Last weekend my timeline was filled with people that I met earlier this year or follow on Instagram as they took to the national stage in Miami. It was overwhelming, exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time.
As I scrolled through looking to see how people finished I came to a conclusion – it’s time to cut the sugar and drink all the water.
I had a phenomenal first year as a competitor. I could have never imagined my 2016 in my wildest dreams. There was a lot of sweat, cramping muscles, a tired body and sometimes cranky self. Even though I wanted to end the year a little differently than I did, I am proud of what I achieved.
Focusing on 2017
I have some high goals for 2017 starting with the NPC Charlotte Cup. It is 20 weeks from this weekend. It’s a lot of time but not a lot of time.
We are focusing on glutes, hamstrings and abs. They are the things the judges shared that I needed to work on for the upcoming season.
I know I need to work harder than ever outside of the gym. We both can use the below tips to help cut the sugar from our diet.
5 tips you can use to cut the sugar from your diet
- Read food labels. You will quickly realize just how often sugar is added to foods when you look for it in the ingredients list. Sugar can be labeled fructose corn syrup, dried cane syrup, honey, molasses, sucrose or any word ending in “ose.”
- Rethink your drink. Ditch sodas and fruit juices. Replace with unsweetened teas or water infused with fresh fruit.
- Buy unsweetened. You can find unsweetened applesauce, almond milk, nut butter and canned fruit.
- Pick natural sugars. You can add things to your diet like fresh fruit.
- Make swaps to your baked goods. When you make baked goods, swap applesauce for sugar.
I have been enjoying having a treat here and there the past few weeks. Do I feel a little guilty? Ehh. Not enough to have stopped til now.
I even enjoyed all the treats I could possibly eat for Thanksgiving. Heck, it was Thanksgiving and no reason to really follow my meal plan for the day.
Today is a new day.
My goals are realistic. It comes down to how passionate and dedicated I am to step into the path to achieve them.
Drink all the water
Water is my holdback. I need to drink more water daily. It is the same old story from earlier this year.
I love my tea but I’ve been adding sugar to it. Sugar has got to go. In my mind some of the flavors require sugar.
I have the next 30 days to make sure that a gallon a day is the normal.
Come January 1, my goal will be to increase it to 1.25 gallons. I will need to increase it to 1.5 gallons by February 1.
I will continue to carry around a water bottle with me instead of carrying the gallon jug everywhere I go.
What tips do you use to cut the sugar out of your diet?