Well, I did it… I went seven days without even one lick of sugar! I ate fruits, vegetables, lean meat, legumes and eggs only. No sauces, sugar, carbs, dairy, processed food, condiments, etc. And guess what? I didn’t cheat!
So I bet you’re wondering if I lost any weight. As of this morning… drumroll, please… I lost six pounds. Yippee! A nice little start to the fifteen pounds I wanted to lose.
I thought seven days would be long enough for me to stop craving sugar. Well, it was and it wasn’t. I definitely crave it less, but I went to a meeting on Wednesday where they had a bowl of M&M’s on the table and it nearly killed me not to eat any. However, I haven’t been waking up wishing for a brownie for breakfast, so it’s an improvement!
Is this a lifestyle I can stick to? Heck no. I cannot go without carbs and dairy. I actually don’t think it’s healthy to for a long period of time. I also can’t say no to every special occasion treat or going out for pizza. A few days in, I was really hating life and it’s because I felt deprived. I watched my family eat pancakes (whole wheat pancakes to boot) and couldn’t have them? Yeah, that’s not how I want to live.
So I’ve learned some important lessons:
1. I am in control of food. Food doesn’t control me. I do have willpower!
2. I don’t always need to add a lot of fat and sugar to things to make them taste good…. there are a lot of delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs for me to eat and they taste great!
3. I would rather put most of my effort into exercising and have a less extreme, but still healthy, diet. Dieting makes me sad. Exercising makes me happy. It’s a no-brainer for me.
4. Yeah, I lost some weight. But I was miserable doing it. I will be content to lose it more slowly and be happier doing it.
5. Moderation. Moderation. Moderation. I think that’s the name of the game when it comes to making a permanent change in behavior. Choose a pear instead of a cookie. Take the stairs. Don’t go back for seconds. Walk instead of drive. Repeat every day, every month, every year and you have yourself a healthier life.