Mamavation Monday: Week 11

Jason and I decid­ed to give up added sug­ar for Lent.  We are still eat­ing things that have sug­ar that nat­u­ral­ly occurs in them (like fruit).  We are not eat­ing things with sug­ar added to them (like most peanut but­ters).  I made this deci­sion sort of on a whim.  I thought about it briefly, dis­missed the idea, and then changed my mind abrupt­ly to com­mit to doing it.

About a year and a half ago, I decid­ed to get sug­ar out of my diet for a month.  It was hard but great.  I had more ener­gy.  Food tast­ed bet­ter.  I felt great.  I was real­ly healthy and did­n’t get many of the ear­ly win­ter colds either.  It was great.  Did I say it was great?  🙂  This time I’m also doing it with some­one.  That makes it a lot eas­i­er this time around.  I’ve been tempt­ed to give in to a few sweets, but so far things are going well.

I decid­ed last week not to weigh myself for the rest of March.  Jonas is still young, and my body isn’t respond­ing (weight wise) to diet changes and exer­cise in a way that encour­aged me to keep mak­ing good choic­es.  So, I decid­ed to quite think­ing about the scale for a while.

Best wish­es to all of you on your jour­neys!


  1. I have a love/hate rela­tion­ship with the scale. I’m real­ly try­ing to not weigh myself every day because I know it will dri­ve me crazy.

    Best of luck to you this week!

  2. Sug­ar is a big deal. But you;re doing the right thing. Hope you have a great week

  3. Good luck on your goals! I can’t wait to hear how it’s going.

  4. My scale is cur­rent­ly broke, I think it could’ve been from the kids jump­ing on it. I don’t know why they think it is some toy that’ll change if they hop on it. As for cut­ting sug­ar out good luck. It has been hard for me to cut out the soda and fraps but I did it. I haven’t had either since Jan 1st. But since I start­ed chang­ing my lifestyle and lay­ing of salts, etc I’ve noticed you don’t need much to make food taste good. Hope­ful­ly we’ll get a new scale and I’ll see if what I’m doing is work­ing. Good luck to you and your fam­i­ly. It’s always great to get every­one involved.

  5. Ana Caban did a sug­ar free chal­lenge for 30 days and fit into some old jeans. I think she has some tips and tricks on her site

    I have found that I don’t like that much as far as sweets after doing the chal­lenge myself. I will admit to my occa­sion­al love of a reese egg, but oth­er than that, every­thing is WAY too sweet!

    Best wish­es on giv­ing up the sug­ar and have a great week 🙂

  6. Great Goal! I big one, but doable.

    Mmm… real ground peanut but­ter is great with­out the sug­ar IMHO. I did the Cinch jump­start which sug­gests putting cin­na­mon or spices in cof­fee or on fruit instead of sug­ar. After a few days I did­n’t miss the added sweet­ness.

    Have a great week and I look for­ward to hear­ing your tips and tricks for cut­ting out the added sug­ar.

  7. Kick­ing sug­ar is always a tough one… espe­cial­ly since HFCS is in EVERYTHING, but it is so worth it! I too am a HUGE fan of fresh­ly ground but­ters… peanut & Almond & Cashew… my gro­cery store has a machine where you can grind your own, but if not, you can google and find ways to do it at home 🙂

    Good luck with your jour­ney 🙂

  8. Great goals ~ both of them. Giv­ing up sug­ar is an adjust­ment in both lifestyle and taste, so hav­ing a part­ner def­i­nite­ly helps. And that scale? Girl…

  9. I love your deci­sion to give up sug­ar for Lent. I gen­er­al­ly only have some­thing with added sug­ar once a week or less, and I real­ly do think that is why I’ve only had one cold all win­ter. LB has only had one cold too. We’ve all stayed healthy this year!

    Hugs! I think you’re doing a great job on all the healthy changes!

  10. I hear ya about the scale. I tend to get dis­cour­aged when I seem to gain after work­ing out more so I often like to bag the scale. today was one of those anti scale days for me 🙁 Even after burn­ing between 600–700 calo­ries today.. so frus­trat­ing. good luck on the no sug­ar this week.

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