Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Challenge to Myself

So, if you've spent any time whatsoever looking at the food logs that I post, you've probably thought to yourself, "Wow, she really loves Starbucks," or "Man, she sure eats a lot of sugar," or something to that effect.

Don't worry, I've noticed.

My little habits cost me a lot PointsPlus and a lot of money--and let's be honest, the pleasure derived from these things is sooooo not worth the cost! I hadn't been that bad with Starbucks until they had their half-price happy hour the other week--of course I thought, "Oh man, half price! I have to take advantage of this!" And boy, did I. Now I just can't stop. This morning, I stopped there before work, and ended up turning around and leaving because the line was literally 20 people deep and the baristas at this particular store are ridiculously slow; like, I've been the only person in there with no one ahead of me, and it still took 5 minutes to get my drink. But I digress... I didn't actually get a drink this morning, but I can't stop thinking about it. 

So, in an effort to save my money and my health, I'm issuing a challenge to myself--Starbucks no more than twice per week (unless someone else is paying), and reel in the sugar at night. Since I don't actually keep any sweets in the house, one of us will often go out after dinner specifically to purchase some ridiculously sugary delicacy. We broke this habit for a while, but little by little the frequency has crept back up. I did really well when I kept a bag of Dove Dark Chocolate Promises in the house; they're 1 point each and just 1 or 2 after dinner totally satisfied my sweet tooth, so I'm going to go back to that. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I'll never have rich, indulgent dessert again--I just want to break this current habit of having it nearly every night because that's just too much.

I think it'll be a little difficult at first, but hopefully after a week or two it will be much easier and ultimately reshape my current habit. There's no end-date to this challenge; I'm going to keep it going as long as I can.

This is just one reason why I find it necessary to write down everything I eat--because I can look back through my journal and pinpoint what habits need to be dealt with, such as this sugar habit. I know if I wasn't writing it all down, I could easily say, "It's just one Frappuccino per day, that's not bad," or "It's just one dessert at night, that's not bad," completely separating the two and not acknowledge how much sugar I was actually putting into my body on a near-daily basis.

I'm also hoping that by telling you all about my challenge and posting my food logs here, it will help me stay accountable since it won't just be me who knows about it!

Here are Tuesday and Wednesday's logs--still haven't found my journal! My WW center is not open at convenient times for me during the week, so I'll probably just wait til my meeting on Saturday to pick one up.



I haven't gotten any exercise this week, but despite my sugar habit, my eating hasn't been ridiculously out of control. I am in charge of my decisions, of the food I put into my body. I've noticed that I don't feel as good as I do when I'm exercising and eating less sugar, so I'm doing something about it. I am in charge.


2 comments:

  1. Giving up sugar is hard. I never think of myself as someone with a big sweet tooth, but the cravings for it, especially after dinner, are strong. I like the Trader Joe's 85% dark chocolate. Not too sweet, but very chocolate-y. But plenty of people think it's too bitter. In the past, I have set goals like - I get to eat dessert 3x/week. That way, when the cravings hit, I can decide if they are strong enough to warrant getting something or if I should save up for later in the week. I also sometimes found that if I had a rice-cake drizzled with 1-2 teaspoons of real maple syrup, or a spoonful of peanut butter with some honey on it, that would satisfy me. It did not need to be a lot or very sweet. As long as I got anything sweet, I was fine. My weakness is icecream. If I have it, then I findit very hard to restrict myself to just a small 1/2 cup serving. GRRR!!!

    Like you recommended to me - you can also do cheaper and healthier versions of starbucks recipes at home. However, I am so glad that you are not overly rigid about it. Occasionally, it's perfectly fine to go and get a high sugar or expensive treat. That's what life is for!

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  2. You sound just like me. I love Starbucks and decadent desserts. :) I live about a half hour from the nearest Starbucks so I can usually only go once per week or so, otherwise I'd probably be there every day. haha. As far as desserts, I've been eating Skinny Cow ice cream treats, and what not, lately. They are usually about 3-4 points and are so delicious.

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