Towards the end of last year, as I was downing my third V for the day (I know, terrible), I came to the realisation that something had to change. I wasn't sleeping properly so was always tired, I was moody, I was eating the world and I was having three V's a day (!!!) - the first by 9am (and no amount of justification that I don't drink tea or coffee can remove the terrible-ness of that!). I was also spending a stupid amount of money on these sugary/caffiene/guarana drinks (and that's with buying them at the supermarket in 4-packs, as opposed to individual cold cans from the cafe) and they didn't seem to be having the same kick they did when I first started drinking them.....someone had themself a habit!
I think I read it from front to back in two days (while at work - shhhhh, don't tell!) and it really struck a chord. Without going into to too much detail, David's book is about his experience eliminating sugar from his diet, losing weight in the process. He has done a lot of research into sugar in our diets (from a 'everyday' person point - he is not a scientist/ nutritionist/ dietician/ medical practitioner etc - he's a normal person) and some of the things he found out were enough to put the heebeejeebees in me and make me want to change my way of eating.
Then I found his second book, the Quit Plan, which made it so much easier to put into practice. So into practice I did put it. Five rules - easy to understand, easy to implement - that made all the difference. It was coming up to Christmas and New Years so I struggled a little with all the temptations on offer around that time of year but was able to get right back on track after a few little binges (normally after a binge I would give up but not this time).
I kept at it and on top of it for about 5 months and felt the best I ever have in all my life. As a bonus to feeling great (fitter, firmer, not as hungry, better skin, sleeping through the night) I lost a little weight. Not my original intention, to lose weight, but it was a bonus. I just wanted to kick the sugar cravings throughout the day and be able to go to a restaurant without looking at the dessert menu first!
The last couple of weeks have seen me start to waiver in my sugar-free-stance. I'm consuming softdrinks and sweet cakes again, not in the quantities that I was but I seem to be unable to resist the temptation. I find I'm craving something sweet to eat at odd hours of the day and have a headache most afternoons. And my pants are getting tight. Time to take action.
- I will not snack on sugar. End of story. (I now know how much sugar is in a can of V and it is SCARY!).
- I won't concern myself with fat content other than to steer away from low-fat foods. (Low-fat = high sugar).
- Party food is for parties. (Parties don't happen every day, so NO).
I can do this.
I will do this.