The Breaking Point
Sunday, July 13, 2014
On July 8th, 2014, I pledged to give up all starches, sugars, and dairy for 40 days to break my sugar addiction. Sugar is something that I know will always be a challenge and a trigger. I also know that the best way to end addiction's is to quit cold turkey. My grandpa smoked over 30+ years, he quit one day and never went back until the day he passed away 20 years later. It's not something you force on yourself. When you are ready, you just do it. Your motivations within finally overpower every thing you thought was a gain from that substance and you just stop.
After 3 years of trying to reach that point, I finally have. Since January, I have gained 2-3 pounds a month steadily from overeating and lack of exercise. It came on slowly and I didn't realize the issue until work clothes I bought in April are getting tight and jeans I bought after Christmas I can't button. If I didn't change my behavior, this trend would continue and it will take years off my life.
Days 3 and 4 were tough. I had headaches. I don't exactly enjoy my morning black coffee. I used to have a grande peppermint mocha every single morning. But I made it through. Last year, I tried CrossFit for 3 months but never latched onto the diet. I finally am following their nutrition plan. I was told it takes 30 days to fully break the addiction, so I am striving for 40 before incorporated any grains back into my diet. I was also told, an amazing side effect of cutting the sugar is weight loss if we are overweight. Our body's burn excess fuel from our food. Cut the sugar-burning and I transition to fat-burning. It was an amazing gym. I liked the fast 25 minute workouts. I am trying to build myself back up to that level by doing a couch to 5k program. I like 30 minutes workouts. My goal is to run the whole 5k in 30 minutes before snow hits the ground.
So my results so far, I'm down 8 pounds in just 5 days. I've lost a lot of water weight. I knew this would happen and I know it will slow down. I take everything one hour at a time. I'm focusing on what my meals are gonna be, drinking water, and taking a multi-vitamin. I'm going to learn new ways to cook my favorite meals. Use new ingredients as substitutes and adjust to healthier eating. My hope is that I learn to cook at home all very healthy recipes so that I don't have to worry about restaurant meals, family get-together's and enjoying alcohol. 80/20 to maintain a balance.
I'm gonna keep on climbing.