A Week Without Sweets

 

We are less than eight months away from the wedding and we are getting serious about getting healthy. Especially because we have settled on a TROPICAL HONEYMOON DESTINATION right after the wedding!

The food that we eat is just as important to our fitness journey as the actual workout classes we participate in so Chris and I are working to train our minds and our bodies to enjoy healthier options over the next few months.

We started last week by cutting out sweets, not sugar completely but sweets. No ice cream, cookies, candy, popcorn, cupcakes, brownies, etc. We know ourselves and cutting things out of our diet cold turkey doesn’t work.

Instead we are eliminating things slowly from our diet or limiting them. This past week was a test- can we do it? From here we will only have carbs for one meal a day or will allow two sweets per week. We are very fluid and flexible with the approach as long as it’s progress towards the end goal.

This past week we eliminated sweets. That meant no afternoon candy runs to CVS during the workday, no bowls of ice cream after dinner and no cookies from the work break room.  I can’t even imagine what cutting out ALL sugar would be like. I tried to journal my thoughts each day and will continue to do that for each week of our challenge.

Monday

Breakfast isn’t a sweet meal of the day for me. I usually eat a hard boiled egg and either oatmeal or yogurt so I didn’t even remember that we were cutting out sweets until later in the day. I meal prepped hashbrown bowls with eggs, green peppers, onions and bacon so I ate that for breakfast.

We had greasy takeover the night before while watching the football games (not happy with either team going to the Superbowl) and my stomach was not happy with the level of grease so I opted to eat oatmeal for breakfast in an attempt to not upset it MORE!

After work I went to a local bridal show and immediately regretted starting this challenge on this particular week. Cupcakes and cake and cake pops galore! The thought of it being flu season lessened the desire to taste to my hearts content but I still found myself with a boxed cupcake. I KNEW I couldn’t take it home so I gifted it to my very sweet photographer who was a vendor at the event and I knew she wouldn’t get a chance to walk around to get samples so it was a win-win.

When I got home I dumped my loot out on the floor to show Chris all my goodies. While we watched The Bachelor we snacked on the popcorn that was given out complimentary at one of the booths. Three handfuls in we realized it was kettle corn, therefore a sweet. We had already failed and it was just Day One.

Tuesday

Again, breakfast and lunch were totally fine. I didn’t feel a craving until 1:30pm and all I wanted was something gummy. Lifesavers? Sour Patch Kids? Chewy Sweethearts? Any or all of the above please. Instead I had a container of SILK Dairy Free Yogurt with some granola on top.

I went to an event after work and my favorite ice cream shop was passing out cones of delicious and creamy ice cream. Thank goodness they hadn’t brought any dairy free or it would have been a REAL struggle.

I snuck out after the main event and headed home to fix myself dinner. Chris was working late so I ate a homemade burrito bowl with avocado on top and felt proud of myself for a healthy dinner!

Thirty minutes later I wanted one piece of chocolate or an OREO or a handful of chocolate chips. SOMETHING sweet. This was the point that I realized how addicted to sugar I really am. I even considered eating an OREO and not telling Chris (I fessed up to him later) but that’s giving in. Instead I watched an episode of Summer House on BRAVO and dreamt about this summer with my body looking tight in a bikini.

The craving was still there but not as bad so I chopped up strawberries and snacked on them instead while mumbling under my breath.

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^^ Avoiding temptation at a meeting

Wednesday

I started the day determined. Sugar almost won last night and I can’t let that happen!

I had a hard-boiled egg and cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast. I love this breakfast combo and feel full until lunch time around 11am. For lunch I have leftovers from the burrito bowls the night before and again feel satisfied until about 2pm. I didn’t crave something sweet which is new because the last two days were hard! Instead I ate a few salty potato chips and then hummus and Triscuits when I got home to hold me over until dinner around 7:30-8.

After work I stopped at the grocery store to get healthy snacks. Chris and I have come to realize that we snack and we snack HARD. Having healthy snacks in the house definitely helps with the sweet craving. I picked up hummus, triscuits, sugar free jello, two cartons of strawberries, baby carrots and a single packet of sugar free pudding mix. It doesn’t occur to me until later when I’m making the pudding that this is breaking our no sweets rule. Thankfully it won’t set with the dairy free milk I’ve added to it so I call it a loss but am a little grateful because I don’t know that I’d be able to resist it.

For dinner Chris and I ate hot dogs and macaroni and cheese- I promise we don’t eat like children all the time. We were both CRAVING hot dogs and nothing goes better than mac & cheese. Chris went to the gym after work so we ate dinner later than usual (8:30pm) we were still full and didn’t crave anything sweet. WIN!

Thursday

Thursday was a half-day at work because I had a wedding meeting with our florist in the afternoon. I had the usual breakfast of oatmeal and a hard boiled egg and chai tea. Since I was leaving at noon I pushed myself past my 11am lunch hour and had  couple pretzels before heading out. I stopped at ChickFilA and got my nugget meal and drank a bottle of water with it on my drive to the floral appointment. 

When I got home around 4pm I was STARVING so I stuck with my tried and true and had hummus and Triscuits since we were joining friends for a late dinner. 

Wednesday was my BFF and MOH, Katie’s birthday so we went out to dinner with friends on Thursday to celebrate. She chose Gunther & Co which is a fairly young restaurant that most of us hadn’t been to before! The food was delicious and then something happened that I hadn’t anticipated- everyone got dessert. Chris and I don’t get dessert when we eat out since we are usually stuffed to the gills but since it was a special occassion I totally get it. 

Chris agreed that it was a special night so we could get something to split but nothing on the menu sounded good enough to derail our goal for the week so we sat at the table and watched our friends eat their dessert and stayed STRONG! 

Friday

I had a little bit of a later start to the day since my first meeting of the day was about 20 minutes from home. I had a bowl of cereal and chai tea before leaving the house. 

Saturday

I woke up early to pick up my parents and head to a park 45 minutes from my house for the Special Olympics of Maryland Polar Bear Plunge! We got the park at 11am and had to wait about two hours before the actual dip in the Chesapeake Bay so we ate Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and tried to stay warm! 

I plunged successfully and still have all my toes (they always feel like they fell off from the cold). We caravaned back to Delaware and went to dinner before heading to a show at the local arena. I had a burger and mashed potatoes for dinner and we turned down the dessert menu. I gave myself a little pat on the back for that one! 

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^^ taking photos with donuts, NOT eating them!

Sunday

My Mom and I spent a good portion of the day making Valentine’s Day inspired bundt cakes that I’ll be sharing on the blog next week! I did sneak a few tastes of the glaze and batter while baking to ensure that it was good but I didn’t eat a piece of cake! I left them at my parents house when I went back to Baltimore and they took them into work on Monday for their co-workers. I love baking for others so much!

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^^ making a red hot candy’s syrup

Final Thoughts

I can’t believe I’m about to type this but….I thought giving up sweets would be harder than it was. The first two days were pretty rough but after that it wasn’t bad at all. I did crave a soda twice and really wanted chocolate for a few hours, but I found that if I alter the times I eat I don’t crave sweets as much. I also found healthy alternatives to snack on instead of candy or cookies. I’m now super obsessed with hummus and crackers, apple slices and peanut butter and rice cakes with peanut butter, sliced bananas and cinnamon. 

Crazily enough the challenge was up Sunday night and I COULD have eaten candy and cookies on Monday but I didn’t. Instead I had yogurt for an afternoon snack and hummus and crackers before dinner without even thinking twice. After Valentine’s Day I’m going to give up chocolate and just see how it goes. I didn’t eat any during the no sweets week so I think I can definitely limit my intake and have a healthier diet. 

 

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  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    I give you sooo much credit! I know you said it looks harder than it is, but I just don’t know if I could do it. You keep rolling, and you are going to be sooo healthy by your wedding!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • Megan

      Thanks girl! We are trying really hard to make new habits that not only fuel us towards our dream bodies but stick with us!

  • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

    So proud of you guys for doing this! Sweets is normally something I am fine with avoiding but during this pregnancy I will get an urge for something and give in quickly. It’s still pretty rare but I don’t think I could go an entire week without something. You are going to rock that wedding dress, girlfriend!

    • Megan

      Thank you for the love xoxo

  • http://kyleandjensmith.blogspot.com/ Jen

    Great job for doing this! It’s amazing how hard it is at first but how easy in reality it is.

    • Megan

      Exactly! They say it takes two weeks to create a habit- one more week!