Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.
Charles E. Jefferson
one year anniversary
April 3rd has come and gone
Alison, Melissa, Elizabeth, Becky, Cristie and Danny
have not tasted
for one year
Melissa... I've learned that: -It is possible for me to go a year without candy, desserts and soda (I did not intend to stay in this long). -I've learned that for me it's not the treats that keeps the extra pounds on - I can manage to stay that way with all food. -I definitely don't get as many headaches as I used to. I used to have bad headaches. That is a major bonus. -I still crave sweets EVERY day.
Honestly, I wish I felt more satisfaction about it than I do. A year ago I would have been amazed to think I could go this long, that it is a great accomplishment. Now, it's just another day.
Alison...This has been a great challenge! I wish I could say that I look different because of it, but I manage to find the calories in other ways! I have enjoyed doing this with my daughter . . . she really inspires me! Abigail is not "officially" part of the game, so she really has nothing to lose. I am so impressed with her!
Elizabeth...I have missed chocolate chip cookies the most. Dating has been a little challenging because many times a stop for frozen yogurt or some other sweet treat is part of the planned evening. Also, people my age often gather and make sweet treats the centerpiece of the gathering. I don't like to draw attention to the fact that I'm not eating those treats.
Cristie...I have really benefited from this challenge. There is a freedom from feeling compelled to find a sweet fix throughout each and every day. After about four or five months I just quit thinking about sweets as an option. I have lost eight pounds and seem to be just holding steady in the weight department. The way I was eating junk I am certain that my weight was just going up and up and up. I rarely have a headache, few mood swings, better energy and sense of well being. This has been good for me.
Becky...One year- how can it seem like yesterday but also seem like forever? How good it feels to deny yourself and feel like you have a little control and discipline that you can follow through for a year with a goal. Feel so much better--about 23 lbs lighter and can't thank all this Carter crew enough. There were days that I thought about you passing up ice cream and birthday cake and homemade toffee to help me stay committed. I'll be honest I think I surprised myself. Thanks- we found out there is more joy in life than sugar!
Danny...Ok, what no desserts/candy/soda has meant in my life is just that - no desserts/candy/soda. I am just hunkered down and ready to do it until I die, even if it means no Newport fritters again, which is honestly the worst part. :)