I gave up foods with added sugar about 73 days ago. The first few days was hard. I was super grumpy. Tired. I didn’t feel good. But I have stuck with it and have lost 20 pounds! The first 10 were easy to lose, they came off pretty quickly but it has been slow going ever since. Lots of water. Not enough sleep. This is definitely something that I can do for the rest of my life. Behavior modification is uncomfortable but very worthwhile. On a side note, it has been 84 days since I shaved my head for St. Baldrick’s. My hair is growing back so slowly and I am saving a fortune on shampoo! Photo: I took the picture last week while at Boondock’s (an outdoor adventure place) with Todd and London (his friend invited him to a birthday party).
I’ve skipped over a few days, mainly because I stayed in a remote place for a few days. I did stick to the diet but I didn’t write much down. Today is Friday the 13th and the kids are at homeschool enrichment. I had 2 cups of coffee with unsweetened soy creamer and 2 tangerines for breakfast. Sleep: 8 hours 10 minutes Steps:
Still pretty easy to follow, enjoying not having the “always hungry” feeling. I had no idea how much sugar is in food and how much the added sugar has been contributing to my hunger. I’m taking the kids 4 wheeling on Sunday (Rachel’s Deathiversary) with Colorado Jeep Girls and I need to plan ahead for lunch. Headed to Anna’s that night and will probably bring vegan chili for tacos. Breakfast was coffee and later on I had celery with peanut butter. This was lunch: I picked these beauties up from Walmart today. I can’t eat an occasional soy dog without ketchup and I need protein and peanut butter on celery is good for that! Sleep: 5 hours 54 minutes Weight: 7 pounds lost Steps: 17,515
The only thing I will say is now that I’ve gotten past the sugar withdrawal stage is this is pretty easy until you are starving and have to come up with something healthy, quickly. Will power is no joke. Breakfast was a half of a bagel, made in a real bagel shop and soft cream cheese. A couple of mandarin oranges and 2 cups of coffee. Lunch was a half of a can of corn (it was leftover from nachos yesterday), corn tortilla chips and plain hummus (Hope brand) with a giant squirt of sriracha. Cucumber for afternoon snack. Oh. And youngest got his braces today. This was him before. He was a bit nervous but I loaded him up with Tylenol before the appointment to take the edge off. ❤️ This is his obligatory embarrasing picture. I gave him $20 to spend at Target after he had them put on so don’t feel too embarrased for him. He sold out. Hahaha. This is one of those pictures that makes a Mother’s heart swell ridiculously. A snapshot in time. They asked him to empty his pockets for an x-ray and this is what he had on him. This was dinner:(read the rest)
I got up early today because I had a dentist appointment. On my first night or two of this 30 day sugar free challenge I bought myself a pack of gum to help with the cravings and I ended up losing a small piece of one of my molars. I was lucky and found out today that I do not need a root canal. 2 cups of coffee before the dentist. Gluten free mega pile of nachos for an early (11am) lunch. A pickle and a bunch of water this afternoon. I came to the realization that I can keep this up for the rest of my life. I feel less hungry than I usually do (I am normally hungry allllll of the time. Not real, stomach growling hunger, just the constant desire to stuff my face). I’m a month away from celebrating 2 years of veganism, I can do this sugar free thing for a long time. I hope this way of life helps me to lose weight, I will be pretty much devastated if this isn’t the one thing that helps me get past my constant struggle with weight. Being at my friends house is usually hard for(read the rest)
Alright. Back home and back on track. Still no sugar and going strong. I had some coffee and a banana for lunch. I bought some seltzer water and have been drinking a lot of that when my brain tries to convince me that I am hungry. I had a beautiful chick pea salad for lunch with tomatoes and some sugar free dressing. Dinner was a bowl of quinoa. Lots of water. I worked at amazon at night and did over 16,000 steps in less than 4 hours. It was an incredible workout. I haven’t weighed in a few days because I got my period and I know it will show I have gained weight. I feel swollen. It is so much fun being female (said no woman ever while menstruating). Sleep: 9 hours 38 minutes Weight: Did not weigh Steps: 20,402
I think I had a peanut butter wrap and some clementines in the morning. The peanut butter was organic with no added sugar. Mind you, I have learned that most peanut butter contains sugar. I might have had a glass of wine with lunch and coffee with breakfast. My diet sounds pretty piss poor but keep in mind I was away from home and I had a ton of water to drink. On the drive home from my friend’s house I took the kids to Taco Bell and had a couple of vegan tacos. For an evening snack we had popcorn. They had an Apple pie but I did not. I wasn’t even tempted. No need for afternoon naps and I’m not grumpy anymore. Sleep: 7 hours 17 minutes Weight: I didn’t weigh again Steps: 6,524 (not my best work but I was in the car for 3 hours and I didn’t go to work at night)
The next couple of days are going to be a little bit challenging because I am going to the mountains for a couple of days to hang out with my BFF and her 3 kids. I have a bunch of food packed and some red wine which has no added sugar and is vegan. Hopefully we go on a nice hike or walk but at that elevation (8,000) I might die. LOL Banana. Red wine. Chili for dinner. More red wine for dessert. Sleep: 5 hours 6 minutes Weight: Gained 2 pounds Steps: 13,849