I slept badly last night as I’d planned to go running this morning and I knew it was going to hurt. My muscles had been protesting loudly after Monday’s run, and I’ve been moving around like I’m 90. But I got my gear ready again last night, and trotted outside in the FREEZING cold at 6:20am for my run.
It wasn’t that bad. I’m starting over with the Couch to 5k programme, so I’m just doing interval training at the moment. I had one round of running where I could probably have shuffled faster than I was running, but otherwise my sore limbs and I coped just fine. It was just the ticket for dealing with the frosty morning here in Wellington!
I’ve been (mostly) sugar-free for several weeks now – except for those well-meaning bits here and there – and I’m doing ok, thank you very much. Here’s some changes I’ve noticed:
- I can go longer between meals. I can get to 11:30am without needing a snack. I still need something in the afternoon (might have to experiment with eating more protein for lunch), and I don’t need a snack after dinner anymore. I still think I’m eating more than I need to at each meal, but I have noticed that it takes less food now before I feel full.
- I hardly ever think about the sweet stuff. Thoughts of chocolate aren’t crowding my mind these days. Having said that, I did have a craving for some the other day, so D got me some sugar-free chocolate, but that was enough, and I haven’t wanted more since. For me this is a huge deal. When I’m on the sugar, getting my next fix consumes me. I plan what delectable treat I will have next.
- I feel like my mind is sharper – and that’s really saying something when you have baby-brain. I just feel like I’m being more productive during the day.
What I haven’t noticed yet:
- Much weight loss. As this is one of my leading motivations for living fructose-free, it’s soooo annoying. I feel like I should have lost some weight as a reward or something. But I know it will come. I’m hoping the running will help with this.
- A change in my energy levels. I have hypothyroidism, so this isn’t too surprising. I still have times when I feel like a slug.
What changes have you noticed since quitting sugar?