The afternoons are the hardest. I drive to Brae’s school after leaving work and cannot stop yawning. I yawn so often that my jaw starts to ache and I turn up the music hoping I won’t fall asleep at the wheel. I couldn’t figure out what was causing me to be so tired in the middle of the day.
After a few weeks of joking that I’m getting old and I need to make time for siesta each day, which is a joke because it’s impossible, I decided that I had to figure out what was causing this afternoon crash.
As always, I first examined what I was eating and realized I had picked up a bad snack bar habit. I usually don’t have the time or the appetite for breakfast, and I’m usually so busy at work I don’t have time to eat until 11:30 or later. To curb that those hunger pangs I had been eating MnM Candies, Cheetos, and meal replacement bars from the snack bar at work instead of eating nourishing food brought from home. On top of this, I haven’t been taking my vitamins, particularly Vitamin D. Not taking my vitamins probably explains the increased pain in my joints.
The final straw was when I went to the doctor and discovered I have gained 10 lbs since I was there in January! I don’t own a scale (or I didn’t until today) so I had not realized I was gaining weight until my work clothes had gotten uncomfortably tight. So tight that I started wearing skirts and dresses instead.
I am over feeling this way. I hate feeling dumpy, tired and overweight, so I decided to cut out all processed sugars to help reset my body and force myself to get more creative with my eating.
I am on Day 8 and I’m doing pretty good now. I had a few strong cravings the last 2 days and did eat some chocolate chips the other night, but otherwise, I am doing really well. This morning I made a latte with my new espresso machine instead of having coffee with creamer. I used Vanilla Soy Milk and just a touch of Salted Caramel syrup. It was perfect. So satisfying and I didn’t miss the creamer at all. An added bonus is that the soy milk has 6 grams of protein, whereas my regular coffee has none!
Doing this has forced me to look at my health habits more closely. I was blaming the sugar for my weight gain, but this past week I have realized that I just eat way too much food, especially at night. I am like a hobbit looking for 2nd and 3rd dinner plus a midnight snack. It’s bad. Often I’m not even hungry, but I am still rummaging the fridge looking for something satisfying.
The last day or two I have been thinking of adding 30 days of yoga to my 30 days of no sugar. I am terrible at completing these things, but that almost gives me more motivation to do it and be successful. I am tired of giving up because something is hard. The most enjoyable things in life sometimes take a lot of hard work to achieve.
I hope you will join me in my #nosugarchallenge!
If you want to follow my progress I am posting updates on my Instagram stories almost daily.
Let me know what health goals you are working on in the comments!
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