Originally, I was going to wait until Monday to write this post but then I realized that this weekend is Veteran’s Day. So instead of trying to cram two posts together, I figured I go ahead and do my week 1 update a few days early. You don’t mind, right? I’m pretty sure nothing’s going to change between now and Monday.
So how has everyone been doing with the no sugar challenge? It’s definitely been a challenge for me these past few days. Not challenging in the way that I’m tempted to ‘cheat’ but challenging instead because this is a HUGE inconvenience! You don’t really realize how much sugar, even natural sugar, you rely on until it’s all been taken away from you. [insert pitiful trombone noise here]
Giving up all forms of sugar means that I’ve given up most processed foods, even my ‘healthy’ processed foods. Even my Kashi taste-like-cardboard-to-most-people cereal has evaporated cane juice in it. So basically, if I want to eat something, I have to make it from scratch which, let’s face it, is insanely time consuming. No wonder women from the early to mid 20th century didn’t work. They couldn’t get out of the kitchen. Throw in some kids and no washers or dryers and I’m exhausted just thinking about it!
On the plus side, I’m over the sugar cravings and I’ve stopped finding myself wandering aimlessly between the pantry and fridge. The first few days I was starving and felt like I couldn’t fill up but that, too, has gone away. It always amazes me at how much faster my body digests and uses the nutrients from whole foods vs. processed. If I don’t eat every 2-3 hours I’m starved!
FYI – if you ever want to jump start your metabolism, make sure to eat at least 5-6 times a day; I prefer 6-7. By only eating 3 meals a day your body goes into starvation mode and conserves calories from the food you ingest. Feeding yourself 5-6 daily allows your body the peace of mind to go ahead and burn those calories since it knows you’ll be replacing them again. Sorry, I digress.
I’ve also been detoxing my body with 20 oz of warm lemon water each morning. The bitter flavor first thing in the morning took a bit of adjusting to but I’ve started to enjoy it.
So the benefits that I’ve seen so far? Really the only one I’ve noticed is that my skin has cleared up quite a bit. I don’t know if it’s because of the no sugar / lemon water detox or because I’m not running as much as I was a few weeks ago. Either way, I’m enjoying not looking like a teenage girl. YAY! The downside – it’s really, really affected my running. That’s really the only time I physically notice the detox.
Wednesday night I hit the treadmill for the first time in months (literally, since July or August) and it. was. terrible. I’m not sure when I started hating the treadmill so much? I guess maybe when I realized that I wouldn’t melt running in the elements. But my night got 1,000% better with the arrival of a package from Vega. (To read more about my thoughts on Vega, check out this review I wrote.)
I won a photo contest back in September where I had to show them what energizes me. Of course the photo had something to do with running… It’s actually from my first duathlon.
I’ll have to wait until the no sugar challenge is over to enjoy it but I want to share the love with you! I’m going give away a full size package of Vega’s Energizing Smoothie because I just adore y’all!
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