My Latest Attempt at Kicking the Sugar Habit
Friday, January 09, 2015
I have many friends on Sparkpeople. Some have been with me for about six years. Some are very new. To paraphrase the Beatles, in my life, I've loved you all, and I appreciate that you are with me now.
Those who have been around for awhile know that I struggle mightily with sugar. I probably have the same relationship with sugar that a smoker has with tobacco. Yes, I know there are differences but the similarities are striking. In my case, I will decide that I am kicking the sugar habit, and then for some reason it doesn't work out. I do think that I have some sort of addiction to sugar because once I open the door a little and have a little sugar, the floodgates open. Then next thing you know, I am eating a ton of sugary snacks.
I do not believe in New Year's resolutions. However, I do believe in goals. I think that it is unrealistic to resolve to never eat sugary snacks for the rest of my life. I started out the New Yeark saying that I would give up sugary snacks. That lasted for two days. I was on a two week furlough from work and did not return to work until January 5. On January 2, I suggested to DH that we go to a cafe/bakery that sells beignets. I suggested this because I knew that it would be more difficult to do this once I returned to work. I honestly do not think this was a bad thing to do. The beignets were delicious, and their donuts looked great as I saw them icing them generously (icings and toppings to order) after they popped out of the machine. However, after that, we ended up going out for dinner at a place that serves great ice cream. I was then off the wagon for the next two days.
I was able to rein myself in on Monday, and I have not had any sugary treats since. Well, there is a minor exception. I had some bags of a nutty trail mix in my desk that have some dark chocolate. I've had one three times this week. They are individual size servings. I am thinking that when I run out, I am going to try a mix that does not have chocolate. But this is not a major issue.
I tend to over complicate these things by coming up with a lot of rules. But in a nutshell, I am giving up ice cream (biggest problem for me), cake, cookies and candy. I will allow myself one of these sugary treats per week in a reasonably sized portion. The only reason I am allowing myself this much is to keep piece in the family (DH likes to eat this stuff, but more and more I am hoping to not partake when he does). This strategy will all but eliminate eating ice cream at home.
There will probably be some weeks when it will be hard to stay on track but not for awhile. Thanksgiving is almost a year away. My birthday is six months away. I think I can figure out before then how to make this work. I am not concerned if I go traveling and partake of goodies that are not normally available. What I need to work on is the snacking at home and getting back on track if I do slide (this is a biggie).
So far this is going really well. I have stopped my nighttime snacking, and I don't miss it. I won't declare victory yet (not sure if I ever will) but I think I am on the right track. And putting this out there may give me some accountability, which I desperately need right now.
I will report on this periodically. While I appreciate comments, please do not feel obligated to provide them. I know that my friends support me!!!