Well..it's true. I caved. I ate a granola bar. Truth is, I don't feel bad about it. This is a great feeling! No extreme feelings running through my mind of failure. I'm reminded that I'm human. I ate one, not the whole box (not that I could these days). I want to continue to focus on what I have done well, not the one granola bar. For the past nine days I have drank more water than ever, had more energy than ever, eaten lean meats and lots of veggies. I've convincingly encouraged my husband to join in the challenge and made healthier meals for Will. And only eaten out once! These are much more powerful than a single granola bar (a low sugar one at that!). And, no, I'm not starting back over at day 1 like the plan says to do. That would only encourage my black and white thinking. No, thank you. I'll just start back over now. Not tomorrow, not next Monday, not next month. Now. And I won't feel bad about it.
In the past nine days I've passed up homemade rolls, fries, candy...I can do this long term and still enjoy an occasional sweet. I will finish out the 21-day sugar cleanse with the goal of sticking with it. I'll also not expect perfection and that is ok with me.