Ok, so Day 1 of my 7 Day Challenge Giving Up Sugar didn’t go quite as planned.
I’d say the summary word for Day 1 would be: LEARNING.
I’d love to be able to sit here writing that it was a breeze and that, like all those super healthy bloggers online, giving up sugar was easy. I’d love to write that I just woke up and magically I was in the right mindset to give it up. They make it look so easy don’t they. Decide to do it, and it happens. Just like that. Apparently, it is just that easy.
Well, ladies. I’m honest. I will tell it like it is and won’t lie to you.
I woke up motivated, but the magic didn’t happen. It wasn’t easy.
I think there is a lot of unrealistic information out there. They make us feel guilty that we can’t just be healthy. They don’t take into consideration that you need your head to be on board as well as your motivation and everything else. It has actually really annoyed me that all these ‘healthy diet’ plans make it sound as easy as just eating the right food. From Junk Food Queen to Rabbit Food Muncher overnight. Yep, it’s just that easy. NOT!
It’s unrealistic. It takes time and motivation. It takes adapting your mind, diet and routine to make it work. It makes you feel guilty and ashamed that you couldn’t do it.
Day 1 of Giving Up Sugar was a bit of an eye opener.
What Did I Learn?
- I realised how much I actually have sugar, even though I didn’t think I had a lot. There is sugar in so many things.
- I realised how many of my daily calories come from sugar, and not from nutritious, PCOS friendly food.
- I realised how unprepared I was for my new ‘healthy’ lifestyle and how important it is for success.
- I realised 3pm is the time that I reach for something sweet to get me through to dinner time.
- I realised that most of the food in my house is either junk or needs cooking. There are no easy ‘go-to’ healthy snacks.
I have to admit, I did have sugar yesterday (in my coffee) but I did manage to greatly reduce how much I had.
Positives and Negatives of Day 1
- My calorie intake was a lot lower because fewer calories were coming from sugar.
- I managed to use the day to learn a lot about my routine and the foods I eat.
- I drank lots of water and had green tea (no sugar).
- I greatly reduced my sugar intake.
- I realised I was human and that it’s ok to not get it right first time. It’s a process.
- The reduction in sugar on Day 1 gave me a headache. This might also be from the reduction in caffeine so I can’t blame sugar entirely.
- I also had massive anxiety when I went to bed. My brain was so stressed and running about 100 miles per hour with completely pointless thoughts.
- I started the 7 Day Challenge and wasn’t prepared for it.
- I didn’t manage to do a whole day without sugar.
I’m taking the victory that I reduced my consumption of sugar and that I am now in a better place of understanding about my diet and my routine. That will give me a better chance of succeeding in the long-term. It has given me the opportunity to see where I have hurdles and where the stumbling blocks are. It has made me realise I need to be more prepared and have healthy snacks ready so I don’t get ‘picky’ and hit the sugar for an easy fix.
Hopefully Day 2 of my 7 Day Challenge Giving Up Sugar will go better?!
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