Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Two Weeks Down...

*well. They would go WELL with pie. But yes.



So, it's been two FULL weeks since I began my No Sweets November, healthier eating, and fitness challenge and about a week since my last meltdown about aforementioned challenge.

Let me tell you, all those annoying people harping on about "We are what we eat"... yadda yadda yadda... "can't outrun the fridge" blah blah blah ...

might 
...
be 
...
right.

I know. I'm upset too. I feel betrayed somehow. Like, I have to CHANGE to succeed. Boo. I don't know why this is so shocking to me, but it is. 
And you?

I am aware that most people probably have these parts of adulthood cased. 

Bear with me. I'm catching up. 

My struggles this week:  

1. Replacing sweets with something healthy or filling.
I am getting better at planning ahead and having snacks on hand that taste good. Food in the car. Dessert alternatives. Afternoon snack options.

To be honest, this week, it wasn't QUITE as bad as week one. Mostly. Except at Dollarama at 4:20 pm with a cranky toddler and the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups staring me down.
I RESISTED. Kapow! 

2. Replacing the activity of eating sweets with something else.
I am an evening muncher.
The kids are in bed! Celebrate with food.
The kids aren't sleeping. Console myself with food.
Me? An emotional eater? Never...

Who am I kidding? I make all my bad choices at night.

I understand my teenage curfew now, oh wise parents o' mine. My warning sticker should read: Don't allow this individual to make any decisions, buy anything, or have relational discussions after 7pm. EVER. 

This is a problem? Shoot.

Successes: 

1. I've stuck to my goals. 
Barring the lovely glass of wine I enjoyed with some ladies on the weekend,  I've cut out sweets and late night snacking, and have been enjoying balanced healthy meals. 


2. Exercising in the evening has been a game changer for me. 
I have the double accountability of working out with my sister and having a supportive spouse who's studying for life-changing exams. He's pretty happy to send me packing for an hour every evening. 

I also don't want to eat EVERYTHING when I've just worked out.
 
3. I feel stronger and more stable. 
My daughter Gabrielle just turned four months old, so maybe my postpartum hormones are evening out, but, despite the ongoing lack of sleep, I feel much less up-and-down than I did even two weeks ago. Apparently what I eat and do affects me. DUH! Hooray for everyone who has to interact with me in a day!
While exercise always helps me feel better, I am amazed at how much better I feel both mentally and physically just by eating mindfully. (Shocking revelation? For me, yes!)


But is it sustainable? 
Awkward...

I've never done well with any fixed diet or extreme changes over the long-term. I like food too much, I get lazy, and I don't want to pay lots of money for things like protein shakes (blech). 


I've been following the PRINCIPLES of the 21 Day Fix eating program, but not the actual program. 

I read this article on losing weight while breastfeeding and I decided to apply her ideas of a fixed percentage of intake of carbs, protein, and fats (macronutrients) and track my food intake with MyFitnessPal, a free app. I'm cheap so FREE means no money on fad diets and mo' money for shoes groceries.  

After the app calculated my general caloric daily guideline based on my age, weight, height, and activity level, I added 500 calories a day because I love eating I'm breastfeeding. Okay. Gabrielle is breastfeeding. Never mind. Sorry for that mental image. 

So far, tracking my food intake hasn't become a weird obsessive thing. I can see where I'm at easily throughout the day, using the app on my phone, I am not hungry and I feel stronger and more energetic, even in mombie sleep-deprivation mode.

That said, I will DEFINITELY be reinstating my evening beverage and some treats when No Sweets November is done, but I will look seriously about what else I reintroduce. 


Who knows? Feeling strong, energetic, and less cray-cray might actually help this be a long-term lifestyle change, instead of a short-term fad. 


I'll keep you posted next Tuesday as my first hard-core "21 Days" and No Sweets November come to an end. 


9 comments:

  1. I hear ya on these struggles. I think we may be the same person. My problem though, at night, is wine....I love wine. I am french, so it's part of my ....persona...so I should be allowed a glass a night.

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    1. I feel the same way about potatoes in any form. I'm Irish. It's my identity. It's so hard. Does speaking French count as a wine reason? I feel it does.

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  2. Go girl!! So proud of your successes! It has been so much harder to stick to this one since I am pregnant haha

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    1. Thanks Morgan! Remembering you are doing this PREGNANT sure keeps me accountable. You are amazing. I would have been eating a stick of butter right now...

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  3. omg I NEED NEED NEED to get on this at some point.... I'll say Monday, like I do every week lol Clearly I'm having a hard time pulling the healthy trigger... I blame the children (as per usual). Left over toddler breakfast here I come!

    Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

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    1. Oh, I am definitely still eating Emily's leftovers. They are way too good to pass up. Do those calories count??

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  4. also needed to add I love your humour... seriously, it's all the things I think... and I also love food... which is why I'm having a hard time breaking up with it. And wine will never be given up. EVER!!
    Maybe I should blog about struggling... then I have to be accountable and all that... or not.

    Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

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    1. Breaking up with it? Never!! Yes, I don't recommend the accountability. It's highly effective so far. Very dangerous.

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  5. It is amazing how much working out and eating well affects my attitude and my emotions. I really do think I need it to keep from going crazy. Thank you so much for your vulnerability!

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