Elizabeth and I are on Day 27 of our sugarless experiment. During these past weeks, we have repeatedly heard the same questions:
1. Has it been hard?
2. How do we feel?
3. What do we eat?
4. Are we going to keep it up after Lent?
5. Have we lost our minds?
I think we have done an okay job of talking about #3. We have tried to provide some examples of what we are eating and even a few how to's. I would like to do more but I keep digging into my food before I remember to take pictures.
I'm going to save #4 for another day, and the answer to #5 is easy:
We have never been in our right minds.
But, I can answer questions #1 and 2, right here and now. The first few days were hard. It was probably around Day 3 when:
I had an awesome dream.
The tiny princess and I were walking through a hotel lobby.
We went up an escalator and into a hall of cakes and cupcakes.
There were tables and tables of sweet confections. It was a sight to behold.
It really didn't look like that at all,
but I couldn't find a picture of a hotel lobby full of cupcakes.
I pointed out the most appealing selections to the Tiny Princess,
trying to sway her in the direction of what I would choose.
|Vanilla with Butter Cream Frosting|
|Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting|
Or one of my very favorites:
Are you getting hungry yet? This is kind of a form of cruel and unusual punishment, isn't it?
Anyway, with all these beautiful cakes before us,
the Tiny Princess picked some skanky Walmart cupcake.
|Ugly Walmart Cupcake|
And, I woke up in a cold sweat . . . and incredibly sad . . .
because she had made such a terrible choice . . .
and I was also a little hungry.
I also felt a little lethargic the first week. I run between 15-25 miles per week, and when I run, I like to run hard and get dirty and stinky.
|Check out the dirt on Allison and I after the Warrior Dash|
There is also the workouts with Teamshortstack, and the combat (kick boxing) class 2-3x per week. They are the same story. I'm there to kick ass and take names. I leave combat kind of hoping that I will get mugged in the Walmart parking lot because I
It definitely takes a lot more of this:
But then, around Day 6, the skies parted and the sun shone through.
And, all of the sudden, it was easier.
My body felt cleaner. I had lost that bloated feeling that made me feel like crap all the time. And, as an added perk, I wasn't having to fight with my jeans to get them zipped.
My head was clearer. No more glycemic mood swings. I mean, Awesome Jeff would probably tell you that I'm still moody. But, it's not my fault that the people around me do stupid stuff and I react. And, I really do feel better and more on my A-game.
So, I'm in a real good place now. I've stopped thinking about dessert after every meal.
I guess that's what it's like when you go through a detox. Whether it's drugs, alcohol, or cupcakes that you are purging from your system, there are going to be some bad days at the beginning. But then, every day it gets a little easier and you feel a little better.
Actually, I'm just guessing that's what detox is like. I base that on countless Lifetime movies and a Sandra Bullock movie:
Have a great Monday,