Looking Back to January
My theme for 2021 is #YearofHealth, and my plan is to have a theme of the month for each month of the year. January was Less Sugar. I’d say the less sugar plan worked well, overall.
In the first few days, I had slight headaches, presumably through sugar withdrawal, but they were not at all unbearable. For the first three weeks, I was very keen and really didn’t have a problem staying almost sugar free. The final week was a bit different, as I constantly thought about sugar.
I had planned to stay on the less sugar plan for four weeks, ending on 28 January, in time for my birthday, and a planned weekend away. As this date approached, I desperately wanted to give up, every day. But I made it to the last day, and must admit that I felt quite good after four weeks of almost no sugar.
I’m fairly sure that to successfully stay sugar free, you would need to replace sugary foods with foods that are sugar free. I have a few sugar free cookbooks and had planned to try new snack recipes, but this didn’t happen. I didn’t replace the high sugar foods with a substitute. I just went without. Next time I would have sugar free snacks on hand.
My hope was that by the end of January, I would be feeling so great and motivated, that I’d want to go sugar free forever. I’m sure it’s no surprise to hear that this didn’t happen. I did feel great but not motivated to continue it permanently.
I love the way eating hardly any sugar made me feel, so will do it for a week or maybe even two, every month. For me that’s doable. This may change as the year progresses and I get more accustomed to a sugar free lifestyle. After only four weeks almost sugar free, I’m not really seeking out sugary foods even now.
Looking Forward to February
My intention for February is to focus on Fitness, as there has been a huge decline in my fitness level, since breaking my arm in December. I haven’t done much walking, due mainly to the hot weather which makes my arm feel hot, sweaty and uncomfortable under the brace. I have been walking, but distances have been much shorter than usual. My arm has now been free from the brace for a few days, so I’m getting back to serious exercise. I plan to walk every day in February, which will help me feel a bit better about my fitness.
To motivate me and keep me on track I’ve started another Conqueror Virtual Fitness Challenge. I completed one of these virtual challenges, late last year and loved it. The challenge I chose last year, was the Camino de Santiago Virtual Challenge 2020.
This time I’ve chosen the Ring Road Virtual Challenge, which is a virtual walk around Iceland, of 1332 kilometres. To do this I’m recording my daily steps total on the Conqueror Challenge App. I’ve chosen to complete the challenge in 20 weeks, which means that I need to walk about 11,900 steps every day to stay on track.
I’m a bit ashamed to say that I’ve done no gym at all since my accident. There really is no excuse for this, as there are things I could have done in the gym, other than exercises that need the use of my arm. I think I lost the plot a bit, and just gave up. I’m now back in the gym, but my arm is still weak, so I can’t use it for lifting weights just yet. I’m just going through the motions of the exercises that I would normally do, but with either no weights or extremely light weights, under the advice of my physio. I’m also doing legs, spin bike and lots of stretching.
Sue from Women Living Well Over 50 has created a February challenge called #FitFabFeb The theme for week 1 was Get moving. I plan to join in with this challenge, as it fits in perfectly with my own plans. Pop over and check it out. I’m sure Sue would love to have you join in the fun.
Previous #YearofHealth posts:
2021 Year of Health – January
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