Ditching The Sugar: My Four Week Journey
**Disclaimer: Before trying any diets or body modification type things, please consult your doctor. This is for your safety.**
**No I did not contact my doctor before trying this diet. It’s my body I do what I want.**
**But do as I say (checking with your doctor), not as I do (trying fad diets without consulting a physician)**
If you follow me on Instagram (www.instagram.com/raisingridges) then you know that I have been working on my body image? weight loss? Losing the baby weight? Yeah let’s go with baby weight. I started this journey back in February and I’m pretty sure I have been driving the struggle bus on this one. I have lost weight, but I fluctuate A LOT, but I’m also constantly changing and trying new things that will work on my body. However my main focus is being safe, because that is the most important part if you are trying to better yourself. Always be safe.
So the recent fad that I have tried (as you can tell by the title) is a limited/no sugar diet for four weeks. I didn’t do a keto or primal or anything specific diet like that. This was just trying to limit the amount of artificial sweeteners and processed food intake. I am really bad about wanting a candy bar or some kind of chocolate at the end of the day when the kids go to bed. Partly because I don’t want to share and I like to enjoy my sweets without someone asking me to get them something eight million times and interrupting my treat. I also was back to drinking quite a bit of Dr. Pepper (It’s my life) and I knew that was not helping my diet whatsoever.
The main point in starting this diet was to:
Not crave sugar as much.
Detox my body of said sugar.
Lose the tire I have around my waist
How I got started
To set up the month I bought fruits and snacky food that wasn’t processed. I also did not buy treats I know I would eat (I still bought stuff for the family because they weren’t torturing themselves). I got my Lose It app ready. If you don’t know what this is, it’s a food tracking app that tells you how many calories you should be eating and how balanced it needs to be (carbs, protein, sugar, etc). Obviously you will have to purchase their package to get all of the fancy stuff, but if you are like me and just wanted to hold yourself accountable by seeing what you were eating and how many calories it was then just do the free version. This post is not sponsored, I am not making any money off of it, I just like using the app for things like this.
Back to the story
Another way to set me up was to start measuring out my creamer. I usually pour more than you’re supposed to and by that I mean I like a little coffee with my creamer. You may be wondering, but there’s sugar in creamer. Well folks I really don’t want to be on the news for something I may do if I don’t have coffee, so we just limited the amount of creamer I use. No I can’t drink it black, don’t tell me how to live my life.
Any who, I also limited the amount of times I eat oatmeal for breakfast. Yes I know oatmeal has sugar in it as well, but I have tried bland oatmeal, have tried it with different toppings and I don’t like it. So basically if I was going to have any sugar my goal was to have it in the morning so that maybe I would burn the calories off.
**Disclaimer: I’m holding numbers up because I forgot what I was doing and basically started the pictures from week one, not a before and then after week one type picture. Make sense? Awesome let’s move on. So week 1= Beginning, week 5= Final**
Weight: 145 Lbs
Thoughts: My neck and chin look like one entity and I’m pretty sure I’m borderline Jabba the Hut with my rolls. I’m dreading what’s to come, but hopeful that I will see some changes.
The week wasn’t that bad. I changed my night snack to grapes and cheese when I had a sugar urge and that really seemed to curb it, which was really nice. Worked out once this week (I’m trying to work out twice a week, but this particular week was crazy and I only got one in). Tracked my food and did really well lowering my portions. And I also added in an apple during the day if I felt hungry, Boosted outr veggie intake at dinner, and basically told myself that when I’m hungry I need to stop eating. So far, so good.
After week one:
Weight: 143 Lbs
Thoughts? My neck and chin still look the same. Not really noticing a difference anywhere.
This week was a little harder. We had two birthdays to celebrate, my mother-in-law’s and a cousin’s. So I did very well eating wise except for two days where I had a small piece of birthday cake and a cupcake. Besides those two little side steps, I kept on track with my food intake and eating a lot better and cooking better meals. My snacks were still holding up and some nights I didn’t even need a snack because I was still full from dinner. The only thing that probably would have derailed all of this would be the fact that we have a faulty toilet and an accident prone 4yo. Combine those two things and you get a flooded house. Yep I was stressed to say the least, but I stayed on track (had some wine) and powered through. So I considered this a win.
After Week two:
Weight: 141 Lbs
Thoughts? Noticing a slight change in my waist and my clothes. The tire is starting to look smaller around my waist a little and my neck and chin don’t look fully like one entity, just slightly.
**Beep Beep** All aboard the struggle bus! Yep the struggle was real this week. This was the week that almost ended the whole experiment. I’m not sure if everyone goes through this, but when I’m about to finish my pack (birth control) that last week I’m bloated, hormonal, and I crave sweets like it’s air. Of course this would happen towards the downward trek of this mission and because I wasn’t getting the sweets I wanted I was even more of a hormonal mess.
I did slip up and have pancakes one morning. My husband was off and we decided to have a morning date after the kids went to school. We chose Cracker Barrel because we had a gift card and I just can’t go to there without eating pancakes if we choose to go for breakfast. It’s just wrong. So I thoroughly enjoyed those pancakes, but stayed on track the rest of the week. Honestly it gets easier when I’m keeping track of my food, however it is annoying to constantly remember to do that everyday.
After Week three:
Weight: 141 Lbs
Thoughts? No change, but that’s ok. This was a tough week and not working out didn’t seem to help. I really should get back into the gym. I’ll add that to my to do list.
The Final Week!
It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN!!!!!! Yes the end is near! I can see it and it’s cheering me on. It’s standing there with a cookies and cream milkshake from Chick-Fil-A saying way to go, you did it, here’s your prize! Of course I was going to reward myself. And actually I rewarded myself a day early because I was doing my weigh ins on Sunday and we all know Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sundays so Saturday it had to happen. I told myself if I worked really hard this week that would be my end reward so I worked my butt off (eating, not in the gym. The week was still crazy busy) and made it happen.
I felt better overall. I didn’t have a whole lot of energy, but I did feel good. My body felt good and it looked better. My clothes fit better. I was being drawn more to the natural sweeteners (aka fruit) and craving more vegetables. Not saying I didn’t still want chocolate every now and then or a Dr. Pepper, but I didn’t feel like I had to have one. I felt accomplished. I felt happy!
Weight: 140 Lbs
Thoughts? Overall I’m pretty proud. Things I could have done better. Ate better, tried different foods, actually work out, and definitely increase my water intake. I was horrible about drinking water which isn’t good because that was the only thing I was drinking. I probably got dehydrated so that wasn’t good, but I am working on it still. However I lost 5lbs! 5 FREAKING POUNDS! And….2 INCHES off of my waist!!! This was huge! Especially with all the struggles I had. I saw a difference and it made me feel like this wasn’t for nothing. I saw results and I’m pretty excited.
It’s been a few weeks since I stopped fully disciplining myself with this diet. Because of my lack of discipline I have gained 2 pounds back. Now I am currently going through the bloating and what not stage and I have realized my mistakes so I’m working on getting back to where I was. I don’t think it will be that hard, but I just need to be mindful…..and start going back to the gym.
My goal is to lose another 10 pounds before Thanksgiving. I will probably gain a lot of weight back around the holidays, but if I get down to my goal weight I’m pretty confident I won’t mess it up too bad. At least that’s the goal. Always set goals. They are good motivation to keep you going. I love challenges so if you are like me, challenge yourself. Just remember to do it safely! PLEASE BE SAFE IN ANY DIETS THAT YOU TRY!!!