I'm still alive!
Let's see, where did I last leave you all? January was my first month of my challenges, and I was challenging myself to bring breakfast to work. It was a successful month, and I was happy to report on my last blog post that I was successful for the month of January. That particular challenge has now turned into an actual habit, which was my main goal, and I'm proud to say that since January 1st, 2018 I have made and brought my breakfast to work every single day.
I didn't post an updated for my February challenge for various reason (see below for more details), but it was to make and bring a lunch every day to work (notice a theme here?). I was also successful in this challenge, and brought my lunch every day. I have also managed to turn this challenge into a habit, and since February 1st, 2018 I've made and brought a lunch to work every single day.
For March, I ended up switching my challenge. Originally I was going to have March be a vegetarian month, but since I was having a lot of trouble with overindulging in sweets, I changed it up and made it a "no sweets month". I mostly succeeded with this challenge.
There were 3 occasions where I broke my no sweets challenge. The first was because a good friend was in town, and it was going to be the last time I would see her for a while since she was moving away. I ended up going to high tea. It was delicious, and I felt a reasonable excuse to skip my no sweets challenge for that event. The second time I broke my no sweets was on Pi Day. I just had to have pie on Pi day (March 14 aka 3.14). I sorely regretted this decision later as I crashed from an overabundance of sugar while I was curling that evening. It was pretty terrible, I was shaky and having the sweats and no matter how delicious the pie was, it wasn't worth feeling that terrible. The last and final time I broke my no sweets rule for March was near the end of the month. I had purchased some Girl Guide cookies when I was done in Seattle to watch the musical Hamilton (Yes, Hamilton is just as amazing as everyone says it is and I was super lucky to get the chance to see it in person). For Canada, we don't have as many options in Girl Guide cookies as the USA, I couldn't resist trying some of the Samoas I've heard so much about. I ended up eating 4 of them over a few days.
All in all, March, while not 100% successful, did help me overcome the urge to eats a bunch of sweets for no particular reason. Stopping and thinking about the sweets, did I really want that sweet?, has made me think about them differently, with my brain as opposed to my tongue. Occasional the tongue takes over, but I'm finding that most of the time my brain will prevail.
The Hardest Thing
With three months under my belt in my monthly challenges experiment, I have to say that the hardest thing I have noticed so far is that I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about and planing my food. Between food planing and my new exercise regime I'm exhausted.
Exercise? Yup! A while back (read a few years ago), I hurt my knee. Slowly over a few years, I gained a bunch of weight, which made the pain I was dealing with even worse. Multiple x-rays, doctors and incorrect physio I finally made it into a sports medicine specialist who was able to help. Part genetic and part previous injury, the specialist gave me a bunch of exercises to do and my knee is slowly starting to feel better.
Until I started having some relief in pain, I didn't actually realize how bad my knee had gotten. I was experiencing two levels of pain, this sharp intense stabbing pain that would come on suddenly and the go away, and this low level always there pain. Until the absence of pain, I didn't even notice that I had a low level of pain constantly in my knee. That pain was being drowned out by the sharp sudden stabby pain.
I have a long way to go, both with strengthening my knee and losing some weight, but after almost three years of it slowly getting worse, I'm finally on the right track...now I just have to stop getting colds and hurting myself in other ways (pulled a muscle in my leg :( ) and I'll eventually be right as rain!
Any ways, that is why my blog posting and my book reviewing has petered down to practically nothing, I have only so much mental energy in me, and at the moment, I'm spending most of it trying to get healthier. I'll do my best to write a bit more often, but I make no promises.
Note: I didn't bother to proof-read this post, so I appoligize for any grammatical errors. Honestly if I spent the time to proof-read this post, posting it wouldn't happen (then mental energy I was talking about is to blame)