So. Even though the Barre N9ne 60-day challenge doesn’t technically start until Thursday of this week, in my mind today is day #1, especially on the foodie front. With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of those foodie changes I alluded to in my post this weekend.
One of those changes? I’m weaning myself off of fake sweeteners like splenda. Although it’s a fake sugar with negligible calories, it still sends a hunger signal to your body soon after ingesting it (this is my very non-technical description, mind you). I figure, if I can get away from foods with splenda in it (and splenda itself), I’ll be doing myself a favor now that I’m back to being more accountable, eats-wise.
What does this mean for my daily eats? No more splenda in my morning iced venti coffee from starbucks. No more crystal light (which I love, not gonna lie) and no more flavored sparkling water. I love all of these things because they have flavor with few calories. But, if it’s ultimately not doing me any favors long-term, I can definitely do without them. So far, I’ve nixed the splenda in my morning coffee (cold turkey, baby) and it’s not too bad. I will admit – I do have a sparkling water to drink later and will still drink it. But only because my husband bought them for me this weekend and I’d hate to waste them (seriously, that’s the only reason, as lame as that sounds!).
Another change? The food log. And I’m actually finding that I’m embracing it so far, in mind and in body. I refuse to let it control me in the way that it used to. I want to use it as a tool for keeping me accountable, mainly on the weekends. And that is it. Nothing more. I made a promise to myself: if the food log starts to drive me crazy, I will admit it and figure out how to fix it vs. letting it stew in the background.
And honestly? I know I eat very healthy during the week and am proud of what’s in the log for the day so far (sharing it here as an example only):
- Iced coffee with skim milk
- half serving of plain almonds on the ride into work (which was 90 mins today btw, oof)
- one packet of plain oatmeal with one TB of peanut butter and sliced banana
- Low-carb wrap with turkey, lettuce, tomato and baby belle cheese with a squirt of mustard
- baby carrots with 2 tb roasted red pepper hummus
- chobani (black cherry, yippee!)
This will get me through until dinnertime tonight. And you know what? This is exactly what I would be eating regardless of the 60-day challenge and regardless of the food log (I’ll be using FitDay, btw). Not too shabby. And like I said – it’s the weekends that can be tricky for me. I KNOW that I need to make some changes, face some habits, etc. And I’m ready for that. I won’t promise it’ll be easy though. In fact, I’m pretty sure that part will be rather painful. 😉
What I’m most excited for, though? These workouts! Ahhh! I’m doing one barre class tomorrow night (with fab friend, Michele, woo!) and then Thursday is when the “real” challenge begins (hello long & lean legs and barre n9ne method express!). Bring. It. On.
On that note – have you had to face any habits head-on lately? Food, fitness, or otherwise? How did you break the habit (or make a new one, as the case may be)? I’m all ears.