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An Encouraging 'Success' Story, Wt. Loss

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Friday I went to the city, and stopped at my favorite ‘buffet’ place for lunch. Near to the end of my meal I overheard my waitress telling some customers at another table, “That she had been ‘sugar free’ for 6 years now, and had lost a lot of weight.”

Being the ‘curious person’ I am, when she got near my table I engaged her in conversation about that. She told me, “Six years ago she had gone sugar free and also had gotton off ALL processed foods. In the first 2 weeks she lost 18 pounds and then over a year and a half lost a total of 100 pounds. Then she decided to further improve her health, and so she quit smoking. She was thrilled to have succeeded in quitting smoking, but gradually put 25 pounds back on, even though she still was remaining sugar free and still staying off all processed foods. So, a year ago she determined to take off the ‘quitting smoking’ weight gain, and is has been down to 107 pounds for some time now. She is still sugar free and eats no processed foods, and during this time also has not drank. Then recently she went with some friends to a bar and ordered a ‘whisky cok’e without thinking, then realized ‘she doesn’t do that anymore, sent the drink back and ordered water. She is determined to stick permanently to her sugar free, processed foods free lifestyle, and stick to eating whole, natural foods.” She said, “To begin with, after going off sugar and processed foods, it was REALLY hard. And, it took about 2 months before the cravings became pretty much unnoticeable. And, since then has been no problem at all..”

She is about my height. Maybe an inch shorter. One hundred seven pounds still leaves a tiny bit of roll around her middle - maybe from excess skin from losing 100 pounds.

Needless to say, her story was a great encouragement to me. I am a firm believer that God puts the people you need in your path when you most need them.

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I have read several books where the female writer talks about how eating sugar ‘makes they crazy’, literally changing the way they function in the world, changing their personality, severely negatively effecting their relationships etc. One even spoke of losing her fiance over her moods and behaviors in reaction to her sugar consumption. I understand this quite well. But, mostly I think about the truly negative effect that eating sugar and simple carbs has on my energy, my health, and my likely-hood of dying soon.
I have tried every way possible to ‘have my cake’ and still attain some level of health and sense of well-being. But, my addiction to sugar just takes me down such a full-blown addiction spiral that I am killing myself with sugar.

I understand that there are people that can ‘eat their trigger foods in moderation’. God bless them. I am not one of them. Do I keep trying to be one who can eat them in moderation, and DIE TRYING, or do I accept what is, accept my addiction, and do ‘ABSTINENCE’? For me - as well as the woman above, and the several writers of the books I quote - abstinence is the only way for me to obtain health.

I am really glad I had the visit with the waitress. It’s encouraging to actually meet someone in person who has gone ‘sugar and processed foods free’ long term. I had previously met another waitress who had, and one other person (not for weight loss purposes, but for health). I want it for both weight loss and health. Packing around an extra 65 pounds is really bad for anyone, let alone someone like me who has heart failure.

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This stuff gets me high.

Just How I Feel!

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This Is Where I’m Heading If I Don’t Change NOW!

See Myself Becoming Thin

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Sugar Is a Poison, Says UCSF Obesity Expert Robert Lustwig, MD

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HOPEFULHIPPO 7/23/2013 3:12PM

    so basically, the eating clean diet right?

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BARB4HEALTH 7/22/2013 7:30AM

    Thanks for sharing. Sugar also has high inflammatory effects. Cutting out sugar may cut out the pain! emoticon

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MRYTYLER 7/21/2013 8:11PM

    Thanks for the blog. Something to definitely think about as I sit here craving just one more piece of dark chocolate.

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MJLUVSANIMALS 7/21/2013 5:58PM

    I quit sugar over 4 months ago. I was able to do it successfully. I believe it was my # 1 trigger. I will not use anything with sugar in it, in any form, I read labels and if sugar is in it, it doesn't go into my cart.
I also gave up dairy, ALL red meat (I had a hamburger once in awhile, I wasn't that big on it anyway) Pastas, breads. I pretty much eat vegetables and fruits, grains (just quinoa and brown rice) legumes I am nuts about lentils. And nuts and seeds of course. I am processing all meat out of my plan as I go along, I am starting to not care for prepping the meat, it makes me a little queasy so I guess it means it's on it's way out. And of course all processed or refined food. I am going to try Eat To Lives 6 week plan, and see where it takes me.

There is no moderation when it comes to that lethal drug "sugar" If people are able to eat it in moderation, then why eat it at all? Some of us have an actual addiction to it, and if it got back into my system I would be back to square one.

And best thing is, I have not had a craving to this day for anything.

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AWESOMECHELZ 7/21/2013 5:19PM

    I like this blog!! You are the third person here in SP lately who have mentioned not eating sugar at all and doing well. The part that was also interesting is when she told you that after 2 months, the cravings lessened and she is doing well. Gives me hope!! emoticon

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ELLENPENN 7/21/2013 5:18PM

  Good article

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