Given my recent success waking up early every morning, I decided to initiate a 30-day sweet-free challenge for myself. Danielle also agreed to participate.
I am physically active; that is, I perform both anaerobic and aerobic exercise with a focus on the former. My shopping habits are also generally healthy - seldom do I purchase junk food. If I do, it's usually a 70% dark chocolate bar shared with Danielle.
So, what's the problem? Discipline in the presence of treats or at the idea of enjoying a treat. I have a hard time saying 'no' to desserts at family gatherings, events, or other occasions where sweets might be present. What's more, I'm usually on board for grabbing an ice cream (it's summertime!) or other dessert when someone else suggests doing so. It's not as bad as actually buying junk to begin with, but these situations arise often enough.
While I am fairly happy with my health and level of physical fitness, this problem is reducing the effectiveness of my physical activity. Diet is one of the most important aspects of a fitness regime. I don't work out so that I can eat like crap, but sometimes I justify my decisions with this framework.
With this challenge, I aim to improve my discipline in making decisions to refuse sweet desserts when presented with the opportunity to indulge. It would be ignorant to say that I will not eat another dessert again; everything should be enjoyed in moderation. However, I hope that embarking on this 30-day challenge will get me closer to the point where I can enjoy desserts on occasion, yet refuse to indulge on own terms. This last part will require a more fundamental goal or framework to follow, I think, but I will establish that once the 30-day challenge is over.
I know @brandonwilson and others are already participating in Project Food as Fuel, but if you'd like to join me in this challenge to hold yourself accountable, let me know!