Sugar-free challenge: week #3 recap

Black quare bowl of donuts surrounded by candies and chocolate on white table

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This week has been sheer madness. I haven’t been eating perfectly but I really don’t care because I have a job that’s great. It’s super busy at the moment because we’re launching a new campaign this weekend so it’s a bit tougher to make time to eat right and just make better food choices. I am celebrating the small victories though.

What was the toughest part of the week? I worked late on Wednesday evening and by the time I was ready to eat dinner, I really didn’t care about what I was eating. I had a Swiss Chalet Quarter-Chicken Dinner with fries and roll on the side and I didn’t feel badly about it. Not mentally. I will say my body didn’t take too kindly to that meal though. I was so proud of myself for not eating any of the junk food at my work event, and there was A LOT. So, I’ll take one big win and one little loss.

Any slips? See above re: Swiss Chalet. I also had a couple of glasses of white wine that may or may not have had added sugar.

Did you try any new foods/recipes? Nope. No time.

Any cravings? Some, but they are starting to fade with my higher fat and protein consumption.

Weight lost or gained: None. Oh well, at least I didn’t gain any!

Overall feelings after the third week: Working and eating right is tough. It’s always been tough for me. I’m the first to admit that I’ve had it pretty easy with work hours for most of my career so far. I’m usually home by 6:30 p.m. unless there’s an event or a crisis happening. I just get lazy when it comes to grocery shopping and packing the right foods. Once my life normalizes a bit I’m hoping to get into the habit of meal prep on Sundays so my breakfasts and lunches are healthy and require minimal prep throughout the week. Those meals are the worst for temptations.

One more week of this craziness! This weekend will be tough because I’m working offsite and will have to buy my lunches, so send my all the strength to stay away from sugary things!

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Sugar-free challenge: week #2 recap

White cupcakes with white frosting on a white wire cupcake stand

Photo by Stephanie McCabe, via Unsplash

Another week and I’m still alive! It got a bit easier, but I’m still discovering foods with some form of sugar or sweetener in them. It never ceases to astound me how many foods actually  contain  the stuff. It’s also CRAZY-tough to go out for meals and order something that *hopefully* doesn’t have sugar in it. It’s not like the servers would know and most restaurants don’t have a full ingredient list for every item on their menus.

What was the toughest part of the week? I have to say the toughest part of the week was baking rainbow chip cupcakes for my husband, icing them, and not even licking the icing off my fingers. Seriously. It happened.

Text message saying" I didn't even lick the icing off my fingers. I WASHED IT OFF! Who the fuck am I?"

While texting my sister.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any slips? I went out for three meals and did my best to choose foods that would least-likely have sugar/sweeteners in them. That being said, I’m sure there were small amounts here and there.

Did you try any new foods/recipes? No new foods this week. I started a new job and frankly this challenge is not a priority. I’m still going to tough it out the best I can for the remainder of the month but I’m not going to get down on myself about a few slips.

Any cravings? Whoever said the cravings go away after seven days of no sugar is a straight-up liar. Now, I’m not cutting out ALL sugars, because that’s not what this challenge is, which could be why the cravings haven’t gone away. Who knows, I’m not a nutritionist! Really I just want a doughnut or a muffin. I’m not interested in candy or chocolate… not at the moment, anyway. I may feel differently next week when my monthly “inconvenience” rolls around.

Weight lost or gained: I lost another pound, so I’m down by 5lbs total.

Overall feelings after the second week: It’s been a tough week with the changes to my routine and the celebratory meals. I was hoping to put more effort into eating healthier and being more conscious of my food choices this week but that wasn’t the case.

Here’s hoping I’m more successful next week!

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Fall for this

Woman in jeans, jacket and white knit scarf with two hands out full of bright leaves

Photo by Cecil Vedemil, via Unsplash

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
-Elizabeth Lawrence

Smell that? The subtle scent of fall is creeping through the air and I am so grateful. Fall is definitely my favourite season. The temperature is perfect, the air smells crisp and inviting and I get to dig out those cute and comfy clothes I’ve had packed away since May.

As a proud Canadian who genuinely loves the season and all it has to offer, I like to celebrate fall with a few classic items:

Davids Tea Pumpkin Chai. If you haven’t tried it already, I insist you march over to the nearest Davids Tea now and buy a tin. It’s like pumpkin pie in a cup. Trust me. This sweet black tea is only available when fall rolls around and as soon as it’s back, I buy 100 grams to last me until the winter collection arrives. No sugar necessary. Add just a splash of milk and you’ll be in the mood for fall.

Price: $15.96 *before tax for 100g plus you get a free tin!

Roots Original Sweatpant. I prefer the “Salt and Pepper” colour, but there are other options available. These pants are on the second I get in the door after work. Durable and so so soft, they’re a wardrobe staple for us Canadian gals.

Price: $72*before tax

Hudson’s Bay fleece throw. I received mine as a gift a few years ago and I love it so much that I gifted a couple to other people. If you’re into the HBC Stripes collection but don’t want to break the bank, their fleece throws are a great addition to any Canadian living room/bedroom/any room, really. Watch for sales and you can get a great deal.

Price: $45 *before tax

Felt floppy hat. Super trendy but also so fun to wear, except maybe when it’s windy. You can find a hat like this at almost any clothing/accessories store, but the prices vary quite a bit. With items like this, I’m not about to break the bank. I got my hat for a great deal at Aldo Accessories a couple of years ago and they still sell the same model. It looks great with a light anorak jacket or chunky fall sweater and a bright-coloured scarf!

 

Price: $35 *before tax

Ankle boots. Preferably in the cognac colour, because it’s more fall-esque, am I right? I bought a pair of cognac ankle boots from Call It Spring last year and they were a great deal for faux-leather foot candy. They’re also very comfortable and look great with jeans.

 

Price: $74.99 *before tax

Fall products are always fun, but another wonderful thing about fall in Canada is the views. If you’re in the Toronto area, I highly recommend taking a stroll through High Park when the leaves are changing. There is something so peaceful and invigorating about a fall walk on a weekend afternoon.

Share some of your fall faves!

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