Sugar Detox

March Goals

I did pretty well in February with the goals I set out for myself. I am going to continue the squats (modified) and organizing the house. I recently spent a few hours going through stuff in the garage and sorting stuff, getting rid of things, recycling a bunch of empty boxes we were hoarding for some reason…they weren’t even good boxes! So I am slowly and surely making my life at home a little more cleaner and simplified.

There’s a bunch of stuff I still need to go through to figure out if we are going to donate or sell it. For example, cleaning the garage I found two giant boxes of puppy pads from when we got Bella (ahem, a few years ago now) and never used because she was potty trained! Why do we still have these?!? So I sold them! I took an entire carload full of stuff to Goodwill to donate. Usually I give stuff to the Vietnam Veterans but I wanted the stuff gone asap so I just drove it to Goodwill. It felt so good to get rid of things!

We have other stuff to donate but I think we need to call Habitat for Humanity. We have an old medicine cabinet that is still pretty nice, some other house construction stuff…it seems better to donate that stuff there.

Now, on to March:

1 ) No Desserts Monday – Thursday Nights

This one is going to be HARD. I have such a sweet tooth. But I really need to reign it in. I was under so much stress with some stuff that’s been going lately that I was really out of control with eating chocolate at home. It was bad. I gained a few pounds in the last two months as a result (2 since December). DAMMIT.

So I am going to make a valiant effort to not eat sweets during the week. Wish me luck!


2) Register for a few 5k Races

There are two 5k races I want to sign up for with the Portland Parks & Rec $5 5K series.I want to register for those and I may look at some other races for this fall. I think it would be fun to do the Halloween Run Like Hell 5k. That was my first race ever (many years ago). It might be cool to do it again!


3) Drink 80 ounces of water every day.

I’m hoping this will help me with some of the issues I’ve been having: dry winter skin, feeling dehydrated, maybe it will help curb my appetite a bit.

I currently drink somewhere between 24 ounces and 40 ounces at work and I drink a sparkling water with lunch and dinner. But I can definitely be doing better.


4 ) Learn how to use my new Pressure Cooker!

I am SO excited about this. I have a bunch of recipes I’ve been saving to try once I got one. I am especially excited about making hard boiled eggs. I’m also curious about making soups and stews. If you have a favorite recipe, let me know!


QUESTION: What are your goals for this month?

9 Things No One Tells You About Losing Weight

I saw this article, 9 things no one tells you about losing weight, and immediately clicked over to read it to see if I agreed on the things they listed. Some of them were obvious and didn’t really enlighten me in any way. Here are a few:

4. Your risk of cancer will be lower

2. Your memory may improve (I never experienced a change)

7. Working out will be more fun (Duh, the easier it gets, the more fit you get, the more fun it is)

8. Your bones may change

9. You’ll probably spend less on health care

Then there were a few that were totally spot on that I wanted to talk about here. It was a pretty good article and worth a read if you’re losing weight. Here are the ones I wanted to focus on:

1. Your energy levels will skyrocket

This is 100% true. When I first started working out I chose swimming because it was something I’d always loved and been good at and I thought it would be something I’d stick with because of that. Swimming was also a good choice because it’s easy on the body. If you’re bigger, doing certain activities can be difficult on the joints (i.e. running).

I started swimming and it was HARD. I had to rest a lot, pretty much after every length of the pool. The more I did it, the easier it got and suddenly I was swimming several laps without having to stop at the end of the pool to rest. This continued and my conditioning improved.

Once I was active on a regular basis and started seeing significant weight loss, my energy levels DID skyrocket. I had SO much energy! I preferred to be active. My previous couch-potato lifestyle was no longer working for me. I found that I couldn’t sit still. Where I previously could spend all weekend on the couch watching movies and TV, now it was difficult to sit through one TV show. To this day I still struggle with this. I tend to get up a lot and do other things, then come back. It makes Michael crazy. 😉

It’s difficult to sit still and I want to move my body. I have energy to burn! I want to burn it! That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m exercising all the time. Most of the time it just means I’d prefer to move my body. That means taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking across the bridge to work instead of taking the bus. Getting off the bus at sooner stops and walking. Things like that. My energy levels are pretty high and that makes me feel so much better!


3. Your relationship will be tested

I’ve talked about this before so many times I won’t go over it again. I will point you in the direction of some of those posts talking about how relationships change with significant weight loss:

Partners Who Sabotage

Weight Loss Saboteurs

Lose 100 Pounds, Lose Friends?

What Happens After You Lose the Weight?

Hold That Door

Five Truths of Weight Loss

Sharing Fitness with the Love of Your Life

It’s very scary and sad when relationships end because of something so positive. Some people can’t deal with someone else’s big lifestyle change. They feel threatened, insecure. Maybe YOU change with losing weight and become more assertive or change what YOU want. People WILL treat you differently. The trick is to not let that ruin a real friendship.

5. If you were depressed before, that may not change

This was a big one for me. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety most of my life. For a long time I always thought “when I lose the weight I’ll be happy.” I thought that the weight was the reason I was unhappy. That was definitely a big part of it but what I learned with losing 100 pounds was that it wasn’t a magical cure for everything that ails you. Nope, you may lose half of your body weight but you’re still the same person you were on the inside. Maybe a little more assertive, maybe a little happier, but not magically changed.

This is something that I wish more weight loss blogs and books would address. After losing so much weight, I didn’t really know what to think about myself, who I was, where I wanted my life to go. I had focused on the weight loss for so long I had kind of lost the other aspects of myself. I just floundered. Not having a goal was hard for me.

Depression reared it’s ugly head again and I found ways to battle that. Exercise definitely improved my moods and I used fitness as a tool for relieving stress and managing depression. It works. It really does. But it isn’t a CURE. I don’t know if there IS a cure for depression. Medication sure isn’t it. It’s another bandaid. Exercise is a temporary outlet. Mindful thinking another bandaid. Basically, you do all of those things together and you get through it. But don’t expect miracles.

6. Foods might taste differently

YES! 100%! When I started eating better things tasted differently. My previous diet of junk food went away and was replaced by healthy foods. Sure it took time to get used to it but once I did, the effects were shocking.

Now, when I eat junk food, I FEEL differently. I feel gross. I feel unhealthy. I can tell the difference. My body just doesn’t feel good. Once in awhile I will give in to a junk food craving and eat something that I remember loving and it tastes different. It doesn’t taste as good as I remember it.

I also crave things I never used to crave: natural foods. Fruits and veggies. This winter I’ve been obsessed with Brussels Sprouts. I’ve been a fan for a long time and eat them on a regular basis every winter but for some reason this winter I’ve been eating them obsessively! I have no idea why and if you’d ask me at 20 years old and 200 pounds if I’d ever see myself craving Brussels sprouts I’d laugh in your face. But seriously, last week I was eating them for lunch AND dinner!


But I do crave healthy things now. I cannot WAIT for summer! I LOVE berry season! And cherry season. Everything about fresh and season produce makes me happy.

One other example of changing taste buds is yogurt. When I used to eat yogurt I ate the super sugary Yoplait yogurt. There is really nothing nutritional about Yoplait, sorry. It’s packed with sugar and chemicals. Then I switched to Greek yogurt. For a long time I was eating the Chobani yogurt. It was great. But as my taste buds changed and I started to get sensitive to sugars I made the switch to plain Greek Yogurt.

At first it was a huge shock. It tasted sour and tasted like nothing. I added Agave syrup to sweeten it and would also eat it with raisins or fresh fruit, berries, etc. I HAD to add some sugar to it. After awhile I started skipping the syrup and just using fruit. Now I can eat plain Greek yogurt without anything in it if I want to, although I still usually add a little bit of fruit to (not much). (Lately I’m adding tart cherries to it.) It’s crazy how your tastes change and now I cannot eat Chobani at all. It’s SO SWEET it makes me feel sick.



Can you relate to these 9 things? Anything missing from the list?