The 3rd week of my No Sugar Challenge is complete, and I barely made it by the skin of my teeth! I can’t even count how many times I wanted to cheat or give up. The cravings were even more intense than the ones during week 2. It was almost as if they had carried over and just became even more difficult to repress. Ultimately I learned that cheating on my diet, even just a tiny bit, helped it to work even better.
The No Sugar Challenge Works!
I thought that at this point in my challenge, I wouldn’t be craving the things that I’ve given up anymore. I thought that I might have lost my taste for those things by at least week 3, but that definitely was not true. In fact, I felt a bit deprived, which is made me want those things even more.
The end of the past week, I was seriously contemplating just giving in. It got to the point where I was holding a cookie in my hand and smelling it. I was about to eat it, but a little voice in my head stopped me. It asked, “Is this cookie really worth it?” Ultimately, the answer was no, so then I put it back and walked away. Then I went to the pharmacy to buy some menthol patches for my back, and at the checkout counter, I saw some Hershey bars. I picked up the “Special Dark” chocolate bar, and I was holding it for a few seconds until the cashier yelled, “Next.” Then in a split second, I dropped it and ran. You all may be thinking, “Wow, this girl has some serious will power,” and its true, I do have a great amount of will power, and I’m very proud of myself. I went through the entire last day without giving into my sugar cravings at all… until right before bedtime. That’s right, I caved!!
It was 10:30PM, and I had washed my face, brushed my teeth, and I was all ready to go to sleep. Next thing I know, I’m at the refrigerator grabbing for a large bar of Godiva dark chocolate with almonds. The good news is that I only ate a piece equivalent to the size of one third of my pinky finger (and I have small hands), so it was so tiny that I’m not even sure if it counts as a “cheat.” Another bit of good news is that the No Sugar Challenge has been working all along and I didn’t even realize it. After eating the chocolate, I was so overwhelmed with the sweet taste of the sugar, that I didn’t need any more of it. I was honestly a little grossed out by it, which is VERY unusual for me because dark chocolate use to be my absolute favorite! I went to sleep feeling a little guilty for having caved just a tiny bit (literally), but I also felt happy (not just from the signals being sent to my brain by the fructose) knowing that I had accomplished what I set out to do. I wanted to rid myself of that intense sugar addiction that I’ve been struggling with for most of my life, and that’s exactly what I did.
How Do I Feel?
After the 3 week mark of this challenge, I’m feeling okay. I don’t really notice a major difference in my energy levels, but I’ve been looking into things like matcha green tea powder, and I’m thinking of trying that on a daily basis to boost my energy a little bit more. The wonderful news is that (besides my horrible cold that I had during the end of week 2), I haven’t had any headaches (please knock on wood for me). I am dealing with a major back issue in that I potentially have a herniated disc in my lumbar spine, which is causing severe sciatic nerve pain, so this may be why I haven’t been feeling super energetic as well. Its funny, in trying to cure one health dilemma, I’ve been facing a million other ones at the same time. I am trying to stay hopeful and positive that everything will work out just fine in the end, and that I will ultimately feel like the youthful & energetic 26 year old that I’m supposed to feel like, but of course, its not easy when you’re in pain all the time.
As far as my appearance goes, I have lost nearly 10 lbs. in the past 3 weeks. No one has said anything about it to me, mainly because the people I see at work only just met me a few weeks ago, and the only other people I see regularly are my parents & my boyfriend on skype. Since my parents see me every day, the differences are so small that they haven’t really noticed, and my boyfriend only sees my face on the computer monitor, so he hasn’t noticed any difference either. Personally, I’ve noticed that my clothing definitely fits a little looser, and the pimples on my face have cleared up, which was something that I was definitely hoping for.
In terms of missing sugar, after my little cheat last night, I’m not having anymore cravings really. Do I still enjoy the sweet taste? Yes! I really liked the way that tiny tiny piece of chocolate tasted. What I didn’t like was that the sugar left an after taste in my mouth that lingered for a good 20 to 30 minutes. It was like my whole mouth was covered in sugar, and I couldn’t get rid of it. I’m hoping that I will remember that feeling the next time I am tempted to have sugar in any way, and that it will help me to say “no thanks” even after the fourth week of the challenge is over.
Final Thoughts: This has been a pretty monumental week for my No Sugar Challenge, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what week 4 has in store for me. What I really want is for people to notice a change in my skin. I want that “youthful glow” that other people have said they’ve experienced while doing the same type of challenge. I’m only 26 years old for goodness sake! Aren’t I supposed to have a youthful glow naturally? Anyway, fingers crossed that it happens for me too.
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