5 Day Sugar Smackdown – Day 4
“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.”
― Kahlil Gibran
Call me an optimist. Call me unrealistic. But I think this Challenge is actually doing what I intended for it to do.
What I intended was to get more kind and mindful about what I consume. I’ve been massively guilty about pounding away at Twizzlers while watching Sons of Anarchy in bed…for months now. Sometimes a kick in the a$$ is the only way to wise up (if you are me).
Truth: I haven’t been as mindful about eating as I thought I was.
Yes, I still firmly believe that life is not fully lived without the occasional Sweet Georgia Brown from Purdy’s. But a treat ceases to be a treat the moment it becomes habitual. When it’s every day, it’s just shit to put in your mouth.
And for what purpose? Hunger is not the main reason for eating although I am also guilty of not eating breakfast and ending up starving by noon. Sometimes I do the right thing and make myself a gluten-free tuna melt. Sometimes I speedball a chocolate croissant and a double mocha straight to my veins.
Truthfully, most of the sugar I consume is out of boredom, thirst or laziness. Ouch. Not pretty things to realize about myself.
Optimism time – this challenge has been great. Whenever I catch myself desiring to root through my daughter’s Halloween candy like a truffle pig, I ask, “Self? What do you really need from this moment?”
I do a little stretch, have a little drink, read a little book. It helps.
I’ve become reaquainted with smoothies and kicked processed food out the door. There will be more kicks to be made in the coming weeks – those delicious little cans of flavoured tuna?? Et tu Brute??
Today, I’m teaching four yoga classes. A month ago I was plugging away at a desk job, my posture and my spirit in utter drought. Today, I am over-run with gratitude because I get to facilitate the willing souls who arrive at the studio with their own journey into themselves. My therapist says I’m a bit Woo-Woo. Not all the way (I own property and can balance a cheque book if held at gunpoint) but I can definitely venture into that Woo-Woo territory. As such, I can tend to neglect the actual living functions of my body. I forget, for example, that it needs three squares a day and adequate rest in order for it to get up and teach all the yoga I ask of it.
We never forget for the people we love, do we? We create bed times and meal plans for our kids and then ignore them ourselves. We encourage our friends to follow their dreams, take naps and get facials…but when was the last time you got a facial? Or had a nap?
This Sugar Smackdown (as badass as it sounds…and is) is all about the love for me now. It’s all about living the way I mean to live. With loving forgiveness and a kind and gentle ability to laugh at my foibles. It’s all I want for you, dear reader. With or without the sugar.
One lump or none?