Sugar-Free for 10 Weeks

Let me preface this by saying: I WILL STILL BAKE. Rags’ cardiology appointment for my dog threw a wrench into my plans for baking this past weekend, but it will get done this coming weekend and I will be mailing cookies to everyone who donated, as promised.

So the title is misleading. I am not giving up sugar, but rather added sugar and not even really all added sugars. Once upon a time, I gave up candy, sweets, chocolate and ice cream for Lent. I was in college, thin and healthy to begin with, and lost so much weight that my pants were falling off me. It was amazing and gross at the same time, but not sustainable.

As I’ve increased my running, I have received compliments from people I don’t see every day saying that I look thinner. My clothes do seem to fit better and my legs look insane when I’m stretching – and I thought my quads were permanently tight but actually they are just newly ripped.

However, the scale has barely budged and my gut hasn’t shrunk a bit. I have a sweets problem, and I know it.

So I decided to give up candy, sweets, chocolate (except for 85%+ cacao) and ice cream for Lent. It’s perfect because Easter Sunday is the day before Marathon Monday, so I could go an extra day and then start indulging after the Marathon. But then I realized Lent begins March 1 and that’s a month away. I told my best friend Juls about my idea, and how I was thinking about starting February 1 instead. She is also trying to lose some baby weight and said she’d do it with me, but that she wanted a week to “prep.” I agreed, so we decided to start on Monday – February 6 – which was exactly 10 weeks until the Marathon.

She gets a cheat day for her son’s first birthday on March 5 (cake, duh!) so I guess that means I could take one, but I haven’t decided yet. I was thinking maybe for my mom’s birthday on March 29, although that’s the middle of the week and I have a work event, so we’ll likely be celebrating it the weekend before or after.

This past weekend, I consumed 4 cupcakes and 3 ice cream sandwiches (the cookie ones from Trader Joe’s that I am pretty sure contain crack-cocaine). I just couldn’t bring myself to eat that last ice cream sandwich, so it’s just staring at me every time I open the freezer for frozen fruit for a smoothie or my new obsession – Trader Joe’s Multigrain Blend with Vegetables.

It’s important to note that I am NOT giving up carbs, because I definitely need them for running. Here’s what I am and am not eating between now and April 17:


  • Ice cream
  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Cake
  • Pie
  • Donuts
  • Croissants
  • Bakery/store-bought muffins
  • Most other pastries
  • Flavor shots/swirls in coffee (AKA no Caramel Swirl iced coffee from Dunks – heartbreaking)
  • Decadent cocktails (don’t drink ’em anyway)
  • Soda (don’t drink it anyway)
  • Splenda or other sweeteners (which I completely eliminated years ago)
  • Flavored Greek yogurt

OK to have:

  • Bagels (except French toast or cinnamon sugar)
  • Flavored ground coffee with milk or cream
  • English muffin with peanut butter (my go-to before long runs)
  • Chocolate milk (my go-to after long runs)
  • Real dark chocolate, 85%+ cacao (I have a few little pieces with my mixed nuts)
  • Healthy muffins I make at home with no sugar
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Pasta
  • Clif Builder Mint Chocolate Protein Bars (this is the only protein bar that fills me up right away and doesn’t upset my stomach. I have tried them all so this chocolate is going to have to be allowed)
  • Greek yogurt with fruit
  • Alcohol

Anything else I’ve missed? Please feel free to add to my list or question something already on it.

They say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so I’m assuming I will have some serious cravings for the next 3 weeks. But Juls and I promised to text each other about our weaknesses rather than give in.

And, to make it all worthwhile in the end, I’ve already decided where we’re going to celebrate:



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