A cold without sugar

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re all having a better week than I am right now. I thought last Sunday would be my greatest challenge when abstaining from sugar. It was hard finding the strength and will power to resist the ‘dessert’ temptation. And then on Tuesday night, I came down with the mother of all colds. Right now, I feel absolutely awful. My nose is bunged up one minute then streaming the next. I have a persistent headache because of my bunged up nose and my muscles are screaming they ache so much. And the one thing I’ve always turned to for comfort when I feel like this is chocolate chip cookies…and I can’t have them.

It’s strange how I’ve always turned to food, especially sweet foods, when I’m feeling ill or upset. It’s just something I’ve always done and wasn’t taught any different. It’s not hard to understand why I’m addicted to sugar: whenever I’ve felt poorly, I’ve eaten cookies. If I’ve accomplished something, I’ve celebrated with a big lavish dinner. If something bad has happened, I’ve bought copious bars of chocolate and devoured them, hoping that by doing so my problems will somehow go away or sort themselves out. Obviously, this never happens and they are still there the next day along with a few extra pounds from the chocolate.

My goal was to give up sugar for Lent. If I can get through this cold without reaching for the chocolate chip cookies then I’m 100% certain I’ll make 40 days. After all, it’s already been 17 days. But maybe I should be thinking about long term goals regarding sugar. The thought of giving up sugar entirely sends my brain into meltdown and part of the reason I think I’m coping is that I know abstaining is for a fixed period of time. The problem is, when the fixed period is over, what will I do then?

It’s a difficult problem and one I’m sure I’ll be considering throughout the next few weeks.  So, instead of munching on chocolate chip cookies as I’ve programmed myself to do when I’m ill, I’m sat drinking raspberry and echinacea tea and berry smoothies to try and get as much vitamin C as possible. I’ve missed a lot of training this week too, owing to my cold, but did manage to get a gym and swim session done early in the week. Below is my gym session and it is a killer arm workout. It was given to me by a trainer at my local gym and I can still feel the ache in my arms:

Warm-up with 5 minute bike – easy spin

2 x 8kg kettle bells holding them in each hand with the weight resting on your forearm, arms level with shoulder, 4 sets of 25 squats.

3 sets of 60kg tyre pulls backward over 100 metres

Battle ropes – I’d never done anything with battle ropes before and I found this the hardest part of the workout.

4 sets of battle rope slams for 30 seconds

4 sets of battle rope waves for 30 seconds

4 sets of 10 pull ups (assisted)

4 sets of 10 tricep dips

4 sets of 8kg kettle bell raises with any movement in the hips – arms only.

Stretching to finish

My arms felt like spaghetti after this workout and were burning for some time after. A good workout nevertheless. Fingers crossed my cold will be gone and training can resume on Monday.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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