--->90 DAYS NO SUGAR CHALLENGE<---

Discussion in 'Events & Challenges' started by Future role model, Apr 2, 2018.

How often do you eat sugary foods?

  1. every day

    36 vote(s)
    51.4%
  2. 2-5 times a week

    19 vote(s)
    27.1%
  3. once a week

    6 vote(s)
    8.6%
  4. few times a month

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  5. once a month

    3 vote(s)
    4.3%
  6. almost never

    5 vote(s)
    7.1%
  1. Rising Force

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    I see. What I meant is that so often when people try to change some bad habits, one slip up kind of makes it allowed to slip up some more.

    These are great reasons to do this challenge, and I want to tackle these as well.

    4/7
     
  2. Force Majeure

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    In my opinion, the most important thing one should do is to develop a healthy and sustainable way of taking challenges. What I mean by this is that one should make it a habit to succeed as much as possible and do whatever it takes to succeed with all the challenges one has signed up on. If one takes on a too difficult challenge and fails, I think the risk of failing in other challenges increases as well. If you have failed in all challenges you have taken the last year, imagine what would happen if you would take on a too difficult challenge by mistake. You would fail... you would not be strong enough to really give that extra effort it takes for you to succeed. On the other hand, imagine what would happen if you have succeeded in all challenges you have taken the last year, then you take that challenge that you realise is too hard afterwards. You would refuse to give in! You're not letting that challenge kill your spirit, no, you will gear up and finish that challenge that is far outside your comfort zone... and you will succeed.

    Ultimately, this is where you want get. If you can take challenges this way, the challenges in themselves are not actually challenges anymore, the only challenge that is left is to make the decision to actually start the challenge. When you have made the decision, the fate will not control the outcome. The future is non negotiable.

    So coming back to your question. If you want stop eating sugar and/or anything else, make the rules well defined so it is impossible for you to cheat. Do not make the challenge too hard, make sure you will succeed with the challenge. So if you think 90 days in a row is too difficult, shorten the challenge so that it feels comprehensible, nothing is stopping you to extend the challenge afterwards. Or come up with a rule where you are allowed to eat sugar only on Saturdays or whatever. The goal would be to create a challenge for yourself where you are not going to fail. Once you have completed the challenge, you are free to eat sugar if you want. You have given yourself the freedom to decide that the day when you complete the challenge. So if you want to, go ahead, you have still not failed. If you think you can struggle a few days more, extend the challenge a bit more and challenge yourself.
     
  3. Yes Force Majeure, I'll do 10 days for starters.
    To set things straight: I challenge myself to fast from all sugary foods (chocolate, cake, fruit yoghurt, beverage with added sugar and so on). The following things will NOT be part of the Challenge but will be part of my reports:
    1. Fast food and highly processed foods
    2. Coffee
    3. Alcohol (and other drugs)

    2/10 done
    No fast food, no coffee, no alcohol
     
  4. Rising Force

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  5. Force Majeure

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    Sounds good @icebreaker polarstern !

    47/90. Regarding my goal it feels pretty far away right now, 90 days is indeed a long time. Anyway, now it’s less than two weeks until it’s only a 30-day challenge left.
     
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  6. 3/10 done
    No fast food, no coffee, no alcohol
     
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  9. Barnabas_

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    Day 1 again.

    Was able to be without sugar for 3 days last week.
     
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  10. Rising Force

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    That's a start. Direction is right.
     
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  11. Barnabas_

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    Thanks!

    Today, day 2
     
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  12. Force Majeure

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    49/90.

    I eat a lot of bread and now I’m starting to think about a life without bread. Maybe that will be my next challenge... then my lifestyle would be quite much like keto.
     
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  13. Force Majeure

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    Okay, I've thought about this enough. I'm going to do a no-bread challenge in this thread as well, starting from tomorrow. I'm going to have a break from all breads for 30 days.
     
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  14. The truth is I'm having a depression. Let's call it a MILD depression. Really? Yes. I'm not drowning in sadness and I don't want to "end it all". Quite the contrary, I'm distracting myself all the time; dopamin-driven between entertainment, infortainment and porn, eating and sleeping. My sleep-routine has been totally destroyed. I've binged with porn, I've binged with music. Sitting or laying countless hours alone in my cave with my notebook. I expect this crappy condition to end every day but then another day is ruined and then another. I try from time to time to really DO something, but it feels like as if my motivation doesn't reach the required activation potential for coordinated "anti-mess" action anymore. In a short time I've fallen back into behavior patterns that I developed in my worst times of student-hood.
    On a positive note, my work (job) continues very soon so that I know I will be forced to adapt a better structure.

    Why am I posting all this here? First let me, I'm really sorry that I talk so negatively and unrelated to the Challenge here. If don't want to hear all this, please don't bother reading any further.
    The reason is, that I've been quite active in this Challenge and we seem to have a good conversation here. Also because the No Sugar Challenge is the only thing that really works for me at the moment and there's real commitment. However, today I ate 200g of chocolate, so I broke the rule and ended my streak. I felt I needed it to lift my mood. That is certainly wrong. On the other hand at the moment I'm more worried about my overall situation than about a clean streak. But what I want to emphasize is that all in all my nutrition is very healthy atm and I feel quite good in control of this, much more than before. So of course I'll continue the Challenge!
    0/10

    This forum is my only place for these kinds of confession. Even today I called one of my best friends and I didn't told him that I'm down and in a mess. I only said that I wasted today on the internet and that I needed to speak to a real person, but then we only talked about fun things.
    I just don't like to tell people my sorrows, I never did that. Only with girlfriends sometimes but atm I don't have one. But it's good to have this place! I'm just beginning to write about the elephant in the room (my elephant) and then it goes on and on.
    There's another place though and that lays in myself. But thinking alone doesn't help. At the end only thinking drives you crazy. When I manage to stay away from the computer I can write things down. When I manage to take my time and focus I can clear my mind. When I manage to clean my room and care for my life in the here and now I heal.

    Oh I haven't told you the reason for my fall into the "cave" yet. In addition to external factors and inner psychological reasons (-> life issues) there's one simple reason: as I documented in my Journal, I had taken measures to restrict my access to the internet and thus to porn. That didn't make me stop relapsing but it changed a lot. It changed my life for the better I would say, but it could only be an interstage.
    Long story short, without much ado I get back to the old state: unrestricted internet access at home and I just couldn't handle it. I just can't.
    Ok that's my mission now: to get to handle the internet access (which should be actually good for me, not a burden) step by step, plus some small things like getting my appartment clean.

    Restricting internet time is the very first step.
    I should block my major porn site and sites like youtube. I use a simple way of blocking that is easy to circumnavigate but it's an effective reminder, a STOP sign.
    I'll set nofap as my mainsite because IF I use the computer I want to check in here at first and give some report. It's clear, only action will tell. But this is a start and I'm very glad I wrote this. Strangely enough I can focus on this although my brains feel like pudding.

    Feeling some optimism now. It will go.
     
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  15. Force Majeure

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    The sad thing with depression is that it makes you sad which (at least for me) takes you into a mood where you're not even interested in meeting other people. You isolate yourself even more, which will lead to even more depression in some way or another. I think what you need to do is to sign up to some activity, why not start with karate, krav maga, yoga, climbing or whatever interests you? I would say addiction is closely connected to depression and, as Johann Hari describes it, the opposite to addiction is connection. I think the only thing you need to do is to break the spiral, start to meet people, make yourself have a goal to work towards and get some workout at the same time. Then suddenly you will notice the spiral starts to go upwards instead.

    As always, the most dangerous thing you can do is to be alone, have energy left in your body, you are stressed probably due to too much coffee... then it's easy to fall down again. Especially if you're up too late because then you will feel tired the next day, which will lead to a higher coffee intake and more stress and a strive towards the comfort zone.

    Remember, if spirals can go down, so can they go up! Nothing is stopping you from changing your lifestyle now before this sentence even completes - get out, join some new community get yourself outside your comfort zone as soon as you can and you will notice you will grow into a stronger person and get back into a good state in no time.

    For me, the most important things I did when I broke the spiral was starting with cold showers, working out all the time and not thinking about not thinking about porn. Every time the slightest urge came into my body I took a cold shower if I was at home, otherwise I pressed that panic button as soon as I could, searched for a good quote that I then used as a mantra to block other thoughts.

    You can do this!

    50/90 - no sugar, no alcohol, no crisps.
    0/30 - no bread
     
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  17. Thanks Force Majeure!
    Yesterday I installed an porn block addon and "Block Site" where you can block single websites even for specific times.
    Today I already listened to too much music, but otherwise it was fine. Now for some sport!

    Nutrition good so far.
    CU!
     
  18. Now for something funny:
    I put on my skates and hit the road. It was fun! But my stamina has decreased and I really skated long and fast. At some point my blood rushed into my head and I felt as if I might faint. But stopping was out of the question. Behind me was an attractive girl (also on skates) and so I couldn't show my weakness lol

    no sugar 1/10
    no fast food, no coffee, no alcohol

    EDIT: now I take a cold shower
     
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  20. Force Majeure

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    51/90 - no sugar, no alcohol, no crisps.
    1/30 - no bread
     
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