Having stuffed myself full of sugar the day before starting this diet, didn’t particularly feel bad to start with. I have planned out a few days meals which is going to help and I have to write down what I eat BEFORE I eat it. I have a pretty little book for this purpose to keep me on track.
So the hardest bit was trying to decide which craft to do first. So many choices, it felt a bit overwhelming. I tried some stuffed hearts to make into bunting and really didn’t like them, started a fabric box and got disheartened. It was at this point I realised that I was craving sugar and my motivation was low. So a bit of knitting was in order whilst I waited out sleeping!
Second day was a lot better. I eat porridge when I get hungry, easy to make and filling, it’s going to be a staple.
- 25g porridge oats
- sprinkle of all spice
- 175g milk
- 1 grated up apple
- Mix together and microwave on high for 4 mins and hey presto.
I realised my mind was craving sugar and carbs but my body wasn’t hungry.
One of the more difficult things is having food in for my youngest daughter to eat and make sure she is getting a balanced meal whilst cutting the sugar for me.
She has a bowlful of sweets left over from her birthday just sitting in the hallway!
So onto my crafting project. I am in the process of getting my car organised and really loved the idea of a car caddy. This one grabbed my attention and you can find the tutorial here.
It has a secret pocket at the back so you can put some emergency money in it, place for your phone and a great idea of velcro on the bottom to keep it from moving around in the car.
And my completed project. I had some of the left over apple red canvas fabric from other projects and just had some delivery of the red ticking. It was meant to be. Because I used canvas fabrics and fusible fleece it is very sturdy to the point that top stitching around the top edge was not going to happen. The velcro on the bottom is a fabulous idea, it sticks to everything, including my orange jumper as I was making it, not once either! I think the inner pocket that sits against the console is genius.
And I have lost 2.8lbs in 2 days.
Sugar free February
I have been tinkering around the edges of the whole sugar free diet for a while now. I do feel so much better going sugar free as I am a bit intolerant of wheat in general. It makes me feel sleepy, tired and bloated (which makes me wonder why I actually still eat it!). Sugar is everywhere and so many different forms of it. Avoiding it will take a concerted effort and goodness knows how I am supposed to go out for a meal. I am not much of a drinker, do not take it in my coffee but boy do I love a slice of toast, a piece of cake or a Subway Sandwich.
Then there is pick a month to do it. December, nigh on impossible, January, I started doing it but I came down with that cough virus going around and it has taken 3 weeks to start feeling normal again. Not a great time to start. So February it is. I am single so no worries over the whole Chocolate for Valentines and it is a shorter month – goes to check if it’s a Leap Year – Phew.
To make it more interesting and fun for me I am going to challenge myself to 28 projects for sewing and crafting at the same time. I figure if I am focusing on something other than food it is going to help. Because I have a sewing business I often do not do projects for myself, I guess that is way it goes, so I want to combine some things for me and the home, and some things I am considering for my business but just have never got around to it.
I have started a board on Pinterest (way to lose hours in your day) here and I am also in the process of decluttering and organising so going to combine the whole thing. Declutter and organise my house and declutter my insides too.
So if there are any suggestions of things you would like to see me try, send me a suggestion. I hope to complete a full list of 28 projects by the middle of February and work my way through them. I do think one should be a nice dress or outfit for me after completing the challenge.
Some of my suggestions.
- Purse for food budget
- Laundry bag for Izzy over night
- Swimming Bag
- Bath bombs
- Peg Bags
- Paper flowers
- Money box
- Lunch bag for Izzy
- Dress for me Simplicity E1653 *free with Sew magazine
- Car tidy bag – front
- car tidy for Izzy
- Ironing board tidy
- Bunting – because I can
- Wire tidy things (I know)
- under sewing machine mat
- bag charms from plastic
- stone painting