Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What are you giving up?

Growing up as a Catholic, I was always asked by all the adults in my life, "What are you going to give up for Lent?"  Since I've always struggled with my weight, I always tried to give up things like cookies or ice cream.  I don't think I was ever successful.

I no longer consider myself Catholic and I haven't thought about giving up something for Lent in years.  Over at Tribesports though I have been doing a lot of healthy eating challenges, so when one came up asking us to challenge ourselves to give up something for Lent, I figured I would give it a go.  

I've decided to give up potato (and other vegetable, since I much prefer parsnip) chips for the next 40 days.

My other food challenges currently include no candy for 2 weeks, a low carb diet for 1 week, drinking green tea every day and no coffee shop coffee for 2 weeks.  And outside of Tribesport challenges I have also cut myself down to 1 cup of coffee a day (with half the sugar in it that I used to use), no pop and no alcohol.

The surprising thing of all this?  I don't crave any of the things I've given up.  I don't feel hungry or unsatisfied during the day.  I don't feel deprived at all.  And I'm seeing the results in my weight already.  Win-Win!

So what are you giving up?

1 comment:

  1. Whoops! I forgot to mention that fibre grams don't count: subtract them from the total carb number because they're indigestible and have no effect on blood sugar. What's left when fibre is subtracted? Sugars (bad) and sugar alcohols. . . that's why the number of fibre grams plus the number of sugar grams still don't add up to the carb count.