Friday, February 8, 2013

Candy-Free February Update

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!


  1. I did the same thing as you when I gave up candy for Lent a couple of years ago. I ended up eating puppy chow and other stuff that wasn't "candy". It was so dang hard! I am giving up alcohol for Lent, wish me luck sister!!! I have already given myself 2 papal dispensations though, for St Patty's Day and Josh's birthday.

    1. I wish you luck! I don't think I will have an alcohol-free month this year. No can do. But yeah I def need to curb the non-candy sweets ingestion. I shall start.....tomorrow. ;)