Despite the dream I had last night that I downed an inordinate amount of sweets, a second week with no sweets is now complete! This started off as a “candy-free” challenge for myself because I consumed an absurd amount of candy around Valentine’s Day and needed to get that in check. But since I know that the more sugar I eat, the more I crave, I decided to go sweets free all the way.
I know I am not the only one testing my will against sweets. Word on the
streets internet is that Terzah, Laura, and Paige have all given up sweets for Lent. I am not sure I will make it all the way until Easter, but I have made through week 2!
What is really interesting is that I have learned quite a bit about my sweets cravings through the last couple of weeks. The first week was a little unique because of my work travel but being back in a normal routine has taught me a few things about what triggers my cravings and how I can manage those things.
- I absolutely, positively am conditioned to crave something sweet after I finish a meal. I am sure this stems from the fact that we always ate sweets after meals when I was growing up. My dad would always ask (and still does) as we sat at the table finishing a meal, “What’s for dessert?”
- I have found that I will tell myself that if I am not completely full after I finish eating a (usually nutritious) meal, it’s okay because I will have room for candy or sweets. I have never actually acknowledged this internal conversation before because it was almost instinctive and I would just go for the sweets. This past week, I have consciously thought about whether I am still hungry and want more food and if so, then I eat more.
- Once I ignore the initial craving for sweets shortly after a meal, it usually passes and I move on with the day or evening.
- I rarely get on-going cravings for sweets throughout the day at random times.
- I do not crave sweets when I am stressed or tired.
- When I feel like I really need something sweet in the evenings, I have been having a cup of natural apple cider made in my Keurig. The warm drink tastes yummy and makes me feel calm and relaxed.
- I still do not see fruit or yogurt as a sweet treat. I eat those things for breakfast and regular snacks and my mind does not process them as treats, therefore I don’t attempt to fulfill sweet cravings with them.
- Even after a couple of glasses of wine at a party, it is possible for me to skip the M&M’s and cupcakes if I am committed to doing it. This was a tough one, but I was proud of myself for sticking to my challenge.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all about moderation and I do not plan to deny myself sweet treats forever, but I needed to take a step back and assess the situation. I can’t say that I am completely unhappy with my weight right now, but I definitely could lose 5 – 10 pounds to get down to a more reasonable “racing weight” (and of course bikini-ready!).
For the most part, I eat pretty healthy and obviously put a great deal of effort into running and working out. As a result, I have known for a long time that I could probably lose weight pretty easily if I cut out the extreme amount of candy and sweets in my diet. I never really thought I could make the commitment to do it, but I am now learning that it really isn’t all that hard!
I did weigh myself last Wednesday, so I will probably try to find a scale tomorrow (I don’t keep one at home) and see if I see any results. But honestly, those definitely aren’t the results that matter! I am happy with what I have learned and what I accomplished (trust me, a WHOLE week is a big deal for me) and ready to tackle another week…