21DSD Jan 2018 – Day 8 and Day 8

Day Eight happened twice for me, you’re not miscounting the dates.  Yesterday I ended up partaking on some items on the “No List.”  Long story short, I absorbed a large number of emotional stressors during the day and I just didn’t deal with it so well.  Food and wine is definitely a source of comfort to me when I get stressed, and I just caved.  I woke up this morning feeling like shit about my decision (pardon my French, but it was necessary) but rather than throw in the towel on my detox, I just decided I’d “do over” Day 8 and keep going.  I may extend my detox another day or week – haven’t quite figured that out yet.  For now, I just want to make sure I stay on track.

I’m currently doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox, following the new daily guide and meal plans and blogging about the experience.  Most of my blog content is based on the daily logs from the new guide.  I’m also discussing what I modified and why (any kind of meal plan can’t be “one-size fits all”) as well as track ing my food and macros.  I’m not a calorie counter, but I do think it’s important for me to have an awareness of how much and what percentages I’m eating so it’s easier for me to make changes or adjustments if I start to see a loss of energy, weight-gain, etc.

Daily Meal Plan

Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie + 2 Hardboiled Eggs.  Holy crap, that smoothie is good.  This has been on the 21DSD recipe list for all the books, but I’ve never tried it until now.  So friggin’ good!  I only had one egg since I do collagen coffee as part of breakfast.

Lunch: Cheesesteak Stuffed Potatoes.  These were leftovers but I decided to try on russet instead of sweet potatoes.  I only used a half of a potato because the amount of meat and veggies was substantial.  On a side note, I can’t get enough of the Cashew Cheese sauce.  It’s not great as a standalone, but on foods….YUM.  I may or may not have licked the plate clean.

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Snack: Smoky nuts were planned but my meals ran late today and I wasn’t really hungry.

Dinner:   Grilled Pork Fall Salad.  I made a few modifications here, too.  I had leftover chicken thighs, so instead of a pork chop, I threw the chicken in the cast iron with some of the smoky seasoning blend.  I also added in some sauerkraut.  I’m trying to work more fermented foods into my diet and this seemed like a good place to add.  I only used half the dressing – only because I don’t like to over-dress my salad and a 1/4 cup seemed like over-kill.  Once again, I recommended that you NOT eat the salad as pictured.  Throw it in a bowl, mix it up and eat it ugly.  It’s better that way.

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Fruit:  All in the meals today.

How I’m Feeling

Physically – feeling good.  I don’t know if it was the detox cheat yesterday or my baked potato at lunch, but my energy levels today have been so much better.  Macros are on point although calories are a little low.  However, I just have been eating when I’m hungry and I’m going to bed full.

Mentally/emotionally – I beat myself up for about an hour this morning on my setback yesterday, and then I forgave myself for it and moved on.  It’s only a failure if I let it derail my goals.

Prep and Cooking

Today was a “Easy Cooking Day.”  All I had on the plan to cook was dinner, but I also did my smoothie since I don’t like to pre-prepare those.  I still haven’t made the Cinnamon Banana Bread – only because I have to make my own Cashew flour.

Saving money tip – go to Trader Joe’s or Wegman’s instead of Whole Foods.  I have shopped at both places for this week and I do feel like my money went farther for what I bought.  I can’t quantify that, but just my gut feel based on years of shopping at Whole Foods.

Exercise

  • Running:  3.1 miles @ 9:46 pace
  • Strength training @ 60 minutes

Today’s workout intensity was average and I felt better during strength training than I did last week.  Hard to tell what the reason is – I’ll have to see how things go over the next week or so.

Nutritional Information and Macros

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Closing Out Day 8 (twice)

Honestly, I thought about leaving out my detox slip here to save face.  But then I thought better of it.  This is not an easy thing to do and it’s human to err.  It’s ok if you give in and have that glass of wine (or a few) or cheese, or sugary dessert.  But don’t let that drag you down and give up.  Just pick yourself up and continue on.  Maybe I’ll add another day on my detox.  Maybe another week – I’ll figure that out.  But I’m not going to abandon my goals for a moment of weakness.

Debra

Running for Medals. And Bacon.

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