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to want to know how to stay committed to exercising and being sugar free?

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CressyBessy Mon 21-May-18 21:15:10

It must be possible! Duchess Catherine can do it, Meghan too... so why can’t I?!

I just can’t maintain it longer than a few days blush angry

CressyBessy Tue 22-May-18 08:12:20

Maybe it isn’t possible shock

KirstenRaymonde Tue 22-May-18 08:13:23

I think it’s an accountability thing. You probably could too if you knew people would be taking your picture constantly.

KirstenRaymonde Tue 22-May-18 08:14:04

Are they both sugar free? I doubt it. I imagine they just eat healthily, and have good microbiomes.

Iruka Tue 22-May-18 08:16:23

I went sugar free about a month ago, the first week was horrendous. But since then it has been fine. Can you push through past the first few days?
I have concentrated on the sugar though, not exercise, caffeine etc. One thing at a time 😆
I will pick up exercise next and think about caffeine in the future (maybe)

TheFatkinsDiet Tue 22-May-18 08:16:30

I wish I knew!

I’ve found when I have a lot of fun, exciting stuff happening, I’m inclined to be less greedy with food. Maybe it’s that? I don’t reckon they get very bored as their lives look very exciting. Also do they have chefs to prepare yummy health food for them? Maybe that helps.

Also the accountability thing though too. When I got married weight seemed to just fall off me in the run up. Nerves as I knew everyone would be looking at me!

retainertrainer Tue 22-May-18 08:18:38

I’ve been exercising since Christmas and eating healthily (minimal processed food). I feel great for it and look so much better in my my summer clothes. We go on holiday next week and this will be the decider-I really don’t want to undo all my hard work and I’m hoping I’ll stick with the exercise when I get back. I think it’s just building it into your everyday rountine but it’s tough.

hallie29 Tue 22-May-18 08:19:10

Probably easier to distract yourself with all their money.

LizzieSiddal Tue 22-May-18 08:23:14

My tips would be

Don’t buy anything you shouldn’t be eating. Just don’t even go down those supermarket aisles!

If you HAVE to have something sweet, buy the smallest packet you can.

Find the exercise regime you love doing. Everyone is different but find the one which suits you. I know if I don’t get exercise out of the way first thing, I don’t do it. So I get up, put in gear and go and do an exercise dvd, straight away.

A couple of friends follow the Jo Wicks programme and they’ve done very well in it.

EchidnasPhone Tue 22-May-18 08:25:58

I’m sugar & caffeine free. I want to add in exercise but just can’t be bothered. I do loads of walking but it’s toning & muscle building I need. It’s only been since the start of the year so I’ve decided June will be the 6 month point to start some regular exercise. The first 2 weeks were so hard. I was falling asleep all over the place with no sugar or caffeine to keep me going but now I don’t even miss it & have way more energy than before. It’s also great for bloating & moods. It’s nice not being a crabby cow every morning.

Onpoint32 Tue 22-May-18 08:27:54

The only thing that works for me is high protein and very low carb (not Atkins though). Sugar is pure shit. I wish I’d realised this sooner.

Luisa27 Tue 22-May-18 08:43:32

We’re sugar free OP and have been for a couple of years pp have said, if you can push through the first week then it does get much much easier. Don’t miss it at all now

TheFatkinsDiet Tue 22-May-18 09:05:56


Are you planning the cut out all sugar, like fruit etc or just the refined stuff?

InDubiousBattle Tue 22-May-18 09:09:53

What do you mean by sugar free?

buddhasbelly Tue 22-May-18 09:10:36

I second exercise first thing in the morning. Then if I've had a rubbish day and all I want to do is put on the telly then I can! Exercise is already done!

Do you have space to work out at home? I do this because it's just me and dd here so can't exactly go out for a run! There's lots of good videos on YouTube, pick one that focussed on good form too so that you don't do yourself an injury!

MindBodyChocolate Tue 22-May-18 09:15:10

Why on earth are you comparing yourself with Kate and Meghan? They have unlimited funds to put towards food and exercise. They will have a personal trainer every day. They’ll have a chef to prepare low cal low carb low sugar meals. They don’t have to drag round a supermarket at 8pm at night after a stressful day at work when your blood sugars dropped and you feel like you could eat the whole chocolate aisle.

Concentrate on eating healthily - why completely sugar free? Are you giving up fruit? Why?

What are your reasons for doing it? Work out your motivation first.

CressyBessy Tue 22-May-18 09:18:07

My meals are really healthy but then I get cravings for...

Choc ices...

And I can never say no! I can literally eat well all day and then give in to the sweet stuff at 11:30pm 😒

TheFatkinsDiet Tue 22-May-18 09:20:16

Maybe allow a day a week to have a treat? That’s what I’m trying to do. That and a lot of core strengthening (as I had a cs a few months ago and still look pregnant sad).

MegEmski Tue 22-May-18 09:21:34

No idea about sugar because I go for everything in moderation, and don't cut out anything totally as then I crave it all the time.

There must be some exercise you enjoy? Or at least the endorphins afterwards? I think you need to find something that fits best into your life so exercise can become a habit and then (hopefully) you'll begin to enjoy (some) of it. For me it's riding running and swimming. Gyms scare me.

niceupthedance Tue 22-May-18 09:28:52

Can you replace the sweets with fruit? Some fruits are really sweet - dried prunes and dates.

I stopped eating refined sugar four weeks ago - I've not had any crisps biscuits cakes chocolate, potatoes, rice or white bread. I do have ryvita or a slice of wholemeal sometimes. Don't have sugar in my coffee or tea any more (sometimes put a bit of honey in).

No idea how much I've lost but it does feel sustainable. The less you have the less you want it.

CherAndCockroaches Tue 22-May-18 09:28:56

I went full sugar free for about 6 months - think reading the ingredients on stock pots and putting them back because there was a grain of sugar in the bloody things - then realised it was a bit obsessive. It did seem to change my palate permanently though - I often have to give up after the first couple of bites of a Crunchie or whatever, as it seems RIDICULOUSLY sweet.

Piffle11 Tue 22-May-18 09:37:30

I think you've picked a couple of bad examples! Both Duchesses are clearly motivated people, and I do find that there are those who have a goal and can stick to the plan, and then there's the rest of us, who get tempted by wine and chocolate, crisps … I would definitely advocate one step at a time: I have a book by Lucy Meck (ex TOWIE, don't judge) and in it she and her nutritionist/dietician advise what to cut out/cut down on one week, then the next, etc so you're not going without everything you like in one go. I find this way easier: first goes the sweet processed food for a couple of weeks, then the savoury processed food, then the alcohol … you get the picture.

parkruuuner Tue 22-May-18 10:04:59

Can you replace the sweets with fruit? Some fruits are really sweet - dried prunes and dates. dates have lots of sugar in them ps op sugar is carbs carbs are what is needed to exercise so im not sure why you would give up sugar.

ComtesseDeSpair Tue 22-May-18 10:07:20

I agree that there's a lot of motivation in having to see photos of yourself plastered in the media constantly and knowing that your weight will be constantly scrutinised. Basically, probably an unpopular view, but to get/stay slim and keep up with an exercise plan you essentially have to really want to be slim and fit more than you want the momentary pleasure of food.

I found that once I gave up sugar, followed by most carbs in general, within a couple of weeks I stopped craving them at all. I had to use willpower to avoid sweet things for a bit but then it was as though my palate readjusted and I just wasn't very interested in them. My main guilty pleasure used to be warm homemade white bread with butter and honey - I could eat two thirds of a loaf in one go and constantly craved bread. But once I stopped eating it, the cravings fell away.

Exercise - you need to pick something you enjoy and, if you can, join a group or rope in some friends, at least initially. After that, once you've got a routine going and are buoyed by seeing results it'll be much easier to keep yourself motivated and build on that.

CressyBessy Tue 22-May-18 10:11:56

I like that idea @Piffle11.

Ok @parkruuuner I shall rephrase. I want to give up the processed crap that’s full of rubbish. I don’t see anything wrong with a banana, a strawberry or a potato. I want to stop eating manufactured sugar that comes in a packet.

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