Sugar Detox: Week Six Update and Final Thoughts
The sugar detox is officially over! It went well in that I followed my plan the whole time, I stuck with it and only ate what I was allowed to each week. It wasn’t really a success in that I didn’t lose much weight (seven pounds total, and most of that was the first week) but I just have to keep telling myself that this one wasn’t about the weight loss, it was about changing my habits. Though it’s questionable if that even happened.
This is the week that I added back “real” sugar, but in moderation. Well, it was moderation compared to pre-sugar detox, but I definitely ate more sugar than I should have. So, besides things that were allowed in prior weeks, I had: a donut on Monday, just because I could (great reasoning, and it wasn’t even as great as I had imagined); Oreo balls at a coworker’s bridal shower; half a Frosty from Wendy’s (I normally would have eaten the whole thing, so that’s progress, right??); and gelato on Sunday evening to cap it all off. Like I said, better than a package of Oreos in less than 48 hours, but not ideal.
Today was my first day off the detox, and it was definitely no holds barred. I’m in trainings for work today and tomorrow, where they supply the food, which of course isn’t very healthy. So I had a muffin for breakfast, cookies with lunch, and dessert after dinner. Right back to my old ways. Hopefully I can get back on track with sugar when I’m back home. I really did enjoy all the recipes I made without refined sugars, I just need to always make sure I have things like that on hand to curb my cravings. I also need to stop saying “hopefully” so much and actually take real action.
I think the biggest thing I learned is that if I want to see real changes in my eating habits and my weight I need to do a whole overhaul, not just take out one bad habit and replace it with another one, though I did get better about not eating as many white cheddar cheez its as the weeks went on. I should have set more limits on the non-sugary foods I ate instead of letting that get out of hand. I know you are all on the edge of your seats wondering what next month’s challenge will be. I’ll tell you all about it next week.
I have been telling myself for a while now that whenever I finished a challenge like this that I would buy a “Fight Grind Repeat” shirt. Those of you who know me know I LOVE the Bobby Bones Show, which is a morning radio talk show, and this is Bobby’s motto about “pushing through obstacles, perservering, and doing your best in your daily life.” Plus, proceeds from the shirt go to a good cause, the Andy Roddick Foundation, so win win, right?
I almost didn’t want to get the shirt because I don’t feel like the challenge accomplished some of the secondary goals I set for it (losing weight and never wanting to eat sugary foods again), and kind of because I didn’t want to buy a shirt at the size I would need right now, I wanted to wait until I lost a significant amount of weight. But I did accomplish the goal I set out to for the six weeks and I need to recognize that and be proud of myself about it rather than focusing on all the things that I think didn’t go well. So I’m ordering the shirt, I will wear it proudly, and if it becomes baggy on me in a few months, even better!