I cannot stop. I have given up PB and coffee no prob. Even limited my thermos to pre cardio. BUTT (pun intended ) I cannot STOP this GUM affair. I vowed no more gum after yesterday- I just shamefully shoved twp piecse in my mouth
You seem like a very devoted person, so i say, chew the gum and enjoy it. IF, not when, IF it hinders your progress, that will be the motivation you need to drop it.
My personal beliefs are, that some of us take this WAY to seriously. Aside from those who actually compete (and even they need to have lives, because i doubt anyone here is willing to take roids and all that other shit to turn pro) we are here because we like the lifestyle and mostly we want to look good naked. I don't see the point in getting an ulcer over little things like chewing gum. I have fat-kid syndrome, so i'm in this for the long run, but i don't plan on killing myself over little insignificant things. Chew your gum proudly, you'll burn more cals
"The greatest obstacle to knowledge is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge." -Barry Marshall, Nobel Laureate
...and before ya'll start coming on to me saying "it won't make that much of a difference"...not naming names or anything (TCD)....Leslie is competing, she has been cutting for a long time and has still several weeks to go...AND her progressed has slowed.
....and, I have first-hand experience w/ gum, thermos/caffeine, and stress screwing w/ my metabolism...Leslie...do any of these apply to you?