This post is to chronicle my own journey with giving up sugar in the form of baked goods, candy, chocolate, and ice cream, chips. I have always been known to my friends as they one who can eat a lot of junk food. My classmates have said to me on multiple occasions, “You cannot have candy for dinner”, which only really happens around Christmas and Halloween, and when I have a lot of candy in the house.
But, recently, I have been more self-aware of how I feel when I overeat a vast amount of carbs. Re= bad. I took a couple weeks off for finals, and then went on vacation to visit the the bae, and during those times, I kept putting food in my mouth. I even blogged about all the bakeries that I went to! And don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed that day. But binge eating peanut M&Ms on the way home, I felt gross. I couldn’t bring myself to stop, and thought, “these don’t actually taste THAT good, but I’m going to eat them because they are here.” Which I found to be more and more of a norm for myself.
Coming back into the summer semester (3 weeks from my hiatus), I started visiting the gym again regularly, 4-5 times a week and I felt great! The waist band on my jeans stopped giving me a muffin top after 2 weeks of consistent exercise. After catching up with some good friends at some yummy restaurants, I realized I a gold-star member of the CPC= clean plate club. I can’t NOT finish what’s on my plate. Which is not ideal when the junk food you are eating starts to make you feel like junk. So I decided to come up with this personal challenge.
Foods that I have not eliminated include: cheese, peanut butter, bread, maple syrup. So my diet isn’t really “vegan” or “paleo”, just no processed junk food. However, I am doing my best to reduce the amount of dairy and bread I do consume. I only really eat bread at lunch for sandwiches, so my short term solution has been eating more salads. I turn my sandwiches into salads. Day one has been a success so far! I don’t even consume dairy that often except in the form of ice cream which I have eliminated and Greek Yogurt, which I have substituted for the plain “hard stuff” that tastes a bit too much like sour cream.
I don’t plan on calorie counting the next 30 days, instead focusing on eating more produce in my diet. Starting weight: 150 lbs first thing in the morning (set point usually between 147-151 lbs). Not really trying for pounds lost, but I’ll post to see if there’s any changes
Day 1 has started off without a hitch! Current mood: empowered. I’ve made an official bet with Rob that I will be able to hold myself accountable to no junk food and also have told my classmates, even though I was teased a little because of my reputation for a sweet tooth. Naturally, the DPT kitchen has a plate of cupcakes and brownies on the counter and also a bag of almond joy chocolates. However, my will power was not even a little tested, and I was able to avoid the morsels.
Breakfast: 1 cup Coconut milk, chia seed, overnight oats with one banana and some almond milk blended into the coconut milk.
Lunch: Spinach salad with salami, onions, avocado; small apple with serving size packet of peanut butter
Snack: clementine; later snack: spinach + banana+ mango+ almond milk smoothie. Probably around 400 calories of fruit but also with 2 cups of spinach
Dinner: 2 small russet potatoes cut into fries and seasoned with some ketchup
Exercise: SPINNING class (participant). Tomorrow is my first day coaching small group fitness classes and Thursday is my first solo -taught SPINNING class!
If it is any incentive to keep up with this challenge, I have found out that Rob and are making an excursion to Miami and then Key West this summer! Very excited to travel with him and also get to see my cousin Lauren when I am in Key West! Additionally, I found out that everyone should get comfortable with taking their shirts off in my orthopedics classes in order to practice new techniques on each other, so that will definitely keep me on my toes. Mood: still determined, but caught myself hankering for a snack because I am bored not hungry.
Breakfast– coconut milk/ chia seed/ overnight oats again + leftover green smoothie from yesterday
Lunch: Salad of mixed greens, avocado, salami, onions and some homemade salsa I found in the fridge paired, a couple servings of Harvest Snap Peas (turning peas into “potato chips”, I dig it)
Snack time! 1 small green apple, 1 packet of peanut butter; later on I had another smoothie, not a huge fan of my carrot cake smoothie today. It had almond milk, 2 carrots, half a banana, cinnamon and nutmeg. It was a little chunkier than usual and I over spiced it!
Dinner: Salad of mixed greens, grilled chicken, strawberries, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a small baked potato with a little sour cream and Parmesan cheese.
Exercise: Zumba Class! I thought I had dance moves, and learned quickly that I do not have moves in Zumba Class.
Day 3-losing steam??
I’m not sure if I am bored or miss junk food. I think this tidbit highlights a lot of my mindless eating habits. *Le sigh*
Breakfast: coconut milk/ chia seed/ overnight oats again
Lunch: mixed greens, grilled chicken, strawberry salad with Italian dressing + clementine
Snacks: clementine, Fiber One Lemon Bar, half a sweet potato, probably 3-4 servings of the Harvest Snap Peas
Dinner: 2 scrambled eggs with Parmesan cheese, 1 slice pumpernickel break with peanut butter
Exercise: Taught my first SPINNING CLASS!!! Calfs starting cramping up and I had to get off the bike
All the bloat is going away, which feels nice!
Breakfast: overnight oats made with almond milk and half a banana; one Greek yogurt
snacks: Fiber one bar, two tangerines
Late Lunch: Progresso soup
Dinner: Hot Dog, bun, ketchup, 1 fruit Popsicle
Snacks: some smart food
Exercise: kickboxing class which kicked my butt! Then I walked my dog and went to a fun PT summer kick off party! And I successfully avoided the cookies and brownies.
I was at home today, I took on a tutoring job and that took up more time than I anticipated but luckily I get paid for that so I can’t complain! I also planned my trip to Miami and Key West with Rob. We are all set for flights, accommodations, and a rental car!
Breakfast: smoothie bowl with mango, pineapple, strawberry, spinach and almond milk. Topped with shredded coconut, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and almond slices
Lunch: fiber one bar, peanut butter and raisins
Dinner: Vegan tacos! Felt hipster but it was delicious! Sweet potato, mango that I heated up in the frying pan with some spices; half an avocado, and some refried beans on a low carb wrap! Had two!
Exercise: I just walked my dog today, that still counts!
It’s almost been a whole week! Everyday I go without sweets is a new record for me!
Breakfast: Bomb-AF smoothie bowl made with fresh strawberries, frozen berry medley, spinach, and almond milk. Topped with sliced almonds, coconut flakes, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds!
Snack: Chobani’s flips yogurt, which had like 8 mini chocolate chips in the flip, but it’s the only yogurt in my house. The family is up in New Hampshire, while I’m still in CT for studying purposes, so the food supply in my house is seriously dwindling.
Lunch: Pesto, spinach, avocado, scrambled egg sandwich on pumpernickel bread. 10/10 recommend to a friend
Dinner: Dinner was pretty weak sauce since I don’t have a lot of food in my house. Over the course of several hours I snacked on a Belvita Protein cookie, 1-2 servings of peanut butter and a clementine.
Exercise: I walked my dog again.
Day 7-ONE WEEK COMPLETE!
I did it! I went a whole week without cookies, ice cream, or candy! Not exactly sure the last time this happened! It definitely feels good to be 1/4 done with the challenge. Definitely proving I can have will power if I try realllllyyy hard.
Breakfast: Large smoothie of frozen berries, kale (not my favorite to blend with), peanut butter powder, almond milk
Lunch: 1 slice pumpernickel bread, 1/2 can of tuna and pickel, clementine, nature’s valley peanut butter granola bar
Dinner: 2 slices pumpernickel bread, 1/2 avocado, spinach, pesto, 2 eggs
Snacks: i ate a lot of peanut butter and pretzels today–technically vegan! LOL; chocolate peanut butter protein bar (if you’ve had protein bars before, you know they are not real junk food)
And for the record: my family came home from vacation today with Carlo’s Bakery goodies all the way from New Jersey and I didn’t even have any