As Week 7 of the I Quit Sugar 8 Week Program ends and the final week is looming, it’s about time to stop and reflect on what this program has done for me and whether I’m going to make this a permanent change. To do this I thought it would be easiest to seperate my musings into my key areas of interest and major challenges to do with the I Quit Sugar theory.
This was the major reason for me even beginning the program in the first place. Whilst I’m still suffering from constant lethargy, it is much better than before.
Negativity from others
This has been a difficult challenge for the duration of the program. I simply was not expecting so many negative responses to my own personal choice to give quitting sugar a go, however Sarah Wilson very eloquently points out that this is commonly due to good ol’ envy and fear. You are talking about doing something that a lot of people do not have the courage or will-power to do themselves and therefore by confronting them with your choice there is no surprise that you meet some defensiveness in the process. Sarah therefore encourages you to not push your I Quit Sugar choice in peoples faces and as a result I am trying to preach on about it less when I’m at a social gathering (friends please feel free to let me know if this isn’t working)!
On the up-side I’ve had many people around me show a genuine interest in the program and commend me on being so dedicated. So far the most I’ve slipped up is caving in to a jelly shot at a friend’s Hens party and the odd crisps or chips here and there (sugar-free but still junk). Pretty darn good I think!
Whilst this wasn’t a major factor in undertaking the I Quit Sugar program, it has definitely been an added benefit! To date I’ve only lost a couple of kilograms but I definitely feel leaner, less bloated and overall a pretty balanced and healthy weight. I was never big to begin with, but it’s nice to no longer calorie count my food or feel guilty about what I eat. I eat a lot, it’s just the good stuff now!
Here’s me actually enjoying a green smoothie with some added blueberries:
Not to mention I can still enjoy eating delicious things such as bacon:
Permanency is terrifying!
Numerous times through-out the program I’ve had a minor attack of “WHY THE HELL AM I PUTTING MYSELF THROUGH THIS”. This normally happens when I’ve seen other people enjoying cupcakes or a piece of cake at a friend’s party, or I see famous skinny celebrities on Instagram still enjoying a big fat dose of sugar (hmmm speaking of which I must unfollow, it’s just too darn depressing).
When these moments happen I stop and reflect on why I started this in the first-place, how much healthier I’m going to be because of my choices and thank god for the numerous delicious sugar-free recipes for chocolate!
The Final Decision
When it comes to making the decision as to whether I want to continue with a sugar-free lifestyle following the end of the program it’s a bit of a no-brainer for me. Whilst I’m terrified of the thought of not being able to eat everything that the people around me can eat, it’s all about adjusting your perspective to focus on the awesome things you can enjoy and not the negatives. At the end of the day I want to be healthy and live long, therefore bring on a sugar-free life! Oh and bring on my holiday to Fiji at the end of next week, the first big challenge to put this new lifestyle to the test (no sugary cocktails for me)!