30 Days...No Sweets
Friday, June 30, 2017
I decided to give up sweets for one month. I declared, starting June 1, there would be no cookies, donuts, added sugar, desserts, etc. I did not anticipate any problem because I am not a “sweets” person, usually. I don't keep them in my house and I hardly ever order desserts when I dine out. So I thought, “ Oh, this will be easy.” Surprisingly, it was not.
You know the saying about the things you deny yourself becoming the things you want most? It's true. I normally don't think about sweets. I would occasionally eat some Swedish fish, gummy candy, dark chocolate, or ice cream. Always portion controlled and away from my home base. Then came my self imposed restriction. All of a sudden I was haunting bakery sections, and going down the ice cream aisle, and watching other people eat dessert, LOL. Because I told myself I could not have it, I wanted it all the more.
That is why I believe moderation and portion control will always be the key to my losing and, more important, keeping the weight off. This experiment showed that, for me, denying myself something won't work. But allowing all foods into my meal plan will allow for me to choose when and how much of something I want to indulge in.
I am glad I challenged myself in this way. Knowledge is power and now I know what I need to do to keep moving forward.