Thursday, September 27, 2007

Challenge Anyone??? More Details ...

No soda or fast food until November 1st.

Okay so here's the nitty gritty ... I worked really hard and lost eight pounds, then started working three days a week sitting in front of a computer all day and gained every pound back. I know it's mostly because it's so much easier to grab fast food than to prepare healthy meals ahead of time and also because it's so easy to grab a soda out of the fridge at work when I hit that afternoon slump. So I thought I would challenge myself for a whole month to not have any soda or fast food and see what happens to my weight and I thought I would see if anyone wants to join me. Now i'm not one to drink a lot of soda or eat a bunch of fast food anyway but I do enjoy a coca-cola from time to time and have let myself drink way to many of them since starting back to work.

So .... no fast food, with the exception of a salad and if it has meat on it the meat can not be fried. And no soda of any kind meaning no coke, sprite, dr. pepper, etc. Beer and wine and tea are fine. I actually just read an article about researchers finding even more health benefits of having a glass of wine a day. And also an article about how sugar is one of the most addictive substances and how rats in a lab chose sugar over cocaine even if they were already addicted to cocaine, they switched to the sugar water. That should tell you something! I really think there is a strong link between our obesity problem and sugary sodas. Why we have soda machines in the public schools here is beyond me. Anyway ... those are the details. I've got two joiners already ... anyone else interested?

So for the entire month of October ... no soda or fast food. I actually started a couple of days ago but if you want to start on the 1st that's cool too.

Links to articles everyone should read: SUGAR and WINE

Quote from Better Health News: Did You Know...According to a new research study, refined sugar is far more addictive than cocaine -- one of the most addictive and harmful substances currently known. An astonishing 94 percent of rats who were allowed to choose mutually-exclusively between sugar water and cocaine, chose sugar. Even rats who were addicted to cocaine quickly switched their preference to sugar, once it was offered as a choice. The rats were also more willing to work for sugar than for cocaine.


  1. You're on...not too much of a challenge, though, as I have these things a few times a year (does Chipotle count as fast food?).

  2. long as I can still have beer...? ;)

    Good idea - do we start Oct 1? And is fast food anything-you-can-get-in-a-drive-thru (meaning salads too), or is it national chains (meaning like TGIF or Appleby's), or all burger fare...? Details!

  3. Okay...You're on...Starting the 1st, I'm going cold turkey. And I'm with the young ladies above, I'm assuming that fast food applies to such deals as McDonald's, BK, Checkers, and the like, right? Perhaps a good rule of thumb should be that if they have a drive thru window it's off limits...?

  4. Oh, if it's a drive through that is the criteria, I'm ok, cause we had Chipotle last night (no windows there) and I would hate to think I'd failed already!

  5. I would join you on this too, but it's not a challenge for me. I don't drink any soda and I cut fast food out of my diet over 3 years ago. But I'm rooting for the rest of you! It's important to get rid of all those nasty sugars and manmade ingredients that we have no idea how they really affect us. I agree with Celena on the obesity thing... also ever think about the huge spike in cancers?!?! We should definitely not be putting these in our bodies!