Apr 292011
 
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On Monday of this week I started a challenge to break my candy habit.

When I first started thinking about seriously trying to break my candy habit last week, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share on my blog. I figured I would fail miserably and then I’d have to write about how I failed for everyone to read. I didn’t really want to do that.

Then I thought: if I DO write about it, I will be accountable. Sure, I could lie to my readers and Michael and sneak a candy bar into the closet and eat it without telling anyone…but I’d know I cheated, and I’d feel too guilty. Being accountable helped quite a bit.  I wanted to succeed. I wanted to be able to write a post at the end of the week and say “I DID IT!”

And I DID!

I got through the work week with NO cheating. I did not go to the Candy Room to snack on anything other than chewing gum or some cashews. NO candy!


Some Things I Learned

I can do anything I set my mind to. I was already aware of this fact because losing 100 pounds by yourself is no easy feat. But it’s been 3 years since I lost the weight and it’s easy to “forget” how far you’ve come. This was a good reminder.

I eat candy more out of habit than desire. This was huge. Here I thought I was slipping back into old habits where sweets had a major pull over my life…I thought I was getting addicted to sugar again and I’d never be able to get out of that again. I was wrong. Eating the candy at work strictly because I was in the habit to do so was a good realization.

I didn’t miss the candy like I thought I would. I thought I’d go through withdrawals from no candy–headaches, irritability and insane cravings…Nope. None of that. I really didn’t have any physical symptoms of limiting my sugar. Maybe that was because I was still eating fruit? No idea.

I realized that diet soda makes me crave candy. For a long time I drank sparkling lemon water. It has no artificial sweeteners in it and it’s not very sweet–but I liked the carbonation. Well awhile ago I bought a case of diet Pepsi at Costco and was drinking one at lunch every day. It made me crave candy AND more soda! This week I’ve gone back to the sparkling water and I just FEEL BETTER.


Some Challenges I Had

Beside the obvious temptation of the Candy Room, I also had to deal with peer pressure at work. There was a very nice brunch thrown by the managers in honor of Administrative Professional’s Day and I had to refrain from eating most of it (just the fruit). Also, another coworker got some chocolate toffee treats as a gift and I had to refrain from that too. She said “Not even a little piece?” I couldn’t do it. A “little piece” would lead me to saying “Eff it!” and eating a ton of candy!

Another challenge was the habit of having dessert every night after dinner. Even though I was making good choices for dessert (low-calorie treats only) I was still in the habit of ALWAYS EATING DESSERT. Do I always need to eat dessert? No. Should it be a treat a few times a week? Sure. But not every day. As someone who was once developing diabetes, I have to be careful about my sugar intake.

I realized I also turn to sweets when stressed or anxious. I definitely use food as a band-aid for feelings. This week I had a few stressful things happen to cause me dread and anxiety and my first thought was “I want chocolate.” Did I give in? No. I stopped masking my feelings with food (which is always a struggle for me as I am a stress-eater).

 

Weight Loss?

I hopped on the scale this morning for what would be my normal monthly-weigh in date. I am going to weigh-in on Monday, May 1st for the diet experiment but curiosity got the better of me.

The scale read: 144 even. A week ago I weighed 146.8. I am skeptical that I lost almost 3 pounds in a week. I’m sure some of that was period weight/bloat. But part of me wants to believe that cutting out candy and dessert for a week can equal weight loss.

Now What?

Am I going to start eating candy again? Maybe. I’m going to keep trying to refrain from the Candy Room at work. My goal in doing this Sugar Detox was to break the mindless snacking at work. I want to maintain that. But I think eating dessert at home in moderation, a few times a week is fine. I will resume that at some point but I don’t know when.

About Lisa Eirene
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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  8 Responses to “Sugar Detox Outcome”

  1. Ok…you’ve inspired me to try the Sugar Detox myself. I will start next Monday because @work is where I have the most trouble as well.

    BTW, I noticed that you are on MyFitnessPal. I would love to see your diary (if you have it public) so if you are cool with that, my username is mayasmom.

    • Let me know how you feel! I was feeling kind of “yucky” yesterday and couldn’t figure out why…but I think it might have been the sugar detox.

      Sure, I’ll add you on MyFitnessPal. :)

  2. Congrats! I’ve never had a doubt that YOU could do anything you put your mind to – you are living proof.

    I think just breaking the Candy Room habit is SO huge, regardless of whether you have dessert at home moving forward. I think this kind of experiment also helps one become more choosy about what candy they decide to eat. I’m very picky now, where in the past I’d eat almost anything.

    …says the girl who just bought two bags of Reese’s mini eggs.

    I think sugar can have big results at the scale so we’ll see how you average out, but that’s pretty compelling. Have a great weekend!

    • And thank you for the occasional Twitter support! There were several times where I thought “Why the eff am I doing this? I just want to eat candy!” But I am glad I didn’t. You are right–now I’ve become detached from the Candy Room and I feel like being more discriminative about the sweets I do eat.

  3. Awesome work! You can accomplish anything you set your mind on. :-)

  4. I have no doubt that cutting out excessive sugar can help anyone achieve weight loss. It definitely has an effect on water balance – not as significantly as salt, but any solute increase in the blood = water retention! I’m super excited for you!!
    I tend to search out sweets and junk for many of those same reasons, primarily stress. I may just have to jump on that sugar detox bandwagon with you :) Keep up the good work!

    • You should! It was an interesting experiment. I expected it to be harder than it was. I’m also curious what it will be like when I go back to eating dessert once in awhile. It might be too sweet.

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