For anyone out there interested, I thought I’d post an update on my sugar fast. Today is day 74 of my “no sugar” diet. Now before you get all technical, I’m sure that I’ve had SOME sugar. I know that my Chex Mix had some sugar in the cereal. I haven’t been strict on avoiding sauces or condiments that might contain sugar. But I have cut out all sweets, and have not cooked with any sugar in my home (well, at least not for me), and for the most part have avoided eating anything with sugar even as an ingredient.
I have passed up birthday cake, donuts, creamer in my coffee, buttermilk pie, a family trip to Marble Slab, and yes, even Halloween candy (including my beloved candy corn). Up until about three weeks ago I also had no artificial sweeteners, but after a particularly serious hankering and some wise counsel, I decided that a Diet Dr. Pepper from Sonic once every Saturday would not make me a failure.
I have remained diligent in my morning exercise, and am increasingly adding more jogging time to my walks. I’m considering doing a 5K in the near future.
The funny thing is — I don’t miss the sugar. I feel better than I have in a long time and I weigh 20 pounds less than I did 74 days ago. It’s become such a part of who I am that I don’t even think about it. I have to really think to even know what “day” I’m on. In the beginning it was a really big deal. Each day without sugar seemed like a milestone. But after a while, it just doesn’t seem to matter any more. The only reason I haven’t lost track completely is that I started the Bible in 90 Days program the same day as Day 1, so I can figure it out if I need to (like for the report in this post).
When will I eat sugar again? I’m not sure. I thought I might go to the whole 90 days, as with the Bible reading program, but I’m not set on that. I do know that I will not remain sugar-free through the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays. I don’t mean to deprive myself completely. But when I do eat sugar, I will only do so moderately and not go overboard. I heard a commenter on the radio this morning say “It’s a holiDAY not a holiMONTH.” I love that! I will not make the excuse that it’s a holiday so I can eat poorly and overindulge the whole month! The thought doesn’t even seem appealing anymore.
Sweet without Sugar,