May 14, 2012 in 52 Delights Project
Welcome to my social experiment, The 52 Delights Project, where I try something new for a week and let you know how (or if) it changed my life!
THE WEEK THAT WAS
So, my week with minimal sugar went well. I had a few cravings early on, but once I started my day with good fats (avocado I’m looking at you) and keeping myself busy at around 3-4pm which is usually sugary-snack-o’clock, I was surprisingly okay.
The benefits that became very obvious to me were: sleeping better, feeling more clear-headed and able to focus more, no mid-evening energy crashes, less irritable, more satisfied after eating and less bloated.
I also had three people ask if I’d lost weight in the space of about 72 hours. It was bizarre. I do however notice that my face seems a little thinner and that I fit into my jeans more comfortably, which could be because sugar left me feeling quite heavy and bloated.
The verdict? I am going to stay away from added sugar as best I can before we go overseas; in the hope that perhaps I won’t stuff myself when I get to France with pastries and macarons if my body is used to a low-sugar diet. I am too much of a sweet tooth to deny myself everything, but the benefits of significantly cutting back have been well worth saying no to the odd piece of cake.
Y’know when the Universe seems to be telling you something and you don’t listen and it seems to scream louder? It seems to happen to me often (perhaps it;s because I ignore the first fifty nudges or suggestions). The loud-and-clear message that has been highlighted recently is that I have to learn to say no more often.
Telling a chronic people-pleaser that she has to learn how to say no is like telling a clown that he has to wear regular sized shoes. It’s just not the done thing, it’s not how we operate. We say yes and then figure out how to keep our promise, even if it means burning the candle at both ends.
My days have steadily been filling up, which is wonderful but I am starting to miss my down time and those few hours I used to have to get my creative juices flowing. Why am I so busy? Because my automatic response is yes. I decided that I would only teach a certain number of students a week, but as soon as another email request comes through, I try to squeeze them in (even if it means skipping lunch). Silly huh?
In this morning’s pre-B-School video by the fabulous Marie Forleo; she urged us to hop on board the No Train because every time you say yes, you’re actually saying no to another opportunity. I had never thought about it in this way before. By saying yes to something I don’t really want to do or a project that doesn’t align with my passion or values, I’m saying no to something that might set my soul on fire. Marie suggests that you train your reflex response to be no and then work from there, rather than automatically going for yes and then having to convince yourself otherwise.
So this week I say no first and then consider my options and hopefully make the right decision for where I am now and where I want to go.