Wednesday, June 02, 2010
I am celebrating a big accomplishment! A streak of one day may not be particularly impressive to most people, but I think this one may be significant. I did something yesterday that I haven't done for at least 35 years. I went the entire day without any artificial sweetener. No diet soda, no Crystal Light, no packets of yellow or blue or pink, no diet pancake syrup, no sugar free pudding, no sugar free Klondike bar, etc.
In December of 2009 I started counting my artificial sweetener. It felt like just paying attention to it may have reduced my use, but I used about 12 colored packets (Splenda, Equal, Sweet n Low) per day plus other artifically sweetened products. I tried to gradually cut down. I had some success. But it was harder than starting strength training, harder than my cardio exercise streak, even harder than managing the number on the scale, and definitely harder than drinking 8 glasses of water. I got down to about 8 packets per day and then stalled.
So I decided to go cold turkey. Yesterday I succeeded. I'm going to try to keep the streak going at least a week. Long range I am aiming for 4 or less packets or equivalent per day, the recommendation of SparkPeople.
Every positive streak starts with a first day.