Here it is, confession time . . . I AM ADDICTED TO SUGAR. There I said it, now how to deal with it.
It is Friday, April 11th, 2014 and it’s around 8 am. After a restless night where my thoughts wrestled constantly with what I can do for myself, my health, as well as my children, I decided it was time to take extreme measures. Mind you this is not a new thought just a realization that I have to quit thinking about this and DO IT!
Thus, after my shower this morning I weighed myself. It revealed a whopping 192lbs and I am not quite 5’7”. I am approximately 60lbs overweight (this actually puts me in the “obese” category L) and I have some health issues that I believe could be changed/fixed with a diet/lifestyle adjustment. I’m not talking about a diet, I’m talking about cleaning up my diet and life in a huge way. I had the pleasure (I use this term loosely) of reading a couple of articles last night that inspired me but also scared me.
I am convinced that sugar and dairy are the main culprits in my diet right now. I went gluten free and dairy free about a year and a half ago with amazing results. Why did I not stay on this??? That is a million dollar question, especially after my body showed how great the results were.
I am committing today to what will be a life of “hell on earth” as I can only imagine how hard it is going to be for me to take as much sugar out of my diet as I possibly can. I have an addictive behavior pattern and thus cold turkey is going to be best for me. I make all kinds of excuses when I try to “wean” off of sugar. Therefore, I am starting this blog so that I can hold myself accountable to myself and to the world. My thoughts are that if I blog about this every morning and every night, I might figure out how to break these patterns. Funny how putting thoughts to paper brings about greater revelation . . . at least it does for me.
In addition, I am taking the 10,000 steps challenge. I usually average anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 steps a day but I need to kick this up. My weight is not only dictated by what I eat but also by how much I exercise.
My first item of “tweaking” will be my coffee. Black! I usually use sugar free creamer but that contains a different form of sugar. What I am learning is that sugar in all its forms needs to be deleted or curbed to the very minimum. I know that I will not be able to eliminate sugar 100% because of the natural occurring sugar in fruits and some vegetables but I’m shooting for the 90% target as I can assure you that will make a HUGE difference for me.
Here is my first “slip up”. I had bacon, scrambled egg with some black pepper and 2 tbsps of shredded cheese AND black coffee. Yep, no creamer. I actually drank it. Funny thing is, I think I actually drink the coffee for the coffee and not the creamer. Who knew! J Well I started this paragraph to explain my slip up. Did you know Bacon has sugar in it? I didn’t. I buy the uncured, nitrite free kind and sure enough, 4th item on the list under ingredients is “sugar”. Well in an effort to be frugal and because I hate to throw everything in my cabinets out, I will eat the remaining bacon later this weekend. I only have one serving left so I’m not slipping up heavily. I can already tell that taking sugar out of my diet is going to decrease my calories in a BIG way.
Well off to work. Lunch should be interesting as I don’t have anything to take with me so I’m going to be at the mercy of restaurant food.
See you tonight!