I’m usually a pretty healthy eater, but I had developed some bad habits over the holidays that I wanted to eliminate before they got bad. I’ve tried on my own to occasionally go without sugar, but It always backfires because my thinking hasn’t changed. Consequently when I’m done, I go crazy eating tons of sugar! So, I decided to get educated & signed up for a 21 day no sugar challenge. I didn’t think much of it.
As the starting date neared, we were counselled to clean out our drawers/pantries of anything tempting. At 1st, I didn’t think I had much, but when I finally resolved to clean out the few things I had, I started to see how much more had to go than I realized (like all my dried fruit, including snacks that were a nut/dried fruit combo). I started to wonder if I was crazy for signing up to do this (& I’m sure that many of u reading this are thinking, “yes, u are!”) It was very tempting to pull out, & I had too remind myself why I had wanted to do this in the 1st place!
As a result, I went ahead with my initial plans. The 1st week was not easy. I went through sugar withdrawal, & got headaches & so, so moody! (I recall getting mad about stupid stuff, & crying, because I didn’t see results I was hoping for right away.) At times I craved sugar soooo bad, & while my husband supported me in so many ways (making meals I could eat, buying food I could eat, not making it an issue when I ate w/others), he wasn’t doing the challenge, so occasionally, I saw him eat stuff I “couldn’t” eat, & I wanted it! & I got so moody
But with work & as time went on, I started to see positive results (more than the obvious weight loss!) Some of those results I’d desired, & other results were “a nice bonus.” & by the end, I wasn’t even tempted to eat sugary snacks!
The challenge is over. I can eat sugar now, & sometimes I do. But I really like the results that came so I continue to try to minimize my sugar intake. & when I do have sugar, I have to be careful, because that “sugar monster” pops up & wants more. Then I have to remind myself of the results I’ve seen, & why I have CHOSEN to keep doing this!
I realized that much of my life has required this kind of determination. I know when I had my stroke, I could’ve gone home & laid in bed & watched TV. I don’t think many people would have argued (my husband would have, but that is for another post! haha) I had to push myself on to a rehab hospital, or to try other therapies, or to continue working on a skill.
I’m not trying to toot my own horn or anything, but I think we all have our own challenges to keep pushing through & overcome, & then to keep pushing. I hope u will consider yours, & “keep pushing!”
Catching up and reading your last couple of posts. Always thoughtful and inspiring. Thank you for writing.
I already thought you are a super hero, but now sugar too?! That impressive, sugar is is biggest vice and also my best friend. 😂 Joking aside, it is your grit and determination that is impressive and inspiring.
Thank you for always giving me something to think about and to push myself too. ♥️
My “teacher” wanted to make it liveable, so we were allowed 25 g of sugar & 2 fruits a day. (I never did it, but just knowing that if I worked it right, I could work it so that I could afford a square of dark chocolate, eased my anxiety enough to “muscle through”). So if u think of a challenge, my advice is to find a way to make your challenges bearable…u probably will not love them as u are dealing with them, but finding your own way to make it through, & keeping the goal in sight really help!