Day 23 and 24: no sugary snacks
Thursday, February 27, 2020
I did not even realise that I was a day behind, but there you go.
The stress is high. This time I have a cold - I'm hoping it doesn't develop into what my husband and son have had.
Yesterday there was a staff meeting that involved cupcakes - and I did not have any. The smell of sugary frosting was to tangible in the room, but I stayed strong!
The day before was also a good no sugary snacks day, but I did have some dessert with my son. Things have been a bit tough at home, and it seemed right, somehow. Even as I type this, I can see the warning signs. It probably wasn't right, and was a response to stress that I didn't realise was going on.
The best thing is the way in which my weight has stopped being a constant thorn in my side in the mornings. It feels like it has been months of jumping on the scale and being shocked and emotional over whatever the scale is telling me I weigh. Now I jump on the scale and it is more or less the same, up or down depending on what I've eaten the day before. I think that I can safely say that I have lost about 2 pounds and one inch around my waist. It's not a lot, I know, but weight loss is slow, especially when it is focused on improving habits. And I'm seeing a number that I'm at peace with. I just feel so much more in control of my eating, and it does make a huge difference to me. I would love to reach 54kg, I'm 2kg away now (5 pounds, or so) but I think manageable, healthy habits needs to be my focus.
Is it perfect?- absolutely not. This has hardly been a no sugary snack streak, but it has been a good reduction and an interesting eye opener to how I am coping with life right now - which, like everyone else, is imperfectly. I should also add that with the reduction in sugar has been an increase in cooking at home, and, another change, which has been to shop for groceries on-line rather than trying to get to the shops on my way home from work. This change has been a positive stress-reducer for me and has certainly made the end of the week - Thursdays and Fridays a lot less fraught. It is one less thing to worry about. It has also led to me planning our evening meals whenever I do the on-line shop. So, that has been a new habit that has unintentionally come with awareness of my stress levels and wanting to manage them. Awareness of my stress levels came with cutting down on sugar. I think this is called the criss-cross effect.