Monday, September 30, 2013
Ah, I can't believe this month is already over! You would think a month where I ate no sugar would drag on forever, but that hasn't been the case (most days!)
In starting to recap the month, I feel like a war veteran, like I'm changed now that I'm on the other side. I see the world differently. But I don't have PTSD, I don't think.
It was hard at first, my time between kids going to bed and my own bedtime was the hardest time of day. This is when I usually have some sort of treat. A cup of cocoa or ice cream that Adam bought when he ran to the store for milk and came home with $40 of groceries I would never buy (but love to eat!). If we don't have anything good, I can usually count on sweet cereal to fill the void.
The first night without sugar I had ice water. I just need something to snack on. It wasn't the same, but it wasn't the worst either. Later, my twitter friend Meredith recommended gum. I had great success with the mint chocolate chip gum.
I also loved Bengal Spice herbal tea. This stuff is seriously the best. A little honey, a splash of almond milk. . . heaven. Oh yeah, honey doesn't count. You might argue that the body responds to it in the same way it responds to sugar. I don't care. I have to draw the line somewhere.
This isn't to say I was perfect. I allowed myself the occasional cheat day. Because I love cake pops, but I find the opportunities to eat really good cake pops are few and far between. My friend Brandy had them at her daughter's 1st birthday party, so you know, I had to.
Still, I lost 4lbs!
Here's why I think this worked for me. Sugar is my biggest weakness. Going vegetarian did nothing for me because I'm practically vegetarian already. I cooked four vegetarian meals this week with out even trying. And two of the other days I ate vegetarian leftovers. So, it didn't really change my diet that much.
Like I said, I was eating a treat almost every night. Those were all extra calories.
So my hope is, going forward, that I will continue to stop my eating after dinner. I'll throw 7pm out there, but sometimes we eat diner at 5:30 so it might be even earlier. I want to think about dessert like I think about soda. I love Dr. Pepper, but I don't drink it every day. I don't drink it every week. Maybe one a month, but I try to have one every other month or so. I don't feel sad about it because I know I can have some in the future. And I feel good drinking water. So I want to think about dessert like that. I love it, but I don't have to have it all the time.
Tomorrow? I'm making dessert. I think I've earned it.