The question was raised about what I’ve been drinking during this time and it made me realize that I’ve only drank water for the past two weeks. I purposefully avoided milk because I knew that I would be eating a tad bit more cheese during the day and I didn’t want to overcompensate my sugar loss with tons of dairy. I read that article saying cheese is more addictive than some drugs out there and I completely agree. I absolutely could not live without cheese in my diet. Of course, three weeks ago I thought I couldn’t live without sugar and flour in my diet and I’m doing better than I expected.
Before this experiment started, I was a big fan of Crystal Light drinks and that’s what we had with almost every dinner. I favored the Peach Tea myself, but was open to anything so the kids had variety. If we had pizza, then typically I was drawn toward Root Beer because it just made the pizza taste better. I feel fortunate that we have never been huge soda drinkers in my house, so I didn’t have to kick that addiction also. Trying to go without soda when you’re used to having 1 or 2 a day is tough and I feel for you guys that try to kick it. Of course, when I was younger, I drank a lot of soda like most people, but for some reason moved away from it. I guess I can thank Iced Tea in the summer for helping with that.
So in the end, I’ve just been drinking water and quite a bit of it. It may sound super boring to you, but it isn’t too bad after the sugar has been kicked out of your system. I’m not saying that water tastes as good as punch to me now, but it doesn’t taste like the bland nothingness it used to either. I guess my point with this is that there are likely things you think you could never live without right now, but if you just give yourself some freedom from them for a while, it becomes easier to change.
I have really surprised myself over these past couple of weeks and while I haven’t become the perfect picture of health, I know my body feels different. I don’t look in the mirror and have a biggest loser shock moment each day, but I have noticed my clothes fitting better and my shape becoming less “Santa Claus” and more “Santa Claus in his 30’s” (likely when he wasn’t drinking Coca Cola all the time). These results are even better to me because I haven’t really done much exercise and my focus has been eating full meals and never being hungry. At no point have I measured my food or counted a calorie during this time. If I get hungry, I make sure to eat, especially so my family can tolerate me. We do go to the store more to stock up on perishables like Bananas, but our shopping budget hasn’t increased.
Right now there’s a lot more in the “wins” column of this experiment than there are in the “negative” column. I especially like that I’m not paying money for any special food or programs, but remember I have my wonderful wife supporting me, so that’s equal to a high-end program in itself.
What I ate today:
- Eggs and Kielbasa with a smattering of cheese.
- Salad for lunch with cheese, a few black olives, and meat. I find that alternating between chunks of ham and the sliced strips of deli ham gives me a bit of variety. I’m pretty sure I’ll need to whip up some more taco meat this week though.
- Dinner was some delicious seasoned chicken chunks from the grill. They were practically perfect with a great taste and quite tender. I had a big helping of mashed sweet potatoes on the side and that was it. Hindsight has me wishing I did a side of veggies too, because I’m a little more hungry than typical at 1AM.
My goal will be to eat some Strawberries this week, so stay tuned for that.
Onward to day sixteen and the official passing of the halfway mark of the month