IQS: Week Four – How It Went

This week I definitely got back on track. I feel it in my body. I feel it in my attitude. I can see it on the scales.

Last week I was up a little – and I knew why. My challenge this week was to get back on track.

Cut down the sugar. Focus on what I’m eating. Be conscious of what I’m shovelling into my mouth (then stop shovelling).

This morning’s weigh in has me at 72.5kg. That’s over a kilo down on last week, and over 3kg down since I started. I’m really happy with that.

Slow and steady wins the race.

From next week I am really going to be upping the exercise so I expect my weight loss to slow a bit. Going to build some sweet muscle, guys!

Keeping up the optimism and positivity when the numbers start to slow will be just as important a “keeping to the plan”.

Anyone have any pointers on how to keep motivation levels high longer term?

IQS: Week Four – What It’s Got In Store

Before you settle in to read this post, do you want to go right back to the beginning – to day one? You can find all the IQS posts here. Or, just start from the first post here.

Last week didn’t go exactly to plan, so Week Four is going to be super important for me. I want to succeed, and following the Plan is helping me do that.

With that in mind, I’ve set myself a list of things I intend to do this week to keep me on track:

  • Use Sunday to clean the house. A clean, clear environment helps me keep a clean, clear mindset – making it so much easier to keep focused on the task(s) at hand.
  • Spend Sunday afternoon cooking up a bunch of Plan-friendly meals to reheat when life gets hectic during the work week.
  • Snack. Last week, I limited my snacking and ended up stuffing my face full of not-so-good foods at meal times. I wasn’t necessarily hungry between meals, but I certainly noticed it once food was in front of me!
  • Take packed lunches to work. Even the healthiest salad bars in town use balsamic vinegar (or worse!) on their salads. Too much sugar to eat comfortably, even if it does taste so damn good (hey, wait, that’s probably the sugar).
  • Take a water bottle with me everywhere. Everywhere. Seriously, everywhere.
  • Invest in some more tasty teas. The best Christmas present I got last year was a sampler pack of fancy teas from T Leaf T from the Tall One. Brewing up a mug of delicious-smelling (and tasting) tea helps curb the cravings and after-dinner munching. Sadly, they’re all almost gone, so it’s time to invest in some full-sized packs.

They’re all super simple points that aren’t hard to follow – I just have to be organised.

Here’s to Week Four!

IQS: Week Three – Bump In The Road

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This week wasn’t as effective as prior weeks because I wasn’t as effective as prior weeks.

Todays weigh-in puts be at 73.8kg – 400g up from last week.  That’s not ideal.  But I know why it happened.

I was out of town for work during the week – having everything catered for me.
Because I was out of town and busy, I didn’t make it to the gym nearly as much as I should have.
Because I was busy I wasn’t making my own, home cooked dinners and lunches.
I was back in my earlier trap of dinners out, and having to buy lunch the next day (no tasty leftovers).

These are not excuses, these are reasons.  Reasons I have identified and will work to counteract this coming week.
If I wasn’t prepared to change them, they’d fester away and turn into excuse after excuse after excuse.

I will not let that happen. 

I have confidence that this plan will work.  So I’m back on track today.
I will boss today so hard it won’t know what hit it.   I am making today my b!tch.

Watch out Saturday, here I come.

Is the IQS Programme Paleo?

In a nutshell; no.  Quitting sugar on the IQS plan is not a paleo diet.

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If I compare my paleo experience with the one I’m currently working through – they’re completely different.  Well and truly different.

When I stuck to a paleo diet, I ate a lot of fruit.  It made up probably a third of my daily food intake.  Possibly even more.  That’s a crazy amount of sugar.  So much sugar.  Without it, I probably would’ve strangled somebody.  Paleo – for my lifestyle – felt so restrictive.  There were huge blocks of food-groups that I couldn’t have in my house.

Quitting sugar doesn’t cut giant chunks of the food pyramid (which, granted, is still completely wrong).  I’m just cutting out fructose.  A type of sugar.  I can have similar meals to what I had before, just by being really  conscious of the ingredients and ‘tweaking’ them if I have to.  It’s a bit of work, sure, once you’ve got your head around it it’s easy.

IQS means no fructose.

Paleo means no dairy, processed foods, legumes, grains, starchy food, and alcohol.

Either way may work best for different people – there probably isn’t one right way to eat for everyone.  Especially if we’ve all been abusing our bodies for years… that’s got to mess with your body chemistry to a certain extent, right?  Both ‘diets’ (for a lack of a better term) seek to address this abuse, but there are massive assumptions from both plans that we’ve all done the same kind of damage.

Which one’s better?  

For me, quitting sugar is showing more immediate results but it’s still early days.
Am I willing to make a blanket statement which I expect to apply to everybody?  Heck no.  That is a massive trap.

Find which works for you.  And who knows, you might just go paleo and cut out fructose, too.  If it works… I admire your self-discipline.  Seriously.

IQS: Week Three – Yup, I’m Really Doing This

Hold on to your hats boys, we’re going full speed ahead now!  Week Three is a big one…

I have to go cold turkey.  Oh Em Gee.

Not just cold turkey from fructose – which I’ve been following 99% of the last two weeks – but cutting out the artificial sweeteners, too.

The artificial sweeteners were only allowed “for now” in the first couple of weeks – as an alternative to the full-sugar stuff.  But now… it’s getting kicked to the curb.  Stevia’s okay.  The rest can eat my shorts.

Sarah’s book gives a lot of hints on how to get through the week – including suggestions for good suggestions, and how to extract the right information from food labels.

Did you know that the first 4.7g of sugar from full-fat dairy products is lactose, and milk with only 4.7g of sugar is fair game – there is no fructose.  And lactose is sweet enough to help fight off some of the cravings.

Which is super helpful, and I should’ve remembered this last night before caving and savouring a couple of very tasty chocolate biscuits.  And by a couple, I mean like… 5.  Maybe 6.  I tried to blank it out of my memory and started right back on track this morning.

I’m feeling good about heading into this week – but it won’t be a walk in the park.  Going cold turkey is hard enough, but I’ll be out of town for work during the week, too.  Trips away are fun, but this one is fully catered by work… and I don’t know how much choice I’m going to have.

How will it all play out?  Who knows.
Watch this space…