Sunday, March 18, 2012
I feel like this is Deja Vu all over again. Sort of like the movie Groundhog Day.
I have blogged many times about my struggles with sugar. I have sworn I was going to give it up completely. Those of you who have known me for awhile are probably reading this and saying "Yeah, yeah, yeah. I've heard that before".
Frankly, I don't blame you. I swear I will give up sugar, something happens where I end up having a sugary treat, and next thing you know, I am eating so much sugar that it certainly doesn't appear that I care about losing weight.
However, there has been some progress. I have definitely become more aware of the negative effects that sugar has on me, beyond the fact that it makes me fat. I definitely feel better physically when I avoid sugar. I feel empowered when I avoid sugar but weak and hypocritical when I cave into a sugar craving and the situation spirals out of control. My husband (who is not totally supportive of my efforts but not totally unsupportive either) gets mad at me when I get on my high horse about not eating sugar and then run off and eat sugary snacks.
During the week before last, my sugar was out of control. Last Sunday, I developed a migraine in the middle of a very nice brunch (during which, ironically, I thought I was making some pretty good food choices). I ended up throwing up several times. But I feel like this purged me of sugar and I would stay this way going forward.
During this past week, I have made several significant changes. I have been relatively sugar free. I have made an effort to track my food consistently. I am drinking more water.
I believe this will help me post good weigh-ins this coming week for my two awesome challenge teams.
Some family members have horrendous sugar habits.e DH has cookies or cake almost every night. At one point I asked him to stop it to help me, and he refused. So now I can just look at him noshing away and not care. It does create problems because it really is impossible for me to remove these temptations from the house, but I can avoid them a little easier. My mother, who is diabetic (though she won't admit it) and had heart surgery last year, frequently has ice cream for lunch. My daughter is overweight and eats way too much sugar. Ironically, my son is trying to gain some weight, but sugar does not hold much appeal to him.
The recommendation for women is not to consume more than 100 calories per day of added sugar. Of course, fruit is fine. Do you realize how little sugar you can get for 100 calories? Makes me feel like it is just not worth it. Hmmm.
Not sure what the outcome will be, but I will keep everyone posted.