My Health and Fitness Journey: Update!

My Health and Fitness Journey: Update!

My blog has been "dark" for a couple of weeks now as I focused on teaching--finishing the semester strong, grading essays, etc.--but now, I'm on winter break, and it's high time for an update. When I first started this blog, my focus was 100% on reducing sugar intake. Since I'd let sodas and sweets creep [...]

My Low-Sugar Journey: Update #6 (Handling Celebrations)

My Low-Sugar Journey: Update #6 (Handling Celebrations)

Food is an inseparable part of many social events, from birthday parties to bridal showers to Super Bowl Sunday. For many, Halloween marks the beginning of a season of celebratory treats. In my house, the celebration starts a little earlier, with my husband's October birthday and, as we enter this particular holiday season, I've been [...]

My Low-Sugar Journey: Update #5 (My No-Cooking, No-Dishes Meal Plan)

I couldn't do it anymore. I was going to go NUTS if I kept eating in restaurants for every meal, so yesterday, I hit up Whole Foods (Whole Paycheck? We'll get to that.) to buy some food that: doesn't require cooking (microwave excluded) doesn't require me to wash dishes (I don't know where I put [...]

My Low-Sugar Journey: Update #4 (The Measure of Success)

My Low-Sugar Journey: Update #4 (The Measure of Success)

When I stepped on the scale yesterday morning, my heart skipped a beat, and not in a good way. It said I had gained SEVEN pounds since last week. I stayed calm. I entered this "new" weight (the highest EVER) in my FitBit app. I started thinking of possible explanations...too much salt? Not enough water? [...]

My Low-Sugar Journey: Update #3 (“Begin Again”)

My Low-Sugar Journey: Update #3 (“Begin Again”)

Hello and welcome back! I don't know about you, but I love this time of the year! Fall is definitely my favorite season. The weather starts cooling down enough for me to add a cozy blanket to my bed, sip some hot tea, and break out the slow-cooker to make some tasty soups and stews [...]

My Low-Sugar Journey: Update #2 (Sugar Addiction?)

My Low-Sugar Journey: Update #2 (Sugar Addiction?)

This week has been filled with ups and downs. Some days, it has felt easy to avoid sugar. I've had some pretty awesome victories, like saying no to a chocolate malt (my favorite!) when we had dinner at The Habit. I've also struggled here and there, occasionally caving to cravings or using celebrations and social [...]

My Low-Sugar Journey: Update #1

Hello and welcome! I "officially" started trying to reduce sugar in my diet one week ago today. Then I ate some chocolate ice cream because I'm a real person. BUT THEN... Yesterday, without really trying, I managed to completely avoid obvious sources of sugar. Here's what I ate and how I felt: For breakfast, Paulo [...]