What is your favorite thing to snack on during this challenge?
Melissa: Popcorn. We have been buying the Skinny Pop Popcorn that just has 3 ingredients: popcorn, oil and salt. It’s pretty delicious and lets me take handful after handful without much damage in terms of calories. Only 39 calories per cup and is pretty filling.
Kyle: Veggie Straws. It’s a super chip. It’s salty and crunchy like a chip. But not as bad for you as chips.
They aren’t a super food, and I am sure some people think it is as good as a “real” vegetable, but it is a better alternative from a bag of potato chips. I could snack on a bag all day. But I am smart not to bring the whole bag with me to work, I portion size them, or else I would eat the whole bag. A whopping 120 calories for 80 sticks! Finally a serving size I can follow.
Melissa: It’s becoming apparent that I rely on sugar and caffeine as little pick me ups throughout the day. Last night was not a good night for sleep and according to my fit bit I logged a whopping 6 hours and 3 minutes even though I went to bed at 9:30! This morning, we skipped the espresso and man am I feeling it. I keep going to reach for a piece of candy or see people walking by with sodas from the vending machine and go to check to see if I have change. But then I remember…no, nope, not going to do it.
I want this challenge to have an impact on the rest of my life. I don’t want to slip right back into old habits and gain back all the weight. I realize that I am fighting an addiction and while the first week was easy and last week was doable, this week is tough! I want that taste of sugar in my mouth. Surely one little piece of candy won’t hurt. I was expecting the first couple days to be the hardest but that has not been the case for me.
I feel like giving up sugar for 40 days should be enough to get over some kind of imaginary hurdle and make it to the other side. We shall see!
Kyle: This morning I went into Starbucks. Haven’t been in one since our challenge began because what would I get – all my drinks contain that wonderful syrupy vanilla sugar and soy vanilla milk which has sugar too. But today I got Royal English Breakfast tea. Yum! It was strong like coffee. It was good and a little better than the English Breakfast I have at work.
Today someone brought cupcakes that looked good. Oh and a box a mystery chocolates.
For some reason I stood in the break room at work and looked at them. Wait, I hate mystery chocolate. And the frosting on those cupcakes is completely sugary and gross. I am always disappointed. Normally I just grab because that is what I do but today I actually thought about the enjoyment I get from eating these products. None.
Funny later I saw in the trash a few napkins that people had smeared off much of the frosting!
I can’t wait to see the other side of these 40 days. Just like Melissa said, I can’t wait to see the impact this challenge will have on the rest of my life.