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2 Weeks In

by Megan

I’ve now gone 17 days without sugar. It definitely gets easier as I go along, but I’m sure there are hard days ahead, as I try to complete a full year.

I don’t know if it’s because I tried this once before and failed, but I really think I can do it this time. And to be honest, when I started this year-long challenge, I didn’t believe in myself. I wanted to do it, but I figured I’d end up failing eventually.

Thank you, Jack Black, for expressing my innermost thoughts.
So this is embarrassing to talk about, but I hate that I can’t seem to get on top of this weight thing. It was never an issue for me until I went to college. Even then I wasn’t overweight, just about 10-20 pounds heavier than in high school (when I was at the lower end of a healthy weight).
I got married at a healthy weight, and then a couple years later when I had gained about 10 more pounds, I put in some effort and took it off over a 6 month period, and I was back to a healthy weight again.
When I got pregnant with Carter, I wasn’t at my goal weight, but I was within 10-15 pounds, so I was still doing good even then.
But after having three kids…it just feels out of control. And it frustrates me that I haven’t been able to fix it.
I mean, come on, I’ve managed to do everything else I put my mind to. I taught myself to play the guitar. I graduated from college with a bachelors a full year early, with honors. I planned my own wedding. I ran a half marathon. I managed a full time and a part time job, with two kids at home, while pregnant.
You might say I’m a goal-oriented individual.
So why not my body? Why can’t I fix that? Especially when you consider the fact that I say to myself, “If only I were thin, everything else in my life would be okay,” and I completely, 100% believe it.
I don’t like excuses. I really think that if you want something badly enough, you’ll do what it takes to get there. But when it comes to weight loss, I have yet to be able to take my own advice.
But if I can do this, this year of no-sugar, I know it will get me far on the way to my goal. As I go along, I will probably make other adjustments to my diet and exercise plan, to stay on top of things and get through plateaus.
It’s just one of every date. July 14th-July 30th: check.

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Amanda July 31, 2013 - 5:32pm

I feel the same way. I can fix so many other things, but why in the world can’t I get my weight under control? My daughter is two now.. Two years and I still haven’t lost the baby weight. Really, it shouldn’t be that hard. But every time I try to do something about it, I start doubting myself again and give up.

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection July 31, 2013 - 5:52pm

I am so proud of you! Giving up sugar is a huge commitment. I know it would not be easy for me.

I’m in the same rut as you. I lost 100lbs before I had Violet and she is almost 17 months old and I have put almost all of those 100lbs back on and it devastates me but I just haven’t been able to take control again. It is so hard!

[email protected] August 2, 2013 - 6:41am

Yes I’ve thought the same things! Go you! 17 days down is a huge accomplishment! You can do it!! Will u pls share what you’re eating. Do u make a different meal for ure fam than what u eat? I don’t know if I could do no sugar cold turkey but I’m trying hard to focus on what I’m eating a lot more.

RadiantKristen August 4, 2013 - 5:37pm

You are getting there! I had that same mentality in high school, and my mom told me that it was true: If only I could lose the 10-15 extra pounds, life would be better for me. And in some ways, it’s true: being at an ideal weight makes you healthier, and have more energy, etc. But at the same time, those thoughts are so hard, and so damaging. Besides that, depending on how much muscle you put on when you get fit the healthy way, you may never reach that ideal! But I’m so proud that you are choosing to do this the right way, and taking steps to be healthier for your kids.