Thursday, June 2, 2011

Racing Decision & Going Sugar-Free

Thanks for all your input on my racing dilemma. I was already leaning in one direction and y’all helped me topple over. I decided I’m going to keep it local after all and skip the Savannah RnR Half Marathon in November.

This Saturday will be my first time running an RnR series event. If it lives up to all the hype (being how $$$ the registration fees are), then the Miami RnR Half will be added to the race line-up for December instead.

I signed up to participate in the 10 Day Sugar-free Challenge being hosted by Amanda from Run to the Finish.

Well it started yesterday, and my first meal and snack were a fail right out of the gate. I had my standard breakfast.

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And snack

Could be worse I guess, but still added sugar...

But I rallied back for lunch

Baby spinach, mixed greens, broccoli, carrots, tuna mixed w/ spicy mustard, LF Spicy French dressing

I’m an everything in moderation type of gal. I don’t have the want or need to eliminate all refined sugar from my diet. It tastes glorious and keeps me happy in the right amounts.

However, my 2-3 dark chocolate Hershey Kisses after dinner have turned into 5-6 plus, a homemade muffin or two, plus some crackers with PB (the good ol’ processed Skippy kind)…..

Evening has turned into a sugar buffet at the Blondie household.

Hopefully this challenge will help me to reign in the sugary snacking. Want to join in? Here’s what to avoid:
  • Syrups (cane syrup, rice syrup, corn sryup, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, honey, sorgam)
  • Refined and processed sugars (cake, cookies, candy)
  • Look through your cabinets, unexpected things like tomato sauce, ketchup and peanut butter can contain sugars we are trying to avoid or just excess sugar. Avoid: Fructose, Maltose, Sorbitol, Evaporated Cane Juice, Xylotol and other sugars end in “ol” or “ose”
  • Sugar substitutes (Aspartame, Sucralose, Nutra-sweet, Stevia)
  • Fruit juice: Yup that's right you need to nix this because of high sugar content
Advanced: If you already have a very low sugar diet or want to see what a complete sugar detox feels like you will also remove “sugar forming foods”. This includes: all starchy root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas, quinoa millet and buckwheat.

Also check out this page for more resources.


  1. I am not sure if I could live without honey! Does maple syrup count? Love that as well. Oh, and bananas...

    Dang! I thought I did pretty well with not eating too much sugar. Might have to give this detox a try someday.

  2. Evenings are so bad for me. It's the only time I can be alone to eat without interruption. I try to drink water with lime to curb any urges since I am not truly hungry.

  3. Im trying the challenge too... I didn't realize how much sugar is in almost everything! :) Good Luck!

  4. I thought about it but there's just no way... I thought it was the whole month of June too! So no way! but 10 days is more manageable.. but still. Good luck!

  5. I'm pretty sure I could not live w/o some kind of sugar. I don't even want to think about all the things that I eat that have sugar in them!

    ps. you need a widget that lets readers subscribe by e-mail. That would rock! ;-)

  6. Im trying the challenge too... I didn't realize how much sugar is in almost everything! :) Good Luck!