I mentioned at the beginning of August that I was quitting sugar. While the first 24 days were easy, once it hit the 25th of August, I couldn’t help but allow myself a little treat for my birthday. And because my birthday was on a Sunday & the tradition at work is to bring a cake in for your birthday, I had some treats on the Monday and then the Tuesday and then it was the 28th of August and I figured, it was close to the end of the month so I’ll start September as the ‘sugar free’ month but then the 1st came & went and I was delaying the sugar free experiment.
Quitting sugar is hard. Especially in the form of snickers & reeses pieces (and peanut butter M&M’s while we’re at it). But throw in no fruit weeks 3-6? I was struggling big time leading up to my birthday. Now that I’ve binged my little heart out with (the processed) sugar, I need to think of why I’m trying to minimise it from my life:
- Sugar affects my sleep. I toss & turn for hours and there’s nothing I can do to get to sleep any faster
- Sugar makes me tried at the wrong times. Why can’t it make me tired when I need to be sleeping?
- Sugar does not help me work towards a bikini body (it sure makes me forget a bikini body whenever it’s around though)
- There is no limit with sugar. It causes an explosion in my body where if there’s no sugar coming in, my body will shut down (that’s the best I can describe it)
- Sugar causes massive dips in my moodsand lastly;
- Sugar is not my friend (as much as I try be Sugar’s friend)
So here’s what I’m going to try next:
- Limit chocolate bars to one a week (if I need to)
- No baking sweets
- Politely decline sweets that come into the office
That’s it. There’s no long list of what I can’t do, but just #1 is as powerful as 10 things. I’m not setting an end date because this is a lifestyle change I want to make FOR GOOD. Here goes….