bite! I have spent 2 days in the kitchen baking goodies and in those 2 days I did not have one BLT (bite, lick or taste) of any of the goodies that I baked.

I can honestly say that I have conquered my sugar monster (for the time being).

How did I conquer my sugar monster?

It wasn’t exactly hard, yet it wasn’t exactly easy either. I FINALLY made the decision to stop eating sugar in an effort to conquer this monster and to reduce joint inflammation; you know (or maybe you are lucky not to know), the stiff achy hands, knees and ankles upon waking.

I reached my daily water goal each day. I tried to keep busy to keep myself from grabbing a snack every time I passed through the kitchen. I enjoyed meals that were healthy and satisfying, and I ate every 2 to 2.5 hours (to keep my blood sugar on an even keel).

I didn’t have a baking day until I had conquered this monster or else I know (me personally) I would have licked every spatula and bowl before it hit the sink to be washed.

At the end of the day, when all of the goodies were safely tucked away in the freezer, I felt darn good! I felt good physically because I wasn’t suffering from a sugar hangover, I felt good mentally because I felt empowered being able to abstain from the goodies and yet not feel deprived and I felt good emotionally because I wasn’t feeling guilty for caving in to sugary treats that I know would make me feel like crap.

It’s not always easy to conquer this sugar monster, and I do know it will inevitably return. But, for today, I won this battle and that is what matters ~ today!

Careening Down a Slippery Slope

Last week I was so excited to see that I was down 10lbs. It hadn’t even been two weeks since I started watching what I was eating. Then…

As with each time I start to lose weight, while following a healthy eating plan, I decided that I could stray “for just 1 meal”. 🤦‍♀️

In actuality, I had been doing quite well in making healthy food choices while away from home. I would choose salads with protein, or I would enjoy an almond milk latte as a treat until I got home where I knew I had healthy food choices ready and waiting.

Each time we ate out, I planned ahead. I knew where we were going and exactly what I would order. All I had to do was actually order what I had planned and not change my mind at the last minute after hearing what someone else at the table was ordering.

One day last week, we ended up making a last minute decision to eat out. I knew it wouldn’t be a problem since we had eaten there recently and I knew exactly what I would order. Until, a few people at our table ordered French toast and scones (they happen to be scones made using my grandma’s recipe).

Yep, I caved! “I’ll have the same!” 😱 Screeeetch! What? Did I really just order French toast and scones???? What had I done? I regretted the decision the minute the server walked away.

After an initial moment of panic, I decided that I could handle this. I could eat this meal, and be extra careful of the calories I would consume for the rest of the day. Oh, and I would go for a nice long walk. That would do it.

Yes, that probably would have done it…had I stuck to my plans.

So, as you can probably imagine, I did not stick to my plans. I didn’t stick to my plan for what I would order and I didn’t watch my calories for the rest of the day or go for a walk. It got nasty cold out…well, you know; excuses, excuses!

That one day was the top of a slippery slope that I have been careening down ever since.

I have not been following my eating plan, I have been eating candy, homemade pizza and homemade bread; all things that make me feel like crap. Again, my joints ache and I feel bloated.

So, tonight, I am soaking in a warm bath enjoying a glass of red wine. This is my last indulgence before I hit Day 1 again tomorrow.

What is one food or situation that can send careening off the path of healthy eating?

Have an amazing night!

xoxo ~ K