I was given a list for the Container Store, Wholefoods, and wherever else I could score the appropriate deals for changing the way I use my kitchen and eat. I actually have my counter top clean and my table visible for the first time since moving in.
Is this all life-changing? Not really. But the reality is that none of us can or chose to take the time to plan out our day to day, so these issues start to stockpile and then – seemingly overnight – we are unhealthy, unhappy, and in my case, slightly overweight and slightly near-being fired!
Learning that how I live is a metaphor for how I look and act is an eye-opener…
My prep day for the program is Sunday. I appreciate working one on one with Cat through Skype to set things up and work on a live kitchen-demo for dinner that night. I have mastered making short grain brown rice which I use for many meals during the week, and overall my energy level is improved.
I hear myself laughing – it is a good thing. I think my temper is subduing.
Tuesday, we have a big meeting where I work. My Boss is still very upset with me (we lost a client after all) and although she does not point me out – her eyes tell the story. Cat warned me not to be sensitive during this time and to focus my change on my colleagues and clients. This is hard. Old Jenny really just wants the Boss to be happy. Today, I actually congratulated a colleague without thinking.
A plate of gluten-free pastries is offering me sympathy, but I know that gluten-free does not mean sugar-free. So many of my friends are on the gluten-free band wagon and gained weight… Cat explains this phenomenon to me and like with everything else, the more you know yourself, the better the choices you make.
This week my treat of choice is an apple. I cannot remember the last time I had these. A friend brings me a big bag from a roadside stand on her back from the Hamptons. They make my place smell great and it is quite therapeutic eating one. There is no sweet piece of dark chocolate heaven this week.
I am now down to one sugar in my coffee. It may not sound like an accomplishment to you – but I never thought it possible. I have switched from cream to whole organic milk and not noticed that I am missing anything.
Now for a sensitive topic. Being regular. Like a lot of people, I thought going to the bathroom regularly was for sissies. Well, this is my 4th day of the new plumbing and let me tell you – it is awesome!
The week passes quickly.
On Saturday I slip up with syrup on a waffle at brunch. The entire choice was wrong, but I eat it and actually feel the sugar high fall off much faster. I know better. My body knows better.
I have cut my alcohol consumption to once a week during this program and thereafter, try to limit it to work special events and one night socially. This is a huge waste of calories and energy, and a whopping amount of sugar that defies reality!
I am not looking forward to next week – we are adding exercise. I think I am allergic to it.
Hanging in until next week.