Saturday, February 13, 2010

Three Weeks Sugar-free

It's been three weeks tomorrow since I quit sugar. AND I made it through one of the sweetest holiday parties - yesterday's Valentine extravaganza at my house. There must have been enough sugar here to give two grown men some serious diabetes. And I didn't have any. Really, I didn't want any, which is kind of amazing. Honestly, I'm not a sucker for conversation hearts or lollipops. The real test would be Christmas - eggnog and pumpkin bread and cookies and more cookies.

I only added fruit back into my diet on Monday (the 8th) and it feels like a guilty pleasure after a couple weeks of no sweets. A friend served strawberries for dessert last night and I felt like I was eating something I shouldn't.

As for effectiveness - keeping in mind my purpose for this whole thing is to try to make a significant difference in my emotional life - so far so good. I'm not as edgy as I was the first two weeks. But I'm not completely sweet and serene as I'd hoped, either. I think I need to get through a few months, not just weeks, to really tell if there is a difference. I will say that I am not as tired at night or in the morning. There is enough of a difference in my energy level to notice. As a result, I'm not cursing the world when I have to get up an hour early with a chipper two year-old (as I did this morning, though I was hoping to sleep in).

It's disappointing to discover that I'm more of a grouch than I'd like to be. It would have been swell to go through a total transformation and see all my problems and struggles solved. Guess I still have to rely on Jesus. (Funny, keeps coming back to that! When will I learn?) It is a true statement to say that this is the heaviest sacrifice I've ever made - so I wanted some heavy payoff. More to contemplate there, and when I realize anything noteworthy, you'll be the first to know!


Home Sweet Home said...

Yeah. I have been wondering how it is going. Energy is a BIG one I forgot to mention. Isn't it amazing? I had a rough day watching my kids. Thanks to me the church party had no dessert and no one even noticed until we left. Keep up the good work. How many pounds have you lost? I bet a lot.

littlecbsmom said...

Wow, that is amazing! I think of you all the time and look at you have to share more of what you do eat. I can't believe how many things have sugar. When you start reading it is amazing. I am definitely trying to cut down and be more aware!

Way to go, keep up the good work and keep us posted! I'm rooting for you!