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Friday, April 22, 2011

No bueno...

Well, my cold-turkey attempt at going low-sugar was an epic fail. I went pretty strong for a few days, then bam! I fell so hard off the wagon that I felt like I busted my head.

About three days ago I made a decision. I am going to have to eliminate sugar from my diet. Permanently.

I am an addict. I have to treat this like any other addiction. I have to give it up...for life...if I am ever going to be healthy;

Most of you know that I have first-hand knowledge of drug addiction. My ex-husband was an addict... I have three siblings who are addicts. I have been around addicts my entire life. And one thing I know is that when they decide to quit, they have to completely let their body detox from that drug. They can't limit their intake, or do another type of drug to help them get over their drug of choice. They have to eliminate it. And so do I.

See, I try my best to limit processed sugar and candy and foods with added sugar. But only one time have I ever  went low carb/no sugar. Why did I ever go back????? I guess I thought I was "cured" because I didn't crave sugar anymore. So little by little, I let that poison creep back into my choices. Before I even realized it, I was hooked again and the weight started coming back on.

Hopefully I will know better this time.

So for the past several days I have been coming up with a solid plan of action. I will start the day after Easter, because there is no point setting myself up for failure. I am ridding my house of junk as we speak. By Sunday night I will be ready for Monday. I am getting prepared so I will be ready to tackle this endeavor. Mentally and physically.

And to be honest... I am so scared. This is going to be tough. But it is also going to be worth it. I know it is necessary. I am sick and tired of spinning my wheels. I need to see progress, but to do so I have to kick this addiction. It's time for rehab.

18 comments:

Princess Dieter said...

It's worth the attempt. And yes, this is typical. The attempt, the craving, the fail. The attempt, craving, fail. The brain/habits are there and sugar IS addictive (imo, and science I have read seems to back it in terms of the effect physiologically--brainwise and hormone-wise..the cascade effect).

Ditching it was so beneficial to me that now I look at sugar as this thing that wants to control me, like a junkie must see heroine or crack or meth. It takes a lot of work to get clean of it, then it's easier and easier. I promise. It really is.

There are enough sugar-free treats (for those who don't mind erythritol or sugar alcohols or sucralose, not for the super-clean eaters, of course) taht one does not really need sugar in this modern life.

Best with the journey..

Princess Dieter said...

Oh, and btw, I love your hair in the profile pic. REALLY cute curly bob. As a fellow curly, I'm always looking at styles and thinking, "Would that suit me." I may not look as good as you with a bob, but wanted to say, loving the curls on ya!

HopeFool said...

Love the idea of not setting yourself up for failure. Have a great holiday, Hollie.

Juliana said...

it was hard for me at first to stop eating sugar but it became so easy. fruit is my new sugar!

alisonds said...

I am also sugar detoxing. it's hard for the first few days and then you just stop missing it. There are so many delicious healthy tings to eat, you just have to find one that you love and make that your new sugar!

Lyn said...

I hear you! It is so hard to be "moderate" with sugar and better to just cut it out altogether. What helped me is to make a list of my trigger foods. And another thing you already know, I found out that when I stop eating sugar, fruit tastes so much sweeter and can cure my cravings.

andi said...

That's me with chips. I can;t have ANY. Not regular, not baked, not vegetable chips, not cracker chips...nothing! Who knows, maybe one day, way down the road, i will be able to do them in moderation,but not now, that's for sure! Good luck with the detox and ensuing days. Hope you have a great Easter weekend!

andi said...

That is how I feel about chips. I can't have ANY! Not regular, not baked, not vegetable chips, not cracker chips. Maybe one day, way in the future I will be able to handle them in moderation, but it is not now! Good luck with the sugar detox and the ensuing days. Hope you have a great Easter weekend.

andi said...

That is how I feel about chips. I can't have ANY! Not regular, not baked, not vegetable chips, not cracker chips! Maybe one day, way in the future, I will be able to do them in moderation,but not now! Good luck with the sugar detox and the ensuing days. Hope you have a great Easter weekend.

Sirona_x said...

This is such a good idea. I might do the same, and give up sugar altogether.

Are you including giving up sweetenesrs? So for instance asparatine (sp)?

Or is it just added sucrose (so fruit is ok) that you are going to stop eating?

safire said...

My sweet tooth definitely had a huge control over me in the past. It's addicting!

Good luck with your sugar detox! Getting rid of stuff around the house sounds like the perfect way to approach this.

Have a lovely Easter Sunday!

Donovan said...

Hey, you keep trying. As long as you can do that, you will get the benefits of the periods that you ARE off...and then, one day, you will find that you have succeeded. As an ex-smoker who, like Mark Twain, quit hundreds of times, I understand the pain of knowing you have failed (this time), and the difficulty of trying again. The fact that you ARE trying again says an awful lot about your depth of character. Hang in there, lady. Your time's coming.

Don
Senior Health and Fitness.

Thirteenlbs said...

From the other side of the sugar fence: after about two weeks, you will feel incredible!

Jill said...

When I lost 80 lbs five years ago (I weighed about 230 lbs), I was definitely at a point where I did not crave sugar at all. I was able to just look at brownies, chocolate chip cookies and caramel as if they were just forms of stuff. It was pretty easy. Then someone was asking people to try some unique dessert they made. It was just a bite and I was almost at my goal weight. I had a bite of this sinful thing...and it was like my life flashed before my eyes. I thought, "oh crap! this is the downfall of me." I am at approximately 160 right now, but I want to get to 140. I always felt like 140 would be perfect for me but I've always hovered around 150, but I did get down to 145 once. I'm five foot seven inches.

Anyways, I agree with you and I feel that many of us just need to cut simple sugar and simple carbs out of our lives. Nothing good comes of it.

MochaTrina@Me So Hongry... said...

Isn't it crazy how food addiction is like drug addition. Some people don't get and they tell me things like, "all you have to do is say no and don't put the food in your mouth." If were that easy I would already be at my goal. The addiction is crippling and everyday I struggle. I know you understand what I am talking about. Keep fighting the good fight Hollie. We can do this. One day at a time...baby steps.

Changing Charlie said...

I'll be doing this right along side you! I am starting a whole new challenge / journey tomorrow so wish me luck! I am so glad to have found your blog, you will help motivate me Im sure.

madebyalh said...

I just found your blog. I am the exact same way with sugar. It's a terrible addiction! I'm starting my new journey today. I'm looking to connect with others that are trying to lose it and keep it off. :-)

Brittany Logan said...

I get so scared about cutting all the sugar... kinda like I'm setting myself up for failure because it's not realistic. Sugar and carbs for sure are my downfall, and I need help, motivation, encouragement and friends dealing with the same issues that are willing to help me day or night. I have never found that in someone except my husband but it's not always east talking to my husband about these issues.....