Day 7: It's Over!!!!! I did it! Here's what I learned from this experience:
I have more self control than I think I did
I have a new appreciation for women who have had gestational diabetes
Sugar is in so many things. I already was a label reader, but will now read HOW much sugar is in a product.
I will never do this again.
Day 6: In honor of the 6th day, here's a list of 6 things I'm proud of today at Festival in the Park.
1. I did not get the sample of the maple cotton candy they were giving out...even when my children did.
2. I did not drink any lemonade...even when I held it for my 17 month old to drink some.
3. I did not buy any funnel cake.
4. I did not taste any Dippin' Dots...even though I fed a whole thing to my daughter.
5. I did not accept the sample of fudge being shoved in my face.
6. I did not even look at the Kettle Corn being served...even though Matt knows the owner and stopped to chat a while.
The hardest thing was the lemonade. Perhaps because it was 1000 degrees outside today. But, I'm over the worst. Tomorrow's my last day and then I will celebrate. With sugar.
Day 5: Let me just say: I'm so proud. No sweet tea at Salsaritas. I didn't even steal a sip of my moms. I didn't even bite off a piece of my daughter's chocolate chip cookie. Day 5 was a success. Stay tuned to see how miserable I'll be tomorrow...my dad's coming to town and we're taking him to Festival in the Park. Which means funnel cake and lemonade. I may be willing to ruin 5 days for funnel cake.
Day 4: So, today was a good day. Not hard at all! However, I'm anticipating tomorrow being hard. My mom is in town and she always take us to Salsaritas. Their sweet tea is so good. But, water it will be. I'm not ruining 4 days of no sugar over a cup of tea.
Day 3: Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. That's what I am for putting this on my list. And I'm also realizing how difficult #37 will be (drink nothing but water for 5 days in a row). I'm doing just fine without dessert. I don't even miss it. I will, however, be going on a coffee and tea binge this coming Monday.
Day 2: Tonight I had planned pancakes, eggs, and fruit for dinner. Not happening. The definition of torture: watching your children eat pancakes smothered in real maple syrup when you can not.
So, it's sherry chicken, boiled mini potatoes, and a salad. That sounds yummy enough to get my mind off of maple syrup.
Other than the disappointment of no pancakes, I've done well today with no sugar. Eaten a lot of raw green beans. And good thing mac and cheese has no sugar.
Day 1: So, here's what I've learned so far: I love sugar. Oh no wait. I knew that already. What I've really learned is that most of my sugar in a day comes from drinks and sauces. Desserts were easy to not eat today. My iced coffee was not. I got sick of water, milk, and juice. I wanted sweet tea and couldn't have one. But, it did force me to drink more water. And I wanted BBQ sauce on my Mahi Mahi tonight, but couldn't. Stinks.
Also, I cheated a little. But not knowingly. I ate a pb and j for lunch and realized afterward that I should have looked at the bread ingredients. Yes, brown sugar. So, if I want bread this week, I guess I'll make my own.
2012: Welcome 2012! I'm ringing in the new year by watching someone's kids for them! My dear friends are celebrating their 10th anniversary, so we have 2 of their sweet little girls for the night. We've eaten pizza. Had root beer floats while watching a movie. And had lots of laughs and fun times. Glad to be staying on track with this one!
Rest of 2012: My sweet friend and I are swapping child care every month. So, I'm checking this one off for the year. Thanks KD - love you!
2010: Yes, this is someone else's kid. And a cute one at that. But no, I didn't watch her for the evening. I've decided that my life is too crazy right now to restrict this to just the evenings. I'm altering it to anytime. So, with that adjustment in mind, I've actually done this so far. But, I will need to watch someone's kids in Sept. to keep it up. And really, the only available time I have is this Friday (Sept 24) night. Any Charlotte takers? Comment on the blog if you want to be in the running for me to watch your kids this week!
2011: I watched the sweet kids (well, I organized the game closet while the sweet kids slept) of my best friend a few nights ago. Quarter one of 2011 has already been done. Although I didn't intend to use that to fill this quota. Just to love on my friend. So, I may ask another person is I can watch their kids this quarter. But, just in case I don't get to it, I'm counting this one. And I may give myself the next quarter off...I will have just had a baby. So, we'll see!
I'm still on track! Sort of. I did skip a quarter (the 2nd one of 2011) because I had a baby. I was a bit busy watching my own kids and making sure the 4th one lived through all her sister's smothers. Thankfully, she did and now I'm back on track. Although, I did volunteer to watch babies for my church's VBS, so I think I'll say that counts.
Anyway,I watched the 3 kids of a dear friend, VS, this month (July 2011). Which fills quarter 3 of 2011.
It's December 2011. And I watched Olivia and Carina. Sweet, sweet little girls. So, I'm done with this for this year.
This one will be a challenge. I love vanilla yogurt. I love iced coffee (with sugar). I love anything chocolate. But for the next 7 days (starting tomorrow, Monday September 20, 2010) I will not partake in any. No desserts. No sugar in coffee. No vanilla yogurt. Nothing with sugar in the ingredients. That includes honey, molasses, and maple syrup. I will check in occasionally to let you know how it's going.
For now, I'm going to go eat my last bowl of vanilla yogurt with chopped banana and graham cracker crumbs on top. OK, my last for a week. But it feels like my last ever. I'm in mourning.
Week 4: Done. I did it! Yes, I know it's Wed. and the week is technically not over. But, I only homeschool Mondays and Wednesdays. So, I'm done. Gotta say this one was pretty easy to check off. School is pretty fun when you get to watch Stomp! as a part of it (study of percussion instruments for those who think that's not school!). Week 3: So far so good. Success. Week 2: Success. Week 1: Started the month Sept. 6, 2010. Here's to hoping the next 4 weeks are consistent.