It’s been 39 days off sugar and flour and there are some significant changes I’ve witness so far I wanted to share with you. It amazes me how fast these changes have occurred.
- Improved sleep – 2 months ago I was complaining about my sleep. I just couldn’t get comfortable at night and sleeping through the night was rare. At times, I found myself waking up abruptly (which may have been sleep apnea) and I snored. For the past few weeks, I haven’t woken myself up and sleeping has been much more comfortable. I can’t believe how much better I’ve been feeling during the day because I had a decent night of sleep.
- Self-control – this is an interesting one. I’ve blogged in the past how much I’ve been very hard on myself repeatedly about not controlling my eating in the afternoons and at night. These last few weeks have been eye-opening. I haven’t felt a physical craving since the first week. The biggest test was when I spent hours decorating my son’s birthday cake (cake was a huge trigger food for me) and not one thing went into my mouth. I didn’t even have one urge to take a bite! Unheard of in the past!
- Clear & focused thinking – I blogged about a time at work where I had to give a big presentation and rocked it. Now this doesn’t seem out of the ordinary but in the last few years, I’ve noticed differences with my memory and quick thinking. It never seemed an issue in the past, but I couldn’t deny it was slowly impacting things in my life and it started to bother me more and more. Today, I’m remembering things and can quickly focus on tasks rather then feeling ‘all over the place’.
- Calmer disposition – This one follows the one above because I believe having focus and clarity leads to a calmer life. I can’t tell you how much I experienced anxiety over stupid stuff (not getting somewhere on time, etc). I noticed a dramatic change just the other day when a ‘stressful’ situation came up, I was able to take a moment to think clearly instead of impulsively taking action. Even my family noticed this change!
- More energy – Finally, I definitely have more energy to do things. I have been up later and doing more then ever. Typically, I would zone out after dinner on the couch with ice cream. Now I’m getting ready for the next day, cooking a full dinner or finishing things on my ‘to do’ list. It feels nice to have the energy to get things done instead of having them linger. A huge plus as I move into this next month.
Overall, I can say this has been the best experience for me. I feel so much better. Have I lost weight? Yes, but it’s more than that. Having self-control is the most liberating. Feeling better about my focus and thoughts helps too. I’m not saying there are going to be tough times, in fact I was just talking to a friend about traveling this weekend and making sure I prepare ahead because eating on the road has been an issue for me in the past.
Losing weight in our society is not easy. We are hit constantly by food ads and fast food places, it’s overwhelming. It takes time and effort to be healthy. But my decision to do this for myself is a priority and there isn’t any other way but to take the time and effort to plan ahead. Next week will be good test to see how I do on the road. More to come!