Giving Up Cookies

By Gianna Creighton

I am going without cookies for the week because I have them almost everyday at school from the snack cart. The item is like a little dessert to me in the middle of the day and improves my life because I look forward to it everyday. Cookies are important to me because they make my day twenty times better. My biggest concerns about giving it up is that I am going to have to eat healthy for the week because I will not have it. My biggest adjustment is going to be avoiding the temptation at lunch to go to the cart. The food that will probably take the place of cookies will be more chocolate.

On the first day of giving up the cookies my mom had bought all the ingredients to make chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and I had to tell her not to make them because I actually would have eaten five. The second day I did not really notice that I had not eaten any cookies because I had such a busy day. The third day my brother brought home the frosted powder cookies from his banquet and he had a whole box of them. It took all my willpower not to eat one. The fourth day was by far the hardest because I had my soccer banquet and the dessert was Costco cookies so I had to control myself the most with that. The last day I was just thinking about the cookies I would be able to have the next day.  

Giving up cookies for the week was probably for the best. I ended up eating healthier than I would any other week. I also think I had more temptations to eat cookies during the week I gave them up than I would any other normal week. I think I needed the separation from the cookies because now I don’t eat them as much as I usually do.

 

My Torturous Week

By Avila Ashland

I’m going be giving up Chick-Fil-A for this week since it’s something I have multiple times a week and fast food is a luxury that many of people don’t have.

Day 1

I really was fine today, I didn’t crave Chick-FIl-A at all since I had it yesterday and I didn’t feel as if it affected me in any way.

Day 2

I didn’t notice a difference in myself today either. I ate at work so I wasn’t hungry for the rest of the day.

Day 3

My boyfriend worked today and I really wanted to go in to visit him, but I didn’t because I knew I’d want the food even more.

Day 4

I wanted Chick-Fil-A really bad today and my free medium fry expired so I’m upset.

Day 5

I still want Chick-Fil-A, but I know I’ll make it through the day considering there’s only one day left.

In my time of fasting Chick-FIl-A I learned that having such a strong craving for fast food all the time is probably unhealthy. Some of my frustrations were that opportunities like coupons for free went by and not being able to visit my boyfriend at work made me sad. I would definitely say that it got worse as the week went on considering the longer I went without it the more I craved it. I learned that I’m too attached to Chick-FIl-A.

After going a week without eating my favorite food I was thrilled to go have it again after school today. I think it’s interesting how often I crave it and it definitely does hold some kind of power over my life. It  bothers me how often I eat it considering it’s a fast food and it’s not good for me. Though after not having it for a week it was just a fun thing to be able to go have again. I do think we take many things in life for granted and that being able to go pick up a quick and hot ready meal is a luxury.

My Torturous Week: Sugary Drinks

By Star Gaylord

For my torturous week, I decided to give up sugary drinks. I made this decision because I thought that this would improve my life by making me healthier. It is important to me because sugary drinks are really bad for your body. Much of the time, the sugary drinks I have are a source of energy for me. I inferred that my day-to-day would change because I would be drinking a lot more water instead of juices and soda. My biggest concern was not being able to get going in the mornings.

Well, I started the week off pretty strong for the first day. I did not have any sugary drinks. I only drank water. However, on Sunday, when I got to work, my boss had a Starbucks coffee waiting for me and I couldn’t say no! Therefore, the second day was a fail. After this slip up, I was able to stick with my plan for the rest of the week with the exception of a iced green tea from Starbucks before my game on Monday. Tuesday, I only drank water. I was really thirsty so I drank three Hydroflasks of water. Wednesday I drank 2 Hydroflasks full of water. Thursday was the final day of this challenge and I finished strong with only drinking water.

I am surprised by how well I did (not counting the 2 Starbucks) with the challenge. I was able to substitute all of the drinks I normally consumed (like coffee, tea, and juice) to water. This made me feel better physically and mentally. I felt stronger and healthier. Instead of relying on a sugary drink to get me going in the mornings, I got up five minutes earlier and had breakfast which got me going even better than coffee. Nobody in my life but me was affected by this challenge. Actually, almost nobody knew I was doing it! This challenge was a great experience for me and helped me realize how easy it is to make little lifestyle choices that make you feel so good!