Friday, August 10, 2018

Health, Fitness, & Diet ~ No Pop and Frappe Challenge

On June 28, 2018 I decided after my yearly doctor appointment to challenge myself to not drink pop, not drink frappes.  To limit sugary drinks, using things like shakes and specialty coffees as special treats every now and then,  To focus on drinking more water all days of the week and basic coffee with some honey and milk or tea every now and then throughout the week.  I have found that sitting on my porch in morning, on weekends, having a cup of coffee has been a great way to start the day.

For some, this challenge doesn't seem like a big deal and should be easy.  In the past, I would have a pop every now and then, frappe too.  But it got to a point where I was having at least one pop, if not two a day and some days it was a pop and a frappe.

I was using it and spending the money as my emotional crutch to deal with my own emotions, the strong emotions that come off the kids sometimes, and dealing with some of the negative behavior choices the kids were  tossing me every day as an excuse to stop and get a pop or a frappe.  Come lunch, ordering take out for delivery became an all too often habit because then I could have lunch at nap time and get a pop as well.

I have given it up here and there, but only for a couple of weeks.  Then something I would face brought me to cave.

But it had gotten out of control.  It wasn't until my doctor appointment that I decided to challenge myself.  With an overall goal of 30 days and finding little rewards for each week complete and something a little bigger for reaching the 30 days, I started with day one on June 28.  I knew I could find the willpower and strength to make it to 3 weeks, when my recheck was.  I wasn't sure where things would go after that point.

To be honest, the first week was hard.  Because not only was I having to not turn to grabbing a pop or frappe, it was causing me to actually deal with the emotions I was facing in the moment.  I learned how to face them, found a healthier balance, and began to be able to resist the temptation (even when we went out to eat).

Each day, each week got a little easier.  When I got to my recheck date I knew I was loosing weight, but also found that my blood pressure returned to normal, I knew I could make it easily to the 30 days.

Well, July 27 was day 30.  I made it and I can tell you how proud I am.  I feel less desire for sugary drinks, sugary desserts, I am not even drawn to having a pop or frappe.  I actually like a basic coffee, though I do put a little honey and a little whole milk in it.  But I don't have a coffee every day, just usually on the weekends.  I save the specialty coffees and shakes for special treats every now and then.

It is hard to give up something, but in the end there are sometimes so many more benefits to it than we realize.  It is even harder when we are trying to break a habit.  It takes a while to create a habit, so it takes a while to change it, but you have first be willing to make the change.

Oh, I almost forgot.  I used a little check off sheet to keep track.  I found it to help me and decorated a little here and there.  But something kind of funny happened. I didn't give myself any rewards at the end of each week or as an overall reward.  Why?  Because I couldn't come up with non food ideas.  Instead of figuring out some ideas, I kind of just forgot about it and then decided to give myself another challenge to try out...a no make up challenge.  How that goes I will let you know in another post.  But I began that one on July 19.

Have you given up pop or sugary drinks?  Some other type of eating?  What habit have you changed recently?

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