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Friday, March 20, 2009

Day 79 (day 2 / week 12)

O.M.G. that was hard (Turbo Jam's Punch, Kick & Jam)! I was able to keep up better today without the distraction (God bless his little heart). I am extremely sweaty and so happy to do that workout! I know that I am going to have great results with it, and I love how energetic it is and Chalene is. She totally helps you through it (mentally).

Punch, Kick & Jam is a lot more challenging than the other Turbo Jam workouts I have done so far, and I'm glad. I'm not saying the other ones are easy-peasy, but I don't sweat like this with them.

Anyway, a few days ago I mentioned something that I discussed with my MIL, that I wasn't ready to mention here. Well I guess there isn't going to be a better time, and maybe a lot of you can relate. Maybe coming out will encourage some and make you feel like you aren't alone in this battle.

Hi. My name is Melissa Henning and I am addicted to refined sugar (I said yes to most of these things).

This isn't to say that I eat brownies all day. Or candy. Or ice cream (it's not allowed in the house or I would! lol). Or even table spoons of sugar lol. It's not to say that I will eat an entire box or batch of cookies. I just always have it in my life. Always.

I know it's not a big deal, but I never realized how much I really enjoy my sweets, and baking a lot. I realized this looking at my diet as a whole and trying to cut it out of my diet. Looking for nutrient dense foods, and foods that are lower in calories or low in fat and higher in protein (just depends). Sugar really packs in a lot of unnecessary calories in my diet, and since I cut it out of my diet (it's only been a few days) I have lost 3 lbs. It could be water weight (probably), but I haven't seen a jump like that, on my scale (my current scale) ever! (I need to throw that thing away btw).

For the past few months, since it was mentioned to me in a comment, I have been using sparkpeople.com, but not obsessively inputting my food (just my exercise), until lately. I was packing in almost 600-800 calories--sugar calories here and there and not even realizing it, or I would put aside healthier foods because I knew I wanted to have a brownie or something later! I NEVER enter it into sparkpeople, and when I look back on my days, the days I have only eaten 330 or 500 calories, it's because the rest was something I was ashamed to admit, unconsciously (lol). I feel like I am lying now that I am aware of it, and not inputting it. Now when I want something sweet, I take a tsp of honey. It's sweet enough to knock out my sweet tooth, and leaves me satisfied. If I'm not, then I take 2. A serving size of honey is 1 TBS and is 60 calories. There are 3 tsp in 1 TB. My MIL went through this years ago when she was on the .brain.fart. Prism Diet, and honey helped her. She was a lot worse when it comes to sweets though, she was a hardcore addict, so much so that she still can't touch sweets, because she says she cant just eat a bite, but will eat it all.

I'm not saying that the reason why I'm not losing weight, is because I eat sugar, but maybe part of it is. I know that muscle is heavier than fat and that I am using weights daily (my sculpting gloves) and doing squats and lunges, so I am getting slimmer, but staying the same weight. I know that is fine, but it really bothers me that I am *so close* to 200 lbs, and I can't quite get there. Now that exercise has become apart of who I am, on a daily basis, I need to start thinking about what I put into my body more. I need to appreciate the body that God gave me more, and feed it correctly (again, not that I eat junk all day--I don't). I know some of you will be concerned, some of you wont care either way, and some of you may be right there with me. This isn't to say that I am going to go wacko about it and not eat foods with it in there--I am just not going to cook/bake with it anymore, or at least for a while, until I know I don't need it (I have never wanted to need anything) and I am not going to buy things to specifically satisfy my sweet tooth (even if they are those 100kcal packs).

Sugar isn't the only thing I have changed either. I am forcing myself to drink no less than 8 glasses of water a day (no more soda--but I have been doing that for almost a month now) and I eat 2 cups of salad (no dressing--my preference because I'm not a big fan) with every meal. Yes, even including breakfast.

I feel much better making these changes, just in the last few days...even being sick (my cold is almost gone btw...). I am proud that I am finally jumping on this bandwagon, and now that I have honey, I don't feel like I am depriving myself (when i tried to cut it out cold turkey, w/out honey, I honestly couldn't and didn't want to do it).

Sorry for the long blog entry! I hope you all have a great Friday. This weekend I am going to experiment with my hubby's phone (since his web access isn't limited), and post a blog entry that way, because I will be without the internet for, quite possibly, a while (until we have jobs which we still don't have!).

Make today count! It feels great, I promise!

I can do this. I am a star.

7 comments:

Darla~SassyHomemaker said...

I totally "get" you. I love sugar but I had to give it up completely because...well I just can't be trusted.

Erin said...

I haven't completely given up sugar, but I don't buy/eat prepackaged sweets...if we're going to have something sweet, I'm going to know exactly what it has in it. We've given up HFCS (hidden in everything!) and, despite the baked goods on the blog, don't spend our days eating sweets. Have you seen the Lazy Organizer's Green Smoothie post? I've been soooo tempted.

Erin said...

P.S. I was really waiting for some serious dirt, like you found out you were your own twin or something like that.

Melissa Henning said...

I totally feel you Darla! That's where I think I am.

Erin, I have always looked for HFCS in the stuff that I buy (thanks to my old co-worker Lia who talked about it everyday), but depending on how much I want whatever it is in, determines whether or not I dismiss it or not lol. Purging the sweets will probably help keep the HFCS in check too, cause in the last few years I started making most everything by scratch, so I kno exactly what is in it--like you!

I think you posted a link to the green smoothie a while back, didn't you? I went to your blog, searched lazy organizer (i LOVE the search bar btw!) and found the link to that blog. I have totally seen it before, and forgot to bookmark it. So thank you for mentioning it again! I have fresh spinach in my fridge and frozen fruit that needs to be used in the next week! :). re: the PS: you don't know this, but me admitting that I am addicted to something, IS some serious dirt. I supposedly don't believe in addiction, or something like that lol.

my year without said...

I had the same think happen when I quit sugar. I would run to the scale all of the time to see how much weight I lost. Next to nada! In retrospect, I can see that I just replaced the white refined sugar with natural sweeteners which have just as many calories, if not more than, sugar.

Exercise is really my favorite way to stay in shape.

Good luck on the no-sugar thing. I'd love to be updated on your progress!

Loree said...

It's amazing and super cool how you're hitting on a lot of the same topics I am in my life---or trying to when I'm not denying them! I might be a few steps behind you ladies but you're great acts to follow. Melissa, it's so cool how taking one success in your life (daily exercise) and parlaying it into other healthy matters. It doesn't have to be RADICAL CHANGE all at once to accomplish the healthy goals in a year or two or five. All along the way, you're getting healthier. Thanks for the encouragement!

Miriam the Mommy said...

What, you don't like salad dressing? :) (Come to think of it, most of the best dressings are LOADED with sugar!)

I didn't answer yes to any of those questions, BUT since I started 'being good' about eating, if I eat one cookie it is almost physically painful to not have more.

Good luck to you! Wow, in a year you're not going to recognize anything about yourself anymore!