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08 March 2017 @ 09:30 pm
Sugar Wars: 30 Days Done  

Today was sort of a weird day. I’d fully intended to get up and make pancakes and really just blow the whole thing out of the water, but we ended up going into Dublin, so I had a decent breakfast instead and headed in.

Had my beloved mint hot chocolate there, and thought “This is really very very sweet.” That was a kick in the pants. o.O

Ate a small sensible lunch, had some gorp for a snack, ate quite a lot of dinner and some cookies afterward, but stayed close enough to within my calorie allowance that it’s hard to condemn myself.

It’s clear it’d be very easy to slide directly back into bad habits. I feel like I’ve earned some indulgence, of course, but at the same time my indifference to sugar-based foods has grown considerably, and there’s no point in throwing that all away.

I have a couple of…plans, going forward. One, unexpectedly, may be going ahead and cutting that weekly hot chocolate, because…well, that was really very sweet. It’s the ritual of it that I’ll miss more than the actual drink. But hey, you know, Lent is coming up, and assuming I’m in the right ballpark for the calorie count on those hot chocolates, six weeks without would theoretically add up to about a pound and a half of bonus weight loss.

Other plans will be referenced when they crop up, because I don’t like making much in the way of predictions about this kind of thing. At some point I’m going to have to actually make a real effort to properly overhaul my diet, but honestly, I don’t see that happening in this next round. I think probably most of what I’m going to be doing is working on staying the sugar wars course, and perhaps making some modest effort toward a slightly lower average daily calorie count. A hundred would make a…very modest…difference, and is probably what I should be aiming for, realistically.

Anyway. I’m out for the night.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
martianmooncrab: pic#59898509martianmooncrab on March 8th, 2017 08:44 pm (UTC)
maybe its the mint part of the hot chocolate that is too sweet... perhaps just the chocolate part instead?

I have the same sort of feelings towards Cinnabon, I used to love their products but now, just smelling their shop is too much.
Karenklwilliams on March 9th, 2017 02:47 am (UTC)
My mother had a really bad case of pneumonia last year, and when she got out of the hospital and the rehab place she hadn't had a cigarette in a couple of months, and found she didn't miss it at all. But, she's started smoking again, because she misses the rituals around it. Sigh.
Catherine: sharpwordssharpwords on March 9th, 2017 01:28 pm (UTC)
FYI: we're already in Lent (day 9 of 46 today) as I know only too well coz I'm doing Lenten Sugar Wars and am in awe of you sticking 30 days already.
Which means you have a head-start on any Lent-related plans, at least!
kitmizkit on March 9th, 2017 02:33 pm (UTC)
These are posted two weeks behind what I'm actually doing. I figured one mention of Lent would go unnoticed. Guess that'll teach me.
Catherinesharpwords on March 11th, 2017 02:52 pm (UTC)
Ooops, sorry. You probably would have got away with it but I am so very fixated on the forty-bloody-six days of Lent at the moment. (10.5 done, yay.)
Hope it's continuing to go well for you, anyay.
cgbookcat1: giraffecgbookcat1 on March 9th, 2017 04:19 pm (UTC)
I dislike overly sweet hot chocolate, but have had good luck with the Lake Champlain brand. They only have mint during the winter holidays, but their Aztec flavor is excellent. It's still a little sweet for me, but I tolerate it because it's much easier than trying to mix my own flavored cocoa.
Amberleyamberley on March 11th, 2017 03:31 pm (UTC)
Congratulations
Cutting 100 calories a day is 10 pounds a year.

Could you substitute tea or something for the weekly hot chocolate, so you could keep the ritual without the sweets? Although tea really is nothing like hot chocolate.

I don't see any way in which a big truck with chains would be useful for this, or even a stump
grinder.