I finally, finally finally felt well-rested when I woke up today – and I think I now know why.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, my fiance announced yesterday that he wasn’t feel well. We’ve been taking it easy since, but it wasn’t until this afternoon that I noticed that today was my fifth day of sniffling. I hadn’t paid much mind because I kept thinking that I’ve been too tired at night to remember to take my allergy meds. Wait. How long have I felt this exhausted? And when did the sniffling start? What if … I was the one who’s been sick, and I’m the reason why he doesn’t feel well today?
Ha. So problem solved – the exhaustion had nothing to do with stress and increase workout intensity. Glad that my body’s been strong enough to fight this, that it should be over by tomorrow, and I no longer need to be so careful to not “catch” thsi bug floating around my house. Hooray!
5 Sugar-Free Benefits I’m Living
I ate my last piece of sugar sweet EIGHTEEN DAYS AGO. What that means is, I have not consumed sugar in 432 hours, 25920 minutes, or 1555200 seconds. If you saw me the evening before I started went cold turkey where I ate TWO desserts (after eating tons of cookies, pies, cakes, Twinkies for many days/weeks in a row), you would surely be impressed. 😉
There is no denying that I am feeling much better – not just physically but mentally as well. Sometimes though, when I’m feeling great and confident of my little achievements – that’s when I break. I start to think that one little piece of candy or slice of cake wouldn’t hurt me, so I do eat it, and that’s when I fall off the wagon.
To help me be successful in my “No Sugary Sweets” goal, I put together the following list to remind myself of the benefits of a sugar-free life. I might even print them out in a note-card for me to carry and reading during weak moments.
- FREEDOM! As in, the actual physical cravings are gone and so I am no longer obsessing on it 24:7. It might sound silly, but there is just so much more room in my head now to think of other things.
- Better skin. I’ve tried countless of products (including ones prescribed from a dermatologist) over the years to tone down the redness of my skin due to rosacea. When I quit sugar, I noticed a difference after only 3-5 days, and it’s improved further as the days pass. Who knew that the answer to my skin issues wasn’t about which chemical to put on my face; it was what not to consume!
- Manageable hunger. Prior to going sugar-free, I never felt … full. Left with the choice, the amount of food I could eat would truly rival a linebacker! It was embarrassing to eat with other people because I so often receive comments about how much I can put away despite being 5 feet tall. Since going sugar-free, I am so shocked that I can actually eat a salad with protein and feel full until the next mealtime. Finally, I am able to eat the proper amount for someone my height and weight with post-meal satisfaction.
- Everything tastes sweeter. A month ago, I bought two packages of grapes from Costco and split them into several containers that I stuck in the freezer. A week later, I started eating them for dessert, only to become disappointed at its lack of sweetness. Now that I am on Day 18 of going sugar free, I eat those grapes and am surprised at how sweet they actually taste; if I hadn’t packed it myself, I would have sworn the grapes were from a different batch. My sensitivity for sweet is so much more so now that I can taste the twinge of sweetness in almost everything I eat. It’s a joy, really!
- Fruit cravings again. I used to reach for those salty sweet Reese’s Peanut Butter cups when a sweet craving hit. While going sugar free, I’ve since replaced candy with fruit, which is wonderful because I can eat about two cups of grapes for around the same calories as those two pb cups! Now that the sugar is out of my system, I noticed that when I do crave sweets now, I picture things like juicy cantaloupes and watermelon again, The best thing about this adjustment? I can eat the fruit and feel satisfied, whereas when I ate candy, cookies, pies, cakes, etc., it never felt “enough” and before I could finish the first dessert, I was already thinking and aiming for the second helping.
Confession: I’m still not completely sold on going sugar-free for the rest of my life, but it could be my denial about my addiction speaking. Instead of making any rash decisions or opinions about this topic, I will continue on with my goal of going sugar-free for the month of August and reevaluate after.
Last Night’s Lunch/Dinner
Yesterday, I made one massive improvement over last weekend: I made sure I got my food plans together BEFORE I starved.
We felt like being hermits last night, so we ordered in again. (((feeling spoiled)))
That, my friends, is a massive house salad with grilled chicken. Instead of their high-calorie honey mustard dressing (which I wanted so badly!), I instead opted for a few drizzles of balsamic vinegar.
Everything was tasting alright and well … until my nose caught wind of my fiance’s french fries. OHEMGEE THEY SMELLED AMAZING! And so I caved again, this time eating more than yesterday’s share. It was a good thing I switched out the dressing, because with the calories I “saved,” because that splurge put me right back where I started. *Whew*
I followed up my my “linner” with my nightly stash of frozen grapes.
P.S. Actually, aside from fried foods being bad for you period, I try not to eat them because I hate the coating I get on my tongue afterwards – if I don’t break out into an allergy attack first (my tongue starts to numb and develop canker sores). These are the main reasons why I hate myself for eating fried foods. It frustrates me so much that I can’t remember these consequences when I am around delicious smelling French fries! I need to work on this.
I started my morning with a cup of flavored drip from a local coffee shop, but this time black. YEOW! Without my usual soy creamer, the caffeine hit my system so quick that before I knew it, I was a chatty Cathy that could.not.stop. Ha!
For breakfast, we visited Pepy’s Galley again, where I ordered an egg white scramble with spinach, mushrooms and bell peppers with sliced tomatoes instead of hashed browns. Although the wheat toast is in the picture, I saved it for my dog instead and instead ate my fiance’s buttered crusts from his (delicious) white toast.
Although I had a rest day planned today, I was reminded that, except in very rare circumstances, there are NO actual rest days for dog parents. As predicted, he rested a little too well last night because he was tearing through the house like the one-year old pup that he is.
Here he is eating my hair:
As I went to grab my shoes and leash, he scurried to the front door, eager for his walk. How could I say no, right? 😀
I originally thought that if I was going to walk him today, I thought that it would be only a 20 minute stroll around the neighborhood. Judging his activity level, I knew I couldn’t get away with that!
The day was cool and overcast (June gloom in … August?), perfect conditions for a 40 minute power walk. I’m glad we went after all! Thanks, Bruno. 🙂
Nothing much on the agenda today, except for lots of movie-watching (him) and Candy Crush-ing (me). It’s a relief not to have anything planned today except for a day of rest, but I think no one will be happier than the cats and dog, as rest day becomes family day for them. 🙂
Enjoy your Sunday, see ya tomorrow!