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My struggles with sugar

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.
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    You are one of several spark friends who posted blogs about sugar issues in the past couple of days. (I wonder if someone is trying to tell me something?) I sympathize with your struggle and wish you well in your efforts! Definitely a case where "if you cant beat 'em, join 'em" does NOT apply.
    2190 days ago
    Just keep asking yourself if ______ is worth it. Make sure you have something to substitute so that you are prepared. It is hard, and I go through the same thing with my family, however, I am allowed not to have things in the house that I can't resist. I also ask them to have their snacks in the kitchen so that the bag or package isn't sitting in front of me to tempt me. It does help. Just keep logging that food. It is key, as we all know!
    I'm excited to see your determination and you will succeed with your attitude!
    2190 days ago
    You are doing great tracking. I also have from time to time my fixes. I don't overindulge though - I have worked to hard to get where I am!! I am on a weight loss jouney. So just remember that next time. Slow and steady wins the race!! Hugs, Moni
    2190 days ago
    I went on a sugar binge a couple weeks ago....two carrot cakes from Costco later, I decided enough was enough and got back to tracking. Sounds like we are on the same page in a lot of ways. I know you can do this!

    2190 days ago
    I can totally relate to this! I think I honestly have a sugar addiction and breaking it has been the hardest thing I have tried to do yet. I recently joined Sparkpeople's Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. I am hoping this will be what I need to finally kick the habit that is crippling my weight loss!
    2191 days ago
  • MARTY19
    I try to avoid sugar treats and other than the occasional chocolate, I am pretty good. N
    ot chips are another story altogether. LOL! You can do whatever you set your mid too.

    2191 days ago
    Well,,,I am going to ask you to please read the book "The Spark" which is about the "Spark Diet" in which is actually NOT a diet at all, but talks about being a "rounded person" in the way we treat our bodes. Now if sugar is a TOTAL TRIGGER and you know it, and can NOT CONTROL IT AT ALL, than for now, YES I can doing this, but IF YOU CAN CONTROL It,,,than why do this to this point? NOW NOTE I am NOT saying "GO HOG WILD" on sugar, for some ARE Sugar addicted, and if you are one of those, than thats NOT a good idea, but IF and ONLY IF you can HONESTLY control it,,,and only YOU KNOW THAT than please do not be so hard on urself. Again ONLY YOU HONESTLY KNOW the answer, but if you take a bite, and it leads to 20 bites, than yes, thats plainly to MUCH ! but, if you can put one teaspoon in ur coffee and thats about it for the day,,,why rhan be so HARD on urself and FEEL SO GUILTY?

    Remember please hon,,,SP is the lifestyle we talked about earlier, and its soo HEALTHY with food from all over each foodc catagories, which unfortunately also means suragr, which I DO enjoy.

    2191 days ago
    I can relate~ The more I have the more I want and it spirals into a bad place. I know I feel better when I limit or avoid sugar. Hope your family sees the benefits of what you do! Often our actions speak louder emoticon
    2191 days ago
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