Crap Free Living starts today
I really debated over what to have for breakfast this morning, but the more I thought about it, the more I just wanted a simple bowl of cereal. Above is 1.5 cups of Honey Nut Cheerios with 1 tbsp flax sprinkled on top, plus 1 medium banana and 1 cup of skim milk. The husband isn’t using milk for cereal this week, so I was able to go down to skim from 1%, yay. It’s only a 20 calorie difference per cup but hey, every bit adds up. I had a cup of black coffee when I got to work. Its weird, but there was a time when this would’ve tasted bitter to me, in here in just the last couple of weeks, a cup of black coffee has become quite pleasing, even though I drank two sweetened beverages over the weekend.
Today is the first day I’m no longer officially under Crap Free Week rules. But I found through my experiment that this was not an unreasonable way of living. I wasn’t restricting anything good for me, only additives and chemicals that I can do without. I still enjoyed a cup (sometimes two) of caffeine but from black coffee and plain teas, no sugar or artificial sweeteners or creamers added (with the exception of my two weekend Starbucks runs-one was just with soymilk though). So from here on out, the rules pretty much stay the same, only we’re now into Crap Free Living.
I have really tackled my cravings for sweets and snacks, especially at night. I make sure that dinner is very satisfying by making what I’m really craving (and having lots of stuff available to chose from) and then a small snack of either fruit, cereal or a rice cake at night, keeping most late night snacks under or around 100 calories. I have been wanting for NOTHING, I truly mean that.
I got on the scale this morning and saw 151.5 lbs. Even though I was up 0.5 for the month of March, I technically lost 2.5 lbs just last week (on Monday 2/23, I was at 154). I’m not making weight loss a priority with my new Crap Free lifestyle, its about much more than that. But any added benefit would be greatly appreciated nonetheless 😉
I cleaned out the pantry and fridge this weekend and threw together a bag of stuff to take to work because I can’t stand for anything to go to waste or in the garbage. I removed all the sugar free jello pudding and no sugar added rice pudding (which I didn’t care much for anyway) from the fridge, drink mixes (powdered, cider, hot cocoa), and a few other odds and ends from the pantry. I think I now officially have no more crap (that’s mine) in my house!
I think one thing I’m going to have some issues with is gum. I like chewing gum once or twice a day because it keeps my mouth from getting dry and gets rid of some powerful food tastes like onions and stuff. What should I do in place of this? Sugarless gum, like Extra, contains aspartame, so I don’t want to chew it anymore if I can help it. But I don’t want to pop sugar-laden higher-calorie gums or mints either. Hmm…I may just have to get back to brushing my teeth after meals and keep drinking lots of water I guess.
I’ve gotta get at least 20 minutes of yoga in today, which I think I’m going to do tonight between dinner and “24” or perhaps right before bed, as long as I choose a relaxing program and nothing vigorous that’s going to fire me up! 😉 I’ve got a 5k coming up on Saturday morning, so I’ve also got to practice running a few more times this week. But I’m really looking forward to it!