It goes without saying that Christmas is a time associated with eating festive treats and over indulgence. Like most people, sugar is my biggest enemy. Therefore, I’m giving up sugar for ‘Operation Transformation’ this January.
For a long time, I have battled with a ‘sugar addiction’. I have no self control when my eyes come in contact with a chocolate bar or that tub of Ben and Jerry’s. This year, I’m divorcing sugar! I’m motivated enough that it will not creep back into my life after a couple of months.
I believe sugar effects my mood, energy levels and of course my body weight. Like recreational drugs, sugar releases Dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brains reward and pleasure center. This release is why we find ourselves going back for seconds, even though you may be torn up with guilt.
High sugar foods cause the body to release an excessive amount of insulin to deal with all the sugar. This leads to a sudden drop in blood sugar levels. This in turn causes the body to release adrenaline to compensate. This chemical response can cause anxiety and depression, thus effecting our mood. After consuming sugar, I struggle with mustering the energy to exercise. By cutting the sugar, I am hoping to see an in crease in my energy levels before, during and after exercising! My natural sugars will come from more natural sources like fruits.
In my belief it is important to do some form of exercise everyday.
I am lucky that exercise has never been an issue for me. I love it. My plan is to go to 4 or 5 Pilates classes a week. Pilates has become my little addiction. I love to move, it helps clear my mind and always feel great after. The plan would also be to include some cardio by getting outdoors for a run or taking a spin class.
Like a lot of people around Christmas time, I added some winter lbs to keep me warm. I overindulged in all of the finest food and alcohol for the festive season. I’m really looking forward to making a change and feeling great more days than less.
I know for a fact that it is going to be a bit of an uphill battle with sugar everywhere around me day and night. I’m determined for it to be a success. I believe that keeping it in the day rather than focusing on the end result will help me stay on track and prevent falling off the wagon.
I’m not a saint but I’m going to give this my best shot. I plan to blog about the changes in my mood, energy levels and body weight. I will also share my recipes and motivational advice.
With support from the Platinum Team, Family, Friends and own self motivation anything is possible!
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