30 days of 'no sugary snacks' Day 30, and my thoughts on the whole month
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
I've just read through my blogs for the last 29 days, just to try and see through what this experience has been like.
I think my resolve got strained around day 20, and although I managed, the sweet treats started slipping in a bit more.
But the whole point of the exercise was to reduce my sugar snacking, and overall, I think I have achieved that.
The things that really helped me were:
1) having a reason to say "no"
2) having reasons to not eat sugar - like knowing the facts of why it is bad for my body. When I remembered those facts, it was easier to not eat the sweet thing.
Things that were tough:
1) Stress. I think this got better, but as I look through the last month at all the stuff that happens in a working week, it's no wonder I lose resilience. These are mainly surprise stresses - like a sick child, or husband, or visiting family- things that one can't just avoid, one has to deal with it in the moment. Without the sugar, I reached out to friends and family to talk more, and I also started thinking of alternative options, such as planning our dinners in advance. I did these things because I wanted to manage without sugar. My stress didn't decrease, but how I handle it has changed.
Something I need to work on:
1) Sleep. Or just being less tired. Mostly I noticed that when my resolve was lowest it was also when I was very tired, or without the energy needed to say 'no'. So, this is going to be my next focus. Starting with no more TV shows just before bed - that is going to be my next 30 day challenge. (I won't blog about this one. I blogged about the sugar in case it was useful to fellow sugar-lovers)
After about a week the feeling of hunger and bad mood and slight headache just stopped.
Also, within about 10 days, my stomach lost an inch and I'm certain that has to do with bloating. I was really surprised by that - even after all my research!
My weight also dropped. Not dramatically, but it has dropped by about 3 pounds - I think. I was not actively reducing calories or counting my calories and I definitely compensated at times with a slice of bread or popcorn or a banana, so it was not a perfect healthy eating plan. I feel though, that with a few smart tweaks here and there that I could possibly lose some more weight, especially if I focus on what we eat at dinner time.
I also need to add that with the reduction in sugar, I was also working on my running routine. I have been running for years, but the move and travel have affected how frequently and long I have been able to run. So, I can't attribute all the weight loss simply to cutting down on sugar. I am going to continue not eating sugary snacks throughout the day with one allowance of a hot chocolate on Thursdays (I haven't decided which day of the week yet!) And I will allow myself dark chocolate in the evenings, if I feel like it.