I decided to stop eating dessert for one month. I started this challenge on Saturday, September 13, 2014.
The week before my decision I wasn’t eating like I normally do. I was eating too many sweets. I was even eating candy out of the container on my desk that is for students. I never do that. I knew I needed to do something to reset my diet.
I decided that I was going to cut out sweets for a month, which would bring me to the day of my marathon, October 12, 2014. My running coach recommended a low-sugar diet 2 weeks before the marathon during the taper, so I just added on an extra 2 weeks. I figured that no dessert would be good for my body and for my body during the marathon.
What did I cut out of my diet? Ice cream, cookies, cake, muffins, granola with chocolate, and candy. I did not get too crazy, if a granola bar had chocolate in it, I still ate it (contradicting my not eating granola with chocolate, but it’s my challenge, ha). I did not entirely cut out sugar. I am not into doing a diet (or cleanse) like that at this point in my life. I still ate cereal, granola bars, crackers, etc. Cutting out sugar would cut out a lot of food. We don’t realize that sugar is literally in almost everything we eat. I do constantly look at labels and won’t buy things with a certain amount of sugar in them, I’ll save that for another post.
What was the hardest part of the challenge? On September 30, 2014 my office had a “Pumpkin Off” challenge. You had to cook or bake something that involved pumpkin. There was one dish that was not a dessert and I was able to eat that. I resisted pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pretzels, even my dessert, which was a pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake.
The most random part of the challenge happened last weekend. Mark and I were offered a piece of fudge at an event. I politely declined stating that I wasn’t eating dessert. The woman asked me if I was trying to go from a size 2 to a size 0. I was stunned! I laughed, thanked her, and walked away. Pretty rude if you ask me.
I started to realize that I didn’t miss eating dessert. Sometimes I craved it, but I think it was because I was bored. A lot of eating that people do is due to being bored or thirsty, not actual hunger!
As you know I wasn’t able to run my marathon. I knew that about 1.5 weeks before the challenge was supposed to end. I decided to see it through. I wanted to complete it.
On Sunday, October 12, 2014, I was finally “allowed” to eat dessert. Mark and I attended a friend’s wedding and were greeted by an assortment of cakes. I was excited! Finally, dessert. I had a bite of carrot cake and a bite of cannoli cake. Both were very delicious but I did not overindulge. I realized that having just a taste was satisfying.
My body felt very good throughout the month without dessert, and my mind and body remembered that. I think that is why I did not jump head first into the cakes.
I would do this challenge again! I thought about doing it during Ironman training. Maybe the month before the race. I don’t know if I would totally stop eating dessert. Maybe do it just once a week. Those long rides and runs are going to result in some serious food cravings, I am sure.
Have you ever done a food challenge? If so, tell me about it!