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Giving up Sugar for Lent

No, I’m not catholic, but I like the amount of time, and the limit of lent.

Day one: 8AM So far so good.

I chose sugar this year to run a simple test. It has been connected to inflammation. I have achy joints, and a knee still un-swelling for a Arthroscopic repair.

I also like many people would love to get rid of some extra pounds.  Giving up sugar can’t hurt that venture at all.  *:)

And it’s time to stop giving in to my “sweet tooth”.

So simple sugar in all it’s glory… candy, cookies, cakes, doughnuts, and I’m sure I will encounter other types do deny my self with.

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Day 10 of 30

Hooping was easy. I met with Andrea and Brianna around 3:30 and hooped till 4:45.

Then I got home, tidied the house, changes clothes, and went out for Fondue with Andrea.

We have been going to Simply Fondue in Livermore once a month for quite awhile now. They have a good price for Cheese and Chocolate on Tuesdays. And since we both love cheese and chocolate it perfect.

As for the 30 minutes kindness… well, I reset my mind to remember that I can start a “big” thing and just do the 30 minutes. Stopping dead when the timer goes off.

Food Journal Week 2 or Why the scale is not the answer to everything.

It has been a week of numbers swinging. I have been up as much as 2 pounds, and down just below lasts Mondays 145.

Here’s the break down: I weigh first thing in the morning.

Monday: Kettle corn fest!

Tuesday: Up: Cheese and Chocolate fondue for dinner with Andrea and my Niece JD.

Wednesday: UP: Normal daily regular food & water.

Thursday: Down: Normal daily regular food & water.

Friday: Down: Normal daily regular food & water for breakfast and lunch.

Then Andrea came over. She had a bout of food poisoning. It kicked in just after she arrived. The release of the bug triggered a drop in her blood pressure. Enough that she passed out. (she’s fine) In the time between her fainting in my loo, (very scarey) and her resting peacefully on my couch, I managed to eat a lot of junk due to stress.

Saturday:Up: My niece’s graduation and celebration. Super fudgie chocolate cake, my favorite Caesar salad, Champagne!

Just before the walk!

Sunday:Up: Normal daily regular food & water.

Monday: Did not budge: WTF!? Salty Worcestershire Sauce?

So it’s Monday and the number is higher than last Monday and I am slightly freaked by the scale number. But I remember the tracker has you track measurements too, so I measure… Down 3.5 inches! One inch off waist, hips and thighs, ½ inch of upper arm.

I have done my hooping, and when I hoop while watching TV I hold 3lb weights and move my arms about. I used my pull-up bar daily. (still only ½ of a pull-up) I even got a little bike ride in on Friday. So though my “weight” is up, I am smaller. I am converting. I have less fat and more muscle. Yay!

This is a good lesson for me. I am somewhat of a compulsive weigh-er. I am down to (mostly) once a day. I see I need to consider all the information available and not rely on one factor

But I am truly hopping good clean eating today will lead to a nice drop tomorrow. *:)

No Chocolate: Day 2, 3, & 4

Thursday. Down .2 pounds.

I’m out in the real world today being a hair Dresser. The only possible issue is Rudy’s Doughnuts, literally 4 doors down. The chocolate old fashioned calls to me during any pause in my work. There are other options, plain old fashioned, cake crumb…

I am going to not have a doughnut today. I do not want to just transfer the calories I ate as chocolate into calories I eat as simple carbs. So I am bringing fruit snacks and lunch.

Success, no doughnut or superfluous carbs.

Friday. Down .2 pounds.

Friday fun day. I teach yoga, then hoop class, then yoga again. I’m bringing extra smoothie (orange banana & yogurt) with me as a snack. I’ll have french toast for lunch. I often have french toast for lunch, so not superfluous.

Later this day: I had a slice of coffee cake with Andrea before we hooped.

Jeff and I had Minestrone soup for dinner.

Now this is starting to look like a food log. And in fact I have not been craving chocolate. So I already see that it is a monkey mind habit and not a physical addition. Well it is only 3 days.

Saturday down .4 pounds

Obviously chocolate every day is one of the thing that keep me from my goal weight. I had quite a lot of salami and cheese yesterday and I am still down in weight. Lesson to me; The sugar and fat combo is not a healthy one. Duh!

I have been slowly loosing weight, but top out at ½ a pound a week. Doing the math I could hit 1 pound down this week. So it look like chocolate will become a weekly treat, because a daily treat that just pads me is not needed in my life.

This years first poppy

 

No Chocolate: Day 1

Well I had no chocolate. I had my usual breakfast and a salad for lunch. I had a loaf of Semifreddi’s seeded baguette for an afternoon snack. Was this a larger snack than usual? Maybe a little. I do like my bread. But the rest of the day has gone smoothly with no craving.

Giving Up Chocolate For Lent

My good friend AS has suggested give up something for lent. She was raised Catholic, but is not a practitioner. Since we both have daily habits that are not the most healthy we are giving it a go.

For me it’s chocolate/candy. I don’t eat much candy that is not covered or covering chocolate, but I don’t want to just swap out chocolate for some other sugar treat. I have always had a “sweet tooth”, and if my consumption is not every day it’s 6 out of 7. I’m in the middle of a Thin Mints fest right now. So…

I already have gone through some anxiety about this venture. I do know rationally that I can say “screw it” and eat all the chocolate I want, since I know falling off this wagon wont send me to hell. But this is about seeing that I can stop eating chocolate. That I can. That I have control, not my brain. Not the voice in my head that makes suggestions all day long. And the anxiety is kinda funny since I have in the bast given up more challenging substances, like tobacco for one. Still, there is the rebellious teenager inside me that can rear her ugly head when I least expect it. Plus that voice that always suggesting.

My game plan includes:

Teeth brushing, a strategy I used when I quit smoking. It will keep my hands busy for a minute. And I like to keep that fresh brushed feeling.

Water, warm water actually. I find the warm comforting and the water will keep my stomach content.

Activity. In my car it will be belting out what ever song is on the radio. At work I will march in place. Elsewhere I will hoop or march in place. (This my help me drop a pound or two too.)

The active portion is so I don’t let me think “If I had some chocolate I would have more energy from the caffeine.”

So from March 9th till April 17th I will use these tools. So I can see that though I love chocolate, I can live without it.

Tissue play - nothing to do with chocolate *:)