Febfast Is Over!
Did You See Any Of The Progress?
During the month of February I supported the Australian charity “Febfast” by completing three challenges of self-control for the month of February.
- I didn’t drink ANY alcohol for the month
- I QUIT chewing my nails – A bad habit I have had for over twenty years
- I didn’t eat ANY foods with more than 5% sugar in them
The Biggest Challenge
Having bitten my nails for over twenty years (as long as I can remember), giving it up was always going to be the biggest challenge of the three. Quitting my #1 Bad Habit was something that I had tried and failed at in the past a couple of times, and is how I try to understand how smokers must feel when trying to kick that filthy habit.
I am quite certain that having this website made quitting so much easier than if I had tried to do it again for myself. The key to success with this challenge was knowing that I was accountable people other than myself. I am a man of my word, so knowing that I would be lying to people if I failed was enough to make this challenge almost seem easy. Now I just have to prevent a relapse! 😉
This power of positive peer pressure is one of the coolest things about What Should Baz Do for me personally. Being nudged out of my comfort zone on a regular basis into situations that I might not have ever found myself in (on a much more grand scale than this!) will inevitably create positive change in me and open up unknown doors of possibility.
– Here is a look at the nail transformation through February
Can Still Down A Stein!
The second challenge was to not touch any alcohol until March 1. Back in my university days, I used to party pretty hard, and this would have been a pretty annoying and difficult task to get through: what with all the #FOMO (fear of missing out) and all!
However, as time goes by, priorities usually tend to change a bit for all of us I think. I’m now a bit more interested in my heath, and a little less interested in hangovers. I hadn’t had a drink since early in December 2014 (including NYE), so I didn’t think this would be such a difficult challenge. I simply got busy on other chores, and had cups of tea if anyone suggested “getting a drink”.
On the 1st of March, I was traveling in Austria and figured it would be rude of me not to mark the occasion with a stein… And perhaps, ANOTHER! 😉
No Sugary Treats – An Unexpected Result
I studied health science at university, and I am usually fairly conscious about what food I put in my body. I also think that the current fanaticism about sugar being SO evil for people is a bit over the top, but I think I’ll save that discussion for another time.
I thought giving up sugar would not effect me whatsoever – but it actually came through with a few challenges, and a small changes to my diet which will probably stick around for good now.
For one thing, I became much more aware of the treats that get offered up during tea breaks at school. I’m not sure if this was just by coincidence or not, but as soon as I wasn’t allowed sugar, cakes and biscuits were constantly being offered up everywhere I went! I’m a coffee drinker, so the thing that changed, and has now grown on me – is taking my coffee with no sugar. Besides that, giving up just made me that little bit more self aware of what I was eating: and I realised that since moving to England, I had started to eat loads more biscuits than I thought! Not a bad result in the end.
Did You Still Want To Support The Cause?
It’s Not Too Late
- DONATE TO THE CAUSE! – If you want to support the cause, but don’t feel like joining the team and giving up Sugar, or Junk Food, Smoking or Drinking, for the month – Then perhaps you can Support The What Shouldn’t Baz Do Team With A Donation?
- SPREAD THE WORD! – Just by giving a SHARE or a LIKE to this post helps to support the youth of Australia to battle addiction. So spread the word around and maybe someone else would like to get involved.