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No Dew? No Problem!

May 23, 2011

No Dew? No Problem!

I made it an entire week without Mountain Dew, soft drinks, or with the exception of half a margarita (it was Margarita Night!), any caloric beverages at all. Yep, I’m pretty proud right now.

It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be to give it up, though I realized at restaurants and fast food places like Ceeburger Cheeburger it felt like I was missing something, not having a soda with my burger. However, I did notice that after eating out and eating a lot, not having a soda helped me avoid that really bloated and uncomfortable feeling I usually get after eating too much.

Some things I learned:

  • Unsweetened iced tea is awesome! Rather than keeping a pitcher in the fridge and taking up space, I brewed a couple cups of super strong tea, then put it in a travel coffee mug in the fridge. Whenever I wanted iced tea, I just poured a couple tablespoons into a glass of water, which meant I could make it as strong/weak as I wanted to, saved space, saved time, and avoided using any of those powdered mixes (too many chemicals).
  • Coffee is pretty good black, now that I’m older. It also helps that after a few days, my urge to have super sugary everything was actually dulled a bit, so the bitter taste was nice. I only had it a couple times, not wanting to feed my caffeine addiction, but it really helped get the day started for me.
  • Lunchtime runs when I’m at the office are way more helpful in terms of waking me up than my lunchtime soda ever was. I felt a lot better after the run, burned more calories, and I think it made me a more effective worker.
  • Even without drinking soda, my diet is still not super healthy. Right now, I’m living between 3 houses (long story) and in NYC and Newark 1 day a week each, then at the parent’s house on weekends, so it’s sot of hard to have a planned eating schedule, eating out is easier, and it’s really difficult to keep fresh fruit and vegetables on hand. It’s something I really need to work on and figure out!

Moment of truth: the weigh-in. Seriously, I cannot express how disappointing this one was. I genuinely think my scale must be broken or something, because when I got on it again today, I actually had gained a pound in the past week. I don’t know if it was maybe water weight, or muscle, a broken scale or something, but the fact of the matter is I’m seriously disappointed by that number. Come on body, I’m trying to do the right thing here! The weird thing though, is that I can actually see the difference and feel the difference in the past week- I was wearing pants I had worn on Easter, and when I wore them then, I felt uncomfortable and they felt tight all day. When I wore them on Friday, they were almost falling off. I can also see more definition in my stomach. So even if the weigh-in didn’t go how I wanted it to, I know I made progress. I’ve always tried not to get hung up on the scale because, as my awesome bike fitter pointed out, I’m not like normal girls. I have a lot more muscle than most women, and I develop muscle really fast. That’s why I never lift heavy! But the point is that since muscle has heavier mass per unit of volume than fat, when I do slim down, the scale tends to go up.

That being said, I still have a goal weight in mind that is now 11 lbs. less than I currently weigh in at. We’ll see what happens, but I would really like to drop that pre-cx season. This week I have another plan…

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