Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hi!

 
currently reading: Steve Martin's memoir "Born Standing Up." Good stuff.

I just wanted to say hi. I kind of feel like sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the features and the weekly posts and the this and the that...so I thought I would just ramble and write for a little while. Henry is napping (more on this in a bit) and I'm taking a little break from checking things off my to-do list to just sit here for a moment. Yesterday was a busy day so it's nice to take it slow this morning and get everything done.  We woke up a little early yesterday and went to a bootcamp style "Pump Iron" class at the Y (I'm feeling it this morning), then Henry and I headed over to the library for story time with our Mom/baby friends. I've talked about it before but every Tuesday our library puts on a fun morning full of books and interactive songs and games. We've been going since he was just a tiny baby, but are only able to make it on and off whenever I decide to push Henry's normal 9:30ish nap back. However, now that he's down to one nap a day we can go every week.  Or so I thought! After trying it out, I really think that one nap a day is not good for H. He's just so cranky and I feel like he isn't getting as much sleep as he'd like. Each morning we've done the one nap, Henry will just lay down on the floor around 10am like he wants to go to sleep! He'll get insanely cranky and show all of his typical "I'm really, really tired Mom" signs. I thought I'd give it a few days to see if he'd ease into it but I decided to switch us back today. He went down for that first nap immediately so I know it's the right thing. So, goodbye to all of the mid-morning activities I dreamed of us attending. ha. It's okay though, I'm just happy that he will be happier.

Oh! I suppose I should talk a little bit more about this sugar-free thing I'm doing. Today is day five and I'm going strong. I asked Hank this morning to be sure, but yes, my face is definitely clearing up. My right side is almost totally clear and although my left side is not perfect, I feel like everything is healing. I'm really happy. I imagine that in a few more weeks I should see even better improvements. And although it's been less than a week, I'm sleeping so much better. Last night I went to bed a little after 10 and woke up at 7:30. Pretty good considering since having Henry I am the lightest sleeper in the world. I am missing sugar a bit though, and yesterday I had a strong craving for some brownies (damn you Pinterest!), but other than that it hasn't been a big deal.  I am a little surprised though that I haven't seen my hungry-raving-bitch side come out while doing this. A few years ago I tried to do a detox of sorts and I was pretty much intolerable by my own admission. I really, really like food and I'm one of those people that get totally irritable (see also: rude, easily annoyed, cranky) if I don't eat. Although I think in this case I can pretty much eat whatever I want, besides sugar.  There are tons of choices so at least if I'm hungry I can go snack on some lettuce...or something. ;)

The only thing I am a little conflicted about is my upcoming trip to San Francisco. We're visiting a friend who makes sweets for a living, and I'd love to indulge and enjoy his creations. I'm teetering between feeling that I should just stick with my plan and then feeling like I need to live my life. Ugh, I don't know. I feel like maybe I can try some things but not go crazy? But then don't think it would really worth it and that I should finish the 6 weeks perfectly sugar-free. So I don't know. Welcome to the craziness that is my over-thinking mind. And I also realize that if my biggest problem is contemplating eating some gelato then life is pretty good at the moment. Thankful for that.

Soo, other than the great sugar blackout (white out?) of 2012 life is trucking along. Things I've learned this week: avoid Pinterest food boards for the next 5 weeks (especially any sort of dessert recipe), some Moms are just really rude and are unfortunately raising equally rude children (observations while at storytime), and I LOVE LEMON LARABARS (because I miss them so much).

So how about you- how are you doing?
xoxo

50 comments:

  1. My brother calls those hunger related emotions "Hangry" As in, Hungry/Angry :D I suffer from it too!

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    1. Ha! I love it. I am very hangry as we speak... ;)

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  2. I think that maybe instead of denying yourself totally - to just limit. have one of your favorites or a small bit of each. Sometimes when we totally deny our bodies of something we tend to get angry or emotional. I don't know. Just from a stand point of a nutritionist/personal trainer!

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  3. So happy for you, my detox is ruining my day. I'm fine now but only because I drank some coconut water which was not allowed... Also I think you should do whatever you feel is right in the moment in San Fran take a bite or not just don't judge yourself for whatever you decide. Your body will tell you what it needs in the moment.

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  4. The no sugar thing gets easier with time. When I totally detox, it normally takes two full weeks for me to stop craving sweets. I agree with Sonya that you shouldn't totally deprive yourself in SF, especially if you are the type that turns a little wicked without food (I am as well) - just have "bites" instead of full portions.

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  6. Hi Danielle,

    first of all I want to say that I absolutely loved this post. I love life updates and just random posts that have to do with your life at the moment, what you did on the weekend, etc.. those are my favorite ones and the ones that I really pay attention to.

    Second of all, while reading your dilemma about your upcoming vacation and thinking you should just limit and not deprive.. I think that because you're only on a 6 week sugar free plan right now, that you should stick to it. Think of it this way: You are trying to clear up your skin, etc and you want to see full results of that by the end of your 6 weeks.. but you might not get full results if you just limit. 6 weeks is not that long of a time, and once it's up have sugar again and you'll feel damn proud that you did it. And you'll be able to say 100% that sugar is the reason your skin is not the best, etc.

    So yes, while sweets may look AMAZING in San Fransisco... just remember the REASON you are staying sugar free.. and that you can have a day full of sweets by the end of your 6 weeks!!!! You'll be sure glad you did. And it's not like you're not "living your life"..you're just depriving yourself of sweets for 6 weeks.. this isn't a life goal, you know? :)

    hope that helps! haha sorry for the ramble! just want to help!

    -Jessica
    www.jessicakutok.blogspot.com

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  7. That happens to me also, "hangry" you'r so hungry you're angry!

    And I say eat some treats in moderation from your friend!

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  8. I love this post. These types of posts are what made me fall in love with your blog because they are just so natural and gives us that fun little glimpse into your life. I remember you used to always post like this back in the day! Love it :)

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  9. I also have to cut back on my sugars. I did pretty good for a while. It does make your skin break out. I just recently quit smoking cigarettes and its made me want to eat more! ughh. I can suggest try using oils for your face. I know oils sounds scary but they really repair your skin. I use the burts bees repair serum. I have a new blog now too!

    http://tgwtft.blogspot.com/

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  10. I love your personal, updating posts and I love reading about your sugar-free thing, I wish I could do it. I'd say indulge a bit but don't go crazy. It's okay to give yourself a little reward for doing so well. Just have a little fun and go back to it right after. :)

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  11. I'm with Jessica- even if you "limit" and eat sweets in San Francisco you're going to be messing with the experiment. Stay strong! Its only 5 more weeks!

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  12. Totally unrelated to the post but more so to the photo, that book is on my next to read list. :)

    On that subject, have you read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern? I just finished reading it last night and it was such an enchanting book, and written with such flair that I cannot recommend it to enough people, enough times!

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  13. Good for you sticking with your 6 weeks detox plan. I don't think I could ever do it honestly! I love sweets way to much!

    I'm just blogging away and I have some cleaning to do. I not complaining though, I think I'm going to enjoy today! catch up on some knitting and TV shows I've recorded but haven't watched yet!

    Marja
    xoxo

    https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

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  14. You have mad props from me on the detox. I LOVE sugar and I am a raving bitch when I can't satisfy cravings. It was hard enough to cut out gluten (since it eventually could kill me) and now I take a LOT of pleasure in yummy foods. Not great for me, but I also have crap impulse control.

    Not all Larabars have sugar, I think! You can get some that are pretty much just nuts...like pecan pie, peanut butter cookie, etc.

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  15. Your overthinking about the sugar cracks me up because I am one over think things like this. Makes me feel more validated haha!

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  16. thank you so much for your update! I wish you the best in your sugar-free ventures, and would encourage you to avoid the sugar even when on break... since it's only 6 weeks & it seems to be working :)

    good luck with it all!

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  17. I am super moody when I dont eat. I actually tell my husband "I'm about to get super bitchy if I don't eat soon." quite often. Poor guy!

    I am off sugar too. I had been contemplating it for the past 2 weeks or so but I finally decided to stop sugar for just 2 weeks to see how I feel. I'm calling it my "Sugar Strike Challenge", I did a blog post on it and will probably write an update in the next few days.

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  18. I'm paleo and kind of doing a sugar detox right now (look up Whole30). I imagine that at the end of 30 days, I'll find it easier to pass up less nutritious treats. I've found that my palate has really expanded too, so I absolutely LOVE really dark chocolate (Lindt 90% is excellent), but can't stand milk or anything lighter anymore!

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  19. Good luck on your cleanse!
    It sounds like you are off to a great start.

    And I say eat Alex's treats!
    I am always drrrrrrrooooollllllling over the vegan gelato he posts, I'd love the chance to get to try some some day! :)

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  20. does your friend ship out goods? maybe tell them to support you just for the six weeks and as soon as it's up, you'll support them by ordering some of theirs!

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  21. good luck on the sugar thing! I've been avoiding sugar and white flour for almost 3 weeks now and though it gets hard sometimes, I love how good it makes me feel. I sleep better, I'm motivated.. just a general 'good feeling'!

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  22. :)

    most of the time when I read your blog...especially these "rambling" posts like you called this one...a huge smile spreads across my face. And when I've read the whole thing I literally want to give you a big hug :)
    I swear.sometimes I think our minds kind of function the same way.....

    sorry if I sound completely weird and spooky ^^
    didn't mean to freak you out...

    just feel hugged ;)

    xoxoxo
    Melanie

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  23. And this is one of the many reasons why I love your blog. I absolutely love your features and what not, but I really love that you are so open and honest about things in your life like this.

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  24. I once read an interview with Fergie (no judgment) asking about how she stays so awesome-looking, and she said she always eats just ONE bite of dessert. That way she still gets to taste it, but her body stays Fergalicious.
    She didn't elaborate on how she stops herself at one bite, which is what I REALLY wanted to know.

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  25. My little one is about the same age as Henry, and we're right there with you on the two naps vs. one nap debate. From what I've heard/experienced it is more of a transition than a complete switch over. It all just depends on the day for my guy! Good luck.

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  26. I did a sugar free month a few weeks ago, which ended at Xmas when I had to have some of my grandma's chocolate trifle!

    I noticed that my skin was clearer, and I didn't need to snack anymore (usually I get cranky if I don't eat every few hours!).

    I've been eating sugar again (although not as much as I used to), but when I was reading your post it clicked that this could be the reason I'm not sleeping well at the moment.

    Time to back away from the sugar again! I've also realised that I don't actually like it that much, though I forget that until after I've eaten something sweet and not enjoyed it!

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  27. You're still in early days of being sugar free. I'd guess by the time you get to San Francisco your sugar cravings will be less intense and maybe your body will just make the decision for you. I went sugar free for a couple of weeks a while ago and completely wasn't interested in sugar by the end of it. It's such a liberating feeling! Good luck!

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  28. I used to work at a cute little gelato shop and we had completely sugar free gelato! Maybe your friend can help you indulge a little without jumping ship :)

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  29. i'm proud of you danielle! what you are doing is a serious challenge!!! i was conflicted when i gave up dairy. i went back and forth about "treating" myself here and there and in the end decided to cut it out permanently. that was almost five years ago.

    now sugar though, i admit i couldn't do that. i love a sweet here and there...not often. and did you give up natural sugar? as in fruit? i know i couldn't do that. i love fruit way too much.

    any way my dear, very proud of you no matter what!! also, curious what you use on your face for wash and moisturizer? i just discovered a new routine and notices changes in a couple days!

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  30. Some thoughts, for what they are worth :)
    My new philosophy, as of the last year or so, on the advice of a very good friend, is to consider whether what you are eating is 'worth the calories'.
    You know when you have a sweet treat or dessert that is flipping amazing (be it a lemon meringue pie or brownie or baked cheesecake... sorry this probably isn't helping!!) and as you're eating it you know that it may not be the healthiest but it is a few moments of heaven in your mouth and it makes life just that bit sweeter for that day.
    Then weigh that up with those average biscuits or cakes that come out during shared lunches/staff meetings/events/whatever that might give you a sugar hit briefly, but are so not worth what you are putting into your body.
    So I justify it to myself, but having nuts, yoghurt, fruit, berries and such nibbles when I'm feeling peckish and save the calories for something awesome that will be worth it.
    Not sure if that helps with the situation with your skin, but there you have it :)
    Love your blog, and I'm reading all the way from New Zealand!

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  31. I was doing pretty good on my "diet" until my husband brought me home a Twix bar yesterday for no reason. And it sure was good. :)

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  32. I could totally use one of those pillows. It's adorable. You are a brave woman going on a sugar-free diet.

    ♥Abbey
    Along Abbey Road
    Sprightly So

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  33. Love hearing about Henry and all "mom of a little boy" related stuff. I completely understand the missing out on morning group dilemma, but agree that having a happy kiddo trumps seeing friends sometimes.

    Side note, are you still going to do a breastfeeding recap post? Did I miss it?

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  34. I think you should live your life by eating sweets(especially from someone who makes them for a living) in san fran and then go back to no sweets when you get back. Whats the worst that could happen?

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  35. i love posts like these! it's such a tough decision! i mean, super yummy hand made sweets or sticking with the diet.

    i definitely don't envy that decision!

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  36. Good for you for sticking it out through the first week. I'd honestly say for your experiment I'd vote go ahead and continue to stick it out in San Fran. You will never truly know until you finish and limiting at this moment could derail your process of elimination. I did a no sweets October, but that was just basic sweets like desserts etc so I can't imagine what you are going through. Ugh! I get hangry too! Stay strong girlfriend! :) ps i linked you in my thankful Thursday post today :)

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  37. I agree with some of the other readers about maybe having a little bit of your friends sweets but not going insane with so you don't throw your body completely off track. In saying that though, i've found since altering my diet for similar reason to yours, that even on the odd occasion that I DO have sweets I find myself only being able to have a few mouthfuls/bites because my body realises it doesn't actually WANT to eat anymore. This isn't to say that I haven't made the poor choice on occasion to eat a whole slice of cake or brownie, but my body hates me later beause it always feels off and sluggish.
    I hope you aren't too torn over the decision ;)

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  38. Haha little beltain, Hangry is a great expression, have to figure out a Swedish word for it. My boyfriend is exactly like that, irritable and annoyed and when we notice it when were out, first thing is to head for the nearest hotdog stand!

    I love these posts, so natural and reminds of the posts you did way back :)

    Will it ruin the whole 6-week plan If you have a tiny taste of the sweets? Hard decision yes. I'd just do what I feel like at the moment when you're there, maybe you won't want any sugar by then!?

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  39. I have seen a few people doing the no sugar for a month thing. I know that, for myself, I have a history of "disordered eating" and anytime I restrict myself too much it ends badly. Also- I know that sugar isn't good for you, but any starch you eat just gets broken down into glucose anyway!

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  40. Well it isn't at all what you're doing, but I've given up sugar (minus a few fruits a week) except for on Saturdays and holidays. (I refuse to give up pie just because Thanksgivings are on Thursdays). I still see all the same results by sticking to it as I did before, but when I went completely sugar-free I found that I'd eventually just snap and break into a grocery store at 3am and eat all of their gluten free cookies. Or something kind of like that.
    I say just try a teensy bit on that one day and then drink tons of water to help your body purge it faster. =]

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  41. I've done cleanses before and it's hard when they coincide with fun friend events. I was doing a 21 day cleanse to try and find a food allergy and I ended up sipping hot water with lemon while at a company Christmas party. Not so fun. If I hadn't been on an allergy hunt I probably would have indulged a little. Maybe you could splurge a little and get right back on track when you get home. If you want you could tack on an extra week to the cleanse to make up for it? Not sure if that's helpful...

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  42. I had to eliminate dairy right before Christmas because I'm nursing and my little boy can't digest milk proteins (im sure you wanted to know why lol) and it was MURDER, but when it was over i felt really awesome that i didn't give in once. you should keep doing the sugar free thing in san fran, there's lots of sugar alternatives that you could use! i just think when you are done with the trip youd feel happier than if you indulged :) but that's easier said than done!

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  43. just wondering... Can you share a little on Henry's decision to wean? My 10 1/2 month old just did the same thing out of the blue! Alive this article, thanks for always being so honest!

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    1. hi, allison. i know i don't know you, but i just noticed your comment when i went back to see if danielle had responded. and i was shocked. my 10.5 month old has been on a nursing strike for the past two weeks and i wondered what you are doing with regard to nutrition, pumping, etc.. i totally understand if this seems so weird coming from someone you don't know. thanks in advance.

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    2. Hey Carly, No problem... I have been supplementing with formula, plus she eats a lot of veggies, fruits, yogurt, cheese, etc.... My milk completely dried up and I went to the Doctor today to find out what was going on and SURPRISE! I am 4ish weeks pregnant! Apparently my daughter knew something I didn't! It's been really hard on me because I had an expectation of nursing for 2 years (I feel like a lot of things don't go as planned in mommyhood!) I definitely did not think I would be a formula mom... but I feel so blessed to have had those 10.5 months of breast feeding! And although the 2nd babe is coming along a lot sooner than planned... we are still ecstatic! Sorry, no ideas for you!

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    3. Thank you so much! And CONGRATS!!! Unfortunately, I can't seem to ease him back into it and while I feel so blessed to have had the time, it just went so fast. I am not going to give up just yet and if anything I will continue to pump to get him to his birthday, but I just wish I knew what happened (probably a combo of teething pain and a cold). I know exactly what you mean by things not going as planned and not being able to control the situation...it's probably good for me and preparing me for the future. Thanks again!

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    4. Hey! Sorry this took so long! :) Anyway, it was so weird because I was not prepared for him to just stop. One day - I think it was literally the day after he turned one- he just pushed me away! He was already down to just one feeding during the day (he still was consistent with morning and before bed), but then when he woke up one morning he wasn't into it. I tried again that afternoon, and even that night before bed. Nope. I thought maybe it was a strike so I tried again the next day but I realized he had weaned himself! I just read above that you are considering pumping to get him to his first birthday- that is AWESOME! 10.5 is so good too, but I think in your shoes I'd do the same. I bet you will have an easier time physically weaning him that way too.

      Let me know if you have any specific questions! xoxo

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  44. Stupid auto correct! Love this article!

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