Despite the title, things really aren't so bad at all. In fact, I've enjoyed making myself healthy dinners and packing healthy lunches and spending time really thinking about what I am eating. It isn't burdensome to me at all.
I will say, however, time seems to be going very slowly. I feel like it's been MUCH longer than 3 days that I've been sans junk food. And I'm NOT even a junk food addict by any means. The only "sweets" I have in stock around here is a glass bowl of Dove dark chocolate candies and that is only because some students gave me some for my birthday/teacher appreciation. We do not eat desserts around here. We also don't drink sodas or a ton of processed food. But saying "no" is still hard....This week I've had to resist the urge to grab a handful of Goldfish out of the bag when passing out snack to my class. I also had to resist the VERY tempting cupcake display at a baby shower after work today....Now THAT was tough! I couldn't....unfortunately, resist having a small cup of the punch they were serving....I justified it because it was made with fat free lime sherbet and ginger ale, which is a lower-sugar soda. I also went to Earth class at my yoga studio today, which is a very intense, power-yoga flow class. Tons of push-ups, balancing, and core work. So I don't really feel guilty about it. I think eating a cupcake would've been the big fail....but I did NOT give in!
Advocare fiber shake
Spark energy drink
(waited 20 minutes)
1/4 cup oatmeal with almond milk
1/4 cup blueberries on top
hard boiled egg white
packet of salmon in water
10 or 12 whole wheat crackers with a little bit of garlic flavored hummus
1/2 cup blueberries
small boneless skinless chicken breast cut up over a romaine lettuce salad (chicken seasoned with crushed red pepper and a sprinkling of Ranch seasoning); added cherry tomatoes to the salad, sprinkled a few tortilla chips on top and used salsa for dressing.
I told Shane I really think I could continue eating like this on a regular basis so long as I had at least 1-2 cheat days each week. Otherwise I would end up crashing and pigging out and just giving it up altogether. I can't do anything cold turkey. If anything I've learned that it's all about moderation and just being mindful! I will be anxious to take measurements a week from now to see if anything has changed. So far I haven't noticed a huge difference in the way I feel except that I am a bit more sluggish and tired (prob from lack of carbs and sugar withdrawal since I do drink quite a bit of red wine typically) and on the flip side I feel more energized in the mornings. I also notice that my belly feels less full when I go to bed and the increased water intake has helped my cravings for sugar. The fiber shakes are not making me crampy or bloated...Thank goodness!
Day 4 tomorrow and then Day 5 means my husband is HOME!!!!!!!!