I’m giving up sugar. Yes, tomorrow is the start of Lent, but that is a coincidence (we don’t observe Lent).
This is not one of those give-up-sugar-for-30-days-and-then-eat-candy-like-a-crazy-person-and-resume-old-habits kind of things. I’m giving up sugar indefinitely. Not permanently. In the future I would like to have treats every once in awhile (like once a week is what I’m thinking). But for right now, I need to go cold turkey, push through the withdrawal, and get past the cravings. It seriously is like a drug for me.
It’s interesting; I feel like this is the first time that I’ve done something like this where my main goal is not to lose weight. Trust me, I want to lose weight, I’m expecting to lose weight, and I will do happy dances when the scale numbers go down. But I really feel like my diet is having a major negative effect on my life. I turn to sugar halfway through the day when I’m about to lose it, hoping that it will improve my mood and energy levels, when I’m well aware that it is, in fact, making things worse in the long run.
I know this will improve my life. The list of benefits goes on and on, and the real difficulty is over after the first few days. Also, I’ve been running at least 3 miles almost every day, plus doing cross-fit workouts, and my diet is holding me back from seeing results from all that hard work.
The good thing about cutting out sugar is that it is a huge benefit to your health, without forcing you to deprive yourself too much. If I’m desperate for something delicious, I can have a slice of pizza! We could even get some fast food once in awhile without cheating. Once the withdrawal is past, the dietary changes won’t actually be that difficult to keep up.
I had a few of my favorite sugary treats tonight, and I’m totally ready to do this. I feel so yucky right now, that all I want to do tomorrow is drink water all day!
This is going to improve my day-to-day life immensely, and I can’t wait to feel better!