Thursday, April 3, 2008

Detox (Part Deux)

So I kick sugar. This is a huge feat gentle readers. I am a sugar addict. Cravings will hit at work or home and I'll stop at nothing for a fix. A Coffee Crisp or Coke from the vending machine at work. A brownie from the cafe in the mall at work. Robbing the last cookie from the jar on the courtier at home. Imagine, I was such a hopeless user I'd take the last cookie while my children weren't looking. What kind of father am I? Shameful.
Sugar in the morning, sugar at lurch, break time, after supper, before bed. Relentless.
After discovering how much it was affecting me I decided it was time to quit. And I did.
Then things started to happen and really quickly. I stopped crashing at work. Dozing of in meetings and in front of my PC. I always blamed my crazy schedule. Up at 4:30 in the morning, off to the gym or onto the laptop to work. To work by 8:00 where I'd work straight through eating at my desk. Taking breaks for necessaries and eh hem,, sugar fixes. Home by 6:00 or thereafter Play with the kid's them send them off to bed. Do some more work, do some work on the Torah study then off to bed by 11:00. After kicking sugar, the schedule hasn't changed much other than I'm not sleepy anymore. I'm actually quite alert and firing on all cylinders. I feel like a million bucks when I get home from the gym.
After a week and a half the spare tire around my midsection is also deflating! Oh, you ask my DW about the weight I've lost and her cute little nose wrinkles up and a "WTH" look crosses her face. I know that my pants are just that much looser trust me. The once former six pack still may be a bag of milk but it's going down and I'm not backing down.
Then I fell. Monday night DW breaks out a chocolate cake from the freezer. A home made delight she made for Little Pilgrim's birthday. I decide to have resolve and not indulge. Then I cave when I see the thick layer of home made icing screaming at me. Two larger than normal pieces later and the guilt and shame I'm expecting, stay at bay. No balling up into the fetal position and crying at the remorse of failing. Instead I feel like a bag of crap and get a headache.
Then it strikes me. That's the first headache I've had since putting a lid on the sugar bowl. I feel better.
Today the doughnuts came out at work and I resisted. It was a pivotal moment. I turned down a Tim Horton's Dutchie! Success!
Kicking sugar hasn't been as difficult as quiting smoking (11 years since my fingers lost their yellow smelly tinge). It has had much quicker results.
Next battle is to kick the excess fat in my diet. I'll let you all know how that works out when living without sugar levels out.
Kicking the habit wasn't that hard my friends and the benefits have been quick and welcome.


Kathy said...

Keep it up -- you're doing great! I don't have a bad problem with sugar, but I do with other carbs.

Monday through Sunday said...

You can do it! I stopped with the sugar last week! Was a hard three days but it is getting better by the day! It is worth it!!

Liquid said...


I love sugar.......
and me fats...

Oh, I fall helpless!
But, I do wish you much better luck!

Anonymous said...

I am so thankful that I have no bad habbts to kick. It sounds hard!

(For those that do not know me--that would be sarcasm and not self-righteousness :)

Keep it up brother. I am praying for you (While I drink my caffeinated drink with 2 scoops of sugar). I usually only have one scoop, but thought I would help you out by taking yours.


stacys1175 said...

Hey, I'm so happy to hear that you are trying to kick the sugar hope that works for you. I know I have been eating healthy for the last 2 or 3 months now and I have lost 50 pounds i feel a whole lot better now but i have a whole lot more to lose. good luck and I hope things go well - big hugs- stacy

Sindi said...

Congrats on the sugar battle and also the 11 years of not smoking. Just kicked the smoking habit myself last year and I am loving it. Maybe I will try the sugar battle next year.

Know that you and your family are always in my prayers and keep smiling. :-)

Frasypoo said...

I hope you kicking the sugar habit is not the reason you are missing from the blogging world !
But good job on quitting sugar and cigarettes.Both very hard to do

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