At the end of 2020, I've decided to make 2021 a challenging year. I have committed to doing 12 monthly challenges, one for each month. You can see the list of all the challenges here. Below is a summary of the April challenge.
Challenge: No sugar
Why: Sugar is toxic. Its effects also add up with years. I want to reverse this trend.
Challenge completion rate: 100% (30 out of 30)
At the end of each day, I recorded if I had completed the challenge for the day. I also rated how much effort it took on a scale of 1 to 10. While it's subjective, it gives an idea of how hard it was to complete the challenge.
Average effort score: 1.23
Lowest effort score for the month: 1 (24 times)
Highest effort score for the month: 3 (1 time, on Easter)
I initially wanted to try doing "zero sugar" for a month. I expect this habit to potentially have the most significant impact on health out of all my challenges for 2021. Cold showers could be second.
After going without sugar in March and finding it unexpectedly extremely easy, I decided to do it again in April. And again, it was as easy as it gets.
Almost all of the days in April, I just didn't have sugar cravings. Easter was the only minor exception. The family came to visit, and there were many cakes consumed at the table. It was tempting for a second to eat some cake too. But it quickly passed. Besides, nobody pushed me because everyone already knew not to offer me anything with sugar because I just wouldn't have it.
Yes! With two months of experience and with minimum effort required to maintain a potentially life-extending and health-saving habit, it's a no-brainer for me: I'm keeping the habit!
Challenge: 30 minutes of reading a paper book.
Why: I read a lot, but I don't read as many paper books as I'd like. At the same time, some of the most interesting books I have are on paper, waiting for me to read them, sometimes for months or years.