Side Effects of No Sugar March

Done! Finished!


No Sugar March Sticky 2



March moved through me with a speed I’m unaccustomed to. I did make it through the month with no sugar. Per my last couple of posts, I think this was in part because I knew what to expect…knew what, when and where the pitfalls would be. The experience of having done this before serving me in ways I could not have anticipated.

Here were just a few of the ‘side effects’ of giving up sugar this month:

  • Down 3 pounds. Those were 3 extra, unnecessary pounds not doing a damn thing to serve me. It’s not much, but good riddance. I’ll take it.
  • Those pounds appear to have come from my belly. I’m not sure that as we age, vanity ever completely goes away…so yes, I’m happy my middle looks better. But the cartwheels I want to do have more to do with the fact that belly fat scares the hell out of me. It’s dangerous. I know this. We all know this. So I think we should fight like hell to make an impact. The fight doesn’t have to be stressful. It can be fun and inspired, but I’m finding first hand it also has to be consistent and intentional and committed. (If you’re struggling with this, let’s talk. Shoot me an email. And please know, that right now, right this very second, we are planning some big, big things at The Studio in this regard. To help. I don’t think I’ve ever been more fired up about the direction we are headed.)
  • And then there’s this. The effect that always surprises me the most when I give up sugar: More wide open space in my head. Gorgeous room to be still, be creative, restore and remember who I am, what I want, how to proceed. Because the constant hour-in and hour-out mental negotiations surrounding sugar are taken out of the equation. The answer is simply “no”. “No I don’t eat that.” End of story. Clean. Pure. Black and white. No.
  • Which led to…more happy, less snappy. Enough said about that.
  • (And! On a personal note. I was able to get the house 90% ready for sale. Finishing up the final details the first week in April. Anyone who has sold a house they’ve lived in for 20 years knows exactly how I’m feeling to be ‘almost there.’)


I’m so grateful for those of you who came along for this No Sugar ride in March. Your personal stories helped fuel my commitment and I hope you found your own success with this.

Please, please feel free to stay in touch with me. I’m an email away.

Related: Read the original March Sanity post, and No sugar update: Week 1 and No sugar update: Week 2.)

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Author: Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau is the owner of The Studio, a certified yoga teacher and certified personal trainer.