First of all: man!! August is totally kicking my ass! We have been putting in extremely long days and nights at the Harbour, so many of the other things we enjoy doing (eating, sleeping, blogging, exploring, having fun) have been put on hold until things simmer down on the causeway. It’s a good thing to be so bustling, I suppose, but I am really looking forward to October! Hibernation time! 🙂
Secondly: sugar intake. Jabba and I have done two weeks so far. Initially, the plan was to alternate sugar days with no sugar days so that we were tapering down our sugar intake gradually and smartly. It seems, however, that I am not so good with sticking to plans or rules of any sort, so I’ve kind of derailed from the plan and have since made up my own rules. I blame being so busy on the causeway for my total ineptitude.
You see, we sort of depend on the Noodle Box for sustenance during the summer. And by this, I mean that we order takeout from the Noodle Box every single day. We are beyond beating ourselves up for this– yes, it’s way cheaper and healthier to buy and make your own food at home, but it’s just too crazy to prep food on top of all the other prep work we do every morning and evening when we’re not on the causeway. So we eat a lot of stir fries.
I usually get a teriyaki box, which I’m sure is loaded with sugar to sweeten the sauce. (I can’t pinpoint exactly how much sugar is in the teriyaki, but I’m guessing the amount is substantial.) Anyway. Because I’m eating the sauce practically every day, there were no days last week when I wasn’t eating some amount of sugar. To compensate for this, I decided to cut out any desserts or treats of any sort. No chocolate, no baked goods, no candies, no items off the dessert menu. My only sugar is the teriyaki sauce for dinner and the occasional piece of inari (sweetened tofu pocket) for lunch.
I’m doing much better this week, even if my schedule has sort of changed since Week 1. I’ve been much less grumpy, my energy levels have been more stable (if low), and I ‘lost’ the phantom 3 pounds that I supposedly gained during my first week of cutting down sugar intake. So I’m back at square one, essentially. (NB: For the record, I have still gained 5 pounds since starting at the Harbour in June. But my jeans still fit… just a little bit snugger than they did in June.)
I’m actually pretty proud of myself for cutting out as much sugar as I have. It is not easy avoiding sugar when you’re hardly cooking any of your own meals, but at least I’ve taken out the obvious sugar sources, right? (Cupcakes, I’m talking to you!) Maybe when things are less hectic at work, I can focus more on sticking to the prescribed Day On/Day Off regime, but in the meantime, I’m soldiering on with my new plan of action. And succeeding! (Sort of.)