Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since my last food journal. I’m so sorry! I seriously need to be more consistent with this. It’s so important for me to log these things to stay on track. When we last left, I had rededicated myself to giving up sugar/soda. I had also written a S.M.A.R.T. goal to try to stay on track. Here is the goal I wrote:
In order to improve my health and rid my body of psoriatic arthritis, as well as chronic sinus pain, I will lose 30 pounds-2 pounds a week for 15 weeks, beginning on Sunday, May 21, 2017 and ending on Sunday, September 3, 2017. In order to accomplish this goal, I will do the following things-
Stay away from soda-I quit drinking soda 5 days ago. So, I’ve been clean for about 5 days now.
Walk 5 miles a day–
- My goal was to work up to walking 5 miles a day (10,000 steps)
- To do this, I am going to start with 2 miles (4000 steps) and slowly work my way up to 5 miles. I think I can still manage this. I had planned on doing this outside. However, since my son is homebound/bedridden, I can’t leave him alone, so walking outside is out of the question.
- I can, however, walk inside. I haven’t been doing this, but I think it’s possible. I even have lots of stairs, which add to the challenge.
- (TIMELINE-ACCOMPLISH THIS BY AUGUST 31, 2017)
Meditate every day for 30 minutes– This is easily accomplished, it will just take the ambition to get it done. (Begin this on July 21, 2017)
Drink 100 ounces of water a day-When I’m not drinking soda, I drink only water. So no problem here. I track it with mynetdiary.com(YEP-EVERY DAY!!)
Eat whole foods 90% of the time.-allow myself to eat 1 or 2 “fun foods” a week (non-sugary of course.(YEP! FUN FOODS ON WEEKENDS ONLY!)
Log all food/meals-Again-easy enough to do…just need to do it. Tracked with mynetdiary.com – (Begin this June 11, 2017)
Do power yoga 2 times during the week– every Tuesday and Thursday – I hate lifting weights, but LOVE LOVE LOVE yoga. I’m hoping that by doing power yoga instead, my muscle tone will improve. (begin this on July 1, 2017)
Well, shortly after I posted my last journal, a kind and very wise follower, Dave Gardner from Daily Ramblings, suggested I slow things down a bit. He recommended going slow on kicking the sugar habit, and slowly introduce exercise. So, I took Dave’s advice and I re-evaluated my goal. I couldn’t slow down on the sugar thing, I’ve tried that and it doesn’t work for me, but I did re-evaluate everything.
I do this all the time, I get so “gung-ho” and jump in, with both feet, without looking. AND, since I’m stuck in this sugar addiction, which contributes to my psoriasis, arthritis and weight problems, it’s obviously not working. Time for a new approach.
So, after re-evaluating my goal, I decided that I would never recommend to a client to do all of these things in my goal all at once. Taking it one step at a time is absolutely the way to go. So, THANKS to Dave for that reminder. I absolutely needed it.
My goal will stay the same, I’ll just take it one step at a time. I decided to start with my biggest problem which is obviously my addiction to sugar. So, I tackled that first. Since this is a huge thing to try and accomplish, I decided to make it the only thing I would work on for a month.
Stay away from soda
– It has been 27 days since I last drank soda or ate white refined sugar/corn syrup. After 1 week, I reintroduced fruit. After 2 weeks, I reintroduced raw honey and dates into my diet. After 3 weeks, I added maple syrup. And, just this past week, I added Rapadura, which is whole, unrefined raw sugar. So far so good. My cravings are basically gone. And, as long as I stay away from anything made of pure sugar, like candy or soda, I’m fine. So, I have crossed this off the goals list above. (It’s not finished by any means. I’ll always be addicted to sugar. But, I feel comfortable enough to move onto a new goal).
Walk 5 miles a day-Since my son’s accident, I have been trying to continue walking, but this has been difficult. Time is a precious commodity in my house lately. I am currently averaging about 4000 steps a day, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on my time. My goal is to accomplish 5 miles (10,000 steps) by August 31. My plan is to increase the level by 500 steps each week.
Drink 100 ounces of water a day-I almost always drink between 80 and 100 ounces of water a day, so that has been crossed off.
Eat whole foods 90% of the time-
Here is how the next few months will work. I plan on implementing a new aspect of my goal every 3 weeks. So, since I’ve been working on my walking and sugar addiction for 4 weeks, it’s time to introduce the next phase.
- Log all food/meals-Again-easy enough to do…just need to do it. Tracked with mynetdiary.com – (Begin this June 11, 2017)
- Do power yoga 2 times during the week– every Tuesday and Thursday – I hate lifting weights, but LOVE LOVE LOVE yoga. I’m hoping that by doing power yoga instead, my muscle tone will improve. (begin this on July 1, 2017)
- Meditate every day for 30 minutes– This is easily accomplished, it will just take the ambition to get it done. (Begin this on July 21, 2017)
One final thing. I wanted to share with you what I use to track my walking. It’s an app called Charity Miles. You can download the app to your phone, and it tracks your miles. For every mile walked/run you can earn up to .25 cents for charity. For biking, you can earn up to .10 cents per mile for charity. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but if you walk every day, it adds up.
I am currently walking for the Alzheimer’s association, but there are many others from which to choose:
- Autism Speaks
- The Partnership for a Healthier America
- Stand up to cancer
- The Ironman Foundation
- Feeding America
- ALS Association
- and dozens more….!!!
Here’s what the app looks like:
If you walk, bike or hike on a regular basis,
I encourage you to use
You’re walking anyway,
why not walk for charity?!