So where do I start? What got me to where I am today and why the HELL am I giving up sugar?
Lets be honest... you know I just read the "That Sugar Book" by Damon Gameau and then did a little sugar inventory on myself and realised that I had consumed 58 teaspoons of sugar and it wasn't even 1pm yet. Then I calculated how much my 1 year old had consumed that day and I knew the "Mother of The Year Award" was once again out of my reach (dammm... thats 12 months now in a row)...But on the plus side, a sponsorship from some sugar company was definitely on the horizon.
This led me to the conclusion that I am going to ATTEMPT to give up sugar. The reason I say ATTEMPT and I even went as far as putting it in capitals (hardcore I know) is because if I had to rate my favourite things in my life, sugar laden products would be right up there... like right, right up there. I'm not going to say I love chocolate more than my husband because he might read this... but I am going to say depending on the day of the week it's a close call.
In reality I really shouldn't love sugar. I should hate it! I should despise it! If sugar was a person, on meeting Sugar I would probably fly kick it in the ovaries. If sugar requested me on facebook I would stalk it for a couple of weeks, laugh about it to my friends and then decline that mofo. Why am I treating sugar like some x boyfriend that my brother once compared to a burnt treefrog (thats another story all together). Its because of this love affair with sugar that I have spent the last 20 years of my life battling my weight. I conquer and then I am destroyed. Its like sugar has made this pact with my willpower. As if they have this secret exclusive club and Sugar is the only one allowed in the VIP area....... its funny though, cause its the same willpower that makes me get up at 4am to go to bootcamp even though I would rather push a boot out my bum at 4am but willpower won't have a bar of it.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I don't do things half assed. If I'm going to do something then I go hard. If I open up a jar of nutella, I finish that jar of nutella. If I buy a 600ml coke but only wanted a can, but the 600ml is on special, I will drink that extra 250mls like nobodies business. I also commit myself to my diet flavour of the month. Yep Michelle Bridges, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Atkins, Soup Diet, Grapefruit Diet..... you name it, I've lost weight on it and then put it all back on. Except for that Grapefruit diet... the only thing I lost on that one was my dignity.
So Im jumping on the quitting sugar bandwagon and giving myself 8 weeks (as suggested in Sarah Wilson's Book) and I'm turning my challenge into a blog. I'm doing this to:
A) Keep me accountable. If you see me walking down the street indulging in sugar yet preaching on here, I give you permission to slap the sugar demon out of me.
B) Share my story with people just like me. I've read other blogs on quitting sugar, and also blogs on being healthy and lets face it, their lives don't reflect mine. My food will never look like a Master Chef prepared it no matter how much I filter it. I don't have an unlimited shopping budget to buy market fresh produce and create 5 different meals a day 7 days a week. I am not in a cult... I mean I don't own a Thermomix, so my food will be prepared old school.
C) I'm not following a program. I'm doing this all by myself. So meal plans etc will reflect my research. I'm going to try and keep my program as family friendly as possible because nobody got time to make a meal for adults and a meal for the kids. So I want to share my research with you. The good, the bad, the successes and the failures.
So there you have it. So I'm ready to start... well almost.... you see..... this week I've declared as my PREPARING to give up Sugar week. I really picked a crap week to start, as its school holidays and that means multiple catch ups with friends, deck beverages and a mountain of easter eggs to consume. So yes I will indulge in one last hurrah (don't judge me if this last hurrah goes for 6 days..) But I will be spending this week researching, making up a meal plan, a shopping list and copying recipes for Week One that I can share with you all, as well as some kid friendly options for lunches, snacks etc.
Let The Journey Begin!!!!!
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