Keeping a Commitment and Day 4 of Going (Mostly) Sugar Free

This is not the post I had planned for today. In my “Insatiable Hope” post, I said I was working on a post for later in the week discussing my theme words and focuses for the year. This isn’t it, but I still felt a responsibility to post something, because I kind of said that I would. And I’m striving to be the kind of person that “when she says she’s going to do something, she does it.”

Keeping one’s word is a pretty big deal to me, but I also tend to over-commit in little ways. “Oh I’ll do that later this week.” “Yep, I’ll work on that this afternoon.” “It’s on the list! I’ll work on that next.” “I promise!” Inevitably, I wind up a little frazzled or stressed to sometimes keep my word, or guilty if I forget or just don’t follow-through. So I guess the best solution is to commit less? To not keep one’s word is an option, but I don’t care for that choice. Maybe “I’ll try” instead of “I will” is a good start. Baby steps, right?

I’m working through a little bit of brain fog and fatigue; I apologize if this post doesn’t make much sense. On January 1, I gave up added sugars, grains and most artificial sweeteners. In doing so, I’ve also scrapped most processed foods for a more natural, whole foods diet. That was a big deal. You won’t find many who love thick, soft bagels as much as I do! Or fat-free french vanilla coffee creamer! But gosh, at the rate I was drinking that creamer, I was blowing through my “recommended” sugar grams by the time I finished my second cup of coffee!

On Day 4 of my healthy eating plan, I’m still a little foggy and sleep-deprived, but I am proud of myself for making it this far without a bagel or my go-to breakfast food of Belvita Breakfast Cookies. I hope to make it at least 30 days and to pick up a few healthy habits that I can take with me through the year. I hope to see also if my allergy and asthma symptoms clear up from cleaner eating. Maybe my stubborn metabolism will even get jump-started again too.

I hope to write about my yearly focus words next week, but we’ll see how my sugar-free brain does over the next few days. I’ll try.

I’ll see you all tomorrow for Weekend Words, oops another commitment!, but I’ll leave you here with a toast from a favorite movie “Hitch”. I hope 2013 is off to a great start for you and yours!

“Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.” ~ from the movie “Hitch” (video clip HERE)

A special shout-out to my friend Nicole Marie who blogs at wordsandotherthings who has just announced she is running her first marathon this year! She’s also adopting a rescue dog and cat. Good for you Nicole, you rock!

Do you ever over-commit yourself? Have you ever given up something, permanently or temporarily, that you thought you couldn’t live without? Have you ever cut out the sugar, and if so, when does the dang fogginess go away?

23 thoughts on “Keeping a Commitment and Day 4 of Going (Mostly) Sugar Free

  1. mishedup

    Oh MY GOD..

    seriously. This is a post I am going to write soon, my way…
    but i could have written this.

    I am on day 4 of a Whole 30 (go to whole9 online)…same diet.
    Same reasons, allergies, starting some arthritis, lets see if this helps…

    I can’t even process this post today, but in a good way.
    Yay for us!

    If you need any extra support…yoiu know where to come!
    xo

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    1. runningonsober Post author

      We have been on the same wave length a lot lately!
      Yep, Whole 30 :) Except I didn’t cut out dairy, though I reduced it a good 80%. And I still use some sweetener in my sugar-free vanilla creamer and my chewing gum. Figured I’d have a better chance of staying on it that way.
      Working my way toward total Paleo… Tough with the running, but fruit seems to be helping with the energy levels.
      Love our synchronicity lately!
      Doing ok except at 3 AM when I can’t sleep for craving a Special K bar… Ugh! I’ll keep ya posted. xo

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  2. Carrie Rubin

    I admire people who can cut out sugar. I like my daily treat, and I’m not ready to part with it. But I try to make up for it by not eating fried food and sticking to healthy fare.

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    1. runningonsober Post author

      And I admire your balance and moderation. I love my daily treats too, I’m just switching some choices around. Plain Greek yogurt with a handful of berries is fast becoming a new favorite!

      A handful of almonds just isn’t the same as a bagel, ha, but I’m willing to experiment to see how my body responds.

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  3. char

    Go Christy! I think you’re amazing…and hope the fog goes away soon. I need to start eating healthier after all the holiday sweets I ate. You are giving me inspiration to do better. I might not make it as good as you are, but I’ll do better than I’m doing at least. (How’s that for not overcommitting? Or am I just being lazy?)

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    1. runningonsober Post author

      Haha Char, no I don’t think there’s any chance of you being called lazy! That’s exactly why I started–too many holiday sweets, I was starting to resemble a gingerbread man! Actually one of my blogging friends made a choice to go sugar-free for January, and a few of us decided to join in as best we could so we could all commiserate together. One of the ladies is just trying to cut out sugary soda, so there are lots of baby steps you can take. Any positive change no matter how small is still positive change, right? So GO CHAR!!! I think you’re amazing too!!!

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  4. Celeste E. Hall (aka Mrs Al K Hall)

    It’s worth it. Stick with it. :-)

    Fogginess for me went starting at two weeks. I’m a bit slower than other people — I have read many who say as little as four days and they feel more clear.

    I had a bad case of Candida, and it took a really long time to clear it out. I did not start to feel much better until a good six weeks into doing an entire Anti-Candida Diet. I got really well when I took a course of an anti-fungal on a certain, staggered schedule. That really made a difference!

    But, three years later, I am still gluten-and-dairy free, I try to keep my sugar consumption low, and I have also given up meat (not so much a choice as my body started “rejecting” it via nausea and joint pain).

    I’m still not as “clean” as I would like about eating. I drink too much coffee and eat too much sugar in refined form for what makes me feel best, and my exercise routine is non-existent. BUT, I have somewhere to go from here, and what I have accomplished is already a lot. Always a work in progress!

    Keep going. You can do it, and it will be worth it!

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    1. runningonsober Post author

      I fought a bad case of recurrent thrush a couple months ago back when I was marathon training. No one even mentioned that it could be diet to me. After I read some books, I was like “DUH! Could it be all the sugar and carbs I’m shoveling in?!”

      I’ve seen your comments on bbb’s posts about the diet changes… you are soooo helpful, thank-you!!! Good to know things do clear up. I don’t feel as foggy as I did, but the worst for me is the sporadic sleep. It seems I keep waking every hour. Ugh… I’m no stranger to insomnia, so I know it will pass, at least I hope!

      You’re an inspiration with your healthy eating— thank you for helping us all! xoxo

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  5. free penny press

    One of my biggest flaws is I procrastinate.. I have all these grand ideas, get all set up to start then put them off, off and off some more.. Definitely want to improve on that..

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    1. runningonsober Post author

      I still do some of that too. I let the fun and easy distract me from other things I’d planned and really want and need to do. (Like playing on the internets when I should be organizing my closet.)

      Usually if I do the “worst first”–you know that one thing that you really don’t want to do?–that I can get through the rest of my to-do items pretty easily. It’s like I put off that one project, and as a result, all the other projects get pushed back too. And I tend toward extremes, which means if I start something, I feel compelled to throw myself into until it is done, but I don’t have to do that either. Breaking something down into smaller, bite-sized goals is much easier, and I still feel like I accomplished something.

      So…. having said all that…. I am off to work on my closet. At least one shelf of it anyway. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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  6. I'd Rather Be In Iceland

    Wow! Going sugar free would be so hard – so much that you can’t eat if you do that. But, if you do keep it up for any length of time you must feel so much better, we’re actually only meant to eat vegetables/fruit/meat! Too many temptations and “easy options” everywhere. Good for you for even attempting it.

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    1. runningonsober Post author

      Hi Eva! I felt the same way, even as recently as a month ago. A blogger I follow is a runner who started doing the Paleo Diet last year (hunter-gatherer diet, no dairy or grains), and I was in awe… No way I can do that, I love my sugar and bagels too much! But then the more I started researching, the more I read how many people’s health issues cleared up as a result of going whole and natural. I know you and I discussed asthma and allergies a while back–that was one of the things that pushed me to try out this way of eating for a few weeks. Too soon to tell just yet, but I am cautiously optimistic! Thank you so much for your comment!

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  7. byebyebeer

    I think “I’ll try” is a wonderful motto/mantra to adopt. I feel like when I say “I’ll try” other people hear “I will”. But I also think that’s my baggage and they don’t really think much about it at all. Keeping a commitment does feels great, especially when it’s a tough one. It feels good to have survived, but whatever I’ve learned along the way (even if it’s just about myself) is the real payoff. Unfortunately, I don’t have any tips about how to go sugar free… yet ;)

    Great post.

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    1. runningonsober Post author

      After I wrote this, I thought about poor little Yoda who said, “Do or do not. There is no try.” I used to love that quote, but “I’ll try” is a lot less intimidating and sounds more open to possibilities that a hardline “Do it or don’t” mentality. Like a “try it, you might like it” thing…

      So, sorry Yoda, I’m sticking with my “I’ll try.” At least I’m going to try to stick to it.

      Thanks for the comment K. xo

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