I believe it’s my in-laws mission in life to make sure my kids are not deprived of junk food. It is not uncommon for them to send home fruit loops and chocolate milk with my kids after an overnight visit, or to show up at my house with a 1/2 gallon of Blue Bell.
Last night, along with the 1/2 gallon of Blue Bell (Triple Chocolate) AND Chocolate Milk, my Mother-in-Law brought WARM snicker doodles.
Let me repeat:
Like, only one of my favorite kinds of cookies, ever. I could easily polish a plate full in one sitting.
But you see, this is a problem. Why? I’ll tell you.
I am on Day 12 of NO SUGAR or artificial sweetener. (Well… okay… if you must be technical… I licked icing off my hands after serving my daughter’s birthday cake on Day 6. I confess. BUT I didn’t have a piece of cake, and the icing was on my fingers! What else is a woman deprived of sugar to do?!?!)
But it’s more than that really.
I’m making another effort to be more healthy. I know, I know, I’ve been there before. So much that I almost didn’t even write this post because I don’t want to jinx myself. I cannot tell you how many times I have tried and failed at this. Just this year, in fact. From January to March, I lost 20 pounds. I was jogging and feeling good with my successes. Then I had a medical issue I’ve been dealing with ever since and I had to stop running. Slowly but surely I fell back into unhealthy eating habits. Boy, do I love to eat! And is it just me, or did Sonic do something to make their ice cream improve over the summer, because their cones were tasting yummier than I remembered. Before you knew it, I had gained back 10 of those 20 pounds. And there I sat.
- I am tired of being winded by walking up my stairs.
- Tired of being, looking and feeling overweight.
- I have a kidney stone in my only kidney. I need to drink more water to get rid of it, but until recently all I drank was coffee and diet dr. pepper.
- Artificial sweetener is bad for you. I disregarded all the “bad reports” because frankly, I’ve already had cancer. What are the odds?
- My husband has lost a lot of weight and is only slightly more than 50 pounds heavier than me. This is unacceptable.
- I hate my double chin and the way I look in pictures.
- I like how I feel when I eat right and am active. I want to take better care of the body God gave me.
- I need energy to keep up with three dramatic girls.
- It’s easier to be patient when you feel good.
So, I decided that while I was adding the Bible in 90 Days to my schedule, I’d also change a few more things. This has been my new routine, as of August 20th:
- Alarm goes off VERY. EARLY. (Well, early fore me — I consider anything before 7 early).
- I get dressed and drink a cup of BLACK coffee. (I can’t give up sugar AND caffeine at the same time. It’s just setting myself up for failure.)
- I go for a walk/jog around the neighborhood. I have a path mapped out that is 1.6 miles.
- Come home, wake the kids & shower.
- I read my Bible selection for the day.
- School starts at 9:00.
- Lunch starts somewhere between 11:30-12. This is my first meal of the day. Don’t judge. It’s what works for me, and I haven’t felt bad or sickly in the mornings.
- Lunch consists of a big salad, full of greens & proteins – cheese, nuts, boiled egg, bacon bits. I use salad dressing, but one without sugar.
- Back to school.
- Dinner has been consisting of a meat dish and 2-3 sides, two of which are veggies.
- After the food settles, we sometimes go to the track for a family walk/jog time.
- Bedtime is early 9:30-10:00 at the latest. This is huge for me. I’m a night owl, so this has been an adjustment.
A few observations & results:
I’m not going to lie. I mainly decided to stop eating sugar to lose weight. Weight loss was my primary goal. Because artificial sweeteners still make you crave sweets I decided to drop them too. Plus they’re bad for you.
I decided to completely cut out sweets and artificial sweeteners because cold turkey is pretty much how I roll. I don’t do well trying to do things in moderation. I’m like that in most arenas of life. I’m an all or nothing gal.
I miss the fizz.
Other than the cup of coffee in the morning, I’m drinking water the rest of the day. Plus an occasional green tea.
I have dropped 7 pounds in the past 12 days.
I do not feel tired throughout the day. My energy level is definitely improving. Of course, right at this moment, it’s raining outside and it’s making me drowsy… mmm…
My medical issue (I know I’m being vague – live with it) is still a hinderance. The pain has worsened since trying to jog again, so no jogging for a while as we try and figure things out. My next step is a specialist. However, I am not letting this stop me. If I can’t jog, I’ll just walk.
Reading my Bible daily and making positive changes in my life is giving me a daily peace that’s hard to describe. I feel like in all areas of my life I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.
And that feels good.
P.S. I did NOT eat the snicker doodles. That is all.