I cannot believe that the sugar free challenge is half way over.  That means January is halfway over and it’s been two weeks into the new year!  In summary, the first day I sat there full well knowing what I needed to do, I just wish I had prepared it the night before.  I wanted nothing to do with not using artificial sweetener, not using sugar and limiting other foods.  Though here I am, shocked I’m still on board and nearly half way done.    Here are some questions I’ve gotten…

How am I feeling 2 weeks (half way) into being sugar free?

Good, I don’t have a lot of sugar cravings…occasionally I do but not frequently and not as many.  I no longer crave ice cream or sweet meals for every meal.  In fact, I actually want to have more savory meals.

Do I regret the challenge?

No, I think anyone can do anything for a month.  I have been feeling good about staying sugar and artificial free.  I haven’t had any strange cravings.  I haven’t cried myself to sleep and while I miss sweets, it isn’t the worst thing in the world.

What do I miss the most?

Easy, splenda in my coffee and a sweetened breakfast.

Will you stay sugar free and artificial free after this challenge?

Absolutely not.  I do miss sweetened food.  That being said I think I’ll be limiting my sugar and artificial sweetener more.  I don’t think I’ll crave it as much.

What food do you plan to have February 1st?

Tim says that we can go to my favorite diner and I can get the red velvet cheesecake that they happened to come out with Jan.  1st.  I’m really excited.

Do you feel tired and sluggish from lack of sugar and lack of carbohydrates?

I’m still getting a lot of carbohydrates (I modified the challenge a bit to get more carbs).  I’m not feeling any more tired than usual.  I think if I had decided to completely cut of carbohydrates then I would feel extremely tired and not be able to maintain the running I am.

What do you add to your coffee to follow the Swanson challenge?

I add full fat coconut milk.  The Swanson challenge and 21 day detox stresses full fat.  Plus I couldn’t handle skim or fat free creamer in my coffee so I would probably use full fat regardless.  I don’t add any artificial sweetener or sugar.  It took a lot of getting used too but after two weeks I’m nearly used to it.  Occasionally I’ll drink my coffee black but I really hate doing that daily…

Have you lost weight doing this challenge?

No.  As I mentioned during my first post I have gained roughly 5 pounds since the marathon (weighing 135).  My optimal race weight that I feel great at is 130 pounds (I’m 5’7).  I didn’t decide to do the challenge to lose weight but in the book it shows many people who did lose weight.  I just happen to one of the people who doesn’t.  To make sure I’m accurate I weighed myself this morning and I weight 134.7.

That’s all the questions I’ve gotten.  If you have anymore feel free to pop them my way.

Questions for you:

Have you ever done a detox diet?

What do you add in your coffee?