Monday, May 18, 2009

Body after baby - No sugar update

Well, I did it.

I won't say it was easy, because it wasn't, but I don't think it was quite as hard as I was expecting.

In a way, it was liberating. There was no stressing over whether or not to have dessert or feeling rotten about taking that second slice of cake. There was no counting calories or worrying about fat content. I just focused on one thing: No sugar.

The first two days were the hardest. My body was craving sugar in the worst way. Wednesday morning I got on the scale and was down three whole pounds from my weigh-in on Monday morning. That was just the motivation I needed to keep going.

Friday I woke up with a nasty headache and what felt like the flu. My whole body hurt, from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. I called my Mom for a pep talk and she encouraged me to drink plenty of water and just power through the detox. I felt slightly like a drug-addict calling for support to avoid a relapse.

We had a birthday party to attend on Sunday and that was pretty tough. I had a hamburger and hotdog with no condiments and no bread (they both have sugar in them!) and had to watch everyone eat yummy cake and my favorite kind of ice cream.

Here comes the good part.

This morning I stepped on the scale to see that I am a whole six pounds down from last week. In case you missed that, I lost six pounds last week. Barring the week of Peanut's birth, I don't think I've ever lost that much weight in a single week.

And here's the thing, I didn't exercise. Peanut and I took a couple leisurely walks, but positively no cardio.

So, needless to say, I'll be continuing my no sugar diet next week. Additionally, I'm going to dust off an old exercise DVD that I used to enjoy and try to do that 3 times this week.

I haven't felt this good about a, ever. Everyone says that it takes two weeks to really start feeling a difference and so I'm really excited to start seeing my energy level increase over the next week or so. My friends and family keep asking me if this is just a lose-weight-fast-plan or a lifestyle change. To be honest, I'm not sure. A week without sugar has me looking at it in a whole new light. I can't imagine consuming the amount of sugar that I was eating even just a couple weeks ago. So realistically, I'd like to think that I'll eventually add sugar back into my diet, but it actually will be in moderation - meaning treats on special occasions.

I should probably add that I did have honey this week. I only used it as a substitue for sugar when baking, but drastically reduced the amount. For instance, I used about a 1/4 cup of honey for two loaves of bread. For those of you that have done it, I'd love to hear your tips for totally eliminating sugar.

For more motivation and some great tips on this week's challenge, head over to Mama Notes!


  1. I have a question...did you also give up fruit? or just the refined sugar? I didn't give up fruit, though I was moderate, and I too ate honey.

    But only small amounts. I don't weigh so I'm not sure about weight loss, I'm just wondering how things were for you


  2. Oh my, I don't think I could ever give up fruit! It was just refined sugar. If I didn't make it myself, I read the label.

  3. Ok, you've motivated me. Not this week (I'm traveling, and that's just setting myself up for failure.) but when I get back, I so need to do it.

  4. I cut out sugar when I was pregnant and found that after awhile, I didn't desire sugar so it gets better...

    I don't like the taste of honey so it was hard. I also don't like artificial sweeteners (including Splenda) for various reasons, so when necessary for a recipe, I used minimal amounts of sugar.

  5. Wow! That's awesome! I have a lot planned for this weekend but after that I think I'll give a no sugar week a shot! Congrats on the 6 lbs!

  6. Way to go, Molly! I had a really tough time last fall, too. I'd like to encourage you to use moderate amounts of unrefined sweeteners (honey, Sucanat, Rapadura) or even stevia, when you do decide to let sweetened foods back into your life. I feel so much better these days!

  7. Wow Molly thats great!!! I need to cut back on my sugar and it is so hard!! Did you have to take advil for the headaches, I always get bad headaches when I cut out the sugar, but I need to cut back.

  8. Great job! I'm trying to slowly back away from the sugar. It's hard, but it certainly works for weight loss.

  9. Holy Cow way to go on the week with no sugar and a 6lbs weight loss is a great bonus! It makes me think maybe I'll try a no sugar week and see how it goes.

  10. I went no sugar/yeast during my last pregnancy and it was so hard at first. I couldn't even have any fruit juices or fruits (besides berries - I could have berries occasionally). Congrats on doing so well!

  11. I am in awe of you, I don't think I can do it! Visiting for the first time from Mom Bloggers Club, following now!