Four months ago, I announced that I would be giving up sugar for a year. I’m happy to report that I’m now four months in and going strong!
I cannot believe it’s been four months since I drank a Coke. I was throwing back at least 4-5 cans a day before I stopped.
Some people have asked me what I’ve cut out, since “cutting out sugar” is not completely black and white. Yes, there is sugar in bread, there is sugar in bbq sauce, there is sugar in…everything.
Here’s a list (non-comprehensive) of things that I have cut out and will not eat: soda, candy, cookies, cake, baked goods, sugary cereals, sugary drinks, chocolate, donuts…anything else you can think of that is considered “junk food” is probably on the list.
For the most part, the rule is that if “sugar” is one of the first four ingredients in the food, then I don’t eat it. I do have a handful of foods that may not meet this requirement that I’m not concerned about, and I have one or two “cheats” that I’ve determined to be on the “okay” list.
I have not concerned myself with dipping sauces. I know a lot of them have more sugar than they should, but it’s just not something I’ve worried about. I do not restrict fruit or dairy products, which have their own respective natural sugars. I don’t check the ingredients of a loaf of bread or something similar to see how high up on the list sugar appears. If it’s not traditionally a sugary food, then I will probably eat it.
Let’s see, what else? I did not specifically say I would cut out high fructose corn syrup, but since it’s basically the same thing, I’ve cut that out as well. I mean, if I didn’t, I could be drinking all the soda I want, since most soda is not make with regular sugar! I’ve had jellied cranberry sauce, which I love, and which has HFCS in it, so I guess you could say that was a “cheat.”
I’ve also had a few cereals (Kix, honey nut cheerios) that had sugar listed as (I think) the third ingredient, but I determined those as okay because the sugar content is drastically lower than other cereals out there.
It’s also possible that I had something, somewhere, at some time, that had sugar in it that I was unaware of. I don’t consider any of those things to have disrupted my year. In none of these situations did I eat something because I was craving it.
If you’re considering giving up sugar, whether it’s for a month or a year or somewhere in between, I would highly recommend it. Sugar is seriously addictive, and although the first week is difficult, the cravings DO disappear. I used to crave a can of Coke if it had been two hours since my last one. I would chug a Coke after a workout rather than the water I should have been drinking.
I will say, though, that giving up sugar is only part of the work. I know it has helped me lose weight and maintain the loss, but I have plateaued, and I think that I will have to cut out other foods in order to keep moving toward my goals.
How much have I lost? Well, I gave up sugar just two and a half weeks after having Harry, so I was still carrying pregnancy weight. But that aside, since then I have lost about 27 pounds. And that was basically all within the first three months, because I haven’t really lost anything in the fourth month.
The longer I go, the more determined I am to finish. I don’t want to throw away four months of hard work! I’m excited to come back here in two months to announce the halfway point! Hopefully by then I will have destroyed this plateau and be closer to my goals.
These photos are not very good. I don’t feel like they show much in the way of progress. I have been taking photos every Saturday, since starting the Revolt 12 in 12 on September 2nd, and the changes in my photos from that day until this past Saturday are pretty drastic! But I’ll be keeping my shirt on, as far as the blog goes, at least for now. I also find it humorous that Vanessa photobombed both photos, and that she is pushing cupcakes on me in the second one.
Thanks for all your support!