I have not done well on my cutting back on sugar goal.
Last week I wrote about cutting back significantly on my sugar intake. This week was not the best testament to that goal. I started out really strong. I had a chai tea latte Monday morning and vowed that would be my only one. I pre-made my lunches for work and had plans for what I would cook for dinner. I had two alcoholic beverages throughout the week and was feeling really great about that. But then I remembered we were going to Fredericksburg for the weekend and wine tasting is always a big part of those trips. Then my work training had free doughnuts for breakfast and I ate two of them.
Aw man, I already screwed up my plans for this week on eating healthy. May as well just indulge and start next week.
So, I did. I had a cookie (or two) with lunch that same day. Friday I tried a “dirty chai”, which was incredible. I went out to eat for dinner twice this week instead of making my healthy meals. This weekend included wine tastings and cake for breakfast and stuffing my face with oreos.
And now, at the end of the week, I feel like crap. I wish I hadn’t indulged in those double stuffed oreos. I wish I had chose grapes over cake for breakfast. The whole idea of “well, I already fell off the wagon, I will just re-start my plan later” seriously keeps me from reaching my health goals. Whether that goal is losing these last 15 college pounds, or not feeling sluggish after a sugar bender on the weekends (like right now), or getting more veggies in my diet. It just prevents my brain from functioning in a way that helps me. I have got to stop thinking that way.
It really is a domino effect. I choose one bad habit, which leads to another bad choice, to another. When I eat bad, I make excuses to skip workouts. I drink more caffeine. I feel more tired. I feel cranky. Etc. etc. etc.
From now on, I am going to stop beating myself up over the very human choices I make in my life. It’s ok to indulge every once in a while, but for now I have got to get my sugar intake in check. I’m re-organizing my sugar guidelines and I will be sharing them soon. For now, I’m taking it one day at a time.
Today is the first day of Spring, which means we have basically had three full months of 2016. Driving past the hill country wildflowers, I was reflecting on the past three months. It has already been a spectacular year. We’ve done a great deal of hikes, explored new places, and spent lots of time with family and friends. I’ve gone to a yoga class consistently almost every week (and almost mastered chatarunga, finally!). I have made self-care a priority and learned a lot about who I am as an individual, a friend, a family member, and a wife. Things are great and I’m excited about where my life is headed. I’m feeling very thankful and happy to be where I am today.
For now, here are a few pictures from our time in Fredericksburg this weekend:
Happy Spring! I love this season and all the life it brings.
What are you most excited for this spring?