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January Challenge: Day 14

[This month, as part of my New Year’s Resolution, I committed to cutting out sugar, alcohol, spending money, and checking my weight.]

We’re almost halfway there, ladies!!!!!!

Sugar

I’m noticing more and more instances of me craving sugar. This really only ever happens when there are sweets in my line of sight. I’ve gotten pretty close but I haven’t ever caved, which I’m proud of. For example, on Saturday I was in Northampton and walked INTO Glazed (the donut shop that revolutionized my college experience) and somehow didn’t buy a donut! Who have I become?! Also, I ordered a coffee today (which was wild, I might write about that soon) and there was no sugar in it and it was just .. not good. But I don’t like coffee to begin with so I don’t think that was a sugar-specific thing.

Scale

Well I checked my weight on Saturday. In my defense, it was at the end of the day, I was fully clothed, and it was in my friend’s bathroom. Meaning that all of the things I do to keep my weigh-ins consistent were not present. In my head, this weight check doesn’t count just because of how inaccurate it was.

Something I did at home was to move my scale into the bathroom closet. I honestly think this has made a world of difference. I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before. This made it more of a “challenge” to weigh myself because I couldn’t just absentmindedly hop on it, like I might when it was in its original location.

Spend

So Saturday…. (are y’all noticing a pattern here?) I went to Lucky’s and bought two septum rings and I bought dinner at Pita Pockets and I spent money at Glazed… I really needed to make the most of my short time back in NoHo, I guess. Also, this morning I was feeling super fatigued and I Ubered to work. It’s been so long that I took an Uber that I was honestly shocked by the price. Remember when I was Ubering to work upwards of 3 times per week? Yikes!! Wholly unsustainable!! But basically I’ve been way looser on the whole no-spend thing than I’ve wanted to be. If my intention is to actually save money and to collect fewer “materials,” then it’s absolutely time to tighten the reins.

I’ve begun creating a running list of things I want to buy once this spending freeze is over. I’m pretty excited but it’s also somewhat helping me put things into perspective between what I want and what I actually need.

Alcohol

I went to a wine-and-cheese party on Saturday and didn’t drink any wine?! I was shocked, too! But it was definitely helpful because it meant that I could drive home that night: Responsibility! Only two people commented on it, but it was in a banter-y way so it was absolutely fine. I’m a little bummed that I won’t be able to get obliterated on Wednesday when the term ends. 😦 But it’ll be okay, I presume…..

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January Challenge: Day 6

This month, I committed to cutting out sugar, alcohol, spending money, and checking my weight. Here’s an update on my first week!

Sugar

Sugar is fine… I haven’t had TOO many opportunities to succumb. Though a difference I’ve inadvertently made has been eating BREAKFAST though which is new. They’ve been pretty high fat (except for Friday) including eggs or beans or avocados, so I haven’t even been that hungry at lunch time. This has definitely helped me avoid the mindless grazing. Friday my breakfast was just mango slices and the tiny slice of avocado I had left so I was pretty famished before lunch. Thankfully there were no sweet treats in sight so I overcame, ha.

Scale

It’s been SO hard to not check my weight! It’s all i want to do. I cannot believe i have another 27 days of this. I might give myself a freebie check next week on Friday. I know weight loss is a long game so 6 days of change won’t be iconic–just water weight if anything. I really need to hold out and see some notable progress on Feb 1st that way I’ll be extra motivated to keep going? I think were I to look next month and be around my goal for the month, I would be so elated that I’ll continue my breakfast + no sugar/alcohol habits with enhanced vigor.

Spend

Not spending hasn’t been particularly challenging–partially because all of my Dec 31st purchase are slowly coming in. Though I’m realizing I do need to get my bills/finances in order. I want to create a monthly shopping list so I can limit my major spending and be able to keep more of a handle on it. And that way, it’ll be purchases that I *know* I want, and not just things I’ve bought on a whim.

Sangria

(I had to round out the alliteration, ok!) I’ve kinda been staying in. Not significantly more than usual but a little. I’ve told one person I can’t hang out due to alcohol but that was specifically because we were planning to go get drinks. It’s been kind of isolating…kind of. Hanging out typically seems to be based all around (spending) money (on) alcohol or sweets. I’m going to have to get creative this month!

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Monthly Challenge: January Edition

Each month, I’m going to be committing to a new 30 day challenge. That’s roughly the amount of time it takes to settle into a habit. For this month, I may have gotten a little overzealous in my goals–but nevertheless committed! In January, I’m going to be saying “no” to alcohol, sugar, spending money, and checking my weight. For some background, parameters, and “the why” of it all, keep reading.

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