IQS: Week Two – How’d It Go?

Week Two down, and it’s still going really well.  Healthy habits forming and its getting easier to keep to a routine.  Preparing all my meals in advance helps keep me on track, and knowing that I have tasty snacks waiting for my in the fridge makes saying ‘no’ to sugar much easier.

Proudest moment:  saying ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to a homemade chocolate barbarian “cheesecake” chock-full of chocolate, marshmallows and sugar, sugar, suuuuugaaaaaarrrrr.  It looked amazing and – based on the feedback from my team members – tasted fantastic.  I wasn’t worried at all – I had my protein shake and was more than happy just hanging out with them while I ate.

This week has provided a couple of good opportunities to explain to others why Im making these changes.  Not everyone has been receptive.

People are mean.

Most of my friends have been really supportive – although a couple of them jokingly refer to it as my latest fad.  But others (mostly teammates at work) think that I’m nuts and going to pass out at my desk one day.  Someone went as far as to suggest I was so silly and I was killing myself with my ‘experiment’ (you have to say it with a nasty tone).

Thankfully, I was armed with enough facts – and personal anecdotes – to get him off my back.  I believe in this.  I wasn’t backing down.

I’m seeing results.

I can honestly say that I do feel better.  For the second week in a row, I’ve been better able to manage my hunger.  I’m learning to understand my body, and what it tries to tell me before, during, and after I eat.  We’re designed with these signals… I’m only just now realising how little I’d been able to rely on them before.  Sugar, it appears, has been messing with my body.

My skin is breaking out.  I haven’t had pimples like these in 10 years and I don’t quite know how to deal with it when I do my make-up for work.  It’s meant to be a sign of my body detoxing, so I’m just focusing on keeping my skin clean at the moment and we’ll see if it clears up in a week or two.

My moods have been fine, if not a little more consistent than usual.  So… that’s good.  I was holding my breath for emotional breakdown and mood swings with my lack of sugar.  Here’s hoping that stays the same (though I hear it might get pretty bad around week four).

My pants fit much better.

According to the scales this morning – the start of day 14 (last day of Week Two) – I weighed in at 73.5kg.  That’s 0.9kg down on last week.   That’s more than 2 kg down in two weeks.

Of course, that kind of loss probably won’t be sustainable – and I’d probably be a little worried if I was losing more than that each week – but at an average of about a kilo a week… I’ll take it!  At least for as long as I can.

What can I say?  Bring on Week Three!

7 thoughts on “IQS: Week Two – How’d It Go?

  1. Good for you, I need to get back on the wagon like you! Why is it there are always people that are negative too?! I could totally relate to what was said, when I was on the wagon and doing well I was taken back by people and their opinions, etc. I honestly think some do this because they’re not doing it and you are making the effort, #haters….lol.

  2. Good for you!! When the haters put you down, just remember you’re doing this for yourself and not for other people. I agree with jenusingword that a lot of nay sayers are usually unhappy with their own situations. I get pimples when I detox as well. I suggest a strong, non scented anti bacterial soap and sulfuric acid based wipes. You can get the generic brand at any drug store. I carry them in my bag and they do wonders for me if I get a flare up. Just be careful because they can also dry out your skin!

  3. Keep up the great work. Ignore those would love to see you fail and focus on what drives you (your personal goals – not the opinions of others), A quote for the day “…You can do something extraordinary, and something that a lot of people can’t do. And if you have the opportunity to work on your gifts, it seems like a crime not to. I mean, it’s just weakness to quit because something becomes too hard…” (Those #haters quit a long time ago and looking for company) – Stay Strong

  4. Thank you for your post! I coming to similar conclusions about how sugar fogs my ability to read my body’s hunger signals. It seems so simple! Eat when you’re hungry! But….what if I can’t tell? I’ve been going through a lot of the same stuff.

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