Saturday, August 8, 2020

Sugar Addiction: A bitter pill to swallow


I have a sugar addiction.  There, I said it!  Over the last several weeks I have been sabotaging my best efforts by overindulging in sweets.  Truthfully, it didn’t register with me until yesterday.  I was looking up new workout routines and  I came across one that someone shared in 2005.  It contained a very simple truth that I have been trying to conveniently ignore:

The diet that is used on a fat loss program is the ultimate determining factor on whether or not you will lose the weight. All the running in the world won’t do a thing if you are taking in excess calories (especially from the wrong sources such as sugars).

Oh, yes, sugar!  Sugar is in my life from morning to midnight.  Sugar in my coffee, sugar in my instant oatmeal, sugar in the pies I ate over the holidays, the soft drinks, the ice cream, the candy, etc., etc.  Quietly and not so quietly, my sugar addiction was taking over.  Let’s just look at yesterday.  I had 3 cups of coffee with about 4 teaspoons of sugar each.  My breakfast had included a big glop of grape jelly, my lunch included a sugary soft drink, my dinner included another sugary soft drink and a cupcake for dessert.  Sprinkled throughout all of this were multiple trips to a candy dish in my house.

I made up my mind that, starting today, I would begin confronting this addiction.  I laid out a new plan for eating and will start by severely cutting back on the sugar.  I had coffee, with Equal instead of sugar.  However, going forward, it will be stevia for sweetening.  My sugary oatmeal was replaced with an egg white.  My soft drink has been replaced with water.  No trip to the vending machine for me today, either.

Also, I’ve been telling the little devil sitting on my shoulder that he’s going to have to leave me alone.

Overcoming sugar addiction, like any other addiction, is a one-day-at-a-time process.

I am JP Smith.  I am a sugar addict and I am one day sober.


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