Greetings Warriors of the World!
This fine and chilly day I’m giving you a brief update on how I’m progressing with my sugar free journey. If you follow my blog on a regular basis, and I know you all do, then you’ll be aware that I’m trying to free myself from the bondage that is my sugar addiction for once and for all. I want to retrain my tastebuds to crave wholesome, healthy foods rather than cookies, brownies, cakes, chocolate and basically anything else which contains seriously high levels of refined and wretched sugar.
The way I’m attempting to do this is by following a meal plan set out for me by a friend of my trainer who’s into competitive bodybuilding and knows his stuff when it comes to nutrition. I sent him my measurements and a list of all the physical activity I do in a week and he has calculated the specific amount of each macro nutrient I personally need in order to stimulate weight loss. And my macro split for each day is the following:
So when Tom, because that’s his name, sent me through the plan incorporating my macro split I’m not going to lie, I burst into tears. Very pathetic of me, I know, but it just looked so darn hard! No more yummy chocolate milk of an evening, gone were my beloved Nakd bars and in their place, were, get this, healthy, wholesome and completely unprocessed foods. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting but it still hit me and my sugar addition for six! In any case, this is the plan in its full and initially very frightening glory:
Ok, so what are your first impressions? Did it make you cry too? Does it look bland, restrictive and devoid of all that gets your tastebuds in a frenzied tangle? My sentiments exactly. But despite my reservations and after a highly motivational pep talk from Craigy Boy which went along the lines of” “Stop whining and just get on with it!”, I did just get on with it.
Week one went really, really well. From Monday to Friday that is. And then lo and behold the weekend came along and I fell off the wagon in quite spectacular fashion. I do believe that fateful Saturday evening I ate a packet of Cadbury’s mini eggs, a packet of Chilli heat wave Doritos and a bag of Marks and Spencer’s extremely chocolatey caramels. Pretty much one straight after the other. At least when I flail and flounder I do it in style, right?? So needless to say that Sunday morning, when I was supposed to weigh myself and report back to Tom, I didn’t. I avoided the scales like the proverbial plague.
Sunday evening I gave myself a good talking to (as did my trainer Michelle. She was mad, real mad!) and was resolved to get back on the wagon first thing Monday morning. I wasn’t ready to let it defeat me quite yet, I’m a Warrior after all!
Week two went something like this:
And then, Sunday morning, I went to the gym and weighed myself, with no expectations whatsoever of any kind of loss. So you can imagine my almighty surprise, shock and delight when I observed myself to be a whole two pounds lighter! “Well slap my thigh and hit me with a crowbar!” I said to myself. “You managed to lose two pounds by half-heartedly following the plan. Just imagine the results you could reap were you to stick to it 100%!”
It was nothing less than a defining moment, gosh darn it, and ever since them I’ve been on my game! I don’t wish to speak too soon - that wagon is never parked too far away - but something within me has “clicked”, my resolve to succeed is firmer than ever and I’m beginning to see food for what it is: fuel that my body needs to carry out all of its essential functions. Now that doesn’t mean that I no longer view eating as one of life’s more pleasurable activities because, and this has been the greatest revelation of all, I thoroughly look forward to my meals and relish every single mouthful. And as I fill it with clean, lean, unprocessed foods I feel a strong sense that my body is thanking me for providing it with what it needs rather than bombarding it with preservatives, additives and a whole host of other chemicals that it struggles to make sense of.
And the good news is that the meal plan does change and vary! That's probably why I burst into tears upon seeing it for the first time - I thought the list constituted what I was going to be eating for the rest of my life! But no, these first three weeks have simply been a way to discover if Tom has calculated the correct macro split and last week’s weight loss suggests that we’re on the right track.
And then there's the added bonus that I've had to become far more creative in my cooking. Spices and herbs are my new best culinary friends and it's incredible the difference they can make to an otherwise very plain and unadventurous dish. I turn my lean steak mince allowance into a yummy, plump and very juicy burger packed full of herbs and spices such as sage, chives, basil and chilli flakes. As for my sweet potatoes, they become chunky, cheerful wedges seasoned with salt, pepper and paprika. Salmon fillets receive a generous topping of tangy dill and I rub my chicken breasts (ooer missus!) in a homemade concoction of various spices which give them a flavoursome kick!
So in conclusion, my dear Warriors of the World, it’s early days yet but I’m going forward with a head full of creative cooking ideas, a heart full of hope and faith in my new found resolve and a belly full of nutritious and delicious fare.
I’ll keep you posted.