Mid-July my sorority sister put together a 2-week no sugar
challenge. I failed miserably.
Then in August we decided to do a 30-day challenge. Day 3 –
I gave in during a stressful day. I tried to substitute with fruit but no go. I
went and bought jelly beans. Since these weren’t my favorite jelly belly – I figured
I would settle my sweet tooth with just a couple beans.
My first handful, was the sugar rush. Second handful, “do I
even like these?” Third handful, “I don’t like these – why am I still eating
them?” Rest of the bag – in the trash.
For me joining challenges isn’t about winning. It’s about
being more mindful about why I felt I needed to do the challenge. What element of
my life did I feel I needed to improve?
It’s now October and my favorite candy is candy corn. The sweet
tooth has been raging so I decided to read up on sugar addiction.
Now I’ve noticed that I reach for candy when I need a boost
of energy or when I’m procrastinating from doing a task I don’t want. Once again,
I try to be mindful when I reach for candy to ask myself “why.”
I get by with a little help from my friends.
I’ve been struggling staying committed to working out. Some days I’m in beast mode. I spring out of bed- get on my gear and work out like I have a future “court” date with Serena.
Other days I’ll turn my workout time into a leisurely stroll down social media and the only thing doing reps is my pointer finger scrolling. So I had to think when have I been most successful?
Accountability challenges. Yes, so I reached out to a friend, got down on bended knee and offered her the role. She said YES! We set our parameters. Online Zumba game for 45 minutes and 30 minutes strength training. I chose 6 days/week –she being an overachiever chose 7 days.
Yesterday marked one week in. So far so good for both of us. For example, there was a day that I started running errands at 8am and returned home at 9pm. I just wanted to be one with the couch and chill. But no…I dragged my tired butt to the guest room and cranked out 54 minutes of Zumba with wrist weights.
Later in the week, due to my schedule I broke the Zumba in 2 (25 min parts). The other bonus is this plan is helping me hit my Fitbit goals too.
I’m excited and motivated. I’m glad I didn’t give up trying to figure it out. Sometimes you have to keep trying things out until you find what works.