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Cutting Back on SUGAR

Yesterday was the first day I decided to take a peek at my sugar levels for the day.  

I stayed under calories, carbs, fat and sodium and had more than enough protein.  I felt like it was a great day! (and it was!  I'm still happy about it)  

My sugar goal for the day (after exercise) was 44 grams.  My actual total?  87 grams!!!  I went over by 43 grams! wow!  

I decided to try to make a few changes in my diet today to get that number down.

I started with breakfast.  Instead of greek yogurt and kashi granola, I went with a scrambled egg on toast.  (19 grams of sugar vs. 2 grams!  I shaved off 17 grams just with breakfast!)

My lunch only has 5 grams of sugar so I kept that the same.

Then there's my go-to snack of carrots, an apple and almonds.  I swapped the apple (17 grams of sugar) for 10 beautiful strawberries (6 grams of sugar) and I'm just as satisfied!  

The last change I made was to not eat chocolate chips with my peanut butter and animal crackers snack at the end of the day.   I don't really need them, and I'll satisfy my sweet tooth with grapes.  (high in sugar, but it is fruit sugar and I'm gonna not worry too much about that) 

Today's sugar goal (after exercise) is 40 grams.  My actual total will be 48.  Much better than yesterday!  

 

Sugar: The Next Frontier

When I first started MFP, the only category that I paid any attention to was the calories category.  Just the thought of trying to reel in my consupmtion of carbs and sodium was ridiculous to me.  And I swiftly hid the sugar category!  No need to see that crazy big ole red number every day!  

As I started to get the hang of reaching my calories goal, I began to make little changes in my diet. In addition to finding ways to cut unnecessary calories from my diet, I also began to look for ways to reduce my sodium and carb intake.  

Now I find myself regularly trying to stay under in the carbs and sodium categories.  I think that making the little adjustments in my diet has helped.  Since I now buy reduced sodium products and rarely eat out, it is a little bit easier to stay under for the day.  I naturally gravitate towards lower fat foods so I've been trying to get as close to the fats macro as possible.  I've been doing this by eating more nuts, and this has helped me stay under in the carb category!  win-win! 

I haven't even tracked sugar since I started this thing.  That was the most laughable category to me.  Heck, I regularly use up all of my sugar allowances before lunch!  

But with my calories, carbs, fats, proteins and sodium relatively under control, I've decided that now is the time to at least start tracking the sugar.  I'm going to monitor it for a bit and start trying to make tiny changes here and there to slowly drop the number. 

I'm excited that I feel like I am finally ready to tackle this part of my diet!  My goal is to set myself up for sustainable success, so baby steps are really the key here.  I know that I am not perfect, and I will never be perfect, but I'm glad that I have the drive within myself to try to become a better version of me.  

 

My Sandwich

If you have been checking out my diary, then surely you've noticed that I like to eat the same things over and over again.  It's working for me at the moment so don't judge... :)

Anyway, I typically eat this sandwich for lunch every day: 

 

Two slices of toasted Brownberry Healthful 10 Grain Bread, about 2oz of Sara Lee low sodium oven roasted turkey, 1/4 of an avocado, and some spring mix lettuce!  

I love this sandwich.  It is about 285 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 24 grams of protein.

Mmmmm 

 

 

A Little Inspiration

I do my running on the track at my YMCA.  (I'd love to go outside, but I have two small children that I get to put in the daycare when I run at the Y- so I'm very happy to have the track!) 

ANYWAY, I'm up there almost every morning- and I see a bunch of the same people every day.  

I'm inspired by many of the dedicated people I see, but one person in particular really inspires me.  His name is Harry, and he is 82 years old.

Harry is a sprinter. He still competes and he is quite good!  Harry told me that at the last track meet he participated in there were 30 men in his age group competing! One man who was shooting discus was 102 years old!!  

I hope that when I am 82 years old I can still be a runner, just like Harry!   

New Diary Setting

I decided to switch things up with my diary! 

I'm still eating the same foods, but instead of having "breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks" as categories, I'm gonna log my food into various time periods instead. (8am-10am, 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm, 6pm-8pm)   

This is not this first time I've switched up my diary setting and it will probably not be the last time either!  

I find that switching things up like this helps me when I feel like I'm having difficulties sticking to my calorie goals.  I'm really pumped about this change and I have a feeling that this week is going to kick ass :)   

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