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. :)
these fine men went to the priesthood session of General Conference
these young women are capturing a moment
Ironman 70.3 California triathlon takes place in Oceanside and on neighboring Camp Pendleton.
The event, which features a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run, typically includes 2,200 athletes from more than 30 countries. The unique race features a harbor swim at Oceanside Harbor, a one-loop bike ride on neighboring Camp Pendleton, and a two-loop run along the ocean along the world famous Strand in Oceanside.