It’s been a while since I first gave up my seat on “THE WAGON.” I was a happy passenger reaching all sorts of highlights with my weight loss/fitness ride but once I got to Europe, I gave up my seat and jumped right off in exchange for the power of my two feet. It seems like that stop would be a great place to get off the wagon but I came up with the logic that I needed Red Bull to survive the miles I was walking every day. Maybe I did need that extra sugar and caffeine in some way – but it also gave me a deep addiction to that liquid gold. Since I got back nearly two months ago, I’ve been coming up with all sorts of excuses of why I should avoid getting back on as if the wagon was as dirty and dramatic as a Halloween hay ride. Between the issues with my health and an overall lazy outlook on exercise, I’ve been lounging back and “healing” while filling my free time between work, classes, homework and socialization with my latest obsession. a scrap booking project, called Project Life. I just haven’t been burning the calories like I need to.
Last Monday, in the form of vegetables, I bought my ticket to get back on the wagon. I began taking my Whole Foods 2-week Detox kit again in combination with the Erba Vita supplements I’ve been taking for the past few weeks. I promised myself that I would do two different 30 day challenges, one in the form of planks and the other with wall-sits. I’ve progressed pretty nicely as I made it up to a 2:00 plank and a 3:45 wall-sit. I need to get to 5 minutes for both of them in the next twenty days, I hope I can do it! I did FINALLY play some tennis last week and will hopefully be committing to at least once a week, hopefully more as I find more people who are down to play. I’ve also picked up the habit of doing my 5-pound weighted hula hoop after my plank and wall-sit, soon I’ll be back up to my ten minutes a day. You have to ease into it or else you can get all sorts of beat up! I did six minutes tonight and have found entertainment by updating myfitnesspal app I just downloaded on my phone. Maybe that will encourage me to start actually logging in every day…
Even more exciting, I managed to lose 5.2 pounds from Monday to Monday. If I can still lose weight this week, I’ll be doing good. Honestly, I’m still hooked on the liquid sugar so cutting that out would help me save about 1,120 calories a week. I should invest in one of those instant tea kettles and just start making tons of tea because I crave something to drink besides water ALL THE TIME. I swear giving up sugar is harder than giving up cigarettes! I smoked for five years in my days of being a young raver, quit, and haven’t had a single drag since 2007. I know I’ll never be able to go five years without ever having some sort of sugar! And why would I want to?! It’s delicious.
How do you all cure your desires for sugars or salts? I know Alyssa is more of a salt feign where I’ll take sugar ANY MOMENT. Any awesome low-sugar/low-fat recipes you want to share?
Thanks for reading!