After 31 days of no sugar, no fake sweeteners, and low starches, I stepped on the scale and saw that I was down 7 lbs. from where I started on January 1st. Each week I measured my chest, waist, hips, and thighs, and after a month of cutting out sweets and curbing the snack attacks, the loss of a few inches and half inches were making themselves felt in the fit of my clothes. And while it's nice to see those kinds of results, other, unexpected lessons crept up during the month that made the most significant impact.
- Realizing that I was addicted to sugar and didn't see it.
- Recognizing that I turned to sugary coffee drinks for comfort on bad days.
- I used food as a reward for hard days or other "sacrifices" I had made.
- When I felt frustrated with life, I replaced going to God with going to Starbucks.
- For someone who prides herself on being very self-aware, I snacked mindlessly.
- Since I was trying to buy less stuff...I made up for it by buying more food.
- Worst of all, I taught my kids that "treats" should be a regular occurrence.
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The surprise "Aha!" of the last two months has been that the discipline of being more mindful of what I eat, what I spend my money on, and how I prioritize my time has made me want more.
- More of the feeling of accomplishment when my waistband isn't digging into my stomach.
- More of the sense of freedom that comes from paying cash at the grocery store and sticking to the budget.
- More guilt-free time to spend reading for pleasure because my work isn't hanging over my head, and dinner is in the Crock-Pot.
- More of Jesus, less of me.