Welp. It’s been ten days since my New Years resolution to get healthier. So far, I have surprised myself with how dedicated I have been to the no soda rule. I thought that one would kill me. But I really haven’t cheated.
Okay. Except last Tuesday when we had an emergency Chinese take out night. But that one doesn’t count. Everyone knows that you have to have Diet Coke with Chinese food. It’s, like, the law.
Other than that one time, though, I haven’t cheated at all. Even better than not drinking the soda is that I am drinking so much more water instead. Now, I have a big glass of water on my desk all day instead of a can of Diet Dr. Pepper. At dinner, I drink another glass of water instead of tea or another Diet Dr. Pepper. And at night when I start to crave a late night snack, I pour myself another glass of water.
At first, I was pretty miserable. Especially around 2:00 in the afternoon. I’d hit the wall and start to really miss that caffeine. But that lasted about a week (which felt like the longest week of my life, incidentally). Now, I actually seem to have more energy now than I used to have drinking my afternoon diet soda.
I’ve also stopped eating sweets.
Except for that football party I went to the other night and I made those killer Reese’s Cup brownies. Oh, and that dinner party we had last week when I made these awesome chocolate and peanut butter crescent rolls. And except for that time…
No, I think that was it, actually.
So, except for those two times, I’ve done really good with the no sweets thing. I’ve started having fruit or yogurt when I need a little fix (did you know vanilla yogurt tastes just like cake batter ice cream?!?!). And just the other day, I walked into a room with THREE UNSUPERVISED CANDY BARS and I turned around and walked away. I had to. Because if I stayed, I would have eaten all three. But I didn’t. I walked away and sat at my desk in my classroom, gulping water with lemon and trying to convince myself that it was just as satisfying as that Snickers bar.
(Which is a total lie, by the way. I don’t care what diet you’re on or how long you’ve been on it. Snickers bars will ALWAYS taste better than water. Even LEMON water. Period.)
I also switched all our rice to brown rice and all our pasta to whole wheat pasta and I stopped eating bread.
Except for those bread sticks I had at Olive Garden the other night. But those don’t count because they were APPETIZERS and everyone knows that appetizers don’t count. Duh.
Overall, I think I’m doing pretty good. I’m feeling better and I’m proud of myself. I’ve decided to celebrate small victories (like turning down unprotected Snickers bars) and overlooking small mishaps (like the fact that I haven’t exercised yet). Although, no matter how many baby steps I take into this world of health, my philosophy on food will always be…
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