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Day 12 - no (unplanned!) sugary snacks

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Valentines Day. My husband asked me about a week ago if I was eating sugary snacks on Valentines Day. I said it would be okay (suspecting he had seen something he thought I would like). Valentine's day arrived and I was given a beautiful bouquet of cupcakes decorated like flowers. So, I had two cupcakes. One in the morning when I was given the cupcakes and then later in the evening after dinner. I shared the rest with my family. It feels a bit false saying I had no sugary snacks today, because I did. But they were planned, and my intent is to be avoiding unplanned sugary snacks.

It was very hard not to eat unplanned sugary snacks, though. I think because I had already had the cupcake in the morning, even though it had been planned for a week. It felt like it was okay to let go and just eat whatever I wanted. So, just opening myself up to a bit of sugar did make it much harder than it has been to not eat any at all. I think this is why it is actually better to plan a sweet treat at the end of the day, rather than having something early on - because if it's at the end of the day, there is less chance of having a loose resolve and eating more sugar than intended.

The other flip side of the day was that I was in a very good mood, and I haven't been in a good mood for a long time. I don't know if it was the sugar, or the nice Valentine's Day, or that I had an easier day at work and had addressed a lot of issues the day before with my husband. It was probably a combination.

I think I need to consider my resolve at this almost half-way mark, though. This is where it gets easy to say, ah, just one treat - that's okay. But it could easily turn into, ah, just another - I've already had one. And that's not okay.

This last week I had dessert on Wednesday and two cupcakes on Friday. Still a much better situation than I have been in. But not a pattern I want to repeat next week.

So, at this point I don't think I can say it's getting easier. I'm seeing some results from reducing sugar in my weight and my waist-line, which is motivating and helpful. I'm less hungry than I was in the first week, which is very helpful as I'm not constantly seeking food to eat. But, my emotional resolve is a little weaker.

I've also caught a slight cold, and didn't get out for my scheduled jog today, choosing sleep instead. This is a new thing to factor in over the weekend.
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  • JEANKNEE
    Appears to be a key insight here: So, just opening myself up to a bit of sugar did make it much harder than it has been to not eat any at all. I think this is why it is actually better to plan a sweet treat at the end of the day, rather than having something early on - because if it's at the end of the day, there is less chance of having a loose resolve and eating more sugar than intended.

    And, good to continuing checking in with yourself as the journey continues.

    Choosing sleep? FANTASTIC!!! Never underestimate the restorative ability of sleep!!!
    45 days ago
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  • RODILLA68
    Take care
    45 days ago
  • LAURALLANCE
    I think you are on to something here. Once you get that sugar in your body, you want more. Good thing you planned on a sugary treat only for this one day. Thanks for sharing your story.
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    45 days ago
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