So I have a bit of a problem.
I'm a tiny bit of a sugar addict (my post below extolling Krispy Kremes should be evidence of that!)
Typically I exercise enough that my sweet tooth doesn't do me much harm.
And my dentist thinks I have lovely teeth (and I don't even floss!)
But... January to March were rough while I was trying to get my proposal and conference stuff done. Ironically I started working out regularly again too and I managed to gain ten pounds. I imagine some of that is muscle. But I am pretty sure not all of it.
Since the Siouxperman is a month away, after randomly stumbling on articles on the topic recently that inspired me, I have decided to try and give up sugar.
Today was my first day.
And I failed.
In the middle of the day, when all I wanted was a Diet Dr. Pepper (which is also excluded because apparently the sweeteners do the same thing to cause sugar cravings as regular sugar) I e-mailed Jeanne at Not Born to Run. Jeanne has talked about giving up sugar before so I wanted to know if it actually worked. I keep hearing these stories (which I seriously believe to be urban legends), that if you stop eating sugar, your body stops craving it and *gasp* doesn't even find it appealing. I personally don't believe this, because how could I never want sugary goodness? But Jeanne verified this myth for me and she says even after a week you start to crave it less.
Now Jeanne and I have a sugar pact (since she's fallen off the wagon a little and I... have never been on the wagon). My goal is to try this for one month. I'd like to get rid of 5 of these excess pounds before the race. I mean gees, there is spandex involved! She has her own motivations, which she said she'd post about tomorrow on her blog. We decided our pact needed to be public though, so I'm laying it all out there! So besides being blood sistahs on the sugar front, we are both also suffering from the PF (I don't know if she knew that!)
Of course, I am making an ahead of time exemption for the Doughnut Run. Maybe the trick will be to eat so many dougnuts that I will pass out in a sugar coma and wake up so disgusted that I will continue to not want sugar? Steve in a Speedo asked if I was going to eat six this year, continuing my upward trend. Six doughnuts in the span of a half hour seems so... well, I am pretty sure that will cause me to never eat another Krispy Kreme again! Steve is contemplating a trip across the border to partake - since he is so speedy and eats a lot, I totally bet he could get a negative time if he strategized it right!
Oh, related question - if you don't eat sugar, do you not eat Gu and drink Gatorade? What do you do for energy during training or races?
Oh yeah, my failure. When I was TAing lab today, I was essentially conked out in the front of the room at my desk. I thought this whole sugar avoidance thing was supposed to help that? Perhaps the fact that some demon has possessed me and I actually get up at 5am to go to the gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays (that demon would actually be named Kori) causes me to fall asleep in the afternoon. But either way, I got a pop. Er, soda. I figured I might never live it down it I started drooling on myself in my sleep in front of my students.