After growing two babies at the same time inside my body, I told myself I wouldn’t bother myself with fitness thoughts until those babies were at least six months old. When that day came, I felt ready, but, with all the dieting options, I had trouble deciding how to go about getting fit. (In researching postpartum fitness, I found out about my diastasis recti. Moms of Multiples out there may want to research it, too.)
However, after watching the documentary “Fed Up,” I am attempting to limit my sugar intake. This may not be the plan for me in the long run, but I was curious enough to try it for a week. I’m not exactly following the Fed Up Challenge (10 Days Sugar Free). Instead, I’m combining that with the American Heart Association’s guidelines for health regarding sugar, and of course I’m breaking many rules. I’m even allowing myself local raw honey. My goal is to keep track of any added sugar content I find on a container or a box in attempt to stay within the recommended daily amount (6 teaspoons or 25 grams for women; 9 teaspoons or 37.5 grams for men) for one week. Today is Thursday, July 2, 2015. I am 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weigh 130 pounds. I usually feel my best when I’m around 125, but I can’t determine yet if that has changed after this body survived such a mess last year. After this experience, my endurance is en pointe, and I’m even stronger than when I worked out at the gym every day. (The boys weigh over 40 pounds combined now, and I lift them countless times each day.) Nevertheless, I hope to combine this new diet with a daily 30-minute workout. I miss feeling fit, so here’s to first days.
9am – Breakfast – Coffee and Yogurt
Heavy Whipping Cream
Local, Raw Honey
1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt (2.5)
1 Cubed Peach
1/4 cup granola (6)
Local, Raw Honey
At noon, I ask the babies if they want to get in the stroller and go for a walk, but then I realize that it’s raining. We’ll try again this evening. At 1pm, I’m surprised that I haven’t felt hungry until now.
1pm – Lunch – Roast Beef Sandwich
2 slices of bread (4)
It was a small sandwich, so I’m hungry again in 2.5 hours.
3:30pm – Snack
Here’s the tough decision part. Dinner. No time to cook, and someone else has volunteered to pay for take-out pizza. I’m not going to pass up free food, so I had three of the tiniest pieces of pizza–Hawaiian, Mushroom, and Meat-Lovers. If I had given it more thought, I would have passed on the Hawaiian because it had double the sugar of the other two. I also had a breadstick and marinara sauce, but that means I’ve capped out on sugar for the day–even gone over by about 3 grams.
6:30pm – Dinner – Take-Out Pizza
Day One taught me a few things, so I will make improvements tomorrow. I want to start the day with a bigger water bottle (maybe a little lime inside), and I’ll remember that the bread of the sandwich wasn’t worth four grams and go with a salad instead. Mostly, today affirmed that diet choices reflect grocery shopping choices. Time to clean out my pantry.