We Quit Sugar – Week 3

This week, instead of giving you all of my input, I’m letting my boys give a brief run-down of our 3rd week without sugar. I interviewed them both to see just how they are feeling about life sans sugar. Tyler – Tyler and I talk about no-sugar frequently, so I wasn’t surprised by any of his answers. I will say that some of his co-workers have told me about moments of weakness where he almost gave in and went and got ice-cream, though he finally did resist. I’m proud of him for resisting, even though he was in a stressful situation.
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We Quit Sugar – Week 2

We’ve just finished Week 2 of our sugar fast on Sunday. I think we all agree Week 2 was more difficult than Week 1 for multiple reasons. The newness has worn off, it was the 4th of July (who doesn’t want something sweet then), and we got together with friends a few times, cookies were eaten, but not by us. In order to help us curb our cravings, Sarah Wilson suggests replacing sugar with fat. The high fat items will help make you feel full more quickly and kind of fill in that gap after a meal. We often ate
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We Quit Sugar – Week 1

One week. We’ve only made it through one week of quitting sugar. Surprisingly, it hasn’t been as hard as I imagined. Because we don’t have any sugar products in our house (part of me prepping was to preemptively give away or trash any treats), I haven’t really been tempted to eat something sugary. I wanted sugar. Half of the week, I’d have that urge, right after finishing dinner or lunch, to eat something a little sweet, even something tiny. I knew I was full, yet part of me just didn’t feel satisfied, as though something was missing. Tyler had a
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Let’s Be Honest – Sugar Addict

I’m addicted to sugar. We don’t regularly keep cookies or ice cream in our house. I’ve been known to throw away a mostly good box of Oreos, and we regularly throw out Halloween, Easter, and Christmas candy because we never finish it all. We even have tried to cut back on sugar by only have dessert one night a week. Yet, we’re still addicted. I get that crash and burn feeling later in the afternoon and I typically feel like I need something a little sweet after each meal. Tyler and I will hide sweets and than pull them out
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On the road to a gluten-free, artificial-coloring free, dairy-free life

Goodbye, Wheat Bread!  I’ve known since E was 2-weeks-old that lactose was not a friend of his stomach. For the first year of his life I abstained from any lactose digestion for the sake of nursing and my desire for sleep at night without a screaming baby with a squalling stomach. But in the last year, it’s become apparent that E’s stomach not only doesn’t like lactose, it doesn’t seem to like processed, gluten-filled anything or artificial colors and preservatives. I think in the last month, we’ve had maybe 2 days where he hasn’t complained about his stomach. HOW DID
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I Ran a Half-Marathon!!

The wait is over. I was supposed to smile. I forgot. I ran a half-marathon with a time of 2:15:45. As it was my first half, I was ok with just finishing. The morning was perfect for running. I couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was overcast and in the low to mid-sixties while we were running. As glorious as sunshine is on a regular day, it would have been much more difficult if the temperature had been up several degrees. Tyler and West didn’t run, but met Faith, Anna Gail, and myself at the 4 mile mark, the 9ish mile
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Preparing for the Half

This weekend marks my first half-marathon, and I’m more than excited. First of all, I’m so happy to finally see and catch up with this girl. And this girl. Such beauties with even more beautiful hearts (Oh, I’m also thankful to see West, but he’s not running with us, so I’m not counting him. Sorry, West.). But in preparation for the 13.1 mile showdown, I’m taking it easy this week. Because it’s been absolutely b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l outside, I’ve been taking walks every single day. Walk Photo I also busted out my old Power Yoga video with Denise Austin. Denise definitely keeps it real.
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The Longest Run

From DurhamRadioNews.com I did my longest run today. Previous to my 8-mile excursion today, I’d only done 6.5, maybe 7. But today, I took it the extra step, and I loved it. With my half-marathon looming at the end of the month, I have to get my milage up. Since Thursday is my day off from teaching, it was a perfect time for a long run. Also, it’s been nastily humid this week, and while today was no exception from the humidity, the heat wasn’t nearly as excruciating as the past few days. I’ll be honest. I was nervous. I would
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Breakfast of Champions

One of the new things in my life is a good breakfast. I’m not a breakfast eater. I’d rather just fast breakfast, have a cup of coffee, and eat an early lunch. However, when trying to run six miles in the morning before lunch, breakfast is essential and coffee is bad news. When my German friend was visiting, (see our fun times here) she introduced me to her typical breakfast. It’s a greek yogurt or plain yogurt base with lots of additions, including oats, nuts, and fruits. I was really excited to try something new, though the thought of adding
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