The Holidays and Sugar Burpees
The Holiday Season is my favorite time of year. The time between Thanksgiving and New Years is where I get to spend time friends and family I don't usually get to see on a regular basis. It's also a time where work projects are finishing up, and when I tend to take it a bit easier at the gym. But more importantly, I tend to eat ALOT of goodies during the holidays and 2017 was no exception.
Here's the thing, I've always wondered just how many sweet treats I typically eat during the holidays. I'm not talking about sweet things that I include in my usual diet like fruit or protein bars that I eat on the daily. I'm talking about those goodies that should only be eaten in moderation. But I have a HUGE sweet tooth, and it aches during this time of year..craving the sugary awesomeness that accompanies the season of giving. And so, I tracked all of the sweets I ate between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve.
Let me be up front, my numbers were not the most accurate. As comfortable as I have become with weighing my food and beverages in any situation, a lot of my numbers came out of educated guesses. My number one goal over the holidays is to always connect with family, friends, and loved ones that I normally don't get a chance to see the rest of the year. With that said, the numbers were definitely large enough to open my eyes to just how much sugar I typically consume year after year.
When it comes to desserts, I do not discriminate. My list includes cookies, ice cream, chocolate turtles and cake..more cookies, scotcharoos, donuts, and pancakes. Caramels, jojos, trail mix, and pie..apple fritters, puppy chow, Carmel corn, and chocolate surprise. After it was all said and done, I was a little disgusted with myself. Over the course of about 35 days..I ate over 11,000 calories in sweets. 11,000 CALORIES!!!! However, it wasn't the volume that shocked me most, it was the fact that I didn't really change my mindset to over indulge compared to years past. My body had become so accustomed to sugar, that 11000 calories of sweets outside of my normal diet didn't cause me any discomfort or desire to quit eating sweets.
After I got over the embarrassment, Jess and I decided to start 2018 on a different path. We are kicking the new year off with a Whole30 Reset. This means getting food and beverages with added sugar out of our diet. No alcohol, no grains, no artificial sweeteners..all of that will NOT be a part of our diet for the next 30 days. I've never done anything like this before. As excited as I am about the concept, I question my ability to stick to this regiment. I'd much rather pound the pavement every day if that could cure my dependency on sugar. Hopefully, between Jess and a few other friends who have blazed the Whole30 trail, I can find the motivation to stick with it for the next month.
Before I started tracking these sweets, I thought I was in pretty good shape..that I am close to reaching my ideal potential in fitness. Now, I realize I have so much room to grow. It won't be an easy road, but anything worth doing hardly ever is easy. Oh and to make things even better..for every gram of sugar I consumed during the holiday season, I will be doing 1 burpee..and I owe all my burpees this Saturday Morning and EVOLVE GYM. My friend and fellow sugar burpee buddy Madison Abboud will also be there doing the same thing after tracking her sweet intake..but I guarantee I've got more to do than her. So, if you're looking for a great HIIT class this weekend plus a few poor souls struggling to complete HUNDREDS of burpees, check out EVOLVE GYM this Saturday around 8:00 a.m.
Until the next time...GOODBYE CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES