No Sweets, 30-Day Challenge - DONE!
Monday, January 31, 2011
Well, I didn't quite accomplish my entire challenge, but I DID make it to Day 25. By that point, I'd lost 4 pounds the first week, 2 pounds the second week, and put on 1/2 pound the 3rd week. I really felt a craving for a chocolate cruller from DD, and was eating more salty foods to try and quelch the craving! So I decided that rather than torture myself by gaining weight and saving face on the challenge, that I would give in to my body's wishes and have that one chocolate cruller. I savored each bite, and when it was gone, I felt completely relaxed and satiated. I was glad I did it, b/c I didn't want to trigger a massive binge on potato chips and totally wreck all the good work I'd done in the first three weeks! At any rate, 25 days with no sweets is pretty darn good, and I'm proud that I made it the 25 days.
When the challenge ended, I saw my nutritionist, and she helped me determine what should be my next move. I certainly didn't want to go back to eating sweets every day like I was, and I want to continue to lose weight. She recommended that I have one sweet on Saturday and one on Sunday, and not have any the other five days of the week. Since Monday through Friday I have a very good food plan routine (because of a very regular work schedule), I thought that was a great idea! So this weekend, I treated myself to two chocolate chip cookies and a small dish of vanilla ice cream on Saturday. Yesterday, I had one chocolate bar. I feel really good this morning, and have NO cravings! I am sure that after holding off on sweets for 25 days, I can hold off having sweets for 5 days a week.
The big thing will be to see how this affects my weight loss. This week, I lost 2 more pounds (so I've lost that 1/2 pound I gained last week), and that made me feel good. I am JUST under 180 again. That makes me feel really, really good. I'd like to lose about a pound a week from now on, so I'll see if having one sweet on Saturday and Sunday will hinder that weight loss or not. Time will tell!