Sunday, 18 October 2015

Kicking The Sugar Hangover - Throwing Down The Gauntlet

OK guys, I have a confession, I have totally fallen off the fitness and healthy lifestyle waggon into a pile of glistening, sickly, sugar and copious amounts of alcohol - yep I don't do things by halves! Suffice to say, it's not ideal and it's time for me to get my ass back into gear!




Truth be told I feel like I've been suffering from one type of hangover or other for a while - and no it's not all alcohol before you get signing me up to AA, it's actually mainly a sugar hangover that's kept me reaching for the hair of the dog. 

The sugar hangover is the repetitive need to consume sugar. That feeling of waking up in the morning and needing that kick - whether it's in cereal, biscuits or a mocha, it's almost autonomous, you don't realise, until you recognise the feeling of satisfaction after you've finished your sweet treat. 

Well, for me, my poison has been macaroons and ice cream, not to mention several glasses of Sauv Blanc and it's left me with a fuzzy, unsatisfied feeling that is not the one! Aside from the extra pound or two I can also feel piling on, I've also noticed my will power has slowly started depleting, even against myself (just another one? Oh go on, you may as well finish the packet) all a direct cause of my rather bad diet of quick meals, copious amounts of alcohol and very little veg. A far cry from the healthy lifestyle I was living a year ago and to be honest, doesn't feel as fun as it may sound. 

Knowing me as you do from reading this blog, one thing I hate is loosing self control, once in a while, sure but not consistently. Hell no! 



So, this is me putting my stake in the ground, saying I am and will be better! I did it once and survived (read about it here) so I can do it again and I'm also setting myself a series of challenges; feel free to join in with me if you're in the mood for a bit of a shake up too.

1. Three weeks without sugar - that includes fruit too. 
Yep, as of Monday I'm abstaining from the white stuff and I'm going to be documenting my progress on my FB page every couple of days, so if you're interested in seeing how I'm getting on, check it out here.

2. Limiting the amount of alcohol I drink
What can I say, a drink comes with my territory at the moment but I need to go without it for a while, so I'm going to do my best to stop drinking in the week and just save it for the weekends if I absolutely must - and yes I'll try and avoid wine when I do (hmph)

3. Get my fitness back on track
Unfortunately my gym closed down in Canary Wharf and short of paying £100+ for a new membership, I've not had many options. Although now I have managed to wangle a free membership with Pure Gym because of the inconvenience so really there is no more excuse. I'm also looking at new routines too, the same day in, day out is fine for a short rotation but my body totally plateaued so it's time to shake it up

4. Planning meals in advance
I've spent approx £7 a day on lunch for ages now and when I think about how much money that is, it infuriates me. It's such a waste of money, especially when you don't know what's in it and I could be making stuff at home and not only saving myself money, but also know what's in my food i.e. no sugar - so as of this week, it's home cooking all the way

5. Drink two litres of water a day
Pretty obvious right, but I'm betting increasing the water I drink and reducing the sugar will have magical effects on my skin and in particular the headaches I've been getting lately. 

So there you have it, not ground breaking, not unknown - but a challenge to get me back on track, with the view that it'll stop being a challenge and just become habit soon enough. 

I'll do a follow up post in four weeks so you guys can see if I've stuck to it and share any tips or experiences along the way.  If you've got any inspiration or tips for me though, please do share - it's looking like a pretty big task from where I'm stood right now. 
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