Last week's soul food was right on with what I had planned to do for the week.
1 John 2:16
For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does - comes not from the Father but from the world.
Without even knowing about the next week's theme, I had been talking to my cousin about my frustration with the scale. She suggested jazzing up my metabolism by cutting out sugar. So, together we cut out sugar last week. By sugar, I mean extra sugars....no sweets, candy, sugary drinks, etc. For the most part, I think we both did really well. I did have some flavored iced tea with dinner, but when my husband brought home Krispy Kreme doughnuts, I didn't have A SINGLE ONE! Now that was tough! Then I had to make 2 batches of cupcakes for a birthday and I didn't have A SINGLE ONE of them either. I was careful about what I was putting in my body and the results were worth it. Either the treadmill had caught up with me or the no-sugar got my metabolism going, but the scale moved. I lost 4 lbs and 1 inch around my hips. I can't really tell by looking at myself, but I am feeling and sleeping better.
Knowing that I have the power to say NO and that I don't need the extra sugary treats felt great. That doesn't mean I can't have them from time to time, but maybe it should be reserved for something really special. Thinking about all the things we "crave"...TV time, computer time, dates with our husbands, a glass of wine, something sweet.....and really thinking about where this craving is coming from are what I tried to focus on this week.
This week I will be traveling and it is also my birthday, so I have a busy week ahead and it will be tough to work everything in, but I am determined to finish out the challenge.