5ish Day Sugar Smackdown – Day 4 and 3/4

Nectar of the gods
Nectar of the gods

So. This just happened. Actually, it happened about two hours ago. I had a coffee. For me, the 5 Day Sugar Smackdown ended at four days and thirteen and a half hours.

Allow me to preface.
My alarm (husband) forgot to wake me up this morning and as such, I was about three minutes early (which, in Erin-land is about half an hour late) for my morning tutorial. My green juice turned alarmingly brown for some reason. We had to do a whole bunch of boring, f*cky, grown-up sh*t today (two banks, the stinky transfer station, the car lot, the grocery store) and I was a little (a lot) grumpy about it. Oh, and I head a headache.
And so, I decided that the 5 Day Sugar Smackdown had absolutely served its purpose. If I had skipped out on that wonderful coffee today, it would have been for the sake of the challenge, rather than because it was a balanced choice.
Sound self-justifying? That’s because it absolutely is. I am self-aware enough to know that I am completely rationalizing the delicious Cafe Rolo that I drank today around 1:30 pm. Lemme tell you what – it turned this day around. Turned that frown upside down.
As I said yesterday,  a treat ceases to be a treat the moment it becomes habitual and I absolutely stand behind that statement. But I also believe that sticking to a “diet” just for “diet’s sake” is off-balance at the other end of the scale.
So, what have I learned? For me, that’s what it’s all about.
I’ve learned that, even though I eat pretty well, I can do better. The sneaky sugar in processed food will have a far smaller place in my diet than it did before. So will the mindless consumption of the more obvious culprits (usually after our daughter goes to bed). I can happily replace my bedtime Swedish Berries with an orange or some pistachios.
With that being said, I’ve learned how much I really treasure my coffee. After spending this work week without it, I know I’m nowhere near ready to give it up. I can, however, drink it more judiciously and with greater consciousness and appreciation (and sprinkle a few more waters in between cups as well).
I’m so grateful for C’s suggestion of this Challenge and I’m humbled and flattered that so many of you have chosen to follow my odd little journey. I know you’re trying to walk the line between discipline and indulgence right there with me and I feel like we’re getting a little closer to balance, non? As one of my most beloved teachers, Ganga White once said, “Balance is a verb”.  It’s like standing in Vrkasana (Tree Pose). Our ankle might wobble and we might sway, but that doesn’t negate the fact that we’re in the process of balancing.
A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.
William Arthur Ward
I promise to be equal parts drill-sergeant and unconditional forgiveness with you if you will with me?
Dealsies?
Sugar is sweet and so are you,
Er
Erin McDonald
Business Success Coach for Women Entrepreneurs at ClumsyGrace
Erin is an International Transformational Coach, obsessed with facilitating change in the lives of incredible, hilarious women. She's a Mama, wife, friend, sister, daughter, and cousin; a seeker (and occasional finder) of an authentic life in all its disastrous glory. She has a brave heart, believes in magic, loves tacos, and always wins at Whack-a-Mole
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Erin McDonald
Erin is an International Transformational Coach, obsessed with facilitating change in the lives of incredible, hilarious women. She's a Mama, wife, friend, sister, daughter, and cousin; a seeker (and occasional finder) of an authentic life in all its disastrous glory. She has a brave heart, believes in magic, loves tacos, and always wins at Whack-a-Mole