It seems I am an all or nothing girl.
Last year I gave up chocolate and that just sent me finding other sweets to eat. I really settled on cookies. Lot s of cookies were consumed in the 45 days.
Abstaining from sugar in all it form is easy so far. And I kinda think it will continue to be. At six days now I would think I would start obsessing a little to much about sweet things, but no. I did have one of the “cookies” I baked on the 14th, today after a bike ride today. But that’s why I made them. (tasty but DRY)
And so you know, I tent to be ridiculously rebellious, so now that I have stated it’s a non issue my crazy brain my start making all kinds of sugary sweet suggestions. *:)
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.
My hoop bud’s Brianna, her sisters, Andrea, and I have been “working” on one move a month. Well I worked on one move, they went with combo’s.
Anyway here is a bit of the results for January.
Alyssa is the Abundant Girl. She has been spinning all the small hoops on her arms above her head.
Navaeh has mastered chest hooping.
Brianna’s combo included a lot of two hoop moves.
I have sustained knee hooping envy!
I focused on Foot Hooping. I also went to an awesome workshop with Revolva!
Step 1: Put hoop on foot.
Step 2: Keep hoop on foot.
Step 3: Roll onto back.
Step 4: Push up into Shoulder Stand.
Step 5: Watch as hoop slide down your leg.
Step 7: Laugh and do it again!
I am continuing to play with foot hooping. I am discovering on chest hooping for February. And with luck (and practice) I will get my hiney over my head with a hoop on my foot in the near future. *:)
PS I am giving up sugar for Lent. YIKES!
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.
More of Sunday. I can not seem to get moving today. I have been sitting in front of one screen or the other. I will have to get moving soon or I will become completely disgusted by my self. Fortunately a few hours of speed cleaning usually does the trick. But no piles of clutter tidied today.
Wednesday starts my chocolate fast. I wonder how I will react to it. Will it be a simple observance of a habit? Will I freak out and CRAVE chocolate to the point of scumming? Have I already invested to much energy into this fast/lent? *:)
The thing is I need to look into my compulsions. Even one a relative harmless as chocolate consumption. Personal habits can be controlling in way we do not expect, so I am looking in-word. I was very clear in this last year, but so far 2011 has been a slide. So here I write, and starting Wednesday I will looking deeply into my desire for chocolate. And possibly see into other patterns, good and bad.
New Years Post Yoga Treats
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 *:)