Today is the best (or worst) day of the year, it's Fat Tuesday! The day that you can eat as much junk food as you please because it's the last day until Easter that you can have sweets. At least, that's what it's like for me.
Every year for Lent I have always attempted to give up sweets. I have such a sweet tooth that it truly is a sacrifice for me. My dad has always given up sweets as well, so we would suffer together. But, as expected, I usually cave after a week or two as I could never stay away from sweets that long. Fortunately, last year marked the first year that I actually stuck to giving up sweets (well some of them).
What was my trick? Give up only one specific thing, instead of cutting it out of my diet completely. Last year I gave up any sort of pastry. I love me some cake, and during birthday season, it's hard to resist. But since the bread sweets were cut out, I was still able to substitute with hard candy, chocolate, and ice cream.
The rough part was the first two weeks, when it was lunch time. I went to Starbucks for lunch 3 days a week, and I was in the habit of getting the combination of a drink and a pastry. Learning that it was okay to just get a drink was definitely hard, but manageable.
This year, to help motivate healthy eating, I'm going back to cutting out all sweets again, and to stay motivated, I was thinking of putting up a little update on how I feel about not being able to have candy. Tonight's update? I've barely had a half of a chocolate bar and I feel sick, I think I ate it too fast. Depending on how you look at it, I still have a fair amount of candy left that I either have to stuff my face with and deal with an upset tummy, or eat what I can, and hide the rest until Easter.
What are you planning on giving up this year?