Thursday, October 11, 2012

What I'm eating, what I'm wearing...


For two months last summer, I quit sugar, dairy and white breadI felt great!  I lost 15lbs (baby weight)!

I loosened the reins on my diet while we were in Copenhagen.  When we returned home, I wanted to get back to eating sugar free - except I didn't.  I was enjoying cereal and yogurt too much.  By the time Thanksgiving rolled around I was eating cake again.    

Today is my third day no sugar no dairy. I feel sluggish. Despite the baby sleeping through the night for two nights in a row (first time!!), I felt worse getting up.  As if I was run over by a truck.  I am going to chalk it up to sugar withdrawl? What else can it be?  I can't wait to get back into the sugar free groove: no bloating, no afternoon crash, no cravings. The plan is to stay sugar free until Christmas. I also want to have a good head start before Halloween candy shows up. 

Anyways, I am down to size 27 jeans from size 29 this summer.  Those 15lbs I lost translated into two jeans sizes.  A week ago I ordered online a pair of Gap 1969 deconstructed always skinny jeans in size 4/27 and I have been living in them. It is nice to get out of jeggings for a while and into jeans.  The jeans do have a bit of give, but they didn't stretch out completely...I just need to wear a belt (or, perhaps I put tiny darts in the waist).

I also love my chambray shirt - I wear it practically every day.  It is such a cozy layer between tank/tee and sweater.  I want to get a white button down or even a striped button down to mix it up a bit. Of course, I don't feel like spending much...and I am not troubled by wearing the same thing day in and day out.  Maybe on boxing day I will find something new?!

Today I dug around my closet and pulled out my splotchy joe's jeans.  I need to wear these to death because how long will crazy prints really stay in style? Sooo trendy, no?

Oh and the top knot? The best hair style when you haven't washed your hair, you need a haircut, and your bangs have grown out to your chin.  Everything ties back out of my face, and my dead ends are hidden.  

ps. I think I will get my next haircut at Pacific mall, where my husband gets his hair trimmed. I haven't stepped into a salon for nearly a year. Things are a little out of control (scraggles) and I don't mind so much.  When you are a stay at home mom, you can get away with letting some things slip...well, at least that's what I tell myself! So permit me a trendy top knot, sometimes a low bun with braided or twisted back bangs, or letting it down and not giving a damn!

UPDATE: I just read this interview with the author of Sweet Poison Quit Plan...I think you will be interested if you are thinking about quitting sugar! Here is an excerpt:  

So all the diets [that you tried in the past] were a spectacular failure?
Primarily because they required me to use willpower and that just wasn’t my thing. I didn’t like resisting 24/7 and I didn’t like feeling hungry 24/7. I got to the point where I thought this can’t be so. Why would it be that suddenly in the 21st century we’re all required to have large helpings of willpower and hunger in order to stay the same weight as our grandparents did effortlessly?
And that’s what set me on the path of trying to find if there was any evidence behind what we were being told about dieting and I happened across the evidence on sugar.




 

35 comments:

  1. I am a total clothes nerd so I always enjoy these kinds of style posts where I can gain some kind of inspiration. The first two tops (cream one and slouchy black turtleneck) - where did you find those? They are awesome - and something I could pull off too, if I could find them. I hear you on the stay-at-home mom thing and wearing the same thing over and over. Seriously - you speak my language!

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  2. Sundeep @ DesignwaliOctober 11, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    You look sensational! I eat way too much sugar (chocoholic) & cheese. I need to just shut up and do this...I know i would feel better. Always find it tricky to be full b/c I don't eat meat & hate cooking. wah wah wah.

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  3. i am soo happy you are posting more this week :) Especially about clothes!

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  4. OMG you look awesome Shannon. 15lbs within two months seems like a mission impossible. Love your outfits too.

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  5. Not only do you look fabulous but you look comfy ;) Well done..I really need to get off the bread / sugar train...

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  6. You look great! Your outfits are super cute!
    I swear - giving up sugar/sweets was the best thing fella and I could have done.We've been off them for two months now. We indulged a bit over the long weekend but didn't actually enjoy it a lot and were happy to get back into the routine. I figure I've lost between 8 and 12 lbs. My weight fluctuates a lot so it's hard to pin down- but it's somewhere in there. The things I love about it are the control that I now feel, the lack of peaks and falls of my blood sugar and that I really choose a treat now when I want one. I admit I have one vanilla latte from starbucks once a week. When I'm tired and want a treat - that's my go-to.It could be worse!

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  7. lookin good and super skinny. yes, i pull that high bun trick myself very often. it works.

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  8. It's a great trick!
    do you ever peek at the website shamepuff?

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  9. I love the control too!
    The cravings are banished, so you decide what you want to put in your mouth...honestly, I could have chocolates from the Halloween stash right now, but I am not interested...and eventually, they won't even taste all that great if I do!

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  10. Thanks! Comfy is my motto...

    Just try it! The first couple days are tough, then it's a cinch!

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  11. I still had a layer of chubb from the pregnancies...so the weight was ready to come off...basically 2lbs a week for 8 weeks...but not perfectly distributed!! 125 is my pre-baby weight...but my fat/muscle ratio is completely different...I am not as lean as I once was (I am 4 years older too!)

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  12. thanks kb! we had to adapt in September...jet lag, preschool, colds on top of colds...the computer and the house took a back seat!

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  13. I am the worst cook...I am working at it...I have to make a HUGE effort to cook everyday...and the results are not always great. Sometimes I surprise myself.

    Tonight's lasagna (half cheeseless) is WAY too saucy...I don't know why I didn't just dump the extra sauce down the drain...or freeze it for next time...no, I had to squeeze it into the dish...

    Anyways, if you already don't eat meat, then it should be easy to cut sugar...I mean, you already know how to 'just say no' to a HUGE food group!

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  14. The cotton cream sweater is from COS - I bought it in Copenhagen...It is a size medium...a small would probably fit too, but I think slouchy sweaters should actually be slouchy...not boxy but body skimming. What's the point of that??
    The other sweater is from Old Navy...last fall. It is a size large.

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  15. sundeep @ designwaliOctober 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    you are right. i never thought of it like that. I want to look like you in picture #2...love it. i think i will give it a go...you are a great coach!

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  16. I'm all for letting it down and not giving a damn. love the outfits and the fact that your stroller sneaks into your pictures!

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  17. I went off the "no sugar, no carbs" wagon over our long weekend and I put back on 5lbs. I am struggling to get back to healthy eating. It seems once I have something I'm done even if it doesn't taste very good. I feel terrible both physically and emotionally and know that if I could just plow through with no sugar again-- things would be better and I would get to the point of loosing weight again and not craving. I get so mad at myself for always needing to start again. Thanks for this post. I think it just might be the motivation I need to refocus.

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  18. I hear you! You just have to do it. When I want to eat better for my health or my weight, I get into the whole "one bowl of cereal wont really hurt" or " i'm already under 130lbs, so i don't need to lose any more weight". Anyways, the excuses pile up....

    When I want to define myself as a healthy eater - like, look at me world, I quit sugar...then no excuses work...its the principle....its part of who I want to be...

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  19. that's probably pretty easy to snark on...but its true...so what the hell if its a bit twisted?

    Its like one day, in university, i met a person who, to me at the time, seemed well read...and i wanted to be thought of as a person who reads a lot. Ok, a decade later I definitely read a lot (still not 'well read')...it was part of the identity I wanted for myself!

    Right now, i want to be healthy eater...i want to banish the roll at my waist, I want to be the one whole passes on desserts...I don't want to be the one who goes back downstairs to finish off the cake after te company is gone and the boys are in bed ...you know? That needed to stop!

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  20. You look fab Shannon. I love your style. I may check out the 1969 jeans - they look great on you. and I am so jealous of those glasses! My eye sight is so bad my glasses are coke bottles and give me rodent eyes. If only I could sport a cool pair like yours!

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  21. The jeans are comfy! Looser than other jeans...but I couldn't go down a size - that's for sure!

    I am -4.75 and -5.00 Pretty thick...even with the thinner lenses...
    The chunky frame helps hide the lens...

    I had the best pair of glasses of my life when I was 26-28...Purple metallic prodesign ...they were half frames (nothing on the bottom) with a hint of a cat eye flare...

    When I grow sick of chunky frames (like, in 10 years after the style has been completely abandoned by every other person on the planet), well, I am going to see if I can resurrect my purple pair. I wonder if technicians can make them look like new again?

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  22. Give it a week! Once you get over the hump, you will find that you don't crave chocolate!!!

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  23. I need to give up sugar too! I love your boots - did you buy them recently?

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  24. Hi Sarah!
    My boots are five or six years old! I always forget when I bought them, I do know I wore them to Paris on my 30th birthday (turning 35 this November!)...so they are OLD! I have had them resoled and the zippers replaced. They will last a few more years, I am certain!

    They were from the Bay/Browns - Artica

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  25. So true. And I swear I NEVER thought I would say that. My honest to goodness only craving is the vanilla latte and even that is rare. I'm actually not even worried about the Halloween candy this year. It's all kind of a relief!

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  26. You look fantastic! The idea of quitting sugar and dairy is intriguing to me and I definitely have a "roll" that has to go! Did you give up all bread and carbs or just white bread? I'm so curious about what has worked for you!

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  27. Thanks!
    I gave up crackers and breaded anything (chicken tenders and things)...any carbs with sugar were a no no too...then there is sugar in processed meat has sugar, hot dogs too, mayo, pizza...etc...

    I didn't shy away from tomato sauce, I have avoided looking at the label, since I know it's in there. Pasta is something we all love, and is easy to make. I want to learn how to make sauce from scratch, but I have been putting it off!

    I found bread with no sugar in it...most whole wheat bread has sugar as well...so I had to really read labels...

    I did eat CHIPS! Also, butter (because I didn't know where butter came from, lame, I know!)...

    I ate a ton of fresh fruits and veggies and roasted meats. I have been making soups more frequently since the weather turned cold...(we stopped eating canned soup)...

    I still ate white rice but I don't really like white rice, so that is not a big deal...

    Ok, I will be the first to admit I am not perfect at this. I cut out everything I noticed that has sugar (ketchup, store bought sweet potato fries, canned corn, etc...) and started cooking more with fresh ingredients...I really like the idea that we are eating closer to the way my grandparents may have eaten...

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  28. also, I only drink water. and i snack on berries and apples

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  29. the hardest things to give up were pasta sauce (obviously, since i still eat it), cereal (switched to oatmeal), butter (off it this time), sandwiches, and greek yogurt...

    i still eat maki, and that has sweetened rice...i think...

    in a way i am cheating with pasta and maki, maybe even with fruit...but there are no rules...and i have cut out enough processed food and sugar to make a difference in how i look and feel!

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  30. Thanks for all of the info! I think it's fantastic that you've been able to make these healthy changes and you look great for it, an added bonus! Very inspiring!

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  31. Any time!!

    And thank you!! I just took a look at the nutritional information on a can of tomato sauce and I am appalled by how much salt and sugar is in the brand we use. Time to change.

    Sushi will be my only treat after this!

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  32. Love your outfits! A very comfy and relaxed look. I like that you layer your denim shirt with different sweaters. Looks fantastic. We've been trying to cut back on sugary food/treats, dairy and bread. Honestly, cutting those items out of my life is so dang HARD :( How do you do it!!! What do you substitute these bad things with?

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  33. We quit eating paleo in February and then spent a good chunk of the summer eating gluten-free. The weight slowing crept up. Then the last two months we've basically eaten anything we want and holy cow. The weight is nearly all back. The crazy thing about this is we don't actually eat processed foods at all. It's just the carbs.

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  34. Shannon, you look fab! I love outfit #2. Funnily, I just bought my 10 year old daughter a pair of pants just like in pic #3-- she fell in love with them at the store. I really have to cut out more sugar from our diets as well. It is so hard to make school lunches and snacks that our kids will eat without carbs though. It's a slower process with kids unfortunately. Really hard to just change overnight.

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  35. You look great, Shannon. I am just catching up on my blog reading and it is great to see you are still staying sugar free. Have you ever tried stevia? It really helps when you need a little sweetness. I just discovered a great raw steel cut oats recipe made with unsweetened almond milk and I add a little stevia, and top with some things like nuts and hemp. Kids might like it too. And there's no cooking! I can send you the recipe if you want.

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