Monday, June 6, 2011
Weighing in on the Sugar-Free Challenge
So, it is time that I recap my first week of the Sugar-Free Challenge... I have to forewarn you all that it was TOUGH and I was less than pleasant with everyone around me. This past week made me realize that I think that I am a sugar-aholic!!! I love EVERYTHING sweet and it was tough to realize that when you have just committed to dropping everything sweet :S
So, the first day I was highly motivated and determined to make this work. Every time that I went to eat something I paid particular attention to the sugar content and made some major changes to my diet. I traded in my low-fat yoghurt for Greek yoghurt (now a fave of mine), traded in my morning toast and PB with a side of coffee for above mentioned yoghurt and felt FULL all morning. My lunch routine (typically a protein shake) was traded in for a BIG subway salad with grilled chicken as opposed to terryaki chicken and I loved it too. Finally my supper was a LARGE portion of veggies, steamed, and a portion of protein. I did eat an apple for a mid-afternoon snack and had at least 64 oz of water every day. I would lie if I told you I didn't cheat... I did a few times. I added honey in my green tea after supper to avoid a binge of sweets and I did succumb to a tiny morsel of a crispy crunch bar (1/2" square) and I did treat myself to two coffees but other than that I did really well. So, how did I feel?!
I would love to tell you that I felt great BUT that would be a LIE! The first day I did because I really believed that I needed this. The second day I was lethargic... I couldn't even get up and do my run that night. I was drained. The third night I MADE myself run and thought that it was going to be really bad ... but it wasn't. And I progressively got better from there. That doesn't mean that I stopped thinking about sweets and that my mouth wasn't watering from all the sweets that were all around me... but I managed my temptations really well. My body began to find other means of energy and I started coming back around to my active self and near the end of the week I weighed myself to see if it was the thing that was finally going to stop the scale from climbing... and it was!! I lost 4 pounds this week ... I think that sugar was ONE of my biggest problems.
So, this week I will continue and try to reduce all my sugar intake... and I think that I am going to remain more conscientious of sugar from now on, especially since my body has recovered from the initial shock of sugar reduction.
On to my training for the week, as I mentioned earlier I did my week one of the B210K and it went well. I did a chest and back (352 calories), an arms and shoulders (440 calories) and worked with my hubby all weekend (which should count as a workout). Total calorie burn for the week was: 2776 calories and 22.18 kms ran. I am a little shy of my 100km goal for the month but with the new week here and the run I did last night I know that I will be ok...
On to a new week of sugar limitations, running and working.
Make it a great day!