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28-day Sugar Challenge - week 1

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It has been a week since I started my personal 28-day Sugar Challenge.
As a recap, here is what I'm doing in a nutshell:

My straight forward plan for the next 28 days - to take one further step each week to breaking my sugar addiction. NOTE: each newly added challenge week maintains the challenge of the prior week(s).

Week 1 (April 19 - 25): eliminate soda (up water goal by 3 cups)

Week 2 (April 26 - May 2): eliminate candy

Week 3 (May 3 - 9): eliminate refined carbs (white rice, white flour, etc)

Week 4 (May 10 - 16): eliminated added sugar (to tea, coffee, etc)
Thoughts & Observations

* the first two days were the most difficult - after that the cravings became more mental than physical

* although I was only working on the week 1 challenge of soda, I became conscious of the upcoming challenge weeks and incorporated them where I could, I think this helped to lower my overall sugar intake, and helped to reduce the cravings for the soda

* I'm starting to believe that "food begets food" - meaning certain foods make me hungrier for more - like when I drink a soda I want more sugar, when I eat something like a doughnut or a hamburger, I want more - which is odd because I thought that fat was suppose to make you feel sated, but I think that "industrial food" is full of things that may by design make you want more - I know when I eat "whole" I don't have these cravings and I have a difficult time sometimes getting enough calories

* I took measurements a week ago to have a baseline for the challenge - I did two of those key measurements today (waist and spare tire) - I lost an inch off of each

* I've been feeling better - not experiencing that "need" for a soda - I think I have also been sleeping better

* I'm having difficulty filling the "calorie hole" that soda has left behind - since cutting it out has made me less hungry, and I have to eat more to replace the calories it was taking up, each day has become a battle to reach my ranges - yesterday I found myself putting mayo on my veggie burger to get the calorie boost I needed - I need to find better ways - the Spark People menu suggestions don't work for me because they don't have a dairy-free option - and that seems to be how they are getting in those extra calories - I have considered revising my weight loss goal plan - I think by setting it low (to lose 40 lbs in 11 months) it has my calorie intake too high - the truth is that over all I need to lose about 75 lbs - I may try playing with it to see what I can do

* upping my water intake has been easy because I starting tying my water fill-ups to my QuickFire Challenges - that has been working well
On to Week 2: eliminate candy

all candy? including chocolate? yep, I'm going to try to do it - in fact lately, the only candy I've been eating has been dark chocolate - I didn't even succumb to the jelly beans and peeps this year - I did go through a couple of bags of Cadbury mini eggs at the very start of the "store Easter season" which was back in Feb/Mar - but that was before I had to give up the milk chocolate for the dairy reasons - and even then I ate them within my calorie ranges - in fact, even when I indulge lately, it has been in my ranges - take yesterday for example, throughout the whole day I had a total of 4 squares of dark chocolate (if I remember right, the bag calls 4 squares a serving, but I have been only trying to eat 1 a day) - but yesterday I indulged because I knew the next 3 weeks were going to be chocolate free

I'm also going to keep looking for ways to cut the refined carbs so that next week isn't such a shock - I'm almost there, I just have a few things that I'm trying to convert over, and with that one I'm going to have to be even more conscious of the foods I am putting in my mouth - almost all fast food will be out - but that is probably a good thing

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    What wonderful discoveries you are making about yourself!
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    Can't wait to hear about your new successes!
    3355 days ago
    Sounds like your body is loving these tweaks to your way of eating! I look forward to following the rest of the month. :)
    3355 days ago
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