calling an audible

I’m calling an audible.

That’s what you call it when you switch a play during a game, right? I’m not a sports person at all, but I used to be in the room when my husband and brothers played a decent amount of Madden.

Anyway, I’m changing the game. In the middle of it.

I am loving Cassie’s By the Numbers Challenge. I’m doing so well focusing on getting enough water and fruits and vegetables. It has helped me think about miles and fitness minutes even when my foot has been cranky. It is doing a good job keeping me focused. In some areas. And in others? Not so much.

So I’ve decided to switch up one category. Not because I can’t do it, but because it I think – for me – it is doing more harm than good. And I know what I need to focus on to be successful. So I’m making a change.

I’m replacing the No-Added Sugar goal with a daily Food Journal goal.

First, I’m having trouble with the no-added sugar goal. Not because I can’t do it, but because of my attitude on days I’m NOT going for no-added sugar. For example, I have pumpkin greek yogurt for breakfast. It has added sugar in it. So then I have half a donut right before lunch, just because I can’t have one the next day because it is a no-added sugar day. And then? The cheesecake taunts me. Just because I know I can’t have it the next day. I could totally make the no-added sugar goal at this point, but I feel like I undo the work on days where I can have sugar.

I’m not amending this goal because I can’t do it. I just recognize that it isn’t a good fit for me. Added sugar is something that I don’t really struggle with UNTIL I’m trying not to have it. And then? It is all I can think about. I can’t have it tomorrow, but I can have it today. So I need ALL OF IT! It just isn’t working for me.

Also, I know what I need to do to be healthy. I need to journal my food. I need to log onto MyFitnessPal every day and put my food in. Just the act of knowing that I will log it keeps me more focused. I’m much less likely to eat half a donut if I have to write it down instead of being more likely to eat it on a non-sugar restricted day.

Does that make sense?

So I’m pulling an audible. I’m switching gears in the middle. I’m counting the 5 sugar-free days I’ve done so far, but I’m going to do the remaining 20 days to finish the category as food journal days instead of sugar-free days. Not because it is easier (at this point, it really really isn’t), but because I need it more.

How are you guys doing?

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2 Comments

  1. I plummeted in mine. I restarted yesterday with different goals. I’ll weigh myself once a week. Eat under 1500 calories 5/7 days. drink 8 cups water/day. 3 servings of fruits/veggies/day at least 5/7 days. run 3x/wk abs 2x/wk. no dessert type snacks 3x/wk.

  2. Okay, brilliant lady. I’ve totally been struggling with this, too. Today’s a sugar day? Hello, 9000 hershey’s kisses and 18 mini brownies. It might feel like a cheat at first for me, but I think I’m going to switch to tracking, too. It all goes in the watch.

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