Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Food blues

One advantage I have when it comes to writing this blog is the fact that I'm so much more self aware for it.

Especially when it comes to my "Taking Charge of my Life" posts. I never post something under that tab unless I've managed some extent of success with it.

It also means that often, I also know where I struggle. And yes, I do.

I struggle a lot.

The posts I write are up-beat and orientated towards successes, but there are always things I want to do better. To do more of.

One of these things is managing my weight.

And trust me, I've probably tried everything in the book when it comes to that. The only method I've found to meet with constant and noticeable success is cutting out sugar and refined flour to a large extent.

I say large extent for the same reason why I'm only writing this now, at 9 p.m., when I should have had this post scheduled this morning. Without some form of carbohydrates, I'm useless.

And no, it isn't some sort of food addiction thing. I've been off carbs for two weeks, wanting to kick start my weight loss and hijack control back over my food. I don't really crave any more (thanks to my "I don't want to eat these" thinking), but I'm definitely feeling the lack.

I don't lack energy. But I lack the sort of energy that pops up on demand. (Don't ask. I'm not a specialist. This is coming from own experiences.) Like yesterday, I tried to swim. It felt like I was in custard.

So yeah, cutting carbs and exercise are turning into an either/or thing for me. I want to like exercise. I want to like the way I feel sugar free.

Right now, I don't.

Still, I'm keeping to my challenge. Why? Because it's Wednesday of my second week. The third will be my last for now. Then it'll be much healthier choices for me.

In the meantime, though, I'm down to pure determination. I don't like eating protein all the time. I hate the lack of variety. Most of all, I hate the feeling I have to live with.

But by jove I will get through this, because I'm stronger than my food tastes.

Anyone else change the way you ate recently?


Yolanda Renee said...

Yup, doing just that. Cutting carbs almost completely out of my diet is the only way to lose. So hard to do, and yes protien does get boring fast. I wish you well with your goals, I struggle with carbs too, everything has carbs even a good salad!

I was down and out with the flu for two weeks but I'm happy to say I've been cyclying 30 minutes a day, or 5 miles this week. I'm so proud of that!
Now to get back to the yoga, and as soon as the weather clears long walks outside! Yeah, spring!

Al Diaz said...

I know the feeling. Specialists cut off food one by one through the years until I was wondering how long would I survive on air and water. They even contradicted each other. One allowed me to eat what the other forbid. I was going nuts and hated the thought on eating grass like a cow for the rest of my life. Luckily I found a solution my stomach is happy with. Yeah, sugar is a sucker. It's as tough to quit as salt, but then again, they are presumed drugs. After a while you get used to it. Honey can do.

Annalisa Crawford said...

All of us could do with reducing sugar intake. Low fat foods have sugar pumped into them to preserve the flavour and texture - which means a lot of low fat foods have equal amounts of calories but people don't realise. Fat, on the other hand, is essential because some vitamins are fat-soluble. Sorry, didn't mean to lecture :-/

PS. Lowering carbs is good, but your main source of energy for exercise is carbs which is why you can feel tired. Exercise more important for general health though!

randi lee said...

I'm a terrible, terrible eater. I munch on sweets all day long and have junk for dinner. I recently purchased something called the "Jawbone Up." It's a bracelet that tracks your eating, sleeping, mood and activity habits and then gives you advice on how to feel better. And it works! Being aware of my eating habits has helped me changed them. I'm not eating perfectly, but I am eating better than I was!