I ask because I have noticed in about the last week, I have people coming out of the woodwork offering their advice on what I should and should not be doing with MY challenge. I am not saying "my challenge" as in this is what you must do. Each one of us (I hope) has taken the No Sugar, No Soda guidelines and worked them according to what you needed in your life.
One person wanted to cut down their soda to one a day. For them that was a big step. Others simply wanted to see if they could go 45 days with no sweets and no soda. For me, I am continuously trying to break my habits that just because I am standing in line where the candy and sodas are, it does not mean I have to buy them.
Interesting I have been told, "Oh honey you shouldn't eliminate it all, just cut back." Ya think? If I could just cut back I would. But I know if it is within range of me seeing it, it is a goner. I have also been told when I mention that occasionally I have sugar free chocolate "Well that is even worse for you, you might as well eat the real stuff." Erika (bless her heart and Thank You Erika!) gets me out to go walking three times a week around our church building. If it was not for her I probably wouldn't go. For me I am quite proud of myself for doing it. But mentioning it to one person, "Well that is not very far, you need to walk more." Ya think? My point is I simply gave guidelines to those who asked if they could join this challenge the next time I did it. No Sugar, No Soda could be interpreted many different ways.
Now we have made it this far, we see the finish line in sight. I was asked "How are you going to celebrate?" At first I was going to go try the entire year through Thanksgiving again with No Sugar, No Soda. But, lately I have been seeing this ad for donuts. If you think Krispy Kreme donuts are wonderful, you should have Round Rock Donuts. Yes, they are that good and even been featured on the Travel Channel. I will do you a favor and not post the link to their website. <g> So I have been thinking maybe I will go get a Chocolate Round Rock donut on Monday.
Part of me knows, when I go to begin the challenge again it will be very very hard if I go off now and have sugar and especially that donut. Part of me is saying "Laura it is one donut!" LOL That good and evil sitting on my shoulder. So I have not quite decided what will do yet. There are have been those who have offered their opinions when I posted I was thinking of this.
Just as a side note, yes I am aware that artificial sweeteners are worse than real sugar, but again I need to break habits. That was my whole purpose and to gain some kind of control for my sugar addiction. Has it helped? Yes. I can pass up the sweets and I am okay. But I have gotten a few opinions from others on this matter!!! LOL Through all the frustrations this year, I feel as though I have pulled through pretty well. So I am looking forward to Monday as a milestone for me. Will I celebrate, now sure yet or if I do how will I do it.
Do you all want to do this again? Kathy made the comment on her blog to go again till Easter. I thought that was a good goal for Phase II of the No Sugar, No Soda. What do you all think? How have you all fared through all this and what have you learned?