Sunday, May 26, 2013

No Sugar Mess Up & the Big, Bad Ugly Effects

confession time.  I was going to write this last night but the increased sugar intake of late has left me way too tired! After a stressful Tuesday morning with every day life I took the kids out for a burger (since I had zero lunch plans). That would have been fine if I hadn't eaten the bun, & mayo. It left me craving. So I ate a protein bar (which had sugar in it), then a bit later a teaspoon of raw honey - ugh- and to top it off a handful of sugar cereal. Eating those things made me sluggish, lazy and just left me craving more. Naturally I had a hot flash that night. Wed. Some honey was consumed.  The effect was bad. Thursday went well. Friday, not so well. I lost track of Saturday but based on my hot flashes last night it could not have been good. I woke up with a head ache this AM and felt like I might throw up. I had cabbage salad and a cucumber for breakfast. Beef, spinach, carrots & cucumber for lunch. And a slab of chicken for supper. Attended a wedding with a dessert reception and opted for a cup of coffee with cream, determined to eat clean, rid myself of the sluggish feeling I have been carrying around, as well as the horrific dreaded hot flashes :-) . Renee, don't beat yourself up four little candies, just renew your commitment to glorify God in your eating habits, and learn from my downward spiral, it is not worth it!

Friday, May 10, 2013

No sugar Challenge Day 21

Wednesday Day 19
Lack of Sugar: Great, no real troubles
Work Out: HIIT 15 Core Challenge
Tracking: Great, met goal
Sleep: 7.5

Thursday Day 20

Lack of Sugar: Great, no real troubles
Work Out: Today was supposed to be a rest day for me, but I felt like getting a little run in.  Abram and I went running together for about 15 minutes. I also did the Core challenge.  I feel torn, as I would like to follow the recommended schedule in the Turbo Fire plan, but don't want to let my running slide.  Praying about this one.
Tracking: great, met goal
Sleep: 7

Friday Day 21

Lack of Sugar: I purchased yogurt sweetened with honey, knowing full well what I was doing.  I felt the effects within an hour as my nasal passages got stuffy.  Very interesting.  I am going for a 28 day challenge starting Sat. May 11th
Work Out: Fire 30, Stretch 10
Tracking: did not track today
Sleep: 6  UGH!!  Ooops, but my house sure looks nice, cleaned dining, living, and kitchen more thoroughly, and they needed it.  This is supposed to be our Thursday morning family together cleaning time, but that time failed to be as productive as it sometimes is : )  So I stayed up until quarter past midnight last night and woke up at quarter past 6.  I am feeling the effects for sure.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

No Sugar Challenge Days 16, 17 and 18

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

Work out:lovely 2.3 mile run with Abram riding ahead on his bike. Slightly foggy, wonderfully cool! Hit the cote challenge hard.
Tracking: not so hot : (


Work out:I had a great prayer run this AM. Praying for family, friends. Thanking God that I can run! Had a nice stretch session before doing the core challenge.
Tracking: great! Tracked every bite, and stayed in the calorie range I want to be in.


I have a new challenge for myself, get 8 hours of sleep a night! Sugar has been under control, by God's grace .  I am still concerned that when I do have sugar I will binge, but I keep giving those thoughts to the Lord. I am thankful to be memorizing Philippians 4:6-8 with a neighbor. It is helping my thoughts stay grounded.

Work out: I ordered some DVD's that I started today. A friend loaned me a workout series called Turbo fire. They are amazingly challenging. I liked the results from doing just a couple of the different workouts that I ordered my own! The pack came with ten DVD's, a book explaining the workouts, another book with nutrition information, recipes and a weight loss plan, a couple workout bands a workout schedule, another pamphlet with a 5 day intense weight loss plan, and 5 bonus DVDs. I am really excited to be on the workout track again!!
Tracking: excellent today.
Sleep: 7.5 :( so close I can taste 8 hours if I'd just stop blogging :-)

Philippians 4:6-8Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure whatever is lovely,  whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence or anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

No Sugar Challenge Days 14 and 15

I guess this means I am continuing the no sugar trend!  I am excited to continue.  I am also a little nervous that when I do decide to take a bite of something with sugar I will not be able to control myself.  When that time comes I hope and will be in prayer and do much calling out to the Lord should I be tempted.

Day 14 - I realized I have not cut sugar out of my diet!!  I thought I was eating pure almonds in my almond butter.  Reading the label found there is cane sugar in it, so disappointing!  At day 5 Drew pointed out cranberries have sugar, which up until Wed. I ate. Here I read the raisins, they didn't have sugar so I thought cranberries were a ditto.  I am sure there are others.  I have been eating homemade bread which has 1 T. sugar per loaf, but I haven't been eating the entire loaf in one sitting.  I have determined to eat 1/4 a slice a day.
workout - 30 min run
core challenge
tracking - good until mid afternoon

Day 15 - I am ready to embrace another two weeks!
workout - core challenge
tracking - day off

Renee encouraged me to continue for another 14 day stint.  I will be more careful to read ingredients this time through.  She said she really noticed the benefits after week 3, so here I go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

No Sugar Challenge Days 11, 12, & 13

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

I cannot believe tomorrow is day 14!!!!
I am praising the Lord to have made it through the challenge. I am so thankful Renee carried on after her 14 days were done. I am so encouraged to have a partner. Even more encouragement - my sister Terry started the challenge! Thanks Terry & Nee Nee!

Tuesday workout: Enjoyed a great 30 min. run and did core challenge.
Food tracking: slacked a bit, didn't record evening eats.

Workout:  150 jumping jacks and core challenge.
Food tracking: didn't track today and ate two salads at a fellowship meal in which I tasted sugar in the dressing. One had sugar laden cranberries in it. Otherwise I did very well. Even got Chloe dessert without getting any for myself.

Workout: rest day.  I intended to do the core challenge but didn't do it right away in the morning and never did get it in.
Food tracking: didn't track again today. Drew and I took a date and I ordered Greek salad and black bean soup. I didn't cave when Drew bought a cookie!