Thursday, July 5, 2012

5 Days In

When I started this mini journey it wasn't about weight loss. The main goal has always been to kick my sugar habit. The hidden goal, though, is to lose some weight, even a little bit. So far it's been fairly easy to avoid (and control myself around) sugary snacks/drinks/desserts. Five days in I haven't yet cheated. But it can be complicated.

The other day, on the way to my mother-in-law's salon, I thought about how the first thing I do when we walk in is grab a few cookies. I made sure to keep that thought active so I wouldn't mess up out of reflex. Last night the issue wasn't cupcakes downtown during the Valley 4th celebration, it was the fresh lemonade I had to struggle to avoid. In the 'burg fresh lemonade means a few lemons, some water, and several cups of sugar.

A friend told me today that when we meet this coming Monday for lunch I shouldn't worry about finding food; surely there will veggies and dirt at the restaurant. That's when I assured him my meals hadn't actually changed all that much. I had tacos tonight and bacon at lunch. I'm hoping to lose some weight by just cutting a few things out and exercising more.

Yes, I know that getting really healthy will require a re-doubling of my commitment after this five weeks. My main courses will need to radically change. But I've been backsliding for eight years and it's time to grab onto what I can. That damn pendulum isn't swinging back on its own anytime soon. And this small step, cutting out the least nourishing foods and worthless drinks, can bring me progress after just five weeks. That can start me down a path that will hopefully be my gut's final undoing.

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