4 weeks ago, I hit bottom, and it was not pretty. I was feeling bloated and ugly, and was tired of not having my clothes fit right, and I had just had it. With myself. So I challenged myself to start back on the path to getting healthier, fitter and dare I say it, less love-handly and jiggly in parts that ought not to jiggle?
So I started on a no processed sugar diet, which has since evolved into a lifestyle. I knew I could do it because as a student athlete years ago, I gave up sugar, and lost weight and got healthier. So I knew it could be done. I just had to get to a place where I was strong enough (or desperate enough) to do it.
It's been 28 days since that decision and I've said no to countless birthday cakes, muffins, ice cream, popsicles, pop and more. Most of the time I was ok with the decision, never really giving it a second thought, but I must admit, there was one time where there was piece of chocolate cake being offered to me that I could feel my resolve wavering... ha ha! How can a girl give up chocolate after all, right? But I'm glad to say that I resisted... and went and got an apple instead.
A few things I've learned since I started a month ago:
- sugar is in so many things we eat, and so I've had to find other alternatives. I don't feel like I've mastered the alternatives yet, still looking for options and recipes.
- I was eating without thinking about what I was putting into my mouth. A little here, a little there... it all ends up in the tummy and other fat-holding areas of the body.
- I am feeling healthier every day. Gone are the backaches and I don't feel bloated any more. I feel proud of myself and that encourages me to make other changes in my life.
- I am surprised how easily I could give up pop (soda). I love pop... but have not craved it since I started this new habit. I am most thankful for that!
- My kids are watching and keeping me accountable. They have not given up their sugar, but this has allowed us many opportunities to discuss many health-related issues.
- And lastly, I've finally realized that dieting/changing the way I eat is not enough. I have to exercise (and I hate exercising for the most part). I have to get myself to the point where I have to tell myself just to do it, and hopefully it will come just as easily as giving up sugar has been (so far).
What's next? Well, I'm going to keep on this sugarless journey, for a while. I don't know if I'm going to go all the way and give it up forever. We'll see. I do know I will be starting to evaluate my carb intake and also start exercising.
Tomorrow - I'll be sharing some layouts as I've rediscovered my joy of scrapbooking - hurray!