Sugar and Slides

Sundays are our family days.  No matter how busy we are during the week, we set aside Sundays to do things fun as a family that do not require work or school as part of the day.  🙂  Today we went to a park fairly near our house.  It was our first visit there and it was pretty awesome.  They built a slide into a hillside, resembling a small water slide, but without the water.  You are supposed to bring a piece of cardboard and you sit on it to go down the slide.  There is also a playground there.  The kids had a blast!  And I loved that something so simple was entertaining to them.  Free outdoor fun is always a good thing!  The only snag, which irked Mommy and Daddy more than the kids, was when a grandpa didn’t want to share the box that we brought.  Long silly story that I do not want to go into, but it was interesting that all the kids could share with each other and the grandpa was unaware of how that process worked.  Alas, another life lesson for the kids.  That was about 30 seconds of the whole time we were there, so it was a successful, happy and fun day!

Something interesting that I have been doing….I did a 10 day no sugar experiment.  I could eat natural sugar…meaning fruit, but nothing processed.  I gave myself a 10 day limit so I could see the end of the tunnel and therefore have more success.  Today is day 11, so I am pigging out a bit, but I am going back into another 10 day no sugar beginning tomorrow.  Being without sugar made my body much healthier. I could feel it.   I have had quite of bit of sugar today (in different forms)  and my body noticed right away.  But I do not want my body to forget how to process any of those foods quite yet.  Interestingly, I had a diet soda and it tasted horrible!  Which actually made me happy…because I know diet ingredients are really awful for your body.  And if I lose my temptation for them, all the better.  Baked goods however did not taste terrible, however if I get in a habit of only eating them every so often, I am not too concerned.  I did lose a little bit of weight…I will gain a fraction of that back today.  For me, the best part of no sugar is how quickly my belly slimmed.  My belly is not my biggest problem area, but wow! any slight improvement is ok with me.  I am sure after today there will be a little bulge, but it will also go away.  🙂

And that is the light weekend update!

protein pancakes 2

I ran out of bananas!  And my protein pancakes have been a staple for me.  I have not had any reactions to them.  I have just added sugar free syrup to my breakfast which is the only unhealthy part of it.  But, it is sugar free, so it isn’t so bad.  Although, as I type this I am itching, which is either because I used chocolate protein powder today (I have been using vanilla) or there is something in the syrup.  😦   OR the baking powder in this new recipe.  Could baking powder really make me itch?  But here is the recipe:

1 scoop whey protein

1 egg

1/4 cup vanilla almond milk

1/4 tsp baking powder

That’s it!  Mix together, cook like regular pancakes and enjoy!  🙂

Day 28

Good news is that I survived the 3rd day of the no refined sugar challenge.

Bad news is I STRUGGLED.  I ate way too much, although I am hoping it isn’t as bad as usual since it was not the carb/sugar binge I usually go on.

My workout today was P90X Kenpo.  I really enjoy that one.  I am not looking forward to returning the P90X series to my friend (they are just on loan)…I am enjoying them.  I did not do a lifting routine today.  We will see if I do one tomorrow.  Sundays I usually take off, but sometimes I will do a little lifting especially if I don’t on Saturday.

Water intake was good today.

And that’s all she wrote.  🙂

day 26

So I am adding a challenge to my weight loss challenge.  It is going to be hard to reach my reward foods if I keep cheating and eating high calories in foods that aren’t my reward foods.  I might as well just eat the reward ones, but I won’t…alas…someday my will power will work again.  😉

Anyway, my downfall is, and always has been, sugar.  I have tried many times to do a paleo or primal diet and fail after a few days.  This time around I am going to avoid refined sugars for 30 days.  Beginning today and taking me to September 9th, my food intake will be almost devoid of refined sugars.  I am making an exception with my cottage cheese and greek yogurt (they aren’t high in sugar content, but have a little)…for me the protein and dairy are important.

My meals will consist primarily of fruits and veggies, nuts, fish, egg whites and chicken.  As with each new venture in being healthy I am excited, but I am nervous that I don’t have what it takes to do it.  I have no intentions of giving sugar up completely in the long run, but know giving it up short term will be healthy and will hopefully (hopefully!) make me more controlled in my sugar intake in the future.  Since it is a 30 day challenge and I am making it public, I have a better chance of success.

Sugar has a bad rep, but tastes so good.  I know it is blamed for myriad of diseases and health issues, so getting it under control would be a big benefit.

Here’s to another attempt at being healthy!  🙂

AM workout: run on elliptical = 500 calories burned

PM workout: will do weight lifting for arms

Calories planned around 1500

I went over yesterday, but if I stick to my sugar free challenge (I mapped out a daily menu plan for that) I should remain between 1400 and 1600 for daily caloric intake.