Not Just A Blonde

We are "Not Just" who we seem to be on this Earthly plane, but so much more. We are ALL children of a loving God who is calling us home to Love. This blog is dedicated to those of us on that journey together…

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On June 1st of this year I went cold turkey on sugar including: processed sugar, corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, honey and agave… basically ALL sugars except that which is naturally found in fruit. I learned quite a few things during this challenge… most of those I will share with now, although I may expand on some of these lessons in future days as I navigate life post sugar-detox. 

These are some of the top 30 things I learned during my Sugar-free Journey:

1. Telling a ton of people that you are quitting an addiction (even if for only 30 days) is definitely helpful in making you a success.

2. Sugar is added to the majority of prepackaged and processed foods… even those that aren’t sweet.

3. Sugar is added to quite a bit of prepackaged meats… including bacon! 

4. Eating out at restaurants with diet restrictions is quite stressful and challenging. 

5. You really WILL enjoy fruit smoothies, iced tea and coffee without added sugar or sweetener.

5. Non-sugar junk food and snack foods are often alternatively high in sugar or fat. 😁

6. Sugar cravings can be SO strong at times that you can feel like you are going crazy! 

7. Sugar cravings come in waves… at first like tidal waves, but eventually they subside to smaller and smaller waves that are MUCH easier to surf! 

8. Candida supplements as found at your health food store really help curb sugar cravings! 

9. You can totally enjoy a movie with the family without candy or pop. 

10. Sometimes you really don’t know what you’ve got till its gone… or how addicted you are until you don’t have it! 

11. Sugar addiction is REAL. 

12. The difficulty of ceasing an addictive behavior varies from person to person and addiction to addiction. 

13. Improved ability to relate to and have compassion for other folks who struggle with addiction 

14.  Increased understanding of why some folks would rather be addicted than be tormented by intense cravings for the rest of their lives.

15. While quitting one addiction be aware of the tendency to transfer to another one.

16. Getting rid of sugar for 30 days doesn’t always equate with significant weight loss.

17. Getting rid of sugar for 30 days doesn’t always make you feel more energized.

18. Getting rid of sugar for 30 days doesn’t always help your mental clarity or memory. 

19. Getting rid of sugar for 30 days if you are addicted to it DOES make you feel pretty dang proud of yourself and helps you realize you CAN do hard things… at least for 30 days. 

20. That despite your best efforts and highest intentions sometimes things will go wrong and push you off track.

21. With determination you can get back on track following any set back  and it will only deepen your commitment to your goal.

22. Perfection is a desire of the ego.

23. Taking life one day at a time truly is the best way to accomplish something painful or difficult.

24. Not everyone will understand why you are giving up sugar… or care. It may be the biggest thing you’ve ever done but some folks just don’t want to hear about it. 

25. Some people will want to sabotage you… perhaps just for fun or because they are truly evil. 😈

26. Saying no to sugary treats gets much easier over time so it will be less fun for them to try and tempt you! Ha! 

27.  You feel cared for and loved by the many ways that people encourage you and affirm your attempt to improve yourself and that positivity and support can really energize your efforts! 

28. People become so inspired when other people set a goal, commit to following through with it and accomplish hard things… even if that “hard thing” is quitting sugar for 30 days! 

29. I can do ANYTHING with God who strengthens me! God gave me divine power to do this… even though many times I felt so very weak.

30. I never ever have to struggle alone! 

❤️Ann

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I did it! I completed my 30 Day Sugar-Free Challenge! I learned SO many things along this journey and I’m sure as I continue post sugar-detox I will continue to learn even more! 
It’s crazy to me to think I’ve been without sugar in my diet (no processed sugar,no artificialsweetner,no honey, no agave, and no cornsyrup) for over a month now! I am wondering what life will be like once I return to having sugar again. To be honest I am quite anxious about it and am hoping I can return to eating it in moderation without becoming swept up again in sugar cravings and well, basically reobsessed! 😜 
I have decided to stay processed and artificial sugar-free in my beverages for now as there is little to no nutritive value in a white mocha or sweet tea. I’m also going to be tracking my food and hoping that I can start a health plan that includes daily exercise and healthy eating. 
My health journey is definitely not over and I am super happy to have accomplished my 30 day sugar-free goal! I’ve just completed a blog post of “30 Things I Learned While Going Sugar-Free for 30 Days” and it will be up on my blog Not Just A Blonde @ http://www.notjustablonde.com in the next day or two! 
Thank again to all of you who have supported me during this challenging time… it meant so much to me. Making positive changes isn’t easy… but everything is easier with the help of friends.
❤️Ann

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Today marks the 30th day of my sugar-free challenge! I’ve almost completed my goal and will be going one additional day to cover that accidental sip that happened at the 2 week mark (see day 14 image for details😝)!

What a month! What a journey! I’ve leaned SO much about myself, about others, about food, about others and food, about commitment, about how other folks feel about eating, about setting personal goals, about health and most of all about how most of us would never want to go without sugar for ONE day let alone for 30! But I’ve done it! I actually made it through this entire month fully committed and compliant with my original plan!

It’s been challenging: physically, emotionally AND spiritually! It’s something I felt like I HAD to do… and I did it… but not by myself. God gave me the help I needed through the caring and encouragement of others. God wanted to teach me a few things too… and He definitely did! 

Was it difficult? Yes! Was there drama? Yes! Would I do it again? Hmmm… Ask me tomorrow! 😉 For now I will rest knowing I accomplished one of my sugar-free goals and as far as I’m concerned going an additional day is just the processed sugar-free cherry on top! 😊🍒

❤️Ann

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Well, it’s day 29 folks and day 30 should technically be my last day eating processed sugar, honey, agave and artificial sugar FREE! What a month! Hard to believe that for this whole month if I wanted something sweet, fruit was my only option! 
Why isn’t day 30 my last day of my 30 day sugar-free challenge? Well, click on day 14 I was accidentally served sweet tea and took a sip while dining out and therefore tasted sugar… and immediately my goal of June being entirely sugar-free was thwarted. 😣 In order to complete my 30 days sugar-free goal I am going to be sugar-free July 1st as well. Call me a perfectionist, committed or crazy, but that’s what I’m going to do! Besides, after all this time being sugar-free… what’s one more day, right? 😉
❤️Ann

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My sugar-free journey is soon coming to an end and I am still finding I crave sugar. Everyday I continue to be acutely aware of what I’m not able to eat. It’s not as hard to resist though as saying no is almost a habit. I’m curious to see how I will continue once this month is over! I am aware of certain foods triggering a “gotta have more” response and really don’t want to go THERE again, ya know? 

Each of us has weaknesses and it’s become clear to me more than anything else that I am not just a sugar addict but a food addict… that is, I am hooked on using food or beverages for more than just sustenance and fuel but for coping and escape… sugar is just my food additive of choice! 😝 I can’t stop eating though so I’ve GOT to learn to say no not just to sugar but to all foods that tempt me by offering me distraction or a false way to cope with the difficulties or boredoms of this life.  
Admitting this here is quite scary. My pride is screaming to me to stop, stop, STOP! “They will laugh at you!” pride snorts, “They will see you as weak and pathetic!” Well, humility suggests I need to fess up and allow myself to be vulnerable. Humility reassures me I’m not alone and that when I open up and let go of the fear of being judged then perhaps I will find a silver lining to my struggle… that of connection and encouragement from others who truly understand.
Yes, it’s been 28 days and I am feeling great! I feel great about making it this far and GRATEFUL for all of the lessons and for all of the positive feedback and encouraging words from others, both here, on Instagram, Facebook and in-person! 😊
❤️Ann

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27 days of sugar-free living have passed. I’m doing much much better everyday with less and less cravings. I have found that I am beginning to plan what sugary treats I may consume when I finish this challenge. Part of me can’t wait… and another part of me is scared. to. death. 
The “what ifs” are killing me! What if I go right back to craving sugar like I did before? What if my tastebuds haven’t changed and I will be unsatisfied with less sugar in my life? What if I start to feel like crap and I realize sugar and I must break-up for good?! 

Yeah, I have quite a bit to think about but that’s okay… I’ve got a handful of days to think about things before I have to decide what I’m gonna do. I think I am gonna go to God and see what He has to say in the matter! This situation is definitely in need of some Divine wisdom! The good news is I know just where to get it! 😉
❤️Ann

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In just a few days I will go out to eat without menu restrictions! I’ve been having to avoid eating certain menu items because of the certainty of lurking sugar! No honey walnut shrimp at Panda Express today… instead I had mushroom chicken. Don’t get me wrong, it was good. In fact, it was VERY good, just not what I would typically order. I’m at peace with the sugar restrictions for now, but I do look forward to the day next week when the menu is once again fully available and filled with potential items for me to enjoy! 

❤️Ann

PS as of today I’ve lost 3.5# from June 1st. 

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I’ve come to realize by making healthy choices and directly extending myself love, patience, forgiveness and compassion I can become the me as I was intended to be! Without my health, excess weight and food:drink cravings as distractions I can pursue my purpose and my dreams with confidence and without distractions! Big lessons I’m learning here… here is the silver lining of my sugar-free suffering! 😉

❤️Ann

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I made it day 24…. down 3# from week1 and I am feeling pretty good. I can’t say I feel better than I did before I quit, but I might and just not remember how I felt because of the difficult early detox days! 😉 I’m having 80% less cravings too so that’s been nice! I’m a bit nervous to eat some of my sugary faves (fro yo, white mochas, bacon) as I really don’t want those crazy craving to come back! 😳 I’m gonna try and push those thoughts out of my head as I finish this final lap… it’s hard to believe I am over 3/4 the way there! 

❤️Ann

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 After hearing of the Supreme Court ruling today from my one of my blogging besties at The Pink Triangle,  I wanted to somehow celebrate! I decided to treat myself to a celebratory pedicure! With rainbows on both feet today I will be proudly showing my support and congratulations to ALL of us who have won in the cause of Love! It feels good to step into the future knowing that humanity is headed in the right direction towards a more equal and love-filled future. Love won! How cool is THAT?! 

❤️Ann

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