Only One Little Bite

I think this post may be my confession of sorts.  It’s my public recognition of weakness if you will.




I always say that I’m a work in progress and that has certainly been true this Father’s Day weekend.

I’ll put a picture next and you can guess what might have happened here.  If you read my earlier post about Trim Healthy Mama, you can clearly see that these are the direct opposite of “on plan.”

We had family over to celebrate this weekend.  My white cake and chocolate buttercream frosting is just amazing!  I don’t take compliments well but when people oooohh and aahhhh over it…there’s nothing to say to dismiss them because it is just SO good.

Enter my weak moment.  I decided Saturday night that I would just have 1/4 of a cupcake. I made a nice little cut with my steak knife and oh my stars!  It was divine!  So I had the other little 1/4 of the half that I had cut.  Sigh.  It sounds crazy but I don’t remember eating the last 1/2 but I did.

Today after church, we went to another family celebration and I had a slice of pie.

We came home to a rainy, lazy Sunday afternoon and I wasn’t prepared with any healthy snacks.  Sidenote: Does anyone else plan for a week, cook a ton of food for a gathering, and have nothing to eat once that one meal has been served?

So…..a few cupcakes were still on the tray.  Repeat the same scenario from last night (because that worked so well….insert eyeroll.)

I have spent the last few hours feeling SO drained and SO lazy.  I’m about to change into my tennis shoes and shorts and walk the neighborhood to make myself feel a little better.

So, what did I learn?

First, let me say that there is nothing wrong with having an occassional treat.  I do not plan to be so strict that I cannot enjoy my food.  Food is not my enemy. I just need to use good judgment and set limits.

But what I took away from this is:

Had I not taken the first bite, I wouldn’t be feeling awful.  Taking the first bite made the next one seem ok.  After I had eaten half, what’s the big deal. I’ll just finish it.  It’s just one cupcake.

What it did was create my desire for sugar again.  I have had very little sugar and that little bit made me crave more.

Somewhere I’m guessing there is an alcoholic with a similar story, a drug addict, someone who is an abuser and someone who gets abused who could probably figure out what their “first bite” was.

You may think that overeating doesn’t wreck your body like those “big offenses” but I am learning to disagree.

The lesson that I personally had revealed to me was that if I dabble in the things that bring me down, it makes going all in a little easier.

It is so much easier to stay away from the things that are my weakness.

Looking back over my life, and hopefully being a little wiser, it is easy to see where my weaknesses were and where satan knew to attack.

What did I learn?  Be prepared.

That doesn’t apply to only stocking healthy snacks.  It applies to my life.

 

Trim Healthy Mama Baby Steps

In April of this year, I was the heaviest weight that I have been other than during a pregnancy.  I did not feel well, was having awful night sweats, and just felt tired all of the time.




I needed to get serious about number 5 on my list of things that I was working to master!

Following a miserable road trip of just feeling rotten, I started the Keto lifestyle with a close friend.  After about a month, I had lost about four pounds but I could clearly see that this was not a lifestyle that I would maintain.  Having so little carbohydrates did not energize me and I knew I wasn’t going to keep it going.  I did appreciate that it helped so much with my sugar addiction and pretty much fixed that altogether.

Rewind a few years back.  I had checked out the new book Trim Healthy Mama.  I think I even read it, or maybe I tried to read it but felt overwhelmed at the encyclopedia of knowledge.

It seems that I wasn’t the only one who could not understand the program because since then, there have been many attempts, some successful, to simplify it.

One month in, I think I have a grasp of E, S, and FP meals.  I am taking baby steps.  I’m seeing some weight loss and I’m feeling pretty good.  I don’t get hangry, don’t feel deprived of good foods that I like, and I think this is a way of life that I can (mostly) maintain.  That’s a big praise!  I haven’t followed the plan 100% but that’s ok.  Grace.  It’s built on grace.

Those who are successful, and there are many, say that baby steps is key.  Get one thing figured out before moving forward.

I wanted to share a few little low-carb tweaks that I’ve made without a lot of thought, time, or money.

My ice cream is now Breyer’s Carb Smart (purchased at Walmart) .  Here I am having it with THM Skinny Chocolate over it.  It is DELICIOUS!   

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches (I only eat them toasted) have gotten an overhaul.  I use sprouted bread, all fruit jelly, and peanut butter that has nothing added.   All of this is also available at Walmart.  Here’s a hint about the peanut butter. Stir it and then put it in your fridge.  It won’t separate out again and get that icky layer of oil.  Eating this all together isn’t necessarily “on plan” as I understand it but it is certainly healthier than what I was doing. 

I’ve switched out my salt to pink Himalayan salt.  From what I’ve read (very little about this), it seems to be healthier for you.  I found this at Dollar Tree!

No more Lipton Sweet tea for me.  That’s a little sad. 🙂  At least it would be if I still missed sugar.  I’ve replaced my tea with Oolong tea which I sweeten with Stevia or THM Gentle Sweet.

Making pizza and spaghetti sauce is healthier with this Great Value pizza sauce.  With only 3 net carbs per serving, it won’t add too much to your waistline.

 

So those are just a few changes of many that I’ve made to attempt this low-carb lifestyle.  I’m seven pounds down and feeling much better.

In the next post, I will share some of my favorite trim healthy mama recipes.

I’d love to hear your favorite low carb tips in the comments!

6 Habits I’m Working On Mastering

3 weeks.




21 days.

That’s how long someone once said that it takes to form a habit.

Studies have now been done that show it takes somewhere more like 2-8 months, depending on the habit.   Nothing miraculous is going to happen at day 21 that is life changing.

Either way, you can’t get started doing good things and making positive changes unless you start with day ONE so….

Here are some things that I’m working on right now.  Some of them I should have been doing all the time (ahem…. #1) but I’m a work in progress in every area of my life.

#1 Making the bed.

I feel so accomplished when my bed is made before I leave the room.  I also think that I sleep better in a bed that is nice and straight.

Before I quit working full time, I had to leave for work about 6:30 a.m. and I just couldn’t seem to get this little task done before heading out the door.  Now that I’m doing it, I realize it actually only takes about two minutes.  Sigh.

#2 Drinking more water.

I have a 30 oz cup and I try to fill it three times throughout the day.  I am trying to adjust to drinking plain water but I do prefer a flavor packet or lemon added.  My search now is to find a flavor packet that does not contain aspartame.

#3 Walking more.

I am trying to walk at least 7,000 steps a day.  For some of you, that may seem like nothing. For others, it may seem like a lot.  I encourage you to track your steps for a while just to see where you are measuring in your daily steps.  I had a Fitbit but it was lost in the flood.  I have recently bought a cheap knock off and it has worked just as well.

My husband and I also walk a mile a day using one of the Leslie Sansone videos that is available through you tube.  We started with this slow one and now prefer this one by her walking partner, Nick.

I prefer walking outside when the weather cooperates.  A little pavement therapy always lifts my spirit!

#4 Being positive.

I am working, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to take my thoughts captive.  I am prone to worry but I am so thankful to say that I have been able to remove much of that anxiety from my life.

I’ve also had to make some changes in who I choose to engage in long conversations.  Some people are just more likely to pass worry on to me.  I have been convicted that worry is a sin and I am thankful that I have made some progress in that area.

#5  Cutting out Processed Foods.

I know. I know.  It’s the latest trend and the food pyramid is deceptive. Everyone is counting carbs.  That being said, I do feel much better when I cut out the processed food.  We are certainly not Whole 30 around here but we aren’t eating the Little Debbie cakes either.

I’ve made progress on this in a few ways.  I’m too frugal to waste money.  Enrolling in our CSA and paying for it up front forces me to cook and eat more vegetables.

#6 Saying no.

This is a new one for me and it might sound a bit pessimistic.  I mean, shouldn’t we search out opportunities and just go for them?

For the past month, we haven’t been home much during “home” schooling.  I said yes to so many things and our calendar filled quickly.  They were good things but they took time, energy, and resources that just left me feel overwhelmed.

Since recognizing this, I have tried to say no to things that don’t align with our mission.  I left the hustle and bustle two years ago with the hope of creating a calm, peaceful day.  I have to be careful not to get sucked back into the rat race mindset.

I’m always a work in progress.  I know that there are many areas in which I could improve.  Baby steps. 🙂

What about you?  Anything new that you are working into (or out of) your life?