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Day 2 Without Sugar

What did day 2 look like, you ask?

Day 2 without sugar was pretty similar to day 1 in terms of what I ate.  I had the same oatmeal with blueberries for breakfast and chicken salad with Wasa crackers for lunch.  I was about to have my afternoon snack of grapes and blueberries when I had to do an emergency run out to a project site.  Dinner was another salad, like day 1, minus the orange slices; and Havarti-Stuffed Chicken with Tomato Salad.  So yummy.  I”ll get the recipe up over here soon.

Havarti-Stuffed Chiekcn with Tomato Salad | www.100dayswithoutsugar.com

I ran 3 miles at just a hare bit faster than yesterday.  BUT… I had to take two breaks.  Maybe this no-sugar thing is really affecting my running after all, and not in a good way.  It was about 84 degrees when I ran, so same temperature as yesterday, but I was dying.  I’m not a hot weather runner to begin with, but even still, this pace is pretty slow for me and I was struggling to not slow down even more! :\

Running stats on day 2 out of 100 days without sugar | www.100dayswithoutsugar.com

I also did 12 REAL pushups (back when I was doing strength training on a regular basis, I’d do 3 sets of 12 pushups on my own and various amounts if I was in a class situation, so I’m working on building back up to my 3 sets of 12) and 3 sets of 20 clamshells on each side.  I’ll get into why I’m focusing on clamshells at some point, but not today.

So how did I feel?
I’m starting to wonder if I’ll have this hell-ish 2-week detox period that I’ve been warned about.  Other than being S-L-O-W with the running and needing to take 2 humungous breaks in what should be a very simple (for me) run, I feel pretty normal.  I’ve been drinking more water than I typically do.  I’m not much of a liquid consumer to begin with, so I’m still consuming less than what is recommended (1/2 ounce of water per pound you weigh), but it’s something worth noting.  Also, I’ve been on the warmer side, but nothing that isn’t unseasonable, especially working in an office that have window units and the temperature outside is starting to creep up.  That’s it for Day 2 observations.

And the real reason why you are here… the embarrassing pictures.

Day 0 Weight: 139.5 lbs
Day 2 Weight: 137.9 lbs
Difference: 1.6 lbs

From the side…

Side body image of day 2 out of 100 without sugar |www.100dayswithoutsugar.com

And from the front…

Front Body Image on Day 2 out of 100 without Sugar |www.100dayswithoutsugar.com

I was SHOCKED to see the scale drop down 1.6 pounds.  I know that little weight is really insignificant, but still, it’s going in the right direction!  Anyone else out there start a sugar “detox”?  What are your observations?


Day 1 Without Sugar

Thanks everyone for all the support and encouragement!  Day 1 brought the question of what is and isn’t included my 100 days without sugar.  I’ll try to get a page up on the blog this weekend that goes over what I’m still eating and what I’m cutting out, but for now, here is what is being cut:

maple syrup
artificial sweeteners
simple carbohydrates (such as white rice, plain pasta, etc)

I’m on the fence with dried fruit.  If it has added sugar (like dried cranberries tend to have), then it is definitely out, but if it is dried without any added sugar, I’m not sure yet.  What keeps me on the fence with this one right now is for long runs.  I’ll be cutting out all the typical energy chews and gels and I’ll need SOMETHING to replace them.  That something has to be small and easy to carry and won’t get too banged up while running.  That’s leading me in the direction of dried fruit.  I’ll be making a decision on this in the near future, so stay tuned!

So how did the day go?
**I don’t really have an intention of this being a what I ate and how I worked-out sort of thing, but inevitably, I think I lot of these daily reports will be just that.  I do plan on sharing how I felt, my weight variation, and any useful and interesting information I find along the way as well.

The morning was fine.  I made a big batch of oatmeal with PB2, blueberries, and homemade almond butter over the weekend to last me all week.  It’s a little on the bland side without any sugar added to it, but the blueberries give it a burst of sweetness here and there.

Oatmeal with Almond Butter and Blueberries_100 Days Without Sugar

I successfully turned down a trip to Pei Wei with my co-workers (Wednesday is go-out-to-lunch day at the office, so every Wednesday will be a little disheartening) and had this chicken salad recipe (which I made with homemade mayonnaise) and sourdough Wasa crackers.  I was eager for something sweet after that, but I tried to focus on work and not think about it too much… plus I brought grapes and blueberries as an afternoon snack, so I had that to look forward to.

Chicken Salad and Wasa Crackers_100 Days Without Sugar

Blueberries and Grapes_100 Days Without Sugar

When I got home from work, I did a 3.5 mile run.  It was definitely the slowest short run I’ve done during my running stint in the past few years.  Looking back to a little over a year ago, my happy pace was right around a 9-minute mile.  In the past few weeks, it’s been hovering around a 10:30-mile.  And this run ended up being an 11:00-minute mile (give or take a few seconds).  Ugh, that is so embarrassing for me to see, since I used to run faster than that, but it is what it is (all due to my lack of running lately, nonexistent strength training, and gaining 15 pounds).  Running 3.5 miles at an 11-minute pace is a lot better than not doing anything at all.  AND, I have to factor in that it was about 85 degrees when I ran.  I could also blame my lack of sugar to fuel me along…

Running Stats from First Day without Sugar_100 Days without Sugar

While out on the streets, I swear, every single house I ran by had the grill going in the back yard with barbeque slathered chicken.  It smelled SOOOO good.  But no barbeque chicken for the next 99 days. :/

Before getting dinner going, I did 10 REAL push-ups (none of that girly-on-your-knees stuff) and 3 sets of 20 clamshells with a resistance band on each side, for a grand total of 120 clamshells.

We had parchment-baked halibut with spinach and basil for dinner (recipe coming soon over here) along with a salad with blackberries and the remainder of the orange.  Nick, my husband (in case I haven’t formally introduced him on this blog yet), and I have been doing oil and vinegar for our salad dressing for quite some time, so cutting out a sugar-filled salad dressing wasn’t an issue for us.

Parchment-Baked Halibut with Spinach and Basil_100 Days without Sugar

Salad with Black Berries and Orange Slices | www.100dayswithoutsugar.com
I think I did pretty well for day 1.  I consumed more fruit than I typically do, just on chance, so maybe that’s skewing how I felt, but I really can’t complain.  I didn’t have any headaches or withdrawals.  I wish I could have had things like an ice cream sandwich or barbequed chicken, but what I did eat left me satisfied.  I don’t consider myself to be THAT hooked on sugar.  I don’t drink soda or coffee, so I haven’t had to cut those out.  I enjoy sweet desserts, but not having them all the time doesn’t seem to break me.  The point of all of this is being more aware of where sugar is added where you least suspect it… and hopefully losing a few pounds in the process.

Some useful information
The other day, I spotted a post over at 100 Days of Real Food going over how much sugar is in 8 products with a really cool visual demonstration.  It’s a bit eye-opening.  Granted, all the products she shared were sweet-type products to begin with, but I think people don’t think twice about how much sugar they consume.  I’m a victim of this same problem too! (Oh, and FYI, I didn’t even know that blog existed when I purchased my domain, so no, I wasn’t trying to copy her.)

And the reason why you are really here…. the awful, embarrassing pictures!
Day 0 weight: 139.5 lbs
Day 1 Weight: 139.1 lbsTotal difference: 0.4 lbs

Day 1 Side Body View_100 Days without Sugar

Nick said I was better off wearing a bathing suite for these pictures, so I changed out of my running clothes (from yesterday’s photos) and into a bathing suite bottom and a sports bra on top.

Day 1 Front Body Shot_100 Days without Sugar

An itty-bitty, miniscule change!  A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step!

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Day 0 Without Sugar

Today is day 0 of no sugar.  It should be day two.  I intended to start this little journey/challenge on Monday, May 19th, 2014, but in the middle of eating dinner on Sunday night (a dinner that I would leave left overs for the next two days), I realized I used Sriracha sauce in the recipe.

Crazy places you'll find sugar | 100dayswithoutsugar.com


Sriracha sauce contains sugar!  It’s the number 2 ingredient!

Sugar lives in Sriracha sauce! | 100dayswithoutsugar.com

And so the journey of 100 days without sugar has been delayed 2 days while I eat up the leftovers.  (Wasting food is practically a cardinal sin in my book of frugality.)

I apologize for the total bareness of this website so far.  I’ll be adding an ABOUT page and a JOURNEY page and some other stuff as I go.  For now, a quick overview as to why I’ve decided to start this 100 Days without Sugar challenge:

Reason 1: I’ve gained about 15 pounds in the past year and I want to knock that off.  I don’t know if 100 days without sugar will make a difference or not, but I thought I’d give it a shot.

Reason 2: I recently read this article as well as stubbled upon this blog post via Pinterest, so I got inspired.

Reason 3: Sugar is ALL around us.  We eat more of it than we realize, so my hope is to become more cognizant of when and where I’m consuming sugar down the line.

What’s going to happen at the end of the 100 days, you ask?  Well, I’m not sure.  We’ll see where this goes.  I know this is going to be much harder than willpower.  It’s going to be a social challenge too.   I’ll do my best not to falter, but I’m going to take it one day at a time.  So here we go:

Day 0
Current weight: 139.5 (as of an hour ago when I got on the scale)
Side image: (shirt and shorts pulled up, and all)

Day 0 without sugar | 100dayswithoutsugar.comFront image:

Day 0 without sugar | 100dayswithoutsugar.com

Care to join me on this journey?  Or cheer me on from the sidelines?  I’ll take all the inspiration and camaraderie I can get!