That quote (though not mine) resonated in my head this weekend at a moment of almost weakness! Thinking to all the work I had put in on keeping myself accountable all week for my Sugar Detox and making sure that I stayed on track and didn’t have slips make my almost slip something that will help keep me pushing forward. Last Friday night I met my hubs and some other family on the river for an evening ride to kick off the weekend. After the boat ride, we ended up at a restaurant on the river. I was able to get some grilled fish and roasted veggies for my dinner; however, I was not prepared for it to come served over rice (one of my weaknesses) but that’s not where the almost slip began. After finishing my dinner and waiting for everyone else to finish up, I, on impulse grabbed a pack of crackers that was in front of me on the table and opened and popped one in without thinking! I immediately grabbed for a napkin and spit it out. That little unconscious near slip may not nullify a week of progress to some, but to me, it’s cheating and cheating IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! It also reminded me that a lot of us are very guilty of social and impulse eating. Something that I know has derailed me so many times on my journey.
So the next day I thought about why I may have wanted that cracker and remembered how much I love chips. I have always been addicted to those salty snacks since I can remember. So that day when I headed to the co-op I grabbed a bag of Brussels Sprouts and opted to make a version of my own “chips” without all the guilt or cheating! Super simple and QUICK!
3 cups Brussels sprout leaves
1 Shallot, diced
1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1/2 tsp Badia Complete Seasoning
Kosher Salt/Kracked Pepper
Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl combine all ingredients and toss. Transfer to baking sheet and place in preheated oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until leaves are crispy. For best chips, remove from the oven several times and toss leaves with spatula and continue baking. Remove from oven and spread on clean baking dish to cool.
So what have I learned on this week’s Sugar Detox journey –
I am stronger than a simple craving.
If I keep on track I have TIGER BLOOD and can push through anything.
Weakness is temporary, achieving goals is FOREVER!
Never ever EVER, count on the scale to prove how successful you are! Sometimes the scale fluctuates, but truth is in strength and fit of your clothes.
Food journaling is great, but your body always keeps a more accurate account of what you are doing.
As we head into the long Memorial Day weekend, I have to say I am somewhat scared of options that may/may not be presented to me, but I will face those obstacles when they arise one step at a time. I will be prepared with snacks and other options to keep me on track and I will take clothes with me to get even the shortest amount of exercise in that our schedule may permit. Holiday sabotage only has power if you allow it to. This weekend I challenge you to stay accountable, don’t beat yourself up, but be confident on your journey and continue to make the best choices you can to stay on track!