January Challenge Rules

Went to the gym as usual, and did a lot of stretching and my PT exercises. The high ended up being 73 today, so I didn't want to spend a lot of time indoors. Tomorrow is my last day to complete my 30 day gym challenge!

This January, I'll be doing the No (Obvious) Sugar Added challenge. I threw in 'obvious' because I didn't want to fuss about added sugar when I go out to eat - I'll just pick items that I expect would not have sugar, like meats and vegetables. I won't order a cake while I'm out! But I'm not interested in bothering the waiter in case the salad dressing may have sugar in it.

Technically, raw fruit has no added sugar. However, most fruit in January also has no added taste. I'm unsure if I'll be eating much fruit - I rarely eat that food group, though I should. Sounds like a different challenge for a different day.

I downloaded MyFitnessPal again, with the thought that I MUST eat at least 1200 calories a day. If I don't, that's a fail. I even have peanuts and beef jerky I could add as a snack at 8pm if I find myself lacking in my caloric goal. The overall goal is to stay somewhere around 1200 - 1500 calories, and I'm not looking to be strict about macros, but I suspect my carb ratio will go down quite a bit since it's easier to avoid added sugar by avoiding carbs. I'll start looking for soups, cereals and breads without added sugar, but I suspect I'll be making most of my meals just to be sure I don't have to look at labels all the time.

But... does alcohol have sugar? Depending on the drink, yes and no. Red wines have very little sugar, and so do some beers. Distilled spirits will have no sugar, so drinking whiskey neat is not a problem. Even regular beers, like Blue Moon only have half a gram of sugar. As long as I stick to my usual drinks, and order my whiskey neat instead of in a Manhattan, I won't have to worry about this category.

So, my rules are:

Don't eat/drink foods with added sugar
Eat at least 1,200 calories
Log food and drink in MyFitnessPal

That's it. It'll be interesting to see if it gets rid of my gut or if it does nothing at all.


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