Going sweets-free pays off
Monday, August 18, 2014
I am down a pound and a half this morning as compared to last Monday morning. This is exciting, yes, but tempered greatly with the fact that I have not been the least bit conscious of healthy living for quite some time. OK, that may be a stretch, but not much of one. I have always been conscious of my steps, only forgetting to wear my FitBit once in the last six months or more. Lately, however, work has been encouraging us to live healthier and even providing resources to make it easier.
Recently, I slept my weekend away yet again. I had enough! I had tried being conscious of the sweets I had been eating, and tried cutting back. I tried getting more sleep, which I did find helpful, but was easily derailed due to unforeseen circumstances. I felt that I shouldn't be quite that worn out even if my sleep was a little sporadic... it is how I have lived for years. So I knew it was time for something drastic (at least for me): I would go two weeks without any sweets. In the past, I would still allow myself sweet drinks since I rarely drink them and they do not seem to have the same addictive effect on me as sweet foods (i.e. cake, cookies, and ice cream) do. I knew, however, that my coffee intake had gotten out of hand. I never drink coffee unless it is so loaded down with sweeteners and creamers that it really doesn't taste like coffee anymore, so I had to include this in my sweets-free challenge.
I started on Friday, August 1 and weighed in on August 11. I have been sweets-free this entire month except for a couple flavored coffees I purchased in desperation, and one or two small cups with a little creamer only. I also started the 10-minutes-a-day challenge on August 9, so I am sure that hasn't hurt anything. Many of my days have been barely enough to consider exercise, but they were intentional, so they counted.
For those who may be concerned that cutting out all sweets may be too drastic and unrealistic, please note that it was a jump start to an overall reduction. I will allow myself 2, maybe three at most, sweet treats per week. This worked very well for me in the past. It helps me to choose only those treats I really want. The ones I will truly enjoy the most. It also helps me to remember that these treats cause me an overwhelming fatigue I do not enjoy and want never to experience again. Losing a pound and a half in a week doesn't hurt either.