Posted by: Nadine | February 2, 2009

I haven’t posted in a couple days due to crazy busyness, and perhaps a TOUCH of laziness.  I’ve got a couple minutes now, and a little motivation, so here we go….

We spent our Saturday grocery shopping in Penticton.  Now that may not sound exciting to YOU, but for a housewife that doesn’t get out near as much as she should, it was truly the highlight of my week.  What made it so exciting was that I got to actually pick what kind of food I wanted – Ryan usually does pretty good following the shopping list, but I might see something along the way that I want/need.  We made Walmart our last stop, and it was a good thing, because just being in there damn near sucked the life out of me.  It was jam-packed full of people trying to push past each other in aisles that are too narrow – some jackass actually knocked my stroller with his shopping cart.  I don’t know what it is about that place – the cheap lighting, the lack of breathing space – it just gets to me.  Then, we were waiting in line, and a cashier one aisle over was closing her till up.  Out comes the manager, wearing his plastic smile, said something to the lady, then walked away.  Poor thing came over to us and told us to come to her till.  On the way over, she grumbled something about “I was supposed to be going home, I guess I’m not now”.  While she was ringing our stuff through, I commented about how crazy it was in there, and she said she had been there for 9 hours.  It made me remember working at the fast food restaurant I used to work at and being “asked” to stay late when it was busy.  They made it sound like a choice, but it never really was, if you wanted to keep your job.  I felt so bad for this poor lady.

I’d spent the past few days cutting back on snacks and sweets, but on Sunday I decided it was time to get serious about my diet.  I had bought a food scale on my shopping trip, so it’s really easy to measure my food – no more excuses!  So I spent the morning planning out my meals, leaving room for my weekly “mommy/Haley time” where I usually take her out for lunch, and I stuck to it.  Yes, I STUCK TO IT.  I used the Nutrimirror website to track my meals and snacks, I stayed within my calorie allowance.  For the whole day.  When Ryan broke out the bag of chips, instead of caving, I took my knitting to my bedroom and shut the door so I couldn’t see them, couldn’t smell them and couldn’t hear him eating them.  Happy dance!  AND I’m halfway through today, still going strong.  There seems to be junk food everywhere I turn, but I’d rather be healthy for life than be happy (or gratified, I should say) for the five minutes it takes for me to stuff my face with chips and candy.  Oh yes.  I rock.

Despite the excitement, today I’m feeling kind of meh.  I’ve had a nagging headache all day, which I’m assuming is sugar withdrawal.  Moodwise I’m all over the place – as long as I’m by myself, I’m fine, but the minute I have to share my space with anyone (besides Willow) I get super cranky.  But I’m going to just keep plugging along, because I know that this will all be worth it.  And I’m hoping that with Haley and Ryan seeing me say “no” to overindulgance and junk food, they might just be more inclined to make healthier choices for themselves.

That’s it – that’s what I’ve got for today.


Responses

  1. I heard recently .. that it take 19 days to make or break a habit.. 🙂 so just stick it out for 19 days and then it should be a lot easier (although and addiction supposedly take 45 days)

    you might find this interesting I haven’t really read it but someone gave it to me… and I had a little look .. 🙂
    http://www.hashref.com/summaries/TheNowHabit.pdf

  2. The sugar withdrawls last about three days. 😀

    Nadine, you are doing AMAZING!!! Congrats on locking yourself in your room. I do that, when I need a time out. For example I’m about to rip someones head off for no really good reason that would stand up in a court of law.

  3. Mag – I heard about the same thing (21 days) so I’m gritting my teeth. Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out.

    Dee, you make me giggle. Thanks for the encouragement – I know I can get through this.

  4. Nadine i think you are doing an amazing job. We are trying the more veggies and fruit thing, and less sugary stuff, plus Derek and i are going to try to quit smoking again.

    Keep up the good work!!

    • awww, thanks anita – every little bit of encouragement helps! Good luck on quitting smoking!


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