In thinking about a month where I exercized likely more than I have at any other point in time, and was nursing, it seemed strange to me that my weight remained the same. When I think about what I inhaled over the course of the past month, it’s not as surprising.
What to change this month, so that I not only build muscle, but also shed some of the extra pounds?
I’ve decided it’s going to be sugar. Sugar’s a huge danger food for me. It will start off with a couple of low fat ginger cookies to go with a cup of tea, but then sugar slowly creeps in everywhere and eventually takes over. From the cookies, I’ll add a spoonful to a cup of coffee, or I’ll order a cookie from Starbucks (think I’ve mentioned that one before… it’s the size of 4-5 regular cookies, nothing good can come from that). From there in the cereal aisle, I’ll venture out of the organic, bran buds section and start looking at frosted mini wheats or honey nut cheerios (equally bad ideas).
So with two planned exceptions: my birthday and pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, I’m off added sugar for the month. The fact that ‘All Bran Flakes’ have some sugar added I’m going to let slide. In turn, if I find out that my whole grain, organic flax bread has some sugar added, it also gets a pass. But there will be no sugar/maple syrup/honey in: yogurt, tea, cereal, pancakes, nor will there be more obvious sources: cookies, cakes, candy (doh… I forgot about Halloween when I first wrote my 2 exceptions). It will also mean no more chai lates, or hot chocolate…. those are big empt calories that I will strive to eliminate this month.
Here’s hoping that when I log in for my November 1 measurement check that I’ll be under ABC! Yay…