21 Days Without Sex!!?!?!?!?!?

Valentine and Rainbow Roll Sakka Blue in Madison Indiana

Valentine and Rainbow Roll Sakka Blue in Madison Indiana

It’s not just the taste. I also SEE sex in food. [The valentine and the rainbow roll at Sakka Blue in Madison, Indiana.]

Sugar! I meant sugar! Darnit, how could I ever confuse sex with sugar? Sheesh!

Oh, right. Because aside from the obvious sugar-sex metaphor (if it’s not obvious, bless your heart!) in my mind, sugar is the culinary equivalent of sex.

It’s like if (*pornstar) Bree Olson were my lover and I’m suddenly asked to kick her to the curb. Sure, maybe she has a few STD’s that could send me to an early grave, and maybe my addiction to that sex life with her is ruining every other aspect of my life, but isn’t it worth it?

“No.” This answer appeared, annoyingly, from some twisted part of my brain that thinks I need to become a healthier person and marzipan (my Bree Olson of sugar cravings) has got to go, along with Jenna, Rachel and a few other lovers.

Sugar, people! I’m talking about sugar. C’mon!!

Anyway, as I discussed in my post last month, When All or Nothing is Everything, I have been considering a more serious alteration toward clean eating than just “watching it” and counting calories. As anyone relatively current on nutrition knows, not all calories are created equal.

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One of my biggest weaknesses: chocolate and marzipan. But any processed sugar will do…

Don’t worry, I’m not giving up everything sweet permanently, but I am giving up sugar for 21 days. After that, my goal will be to avoid all the processed “whites” as a general rule.

Why such a drastic reset? Because (a) you apparently didn’t read that All or Nothing post I just mentioned; and (b) did you know your taste buds regenerate? So if you do a reset, you can actually change your threshold to a much lower limit. Maybe look at it this way: the more of a thing we eat or drink, the more of it we need to get that same “rush” or “high” or simply “taste.” Think about it. Apply it to how much caffeine you need daily, how much salt, how much sugar, how much “other sugar” (that time I was talking about sex. C’mon, keep up already!).

Anyway, my 21-Day Sugar Detox begins next Tuesday, January 15th. Setting a future date has been giving me time to mentally and physically prepare by using up the entrees and things we have in the house, tossing out many things and shopping for “YES!” foods.

So far the material I’ve gotten for the program is underwhelming in the sense that it’s overwhelming. They would have done better to put all their promotional and doctor-backed jargon into a completely different PDF file than their basic plan and foods list, because you’re exhausted of all the reasons by the time you get to the basic plan.

Here’s a tips, 21-Day Sugar Detox folks: KISS (Keep it Simple, Stupid!) By the time we get that pamphlet, we’ve already paid for the program, so STFU and just tell us how it’s done. THEN follow up with your daily emails and use THAT platform to insert a daily “reason”

Roses to Moses, if I weren’t so determined, I would have tossed out the whole idea just from all the pages of “I love to hear myself write and teach” before I ever got to the good stuff. Sheesh. My OCD was obsessing all over the place! 😉

Haha – wow, I’m cranky already just thinking about giving it up. Must need to get some! (Now that one could go either way.)

Have any of you done a sugar detox before? Have any of you given up anything before? How long did it last, how did it make you feel, is it something you changed permanently?

Here’s to 21 days without sex!

Sugar! Dangit. Seriously already!

Love, Marla

*At the request of my brother, who apparently had his eyes “seared off” when he googled Bree Olson, I added the word “pornstar” before her name. I thought she was a household name, especially after her tryst with Charlie Sheen, but apparently I am just very knowledgeable about porn stars. Oh dear. That defines me in many, many ways.  Anyway, I sincerely apologize if any of you unwittingly googled her, especially if you didn’t have your safe filters on. Sincerely. I would never intentionally do that.

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Great day yesterday! Thanks to all my readers who have been supporting my fitness strides!

13 Comments on “21 Days Without Sex!!?!?!?!?!?

  1. Pingback: Starting Over. Sugar Detox Day 1: NO Excuses | Traveling MarLa

  2. If you want to lose weight, wear something around your waist all day. Tight-waisted trousers such as jeans; a money-pouch; or, best of all, one of those weightlifters’ belts, will make you feel fuller. As long as you keep it on all day, but not too tight, you’ll feel like eating much less. The presence of something touching your belly makes you feel fuller.

    You’ll notice a difference in a few days.

    I know that for some people, the one-way-at-a-time approach works best, while others prefer the “all-out using many methods” approach to achieve one goal. Find whatever works for you!

  3. Marla – you are awesome! Giving up anything is hard, but so worth it. I had to give up salad this year (see my blog…weird disease diet), so when you’re eating your salads and apples and want a plain ol’ PB&J on white bread, give me a call and we’ll mentally trade lunches! 😉

    • Hahaha. I can only imagine your posts while doing it though. Actually I’m imagining some of mine and already laughing. I know I’m supposed to imagine succeeding at this, but I only see a lot of cranky marla posts and frightened husband. 😀

    • Oh my gosh, that’s great. I can so relate to your words: “3 feelings related to hunger 1) hungry 2) not necessarily hungry but food is tasty and 3) bloating and hurting because I ate so much that my stomach is expanding past its normal capacity.”
      I’m definitely nervous about it but if I can also accomplish what you did in taking away the urge for those super high sugar items and gluten, I’ll consider it a success.
      Thanks so much for reading the post and taking time to comment. I love your blog (and your body – geez oh cryin’ out loud I’m mad envious!) Thanks for being such an inspiration!

      • I’d like to say I’m glad I’m not the only one, but really it just sucks to never feel full 🙁 And thank you so much! I don’t quite look like that at the moment, but I’m getting back there after indulging over the holiday a bit much.

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