It’s been 6 weeks since my last confession… and so it must be time for another blog I suppose.! As I write this, I’m heading straight into my next I Quit Sugar 8 Week Program and I’d like to say that I’m approaching it wiser, fitter, leaner and with loads of enthusiasm… Although the later maybe very true the enthusiasm probably isn’t for the reason you may think, why so? Well, I must confess that over the last 6 weeks I have completely run a mock! I’ve done it all… apart from literally eating dirty, great mounds of sugar – as I thought it best to leave that to the to the one and only Damon Gameau, who does it so, SO well in “That Sugar Film” which – by the way, which I’ve said many times before – is simply a must watch!
It’s fair to say then, that I’ve drifted off the sugar-free path of late, with a momentum that Sir Issac Newton banging his balls together would be proud of! [I do hope you’re thinking silver balls in a cradle here!] Anyhow, reality suddenly bit… and it bit hard! I found my moods starting to fluctuate, badly… my tolerance levels swung into minus figures… my concentration and energy levels plummeted to an all-time low with headaches increasing as a result… and don’t, I repeat don’t even ask me about my waist line [ARGH.!]
After feeling and looking my very best for a long time… I’m really NOT liking how I feel or look!
Yeah, yeah, I know… after almost bragging I’d managed to kick the sugar thing, it’s come back and side swiped me to the ground! I could give you all the excuses under the sun here and start blaming recent situations, circumstances or events but ultimately… I’d the breaking strain of a KitKat! …it was my choice to get off the wagon and once it started to roll, there was no stopping it – as they say… once you pop you can’t stop! Heck, even my new-found love of nut butters and full fats couldn’t stop me over indulging – even when I felt totally full! My portions sizes got WAY out of hand, snacking became common place and cakes, chocolates and deserts were firmly back on the menu… Old habits, it seems, really do die hard, huh!!
Now I could just send out invites to a “pity party” and play the victim… but hey that’s just so NOT my style… No sir! Right from the start I’ve been clear to myself and others that this was always about bringing about a real lifestyle change, which was NEVER going to happen overnight… So, after a week-long “time-out” during which I gave myself a good talking to and kicked my – now somewhat larger – butt… I’ve decided to re-frame this experience, be kind to myself and just get on and do what I do best, which is to learn from the experience and introduce new behaviors. Hell! there is no linear progression here, no straight line to the finish… the path to the lifestyle change I am looking for is as fluid as melted chocolate!! So, the start of a new IQS Program simply couldn’t have come at a better time for me to jump straight back on the horse!
I’ve also realised that on Sunday, I don’t think I will be alone in starting the plan over again… I often wondered why people returned to the program as let’s face it, there are many sugar-free recipes available out there, so it’s not all about the recipes, huh.! For me, I now know that it’s all about the routine, structure, motivation and being goal oriented. With a passion for wellbeing, I can’t help but advocate the need for behavioural activation and for me these inspirational words of Anthony Robbins sum things up…
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten”.
So, with a new set of SMART goals set, I’m wholeheartedly looking forward to continuing my journey… I’ve already cut out refined sugars and fruit and I’m shouting BRING IT ON!
All I need now, is to know… who’s with me?