Since January I have been on a clean eating roll. I have already eaten healthy and following the clean eating fundamentals, but after spending Christmas in Mexico with my foodie in-laws, I decided I needed to step up my game.
I think I lasted 4 weeks without eating any sugar besides fruit for breakfast and post-workout. I couldn’t believe it. It was much easier than I expected. If I can do it, anyone can do it. I’ve been maintaining my success and sporadic sugar treats. I have steadily been losing 1 lb a week (except for a few weeks where I fell off the wagon).
On a day to day basis I don’t have any issues with eating well. It’s the social situations that cause me to cave. Trying to avoid the bread basket at a restaurant, eating food off my husband’s plate when we’re out (sweet potato fries and slices of pizza!), or avoiding bowls of sweets and chips during game night with our friends = D I S A S T E R.
After said disasters, I usually feel so bad.
Last week was one of those weeks. I ate my meals every 3 hours, and they were all on point, but the week involved the baby shower I threw at my house, leftover cupcake post-baby shower, my mom’s birthday dinner at a buffet, a friend’s birthday and a work event that involved jujubes and chocolate covered almonds. It was a jam packed week, and my will power got the best of me.
I can be organized with my meals, get every workout in, but sometimes my mind just works on its on and I stuff myself without thinking. But after, I come back better and stronger back on track.
To get myself back on track I’ve started taking photos of everything I eat and every night make a collage to keep me motivated. This works as a reminder for myself to now blow my progress, to see how far I’ve come, and to see that, yes, I am eating alot and having great success.
On Tuesday, for example, I trained my legs in the morning which means more more carbohydrates are included in my meals for the day. Each meal in the photo below is healthy – yes, even the cupcakes!
I know Twenty doesn’t think about any of this food stuff and works out a little in her apartment to Tracy Anderson dvds. Sometimes she rolls her eyes at me when I start talking food and workouts, and she’s definitely always the first one to jokingly suggest eating at McDonald’s or buying a cinnabon while at the mall. However, she’s the taller and skinnier sister. I had the same mentality in my Twenty’s – I worked out rarely and ate anything. That’s probably why I gained 20lbs while living in Mexico for two years. I lost the weight quickly when I started working out doing BodyPump, Step, and Cycling classes and paying closer attention to calories. It wasn’t until my late twenties before my wedding day that I discovered weight training and clean eating and lost 10 pounds. I was hooked.
I’m looking forward to where saying no to sugar will take me.