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).
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
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)
Breakfast was a cup of coffee. Lunch another cup of coffee and 5 mandarin oranges. I need to be better prepared with food, our bananas aren’t ripe enough to eat. I had some leftover 5 Guys French Fries for dinner (they were free, that is my only excuse). I felt terrible at work last night after the fries. My stomach hurt, I felt nausea and I had to push myself to not be sluggish. I won’t be eating those fries again. Lesson learned. 🙁 Sleep: 7 hours and 28 minutes Weight: Down 1 pound Steps: 15,081
Breakfast is another boring cup of coffee with plain, soy creamer. I forgot to eat my banana. I forgot to mention that I’m not following any specific sugar free book or website. I’m simply reading labels and not eating anything with added sugar. Foods with natural fructose (fruit) are allowed and I can eat as many fruits and vegetables as I want. I’m also attempting gluten free. I don’t eat a lot of tortilla chips but when I do I make sure they’re corn chips. Julie has a friend who is gluten free so I did some extra label reading when she first started coming over. No bread or pasta. Potatoes are fine. Today my second child turns 14 but I’m abstaining from cake. I’m going to Make Believe Bakery here in Denver and will buy her some cupcakes. It’s an amazing, all vegan bakery that has the best cakes in the city. Another important point to mention is the supplements I am taking. No, not a plug for a MLM business (but those work for some people)… I am taking: 1100 of Omega 3 (including 660mg of DHA and 330mg of EPA, 2,000iu of Vitamin D, 500mg Magnesium, 2500mcg(read the rest)
Day 3 was a bit easier. Boston had an orthodontist appointment on the other side of the city so I was distracted from my morning hunger. I had a banana and coffee for breakfast. After he was done with his appointment we went to Safeway where they had pints of strawberries 3 for $5. We went to target afterwards to pickup a few more things for Julie’s birthday (3/29). I had quinoa (and strawberries) for lunch which tasted unbelievably salty. I have had this particular quinoa many times since going vegan nearly 2 years ago but it never tasted that salty. I think I might have been dehydrated despite chugging water. Part of the detoxification process, maybe? I was really tired before going to amazon so I took a nap. I feel guilty napping when my kids are home but this challenge is being done for me AND for them. I had chips and hummus for dinner with sriracha mixed in. It tasted a lot like the curry hummus which I really like but can’t often find in the area I live in. I should have had cucumber instead of chips, saving my last cucumber for Thursday’s lunch. I drank(read the rest)