Last week, I shared how I’m slowly starting to add more exercise back into my daily routine, and I’m happy to report that I’ve worked out 3x since then. On Friday morning, I woke up early and went down to the gym to do a quick 35 minutes of cardio before work. On Saturday, I did a little yoga in the morning, went for a walk after brunch with Krystal, then spent an hour or so playing in the pool with my girlfriends’ two kids. And on Sunday, I went on a 5K walk with a friend, which ended up turning into a 9K walk; my hip is still recovering from that one, so I’ve been taking it easy since then. But my alarm is set for 5:45 a.m., so by the time you read this, hopefully I’ll have squeezed in another workout.
One of my goals for this year was to “be good to my body,” which meant working out in a way that would help my body heal from my accident. I just want to get to a point where my workouts don’t hurt (more than they are supposed to) and my injuries stop limiting what I can do – that’s it. I’m obviously nowhere near reaching the end goal, but I’m working on it. However, I made another goal for this year, which was to “be good at listening to my body” and it’s proving to be more difficult.
When I talk about listening to my body, I mean paying attention to how I feel at all times – especially how I feel after eating certain foods. It’s obviously not a secret that I have a few pounds I’d like to shed, but my concerns go beyond that. There’s Type 2 Diabetes in my family, so I need to be conscious of that. I’ve also been lactose intolerant since the day I was born, which has stupidly never stopped me from eating pizza or ice cream.
I told myself I didn’t want to stress myself out with “diets” or “numbers” this year, and that’s still true. However, I can’t deny that certain foods make me feel like absolute garbage.
Let’s start with dairy. When I gave up meat back in 2009 (I have since started eating it again), I gave up most dairy along with it. I tried vegan products and hated most of them, so I just cut it out altogether. Somehow, though, most of it has crept back into my fridge. I still only drink almond milk (or soy if I’m at a coffee shop), but I have no problem picking up yogurt and cheese. Am I delusional!? I’m in denial, that’s for sure. So, dairy needs to go, once and for all. The odd bit here and there is fine, but it does not need to be in my fridge.
That’s been easy, so far. I went grocery shopping last weekend and completely skipped the dairy aisle, almost as though it didn’t even exist. The toughest thing for me to give up, however, is basically anything that has glucose in it – with chocolate at the top of the list. I could eat chocolate all day, every day of the week and not get sick of it. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen how many times I’ve baked cookies over the last few months, right? Well, at least 50% of them went straight into my belly. And then I would crash – hard.
This is what I meant when I said I needed to start paying attention to what I was putting in my body. I have experienced some intense blood sugar crashes, a few of which have made me so tired that I’ve passed out for a couple hours. They’re followed by dry mouth and increased thirst, which are both annoying and concerning. And it doesn’t actually happen with anything that has glucose in it; I seem to be fine, when I eat anything in moderation. But the problem is I have absolutely no self-control.
I can’t eat one piece of chocolate. Seriously, I can’t. One pieces turns into nine, and if there’s a bag of something, you can be sure I’ll empty it. The same goes for chips. Put a bag of Doritos Cool Ranch in front of me and it’s game over. Bread – I can stop eating. Pasta – I might make once a month. But chocolate, chips and candy. I can eat it all. And my sweet tooth is the one thing I can’t seem to shake. I’ve tried eating a little bit of fruit or peanut butter (or an apple with peanut butter), or sipping some almond milk. Nothing works.
So, this is a work in progress. My short-term goals are to: cut out dairy wherever possible, don’t add sugar to anything (like coffee) and juice daily (I’m obsessed with my juicer). The sweet tooth needs some serious work. And even though I said I didn’t want to focus on the numbers this year, I do have a long-term weight loss goal I’m going to work towards. I’m also looking forward to the day where I find myself in a routine of working out 5 days/week, with minimal or no pain.
Just like my debt repayment journey taught me how to track my spending and budget, my weight loss journey will be about working out and making healthy choices – all of which will eventually turn into a lifestyle.
How do you curb your sweet tooth?