This may seem strange to you, but after almost two months without sugar, my romance with food has ended. I faintly recall the old days of looking forward to a particular dessert and then taking that first bite, just to have the wave of pleasure wash over me and my taste buds. I often found myself longing for sweets, just to recapture that emotion, but often found that I was a slave to my cravings. Soon it seemed everything could be solved with a little cash and a quick trip to the grocery store. Now, food has become a basic source of fuel for my body and I reach for it just to keep my energy level up. The emotional attachment is gone now and I don’t find myself longing for sweets or particular foods any longer.
If I’ve become addicted to anything during this process, it would have to be my results. With each week that passes, my memories of the food I used to eat are overshadowed by the changes I feel and see in the mirror each day. I purposefully have kept all parts of this grand experiment to a level that anyone can accomplish, just to show others what can be done on a basic level. When I changed my eating, I didn’t really exercise for the first two weeks because I wanted to keep my focus on the eating change to start. After a couple of weeks, I integrated some basic cardio and minor weight/ab work for a total of 9 visits to the gym over a 17 day period. While it was easier for me to have a workout destination like a gym, everything I did could actually be done around the house or neighborhood. When April arrived, I picked up my frequency of going to the gym with a goal of 4 out of 7 days in the week, for around one to one and half hours each visit. My goal was still to do the basic level of exercise and not try to kill myself with weights. I don’t prescribe to the “no pain, no gain” mentality and wanted to show that results could happen either way.
In the back of my mind I envisioned it being like the Biggest Loser, with fat just falling off my body each day, but that isn’t what exactly happened. The reality was I seemed to have a stagnant first week in April, which I couldn’t explain and that I didn’t find motivating. Thankfully, I wasn’t fazed too much and kept up with the plan of eating and exercise. The following week, things caught up and my pants were looser. Then I could start using our new scale because I wasn’t over the weight limit on it any longer. Finally I could wear a pair of pants higher on my waist and not feel like I was getting chopped in half when I sat down. Little milestones were being met each day, which then motivated me to keep on track.
I can hardly believe I made it this long and have seen such results, but the thing people fail to understand is that it gets easier as time passes. The longer you go without sugar and flour, the more your mindset changes about what you can accomplish. I think if you honestly ask yourself if you would cease to exist if all processed food in the world suddenly disappeared tonight, you would have to admit that you could survive just by adjusting your eating mentality. My goal continues to be one that shows you that it is possible to change your life and speed up the results you want to see, both physically and mentally. You just have to believe that you can do it and create a plan. Figure out what’s truly holding you back and get past it.
Don’t forget, shoot me a quick message or email for a free copy of a book I wrote about making this change in my life. I’ll be happy to send it to you.