You may have seen on Instagram or have been tuning in to my updates on Snapchat, but I am currently on day 7 of no sugar and no soda.
Two weeks ago I was scrolling on Instagram as usual and saw +Fatima Stylefitfatty post about a 21 day workout group she was doing. Basically she posts the workouts to the Facebook group and we all post and support each other in the group. I was interested because that would mean that it would end right before my trip to San Francisco and it seems to be a good milestone. I have also been feeling like I have been drinking too much soda lately, I am guilty of having a Dr Pepper for lunch instead of food so I can work through my lunch. So I decided to add on no soda and also no sugar-y treats.
So this all started last Monday. On Monday I was feeling very tired and very sick. I had a bad headache and I was very nauseous, all classic symptoms that I feel when I have gone off soda in the past. Then on Tuesday I didn't feel sick, but I was extraordinary exhausted. I had to hold my eyelids open during my night class. Same with Wednesday. It was to the point where I was taking naps in my car because I couldn't stay awake. It was pretty bad.
Thursday was the first day I felt like I turned a corner. I felt pretty energized, way more than normal, and have ever since then. I hate doing the workouts, like I loathe them entirely. It has gotten worse since I was so sore from the first three days that I couldn't even do day four. It's getting a little better now that I have had a rest day.
One week of no soda and sugar treats may not seem like a huge deal to most people, and it's really not for me either strictly speaking. I have gone off soda before and it's been fine. However, this time around feels different for some reason. While doing this little challenge, I've realized a few things....
1. Stop talking about it and things will get easier...or don't
I realized I made a mistake posting it on Instagram, because everyone was talking to me about it and it made me think about soda and treats even more. However, it was good to tell people so that others can hold me accountable. So I dunno, I'm split on this one
2. I can live without treats
The hardest part of this by far has been soda. I haven't even really cared about treats except for when someone brought Cadbury eggs to my night class. Other than that, I haven't craved or missed them. I have been eating a lot of yummy fruit, mangos are hitting the spot right now, and I also have been eating no bake energy balls and they are also helping with my cravings, especially those first few days.
3. Healthy choices lead to healthier choices
I have realized this past week I have been very aware of what I am putting into my body. Before I go into this, I want to clarify that I haven't really made an effort to change any eating habits besides the sugar and soda. I still eat chips and other things, but I am a lot more aware of what I'm eating. My body is craving healthy meals whereas before this little challenge it definitely did not do that. We went to a burger place for dinner and I wanted to get a salad instead. We have been making adjustments like turkey bacon and turkey burgers instead of regular beef and pork. It's been really interesting to experience how I'm not craving certain things like Taco Bell anymore. We'll see if it sticks!
4. Eating healthy doesn't have to suck
I have been on diets on and off since I was in 8th grade and there is a reason they haven't stuck. I never had the right mindset. I am not sure that I do now or if this will "stick", but it really helps that I have made the decision for myself and that I'm not doing this to lose weight, just to feel better. I have gone into this with a lot more positive of an attitude, focusing on all the yummy things I still get to eat and not focusing on the things I don't. I still get to have fruit as mentioned before, popcorn, etc. I just make sure it's healthy pop. I read labels and go with the thing that has the least amount of crap in it, but I don't feel deprived. It has helped make the whole thing a lot easier.
5. It's not really about the soda or the sugar
It's about sticking something out. I have the worst self-discpline ever. Like, ever. So to not cave when my friends want to go to Waffle Love or to turn down a cookie from my students, this all makes me really proud of myself. A quote I heard from The Alison Show podcast has stuck with me. "Persist and resist. Persist in your efforts. Resist giving tin distraction, discouragement and disorder." That quote has been really motivating this past week. I only have two weeks left! That is literally nothing. It seems so doable, and it is!
6.Figure out why you are eating/snacking/drinking
This was also from The Alison Show podcast. She talked about how she has lost a ton of weight recently and it all started with figuring out why she was eating. I decided to reflect upon that as well. I realized a lot of it is because of habit. I always started my day with a soda, I always ate something sweet after a meal. The other reason was emotions. When I had a hard day I felt I deserved a soda. So I've had to get past that and I'm still not there yet, but it's good to be aware of why you are eating/snacking/drinking and most of the time, it's not because you are hungry or thirsty.
I have somewhat decided that even after the challenge ends I won't be doing sugary treats on the weekdays and having one day on the weekend that I can get something sweet if we are going out for date night or something. Again, the no sugar doesn't bother me at all. I'm not sure what I'll be doing about soda, maybe once or twice a week...or maybe not. We'll see.
Thanks for reading this whole thing! Have a good week.
Hey! My name is Riley Jo. I have been living off Dr. pepper and a prayer since 1991. My life motto is one that Joey Gladstone taught me on Full House... make fun of yourself before anyone else has a chance to do it first! That's my goal here. Thanks for stopping by!