What is a favorite childhood memory that involves a sugary treat?
Melissa: I remember going to my friend Michelle’s birthday party when I was about 9 years old. Her party was filled with fun times racing go carts around a track and playing arcade games with blinking lights and tickets galore. But do you want to know what I remember best about her birthday…we left the fun center and headed to an ice cream shop that I had never been to before called Farrell’s. We all gathered around a table and 3 employees come over to the table singing happy birthday. They are carrying a silver rectangular trough full of ice cream with candles burning on top. We ate until our bellies ached slurping the melted cream out of our bowls. I just remember thinking to my 9-year-old self that it was the most delicious thing I had every tasted and I wished that I could come there everyday and eat a trough full of ice cream!
Kyle: Yum! Melissa’s story made me hungry.
When I visited my dad during my teen years we would go play arcade games and shuffle board at Dave and Busters. We would have a blast playing shoot’em up games and sports. Shuffle board though was our favorite. More of a quiet area, calm and we could chat. And eat. While shuffle boarding we both would get sodas and their triple chocolate cheesecake. That cheesecake is a “little slice of heaven.” It came on a big plate and if the triple chocolate cheesecake just wasn’t chocolaty enough they drizzled the entire plate in chocolate sauce. It was so rich. Hmmm….maybe that is why I love shuffleboard so much!
Melissa: I stepped on the scale this morning expecting a minor set back or maybe to stay the same but to my surprise I had dropped another 4 pounds bringing my total for the week to 10! I could not believe it. I honestly did nothing different except not eat any added sugar. I even went out to eat a couple times this weekend.
Eating out is definitely a challenge. There is hidden sugar everywhere. Most restaurant breads contain a small bit of sugar. Almost all sauces and condiments have some too. I just tried to make the best choice I could and choose something that would only maybe contain a minute amount of sugar and tried not to worry about it too much.
I did visit one of my favorite restaurants with my mom for lunch- Native Foods Cafe. It’s a 100% vegan fast service restaurant that never disappoints. We usually get a full meal and dessert since it’s so rare we can get a vegan treat while dining out. But we steered clear of the bakery case. I’ll admit I sneaked one longing look and enjoyed our meal without that sugary finale.
The only time I really crave sugar is at night. When I am done with dinner, I find myself roaming around the kitchen looking for something to satisfy the itch. I have been pouring myself a nice cold glass of water and that usually helps. I am thankful that Kyle is on board and we were able to rid the house of anything resembling dessert before the challenge started. I don’t know if my motivation would be so strong if I had to combat bags of M&Ms and pints of ice cream.
Kyle: My weigh-in was less exciting. I stayed the same. A bummer but like Melissa I didn’t think I ate super awesome this weekend. I went out to eat once with Melissa and my parents. It was a new Mediterranean restaurant in their area. I got an eggplant stew. It was awesome and I ate nearly my whole meal plus some of Melissa’s falafel. Their was pita bread and hummus for an appetizer. I didn’t hold back enough. I try but I walked out feeling I had eaten too much.
The rest of the weekend went well. So a zero gain was still a positive in my book.
My biggest time of weakness is at work. I sit at a desk and snack for 8 hours. Typically I eat chips and suckers, a lot of Reese’s go down or Grandma’s Cookies – well that used to be my snacks. Now I keep Veggie Straws on my desk. I have in the fridge fresh veggies and hummus to snack at breaks. I bring an apple with some peanut butter for a treat. Yesterday I called Melissa and break and joked getting something out of the vending machine. I asked “Should I get a 3 Musketeers or a cream cheese danish! Oh the choices I used to make I can’t see myself going back to. Its a sugar machine that I’m opting out.