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Painful Every Time

Sugar Freedom Week 3, Days 2 & 3

In the first X-Men film (*nerd alert*), Rogue is asking Wolverine about his claws (sheaths of metal that protract and retract between his fingers) and if it hurts when he flashes them out to use them. “Every time,” he says.

Ouch. And awesome.
Ouch. And awesome.

This is my mentality when it comes to exerting self-control in regard to sugar. When an ice cream cake gets pulled out at small group, it almost physically hurts to be around it. When birthday cake or homemade treats make an appearance at the office (I know, I harp on this in like every other blog post), it takes all my energy just to focus on work and not think about the sugar buffet on the other side of the room.

As dumb as it might sound, anyone who has ever changed their diet will agree with me: It doesn’t get easier to resist sugar. Especially when it’s in front of our faces ALL THE TIME. Even healthy treats, like protein bars and yogurt, have some form of added sugar in them. Food is a powerful force, if you let it control you. And willingly restricting something as tasty as sugar from your diet? It’s painful every time.

So how to fight the pain? The best solution I’ve found is refocusing my cravings on healthier alternatives, and only having those alternatives available. For example, I don’t keep a ton of candy in the house. I always have healthy fudge handy in the fridge, though, for when chocolate cravings strike. I keep healthy snacks in my desk at work, like veggie sticks, sunflower seeds, popcorn chips, rice cakes, dried fruit and mixed nuts.

It’s still going to be painful, but that pain will eventually become dull once new habits become normal routine. 🙂

Progress Report Day 16

Breakfast: Bran cereal with almond milk, 2 cuties.

Lunch: Multi-grain English muffin, almond butter, peanut butter-filled pretzels.

Dinner: Gyro meat (lamb and beef) on portobello cap bun, with feta cheese, spinach, and tomato. Side salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Snack: Air-popped popcorn, dehydrated mangos and apricots.

Drinks: Water, coffee, hot toddy (dinner).

Progress Report Day 17

Workout: Run/walk 2 miles.

Breakfast: English muffin with peanut butter, 2 cuties.

Snack: Grapefruit. Laughing Cow light cheese wedge.

Lunch: Cafe Rio grilled chicken salad with cilantro lime vinaigrette.

Dinner: Panda Express bowl with string bean chicken and mixed veggies. Strawberry yogurt.

Snack: Dehydrated apricots. Kashi Original 7-Grain Pita Chips.

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