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You completed the challenge, now what? Hint: you're never really finished

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CONGRATULATIONS! You made it 30 days on #TeamNOSugar!
 
I'm so proud of each and every one of you!! Especially for pushing through those tough, early days when the headaches and withdrawal were so bad you probably would have given your right arm for some sugar! It's no easy feat to say adios to all processed sugars for an entire month.
 
You're probably thinking, I finished -now what?
 
Here's the thing: you're never really finished. In the words of Lil' Wayne (I know, I know): "Every finish line is the beginning of a new race." Meaning, if this is truly a lifestyle change and not some fad diet -- then you. are. never. done. EVER! Of course, you're going to re-integrate sugar. I mean go the rest of you life without it?? That's just crazy talk! So, have that brownie. Or maybe those chili cheese fries from CookOut. Or for the soda junkies, an ice cold Coke.
 
The key is not to go back to how you ate before. Be honest, do you really need a soda with every meal? Dessert every, single night? Of course not! And I'll bet you've probably stopped craving those things. In fact, I'll even go so far as to say you are actually craving healthy foods! Weird, huh? But the body (and the mind for that matter) is a powerful, mysterious thing. IT adjusts to YOU. Not the other way around.
 
That said, we do have to live. So that means enjoying those foods (hello, double fudge cake from Harris Teeter!) from time to time.
 
So, here's my plan: I call it the 80/20 rule. You make healthy choices 80 percent of time and splurge 20 percent of the time. That way, you satisfy those cravings AND you don't gain back all those pounds you worked so hard to lose. I'm talking blood, sweat and tears here!
 
More than anything, the past 30 days should have taught you ANYTHING is possible. If you want it bad enough, if you're sick and tired of being "sick and tired"-- then you CAN change. your. life.
 
Thank you for having the courage to do that! I'm in awe of the intensely personal stories you've shared, the gleeful posts of how many pounds you've lost and your dogged commitment to making a lasting change.
 
It's given me strength in my weak moments (and yes, I still have them). My hat's off to you.

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