#1 Round 2 of I Quit Sugar: Weeks One and Two in Review

Two weeks into the I Quit Sugar 8 Week Program, for the second time, I am thoroughly enjoying myself. I first did this program in June 2014, and decided to do it again to ‘reset’ my body in the new year, and also to have two months worth of meal-planning laid out for me, in what is shaping up to be a busy year. My Mum is also doing the program, so we are doing our Sunday cook-ups together, and it’s fun to compare our experiences of each meal. I also wanted to access the delicious looking summer menu, and I haven’t been disappointed by any of the meals yet. IQS have done incredibly well to establish a very positive, non-judgmental online community, whose participants – mostly women – support and build each other up. It’s a lovely community to be a part of.

A new addition to the program is the ‘Movement Plan’, which I’m also absolutely terrified excited about. Kudos to IQS for coming up with a name for exercise that sounds less ominous than ‘exercise’. Movement! I can do that! Just twenty minutes a day, of gentle exercise. Although I’ve dabbled a little in yoga, over the last few months this practice has disintegrated into… nothing. Everyone who knows me, knows how I feel about exercise. I’m the one who tells the injured sportsperson, ‘well, that’s what exercise does.’ Sometimes I am so sedentary, I swear I can feel the blood pooling in my butt.

My goal is to just to keep at it for the duration of the program. Not unlike quitting sugar, just an 8-week experiment – a commitment to move for that time, and then to see where I’m at, at the end of it.

So on Day 1, I put my ugly Big W sneakers on, which were purchased around 8 years ago and have been worn about 8 times since then. I went for a walk, UP A GIANT HILL. I saw purple trees, and houses with 4 garages. I reminded myself that the drivers of passing cars were not laughing at me, and they couldn’t actually know this was my first attempt at exercising in a long time. So excited was I, that I was outside, AND moving, that I broke in a jubilant jog. For about ten metres.

By Day 3, my self-righteous glow had worn off. My shin splints and ankles were killing me (which my reformed-couch-potato-now-gym-junkie husband thought was hilarious) and I simply refused to go for a walk that evening. Luckily, my back-up plan kicked into gear: my husband. He suggested that I just do 20 minutes of yoga. ‘Do you want to do the yoga?’ he asked. No. ‘Do you think you should do the yoga?’ Yes. I did the damn yoga. And I did feel better for it. After that it was a little easier to self-motivate, and after two weeks, my husband still looks utterly surprised when I get my sneakers out and announce I’m going for a walk. It’s actually worth it just to see the look on his face. I haven’t ‘moved’ every day, but I’ve managed about 10 days in the fortnight, which is 10 more than the previous fortnight. 🙂

This next fortnight brings an additional challenge. Week 4 is ‘clean week’, which I completely disregarded when I last did the program. In Week 4, participants are encouraged to give up coffee, alcohol and gluten for five days, to ‘see how we feel’. Last year, with a six month old baby, giving up coffee was simply not even on my radar. So I’m going to give it a go this time round instead. My acute fear of giving it up for just five days, is of itself, a good reason to do it. It is so entrenched in my routine, that I’ve come to treasure it as a moment of quietness in my morning; and I get a headache if I haven’t had one before 10am. Scary! 😮

But back to the delicious food. I’ve been following the #IQS8WP hashtag on social media, and noticed that everyone seems so taken with the food, there is very little discussion about the fact that they’ve given up sugar! Which is amazing! It’s really very hard to pick a single favourite, but I have especially loved the salmon and super-slaw, the miso salmon and eggplant bowl, the beef fajita salad, the corn fritters, and the chicken carbonara.

Here they are!

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  1. keryn says:

    Awesome work Erin. Just letting you know when my hubby quit coffee he had a huge headache day 1 but then that was it. No headaches after that and felt alot more leveled energy wise instead of highs and lows. Keep it up! Good luck:)

    • Erin says:

      Haha! I wish I could Terry, because they are delicious. But I’m afraid you’ll have to sign up for the next 8 Week Program 🙂 (it’s worth it just for the recipes!!)

  2. Amanda says:

    Your food photography looks great. I quite sugar about 6 months ago and decided to recalibrate this time as well. Can’t say i’m in to exercise either but I do try and walk most morning, the dog spurs me to get up and moving. The only trouble I’ve had is the amount of food, first week I felt stuffed, I decided to reduce some of the quantities in the second week, think there is only one recipe that I couldn’t eat the following day because i found it just yuck.

    • Erin says:

      Thanks for your comment Amanda! I reckon having only one recipe you didn’t like so far is a win!? They do so well to cater for the thousands of people who do this program – such a diverse range of tastes. I’ve had trouble getting through the meals too, but I think that is also a good sign that we are ‘listening’ to our bodies and know when to stop for ourselves. 🙂

  3. gloria says:

    Have hippothyroid weight around middle 49waist age 51fit most of the time crave cards and sweet stuff always can u help me

    • Erin says:

      Hi Gloria – I am not qualified to provide health or medical advice, so I recommend visiting your GP and/or other health professional. Sarah Wilson has written a lot about her experience with thyroid issues, and obviously, quitting the sweet stuff 😉 (www.sarahwilson.com). Best wishes!

  4. Anne Gravette says:

    Awesome effort Erin. I’m also doing the program and completley agree with your thoughts about the food…simply delicious!

  5. shenANNAgans says:

    Wawhoooo… Go you good thing. 🙂
    Last year i did a 30 day sugar free challenge, the first few days the headaches were almost debilitating, but when I got through it, I had never felt better. So much energy and my brain worked better, the cravings stopped too. Fingers crossed you get over that speed hump quickly. 🙂

    • Erin says:

      Thanks so much! Sugar free is going really well – it will be giving up coffee that will be the bigger challenge for me! 😀 Glad it’s going so well for you!

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