It’s been a successful month for me. I made it through Halloween without eating an entire bag of candy in the days before, during and after! I started the Steps for Change Challenge, which has put me on track for making sure I am getting at least 10,000 steps per day in activity.
I managed to go through my pantry and fridge, pulled out some highly used items, and noted the sugar content. This was a chore, but necessary. (As always, some stuff surprised me!)
Though all this effort, all this re-organization of my sweet life, I was gifted a reward… I serendipitously discovered a blog with some scrumptious looking recipes that will allow me a wonderful and well deserved treat for eliminating the unnecessary junk sugar in my diet. (Because I do looove to bake.) In addition to the sweet treats, I look forward to trying out some of the other healthy recipes – mouth watering-ly photographedI might add – during the homebound doldrums of the sometimes brutal Chicago winters.
My attitude has been one of re-adjustment. I don’t want to eliminate sugar, I just want to be aware of how much I’m eating, especially when the holiday season makes it so easy to overindulge. (And I am someone who will!) I want my sugar to be a more mindful and desired delicacy, really worthwhile, like a beautiful ‘homemade’ something, hmmm… spice cake donuts with vanilla bean frosting! That’s the one! Thank you Hostess at Heart!
My plan – (an intervention really) make a batch, have a sample and give the rest away as a treat for someone. (I have a neighbor in mind already.)
Just as I need to keep in the forefront of my mind the goodness of 10, 000 steps per day, I will also remember, “for an adult of a normal body mass index (BMI), about 6 teaspoons — or 25 grams — of sugar can be had per day. (25 grams of carbohydrate equals about 100 calories.)” I am definitely burning my 100 calories of sugar if I am doing my 10,000 steps. This is a win-win intervention – without any guilt.
One last intervention that has helped me be successful – I make sure to have some healthy snacks at my immediate disposal throughout the day. This keeps me from grabbing something in a wrapper while I head out the door.
There is something to be said for effort. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen. If I look at the future of downgrading my sugar consumption through three months of holidays, and holiday foods and parties, I get overwhelmed and depressed and I begin to think “I can’t do this, it’s too much.” or “Why am I punishing myself – why shouldn’t I be able to eat and sample all of the happy holiday sweets?”
Effort means I try each day to make a small change. I prepare for something I really want. I may slip once in awhile, but I accept that and get myself back to my plan as soon as possible. The next thing I know, my plan is working without me thinking about it. Success. Have you ever made a plan to make a change? Did you have even a small amount of success? I wonder…is that success the feeling of effort?