Friday, February 01, 2013
Last February, after years of weight struggle, prayers, research and self-evaluation I finally realized and admitted that I am a sugar addict! If you just laughed at that statement or rolled your eyes, that's okay, I certainly have a flair for the dramatic...but if you did (laugh or roll your eyes) you probably don't have an addiction to sugar. However, if you read that statement and it produced even the slightest bit of discomfort or empathy, then you'll be able to relate to my great battle with cold breakfast cereal.
So, in February I decided to wean myself off of sugar. By the second week of March I had completely cut all sugar, other than fruit, out of my diet and I only ate fruit with protein to slow down the blood sugar spike. That meant I was eating only whole foods (processed foods virtually all contain some form of sugar). I could go on and on about the following 8 months (that was my comittment, March 9 'til Thanksgiving) but what I really want to talk about is right now. I will say that it completely changed the way I viewed food and was an amazing growing time both emotionally, spiritually, and physically (I did not lose weight, but was certainly much healthier).
Skip ahead to Thanksgiving. I slowly started reintroducing sugar, promising myself I'd remain in control and use great moderation....Skip ahead to today...
Confession time, today, in addition to my 5 healthy 200-300 calorie meals, I also had 6 twizzlers, a cup of hot chocolate, a handful of chocolate chips, a york peppermint patty and 3, YES THAT SAID THREE bowls of cereal (one frosted mini wheats, and two honey bunches of oats).
Now, certainly none of us need to think much to acknowledge first of all that I have little bit of a sweet tooth and second of all that it won't take many days like this and my weight loss will turn to weight gain.
There are a few things that I know about sugar and the way it affects my body and I think I need to remind myself of these!
1. I am far too fond of sweet cereal drenched in milk!
2. As soon as I taste something sweet...I want more
3. Fruit does not have this same negative affect on me
4. Some things are easier for me to say no to
5. I need to come up with specific guidelines for myself about sweets
6. I am not willing to completely give up sugar for the rest of my life
7. I am far too fond of sweet cereal drenched in milk!
Well, it's all out there now...you all know my dirty sugar secret and now I have to do something about it. That's what sparkpeople is about, right? Support but also accountability!...okie dokie then....I'll get back to you on that