- I know fruit is full of sugar and should be eaten in moderation but the berries, grapes and some of the bananas are for freezing, apples are for apple crisp and oranges are for indulging.
- I dropped by the Vancouver Bike show today and on display was Ryder Hesjedal sexy roadbike— my dream bike is matte black, yellow and pink. Want. So. Bad.
- The sun just came out after a day of pouring rain and I was soooo tempted to go out for a run but I held back because it’s rest day today. Sigh. So we took Toby out for a walk instead … where him and Boyfriend ended up RUNNING because he was a ball of energy and we felt bad we had to force him to walk. I walked and lagged way behind because I was in rainboots and a face full of make up. I’m prissy okay. When I workout, I’m going to be in proper gear.
- My new obsession: curry. Curried pork with quinoa and steamed veggies (which I should have throw in the curry). Healthy, clean and full of flavor!
- The title just sounds so wrong.
Things I Love Thursday is back!! I don’t think I’ve done one of these in years.
- Morning Bike Rides. Nothing beats getting up to ride! I found that I was the least grumpy on days I bike to work in the mornings and after downing a cup (or two) of Vietnamese coffee, I’m ready to take on the world.
- My new clipless pedals! I can’t believe I only made the jump now but I’m glad because I can totally tell the difference it has made to my riding. I can ride up hills on a much higher gear than usual and still have some breath left in me at the top. It’s also nice to feel other parts of my legs burn rather than just my quads. I still have trouble clipping in though but being the uncoordinated person that I am, I will probably always have that problem for life.
- Yummy lunches. I haven’t been bringing my own lunch to work this entire month since I’m doing so much overtime so I’ve been eating really well— maybe too well. It makes me think I’ve been eating rabbit food all these years for lunch! But really, I’m lazy and my homemade lunches are quick, simple and cheap salads.
- Bunnies. Especially ones that goes by the name of Pavlova and Toast! Having pets at work is also another secret to getting through a long work day.
- Vietnamese coffee. I recently bought a cute little coffee dripper for work and Boyfriend got me a box of Trung Nguyen coffee (the Starbucks of Vietnamese coffee). My secret to getting up at 5am, cycling to work, having tons of energy for workouts and working 12 hour days (which is NOT the norm for me as our usual work days start at 10am) is Vietnamese coffee! It is the only thing that gets me through the day without wanting to kill someone by 3pm. I drink it sans the condensed milk although I do have some in my fridge at work and do indulge on certain days.
A few months ago I did a 2-week sugar-free challenge and I’m happy to announce that I’m doing it again but for a week only this time as a kick off to our weekly challenges. My first challenge really opened my eyes as to how addictive sugar is and although I’m eating sugar again (in moderation), I can’t wait to do another round.
Ever since my last sugar-free challenge:
- I’m super sensitive to the taste of artificial sweeteners (I use to be a Splenda queen but now I can’t stand it).
- I don’t eat thing I use to love and eat A LOT of anymore just because its way to sweet and I can totally taste all the artificial sweeteners (ice cream sandwiches, Chinese fruit cakes by the slice from T&T, sugar in my tea or coffee…).
- I don’t even eat or crave for fruit as much as I use to!
- Super-sweet processed foods makes me queasy. Like these sweet crispy egg rolls that I use to ADORE. In fact, I had some this weekend and I felt sick after eating a single one. It actually kind of makes me sad as I grew up eating those but you live and you learn…
- I am more aware of my reactions to sugar now and how I crave for more really badly even after taking a single bite of something sweet.
This time, our challenge won’t be as hardcore as last time but here are the rules for this sugar-free challenge:
- No processed sugars and artificial sweeteners (sauces, condiments, candy, white bread/rice/pasta/flour, pretty much all processed foods).
- Protein powders are allowed.
- Natural sweeteners such as Agave and Stevia allowed.
- Fruit is allowed.
Have you ever done a sugar-free challenge? If not, it is something you must do at least once. It’s an eye-opener and if you are successful, it will change the way you think of sugar! Read this blog post for more details but to reiterate: sugar is in everything so always remember to check your labels!