Sorry (not all that much really) for the lack of a post last week. I'm having more fun working on first birthday party details (even though I am in denial that E will actually be one) than I am blogging so I went with it.
Anyway. So I've tried giving up sweets before. I've even lasted a couple of weeks before giving in, maybe a little longer. I'd have to go back and read my posts and well... too lazy. But even though it was good for me, and helped with things like headaches and such, I never saw what I was really hoping for, which was progress on the scale. However this time? I've managed to lose 6 pounds in the last three weeks with little effort. All of a sudden I'm at my pre-pregnancy weight. BAM.
I'm not counting calories or denying myself anything. I've had my fair share of chips and guacamole. And bread and butter. And other random things that I probably should cut down on. Just goes to show that I was eating WAY too many sweets. I have had to straight up cheat moments throughout the month. The first I already mentioned, when we were celebrating Christopher matching to a sports fellowship. The second, well, after a not so fantastic morning with insignificant but annoying things going wrong, I managed to run out of gas. On the highway. With both girls in the car. AT LUNCH TIME. I'm pretty sure I don't have to say that didn't go over very well with them. The good news is AAA was awesome and got to me in 25 minutes or less, were super helpful and got us on our way. But after that adventure I needed a chocolate pick me up. So I split a chocolate chip cookie with Ryann. Totally worth it.
Now I also have been having some sort of cheat nights. My friend who is also going a month without sweets told me she had been sort of cheating and having this Chobani Greek yogurt, raspberry with dark chocolate chunks.
Usually I can't stand Greek yogurt by itself. Mixed in to some sort of recipe, sure, but on it's own it makes me want to gag a little. But I was desperate and raspberries and dark chocolate are two of my favorites so I decided to give it a go. The first time I tried I still couldn't stand it, just the slightly tart taste and the thicker texture, I can't do it. But I wasn't going to give up, so I stuck them in the freezer. When I went to eat one I had to let it thaw for a good 20+ minutes or so, before I could remotely get a spoon in, but I could handle eating it. And since then I'm getting a little more and more used to the taste.
So yeah, I guess I'm kind of having sweets. But I feel like the point of this little venture for me is to change my relationship with sweets, and that is happening. And I'm seeing a change in my body. And if eating some yogurt with a few chocolate chunks in it is what it takes, then that is what I'm going to do. Currently I'm extremely tempted to cheat and eat some little pretzel chocolate treats that Ryann made while she was staying at Grammy's, but I only have to make it five more days before I've finished out the month that I've committed to. I can do it, right? After that I'm not quite sure what my plan is, but I can't go back to eating junk whenever I want.
Running everyday has probably also contributed to my weight loss. I have ran every day in January so far, and even though my knees might be starting to protest a little, I WILL make it to the end of the month. I've covered 73 miles, and I hope that I can add 10 more to that total. Starting in February I think I need to exchange one day for a rest day or walking, another day for a strength workout (I still have yet to do any this year, fail) and add a little bit of strength to a shorter run day. I may weigh what I did when I got pregnant, but I definitely don't have near as much muscle.
How do you approach sweets? Do you eat some each day? Only on certain days? Whenever you want?
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