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