The first week of food awareness, actually eight days now, was not too bad. Sure, I want a cookie, but managed to make do without. I’m even snacking on grapes at night. Crazy. Last week was my first ever two-salads-in-a-day day and I ate more bacon last week than in my last six months. That’s good I think.
Ways I cheated, sort of:
- 10 oz. of Coke Zero
- “Organic” nut mix with too much sugar
- Spritzers with cranberry juice and La Croix — La Croix is just too much like a vodka tonic without the vodka. I’ve got to have some flavor in there.
- Grits at brunch, because grits (I did have them hold the toast)
All in all, not bad. Considering that I’ve gone from a sub and chips or burger and fries plus cookies and cake EVERY DAY to twice salads and fruits, I’ll allow it.
On the rewards end of things I have lost my 3 p.m. crash and maintain energy throughout the day. I’m actually eating more now than before. Because I have to think about eating, I don’t go from bagel sandwich at 8 a.m. to nothing til 3, when I have to eat crackers or chips from the machine, then a huge meal at night followed by sweets.
I think I wake up with more energy too. It was easier to get up and out the door before 6 a.m. for my Fitwit sessions last week. My clothes feel like they fit a little better. I guess soon Fitwit will cost me yet another wardrobe replenishing. I don’t mind though.
Last week I stopped at a market and bought a bunch of healthy type food to snack on. It cost $50 and I thought that’s a lot of money for snacks. But then, I’m not spending $10 a day on lunch and gross filler now, so it’s at least a wash, if not in my favor.
Stray observation: I went to visit a friend and her dog just couldn’t get enough of me, circling, nosing, puppy dog eyes. I’m a pretty animal-friendly person, but this was unusual. Then I realized I had a hunk of hard sausage I’d been snacking on in my pocket. So animals love me more now too.
Short version: More money, more energy, more space in my pants. As long as I can keep my occasional spritzers, I think I’ll do alright.