Bye folks ....... I've gone to the beach ......
(I wish!) .... but rather, this beach:
As I mentioned in yesterdays post, recently I've been struggling with sugar ... and coincidentally (or not)STILL struggling to get off this last bulge. On the long drive home I made the decision to once and for all TRULY give this diet a shot.
I've thought about it before ... alot. I've even attempted it years ago, though admittedly half-assed, and not while I was truly in a mental position to pull it off.
Last Friday (the day after we got back) I kicked the plan into action.
Essentially phase 1 (2 weeks) is lean protein & vegetables at each meal, a little healthy fat, low/no-fat dairy is allowed, and a serving of nuts per day. Absolutely ZERO sugar, no starchy carbs (bread, pasta, rice, oatmeal, grains, cereals, potatoes, corn, etc.), and no fruits. Though I don't completely agree with the no fruits and have had approx. 1 serving per day. Sugar substitutes are allowed, but I try to avoid those at all costs so have been going completely cold turkey on that. No sweet tasting treats for me!
Day 1 I was pretty much afraid to eat and to be honest, I avoided it as much as possible. It was actually easier to just not eat, than to face the decision on what to eat.
Day 2 a slight headache began and I felt very discombobulated. I was a bit dizzy, very fuzzy-headed and extremely lethargic (though I can't say for 100% certainty that this wasn't associated with the long travel and alte nights). Day 3 was pretty much the same. I questioned my safety behind the wheel and thus did not drive those days.
My kids got called a few names as I saw them eating granola bars, cereal ... and when my daughter asked if I'd make her my most recent favourite recipe of Oatmeal Pancakes I thought I would explode. But I forged on and have stuck to it.
I did do a few long walks and runs during the first few days and let me say that they were HARD! I could definitely feel when I hit a wall part way through, and sometimes the entire run was difficult. I would NEVER take something like this on if I were in the middle of some serious training. It's even recommended that you don't.
The first few days I was also a bit (ahem) "backed-up", but a bit more fluids and more veggies and things got sorted out again.
Since Day 4 things have gotten much easier. I don't feel like strangling people who I see eating carbs. And I no longer have to switch channels as the 45 zillion candy/chocolate commercials come on. My energy is definitely coming back and I feel pretty good.
I noticed almost immediately that the bloaty feeling in my stomach went away and it seemed flatter.
My husband joined in on this plan to support me ... and also because he realized that the thought of going off of sugar made him react like a crack addict entering detox. He doesn't need to lose an ounce so I was a bit concerned about him. He lasted 2 days following the diet as I have been, then he reintroduced a few carbs and fruit to his diet - which is what I thought he should do anyway. He is still trying to keep with the no sugar aspect which is what he needs to focus on anyway. I think his headaches were worse than mine.
After 1 full week following this program I'm feeling pretty good. My cravings have definitely subsided and I have good energy. My clothes look better, my stomach is definitely slimmer (main objective here), I'm down in my measurements and I've lost 3 lbs this week for my lowest weight in 2010 of 145.8. My lowest in the last few years is 143.6 (very briefly) from last November.
I plan to follow this phase for another week, then in Phase 2 you slowly reintroduce fruit & healthy starchy carbs. Can I say that I'll NEVER eat sugar again? No, I definitely can not say that, I know I will. But, I do want to eat ALOT less sugar than I was and eliminate it from things that I'm learning to enjoy without (plain yoghurt, tea, hopefully eventually cereal and oatmeal). I don't believe that sugar & starchy carbs are evil, but I know that I easily overindulge in these items and my goal is to reduce from the amount I had been eating.
June 2 - 30 Day Shred Level 1
June 3 - 4 x 1 mile treadmill intervals and core
June 4 - 30 Day Shred Level 1
June 5 - 2.5 mile walk and 1.5 mile run
June 6 - 3 Hours heavy clean-up