Living for today

They say ‘time flies when your having fun’. I feel this saying could also translate to ‘time flies when your busy, stressed, exhausted, have a baby, and feeling somewhat overwhelmed by life’. The last couple of months have been very busy and stressful in our household, hence my poor commitment to writing! How quickly we let our goals and things we enjoy fall by the wayside when life throws us a few curve balls.

My sister and I have been doing a lot of self reflecting in the lead up to the new year. We’ve been discussing areas we would like to improve in ourselves, our life, and the goals we’d like to achieve in the next 12 months. During this process we laughed at how we probably had similar (or to be honest in my case, the same!!) goals and thoughts this time last year. This made me wonder, how, or why does this happen? Am I simply unable to commit to a goal? Am I lacking motivation? Is my desire to achieve said goal simply not strong enough? Or am I too busy planning for the future that I don’t live for today?

It’s funny the things we take for granted in life; our morning coffee, our friends and family, our hopes and dreams, and the promise of a new day.

Few of us live each day like it may be the last. We often go to bed on an argument, leave words unspoken, put things off till tomorrow, and let our dreams fall by the wayside. We live for tomorrow, without even knowing it. We constantly plan for the future, but forget about today.

Why do we so often focus on the future and what may happen, and let today, the present moment, pass us by?

I confess that I am guilty of all the above. I am forever making plans, goals, and lists for the future, which often results in nothing being achieved as I am so busy thinking and planning for tomorrow and beyond that I forget about today. I go to bed on an argument and often leave words unspoken, always taking for granted that tomorrow will be there.

I wonder what life would be like, living in the present moment and giving it your all. To focus solely on the here and now and not what tomorrow may bring. Would life be happier? Easier? More fulfilling? Would more be achieved? Relationships improved?

Is it possible to truly live in the moment? If yes, how?

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Good bye old friend… 

I’m starting to think the old ‘I just had a baby’ excuse is wearing a little thin when it comes to my weight! My daughter is 16 weeks old and I swear at times you’d think I was adopting the eating for two attitude that happens during pregnancy.

I decided this morning that enough is enough and I’m tired (literally!!) of struggling to get dressed in the mornings because I’m not comfortably fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes, nor my pregnancy clothes. Leggings can only take a girl so far!

So, the only thing I know will help my waistline, my energy, my skin, and my moods, is to give up the white stuff! My dear old friend, sugar. We’ve had fun together over this last year, we were together every day, but it’s time to say good bye.

This isn’t my first time letting go, hence I’m hoping it may be easier this time round, though secretly I know that won’t the the case. Sugar is addictive and effects your body and life in ways you can’t imagine.

During the next 12 weeks I will be keeping a daily blog of how I am travelling; the highs and lows, the effect on my moods, my weight, my energy levels, and my overall experience of living sugar-free. My goal is to improve my quality of life by losing weight, obtaining more energy, having a more stabilised mood, improving my overall physical health, and rebuilding my self-confidence.

The Rules:

  1. I will not consume any food or drink that contains more than 5g of sugar per 100g or 100mls. The idea behind this is that we are limiting the amount of fructose (the bad sugar!) that we consume. Dairy is the only exception given that the first 4.7g per 100g in dairy is lactose. Therefore, we would minus 4.7g from the total per 100g in any dairy product.
  2. I will not consume any form of junk or processed food for 12 weeks.
  3. I will limit my fruit consumption to a maximum of 2 whole fruits per day (no dried fruit). A lot of research suggests no fruits during the detox phase, however I enjoy my fruit and don’t feel it is something that I need to learn to live without.
  4. I will not consume any soft drink, fruit juice, or other beverages that contain sugar.
  5. I will continue to educate myself on the benefits of living sugar free

Wish me luck! And my family, from memory, I was a little crazy in the early days without my sweet friend!!

Oh, and by the way, I already had a chocolate bar today in preperation for what tomorrow brings!! Hmm…not sure that’s a good start!!