I only wish I were kidding. I really LOVE my sweets. I wouldn’t say that I’m quite at the Buddy the Elf level, but I’m close.
Living a fit and healthy lifestyle did not come easy for me. Growing up I was not into sports at all. I completely own, and am proud of…TBH, that I was a complete band/choir/drama geek. The closest I came to playing a sport was when I was the manager for the tennis team my sophomore year. And since I’m being honest, the main reasons for that were 1) The coach was HOT (oh Mr. Moran, if you’re reading this, I’m available) 2) It fulfilled my gym requirement for the rest of my high school career 3) THE COACH WAS HOT!!!! (so hot that it had to be repeated)
My family was definitely not into sports. My mom was very over weight and while my dad was “skinny” the majority of his activity came while working. We didn’t get out and go for walks or toss the football around. We were a very sedentary family. I would go through spurts where I tried to do different things. I had a friend, on the tennis team actually, who had amazing calves so I spent a few weeks doing calf raises in my room at night. Until I got bored and wasn’t seeing results fast enough. My best friend tried to get me into running…..um, no. That made me sweaty and breathe really hard. Neither of those things were on my to do list in high school. Andddd, again since I’m on the honesty trek, I even tried Richard Simmons’ Sweating to the Oldies…….oh my, my soul just died a little bit admitting that. I couldn’t get into that for obvious reasons.
I’m sure it’s pretty obvious that if we were a sedentary family it just goes without stating that we also ate like crap. Fried foods, yep; fast food, of course; creamy casseroles, yep. Lots and lots of unhealthy carbs. Sweets. Pretty much anything bad for you, was on our table and being pushed down our gullets.
I don’t share any of this to disparage my parents; at all. I love them very much and they did what they knew and what they grew up with. The cycle, as it often does, just kept repeating itself. I repeated the cycle for a long time as well. In my early 30’s, I happened to catch a glimpse of myself in a window and I didn’t like what I saw and I knew it was time to make a change. I wasn’t obese or super overweight but I was gaining weight and I didn’t like my reflection. The easiest change for me was working out (I will talk more about this in a later blog). And really giving up the fast food and fried food also proved to be a lot easier than I thought it would be. Sugar, however, was and is another story completely.
I am addicted to my non-fat chai tea. Brownies…oh God, I love brownies. “Give me brownies or give me death!” Chocolate chip cookies, yes please. Chocolate cake….”what do you mean half the pan is more than one serving?” Cinnamon rolls….My mouth is watering and I’m pretty sure you get the point.
But! There’s a real, scientific reason as to WHY it is so hard to give up sugar. Sugar can be eight times MORE addictive than cocaine. EIGHT times, you guys! According to positivemed.com, “Just like with drugs, when you eat a sugary food, your brain’s reward centers release feel-good neurotransmitters. Studies show binging on sugary foods keeps feel-good dopamine revved up. That surge gives you intense pleasure and blocks pain, similar to injecting heroin” WHOA. Who doesn’t love to feel good? This explains a whole lot!
When we feed that addiction with a sugary meal or snack, it knocks our insulin and other fat-regulating hormones out of whack which then triggers more hunger and sugar cravings. Another cycle that will keep repeating itself until we change it, i.e. breaking our sugar addiction. It’s hard but not impossible and it’s totally worth it.
I think it’s very important to also note that “Being addicted to sugar and flour is not an emotional eating disorder, it’s a biological disorder, driven by hormones and neurotransmitters that fuel sugar and carb cravings — leading to uncontrolled overeating. It’s the reason nearly 70 percent of Americans and 40 percent of kids are overweight.”
Now that I know and understand that I’m not just weak but I have a “condition,” (I say that tongue-in- cheek) I can stop beating myself up about it and get to work on making it/me better. Which, isn’t that what we do if we have a cold or any other sickness? We work on treating it so we can feel better.
That’s why this January I am doing a strict 30-day challenge that will consist of:
· 2 meal replacement shakes a day (they are amazing and full of the nutrients our bodies crave)
· 2 100-calorie snacks a day
· 1 low glycemic meal each day (the calorie count will depend on my workout schedule each day)
· 3, 2-day deep cleanses (NOT a liver or colon cleanse but a total system blood cleanse)
· My meals will follow a carb cycling schedule
I’ve done a version of this before but not as strict as I plan to be for the next 30 days. Having done it before I KNOW how good I can feel and I KNOW I can change my cravings.
Sharing this with all of you will force me to be accountable. The goal is to blog quite often during this 30 days. It helps me stay on track and motivated. I look forward to sharing with all of you! I would love to hear from you…..what do you struggle with? Is it food? Is it workouts? Tell me about YOU!
Until next time.
Health, Gainz, and Love,