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Body + Soul Challenge, Day 10

Well, the thing that has become most abundantly clear from this Body + Soul Challenge thing is that I am addicted to chocolate. I think there was one day where I didn’t have any chocolate. And although I started the Challenge by having one square of chocolate per day, I’ve upped that a bit in the past week. I’m trying, really I am. But it’s the only caffeine I have. I do my best to make it to 11:00 a.m. before having any, and sometimes I make it until 2:00. And I’m not proud of the fact that often I plot when the children are going to be occupied and out of the kitchen so I can sneak some, and that if you substituted “alcohol” for “chocolate” in the above scenario this would not be comical at all but would be cause for real alarm. I do at least make sure it’s all dark chocolate (so it’s medicinal! *hic!*). But I realize pretending that a handful of dark chocolate chips mixed with a handful of nuts doesn’t make it a healthy snack (or…does it?).

Otherwise, I’m doing fine on food. I actually ate ok already. This week is all about cutting out bad foods and substituting good ones (like healthy proteins instead of big burgers) and it’s been a breeze because it turns out I was already doing all the good things.

And I haven’t done real exercise (except the stupid piddly walk to school and hacking at the ice) in a few days, but I’m feeling like I want to, so that’s a good thing. I ordered a pair of running sneakers this weekend, after having the fun and somewhat silly errand of going over to Scott‘s house and running on his treadmill so he could do a gait analysis (and yes, he did burst out laughing as soon as I started running) (he was kidding). And then he very helpfully browsed the shoe possibilities at Runner’s Warehouse and chose a pair for me. All this for a package of quinoa (it seemed like the most logical barter).

I got a pilates DVD out of the library but haven’t done it yet. Which is why I got something out of the library before buying anything, because I wasn’t sure if I’d actually do it. Dave also helpfully set up the bike trainer in the basement, but I haven’t done that yet either. I will, I promise (especially now that I’m writing it here for all the world to see). I inter-library-loaned a few other exercise DVDs, because, besides the pilates DVD, the library here has the lamest exercise video collection in the world. There were only two other DVDs and they were (I’m not joking) Belly Dancing and Tai Chi for Beginners. I know Belly Dancing can be a real workout, but I thought I’d stick with more of a known quantity before I went out on any kind of branch.

The other thing is that I realize that as soon as you are really, honestly, totally ready to make a change, it happense pretty quickly. I’ve lost a few pounds now, and I think it’s all been from the mental shift of, “Ok, it’s time to have my clothes fit me again.”

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5 Responses to “Body + Soul Challenge, Day 10”

  1. 1
    Clog:

    I find the best way is to not have the things that I crave in the house. If I didn’t have dark chocolate in the house, I would have to drive 18 miles to get it! Of course if I were addicted to Cheezits, that would be another story. I am just relaxing and not worrying about it..I want to eat all the time when it is cold which I think is a natural reaction. My latest is to sip hot water with lemon all day in an effort to stave off my constant hunger.

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    sarah:

    It’s all about the mental shift. It was taking forrrrreeeeeeevvvvvver for me to get back to pre-preg eating habits, but once I did, bang, the rest of the weight came off and I’m back down to pre-kid weight! And it wasn’t even about dieting, it was about not eating that stack of buttered toast before bed and cookie with every sandwich.

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    Emily:

    hmmm. I too found that shifting into eating “good” protein was easy, as I already do most of that. I, however, have found my clothes not fitting and went to the measuring tape to find that yes, it was true, I am a little larger than I was in october (the last time I was measuring…I don’t have a scale…perhaps it’s time to get one). I know enough about this to say, dude, it’s not what you’re doing this week that shows up in the clothes…it’s like 2 weeks behind. but, ahem, my behind is big and I’m eating right and I’m super frustrated. I have to exercise, I guess. the log has definitely made me more aware –helped me not eat Wylie’s portion and mine, for instance, and helped me plan instead of graze so much. I don’t know. I remember doing weight watchers (before I had a kid, by the way–for me, getting back to pre-preg eating habits is not really what it’s about) and realizing how very LITTLE a person my height/weight should eat. It’s hard to keep that in mind. I just don’t/shouldn’t need that much food, that often, and there isn’t alot of room for freelancing. I’ll try the water again.

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    Christina:

    I think that breastfeeding makes you crave fat because of the high quantity of fat in breastmilk. So make sure that if you give up chocolate that you are eating a lot of good fats (nuts, avacado, etc) so that you don’t go crazy– I know I want fat all the time since I’ve been nursing- so it might not be totally just the caffeine addiction you’re dealing with.

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    Julie:

    Hurray for Christina! Just the excuse I need. Seriously though, the need for some kind of fat may be part of it. (She wrote, hopefully…)

    Two things that have helped me (in line with just having the mind shift and being READY to get rid of this belly splooge) are drinking tea all day (Numi Red Ruby Chai) and, when I’m about to eat something I shouldn’t, saying, out loud, “Stop!” This hasn’t kept me from eating chocolate (since that’s a well-thought-out, conscious eating decision) but has kept me from mindless eating (like today when I was about to pop a piece of pepperoni in my mouth while making Eli’s new favorite lunch: cheesy pepperoni bread).

    I have to admit I kind of laughed at the notion of not keeping chocolate in the house. My first thought was, “That’s ridiculous! What would I DO?” Therefore, it is probably a great idea to keep it out of the house. Not that I will.

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