Alright folks, I'ma be honest.
I'm not even halfway through Candy-Free February, and I am struggling pretty bad.
And, if I'm being 110% honest with myself, I'm cheating by replacing candy with other sweet things that I have no business ingesting. Like, milkshakes. On an almost-daily basis. (I think I've had 2 this week, and I'm craving one now.)
Two or three milkshakes in one week? I might as well toss my scale out the window.
So, a couple of things have crossed my mind.
First -- that maybe depriving myself of things I love (instead of controlling my intake and being disciplined) is hurting me more than helping me. Maybe I need a little more of an internal "You know Cristin, you don't really need to eat 34768456415 mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - six should do" and a little less internal "EAT ALL THE CANDY!"
Second -- maybe I need to focus a little less on my diet and a little more on my activity. It doesn't matter what I cut out of my diet -- if I keep finding ways to cheat myself by replacement, my waistline isn't going anywhere. It's got to be a combination of diet habits and activity.
With that said though, I'm not giving up on Candy-Free February. I'm going to finish it! And enjoy a Big PB Cup on March 1st.
I started rowing again this week, after about 6 weeks off to see how I would handle this semester's course load. I'm rowing twice next week, and probably twice the following week. But I need to commit to a package. I'm going to wait towards the end of February though, because committing to a package at RowZone is dependent upon a few other factors going on right now.
Aside from that though, I've always wanted to try yoga. So I think March will be Yoga-A-Day March. I'm going to put together a short yoga routine for myself and force myself to do it every single day, no excuses. That, paired with diet changes and rowing, should do a lot for my health in a short amount of time.
I hope yoga is a habit that ends up staying with me, just like being soda-free has been.
Speaking of soda: I drank a Sprite the other night and it tasted positively syrupy. I think soda might really be out of my system. Success!