December is notorious for opportunities to eat and drink. After my weekend away with my girlfriends back in November I made the decision to get real with my healthy eating and make a more deliberate effort to avoid sugar and wheat. I had become complacent and gained a bit of weight over the last few months and with all of the opportunities to indulge in sugar and wheat containing food during the month of December I made a conscious decision to track my food in a spreadsheet and weigh myself daily. I stopped recording/tracking my food and that is when the “treats” sneak in. I am also drinking a lot more water and no diet sodas. In fact I’ve cut out all artificial sweeteners and the only sweet thing I’ve eaten in the past week is strawberries. I’m feeling good!
So far I’ve lost 1.3Kg in the past week. To be honest I had lost more but I indulged in tapas (mushrooms, cheese stuffed peppers, chicken drumsticks and lemon pepper squid) at hubby’s Christmas work dinner and the scales bounced up the morning after. The important thing is that I could have indulged a lot more but because I have made a conscious decision to avoid over-indulging the damage is not as bad as it could have been.
Last Friday was a classic example, a colleague bought in a box from Eve’s pantry filled with sugary and wheat based treats – chocolate truffles, chocolate brownies, tiramisu cupcakes, lamingtons filled with cream. It was such a lovely gesture that he wanted to share “sweet treats” but I refrained from eating any of it. This type of food is prolific particularly at this time of year. The consequences of eating this type of food for me is weight-gain. Fat on the waist and hips. Then the jeans don’t fit.
We are almost 1/3 of the way through December already, I have a couple more situations where I need to navigate the gauntlet of sweet treats but I will and hopefully will be rewarded with fat loss!