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Update on Sugar

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It has now been about two weeks since I posted a blog about how I was going to give up sugar. I am beyond happy to say that it is working!!! It has been three weeks since I have had any of the biggie type of sugary snacks I mentioned in the blog, namely ice cream, cake, cookies or candy. Even though I said I would allow myself one treat per week, I really haven't done this. There have been some minor exceptions. I have had some trail mix with chocolate in it, but I ran out of the trail mix (which I ate in reasonable portions) and replaced it with something that has dried cranberries in it rather than chocolate (and 50 calories less per serving). Also, two weeks ago DH made some banana bread with chocolate and nutella in it. I felt bad. I didn't even enjoy it that much, but I had some just to not hurt his feelings. Actually today I was at a store where they were selling their nut breads (which are pretty good) at half price, and I didn't buy any. No interest.

I have to admit that at times I have been tempted to give in and have one of those treats. Why haven't i? What is different this time? Well, for one thing, I have come to realize that I just can't eat this stuff on a regular basis and lose weight. Who knew? There are other things at play, too. I think I feel more strongly about having made a commitment, and I don't want to go back on it. I am also seriously afraid about the addictive nature of my sugar habit. I am afraid that one little "cheat" may set me on a slippery slope that may take too long to recover from. I recently read some advise for kids going away to college for the first time. One piece of advise was "Do not smoke that first cigarette". For some reason this has hit home with me in the sense that if you never start, you can be sure that you won't have a problem, but if you do start, it is possible that you will still be doing it long after you wanted to. Also, I think about it, and at the end of the day, the thought of the sweet treat just does not appeal to me.

It is amazing how easy it is to become addicted to sugar, but if you try, it is surprisingly easy to become unhooked as well. I have read many stories of people who have kicked the sugar habit. These are ordinary people with no special qualities and no special access to tools and/or people who might help. I have read of some people who have kicked the sugar habit, and then when they do have something sugary, it just doesn't taste that good to them. I want to write my own story about this at some point. After three weeks, it is still too early to pronounce that I am cured. And I need to tread finely on this subject. I don't want to pronounce myself "cured", only to return to pigging out on sugar. On the other hand, I think that blogging about this and going public gives me some accountability that I need.

I am getting a handle on the sugar thing. Is my fight over (assuming that i don't relapse)? Absolutely not. In my efforts to stay away from sugar, I have perhaps compensated by overeating other foods. I am not big into salty snacks, but I have been eating them more and more (healthy ones). My next goal is to continue on the path to sugar independence but to also add rules about nighttime eating. My next goal, effective tonight, is no evening snacking at all 4 nights per week. Eventually I will increase this to 7 and perhaps allow myself some more leniency with respect to exceptions. I will allow myself some fruit if I am honestly and sincerely hungry. I want to see how this goes. I will report back in another two weeks or so.

Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement.
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