I am writing this on Christmas Day 2017 and for me, it’s a very good time to start a blog on giving up sugar. As you can see from the image that goes with this post, my weight is currently 155lbs / 70.3kg and this is the heaviest I have been for a long time. There are a few mitigating circumstances with this weigh in:
- The most forgiving time to weigh yourself is in the morning, this was done the last thing at night.
- I was wearing pajamas and socks, so my actual weight (minus the clothing would be a little less than 155lbs, but not much.
- I hadn’t been to the loo. So the 155lbs includes everything I had eaten on Christmas day, which was a lot.
So in terms of weighing myself, it was the perfect storm. You might be thinking, wait a minute, 155lbs isn’t heavy but I am 5,6 in height which is about 170cm. At the start of December, I was 142lbs so I have put 13lbs on in only a few weeks. All this extra weight is down to eating excess sugar over Christmas and not exercising (no cardio, still lifted weights). I would expect the majority of this (about 10lbs) to have gone by the end of the January as I get back into my normal routine. My fighting weight is somewhere between 135lbs and 140lbs, but for now, the target is 145lbs by the end of January.
Giving up sugar
When I have tried to do this in the past I normally take the cold turkey, all or nothing approach. This has never worked for me and I think this is because I am making the goal too big, because what I am saying is: I’m never going to eat excess sugar (sweets, chocolates, biscuits etc) ever again, for the rest of my life. Although I would be happy for this to happen, it’s not a realistic target to start with. So to begin with, like most addicts, I am just going to take it a day at a time and not beat myself up if one day doesn’t go according to plan. So I am going to change my approach and look at overall progress and not focus too much on bumps that may occur along the way.
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