Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Day 67 - Sugar-free Me

I am praying that a sugar-free diet is the last key for me. Saturday was day 1 for me... No added sugar, low carbs, no white. So far, the only sugar I have had is the sugar from one piece of fruit daily.

I have also decided to stop all shakes for right now. I am afraid that even though they are low in sugar and carbs that the sweet taste might be a trigger.

This weekend was rough. I had terrible withdrawals Saturday and Sunday. Leg cramps, headaches, no energy, depression... Bad times. This week has been better. I even went to the gym on Monday.

I am also back at work. No students this week, just professional development. And lots of food. So far, I have avoided all of it!

This weekend was an eye opener for me on how much of a drug that sugar is for me. I know that no-matter what, I need to let it go. Not just for weight loss, but for health.

And as a TOOL (lol), I have brought ONE scale back in the house and have been weighing daily. The scale has been moving down a little at a time. As of yesterday I was down 1.4 lbs for the week, but this morning was back up .8. I am sure this was from too much sodium and a little whole wheat for dinner. The sugar/carbs were ok, just not the other ingredients. I'm not upset... my body told me immediately that I shouldn't have ate it.

My goals for this week is to continue to be low carb/low sugar. I will have to continue to resist temptation at work, and also find time for the gym. Not only am I back to work this week, but my oldest daughter is at an acting camp 30 miles away. So as soon as I leave work I have to sit in evening traffic for about an hour each way to get her. There goes my gym time, so I will have to just go late.

I am really trying to stay positive here. I am reading a new book, Why Quantum Physicists Don't Get Fat, and the book talks a lot about framing your thoughts about yourself in a proper way so that you are not always so negative about yourself and your journey (which I have to admit I need to work on). Very insightful so far... but more on that later.

Thanks again for all the comments and suggestions. I have received some very good advice and resources thanks to you all!


  1. Hi Hollie, If it's any encouragement to you, I've been sugar free and flour free since last November and it has certainly worked for me. It was a last ditch effort and the one that worked. I've lost 30 pounds and have just reached goal. Hang in there! This approached doesn't work for everyone, but it certainly did for me.

  2. Hollie!
    I hav e taken quite an interest in your stuggles to reach your goals. Believe me, cutting down on the sugars is by far the hardest one. If you like you can come on over to my blog and check out what I have to offer. My shake might be just what you need. Its designed to help with those cravings and I stand behind it. It does for me. I don't know I'm going to support you through this journey no matter what and I wish and pray for the best results for you!


  3. Hi Hollie. My name is Valerie and I just stumbled upon your blog after googling "weight loss" blogs to find some added inspiration. I too hope that cutting back on sugar is the key to success (among other tools!) for you! I am in the exact same boat. I have been virtually sugar-free for 8 weeks now! In fact, I just posted about my journey late last night. Feel free to drop by if you have a few minutes. I'm working with a dietitian/nutritionist and she absolutely adheres to the mantra of "No more than 25 grams of sugar per day". I thought she was crazy until I learned that is the same about the the American Heart Association recommends for women! Good luck on your journey!


  4. Have you thought about weight watchers? I've lost 40 lbs and still eat all of the food I love. No cutting anything out

  5. Hi Holly!

    I enjoy reading your weight loss stories, I think they give valuable insight into those struggling with the same problems you have faced.

    I'm just letting you know that I'm a fitness blogger and would like to offer you any support you may need. Check out my blog and feel free to e-mail me with questions any time


  6. Hollie, keep working on feeling good about what you are doing and eating! It will pay huge dividends. Your spirit is amazing and bright, even if you don't always see that it shines bright for those of us reading along. You have people "out here" rooting for you and sending you positive energy (even when you don't know it)!

  7. Glad to hear you are sticking to it, even after the withdrawls and tempation.

    Keep it up!

  8. Hollie,

    my name is Ashley & I just started getting my blog going again.

    I have tried counting calories, practically starving, weight watchers, etc. only to fail miserably at every one of those or wind up worse off, etc....

    The only 1 that has ever worked for me is a low-carb diet!! I lost 36lbs on a low carb diet. Unfortunately, I went off the diet, then stress & what not got the better of me and..well, back to square 1 :( But if I can do it! THEN you can too!

    It's really hard sometimes. Focus really hard on getting thru the first few weeks. It's gonna be a pain in the butt! But it'll be totally worth it. It's just hard at first because you're adjusting to a different way of eating, the cravings. I remember like day 4 I'd be craving cereal. And I never ate cereal!! It was nuts. Make sure you're drinking plenty of water, and Idk if you drink tea or diet soda...water will help you out tremendously with cravings and what not. Either plain tea or tea with like sweet'n'low or something is one of my favorites! And I figure if I'm suffering by not getting to eat carbs, then I'm gonna at least have something I do like lol...

    Check out there's some awesome recipes and tips and what not on that website & the lady has been on a low carb diet forever.

    Good luck & I'm over here if you need tips, advice, etc. :) I'm going to be starting my low-carb LIFESTYLE soon too!!

  9. You are really an inspiration Hollie - I have struggled with wait for most of my adult life (still struggling). I know deep down that people are laughing behind my back on the fact that I'm always on some weight loss endevour or the other but you make me realise that this is a life long fight.

  10. Hang in there Hollie, you can do this!!!

  11. P.S While you cut out the sugar, why not subsitute with Stevia. Its a plant based sweetener and so much healthier than any sugar or sugar substitute. I am not dieting, but I am going sugarfree, dairy, meat and gluten. I know its going to be hard, but small steps still keep you moving!

  12. I read your weight loss stories and i think that are very useful for me. Thank you for your words. Diete

  13. Drink water. Your body is composed of about 60% water. Every job in your body happens in a fluid environment. For example, this fluid is used in digestion and absorption of food, circulation and transportation of nutrients (blood and lymph), production of saliva, and regulation of body temperature. It is also used to keep your muscles, joints and skin lubricated. It protects your organs and tissues. Water helps eliminate toxins (through breath, sweat, urine, and feces). It also helps you have regular bowel movements.


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