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Two Weeks Off Sweets

I struggled with my relationship with food my whole life.  I watched someone I care about die of heart desease in spite of desperate pleas that he change his eating habits. Watched him ignore doctors orders, wouldn't wear his CPAP,  wouldn't read the books I bought him.   I am grossly overweight and inspite of all the abuse I have put my body through, it has served me well. I'm proud of it actually. I really should be dead by now. The family on both side had serious health issues and 90 percent of my diet for my first 25 years consisted of fast food & junk food because of no parental involvment.  So I had mixed feelings when I decided to forgo sweets altogether. I almost did the lapband thing so I have been on restrictive diets before but they never worked.  Dieting always felt like, I was holding my breath. I may be able to stop breathing for a moment but eventually...well, you know. 

At times sweets gave me a euphoric feeling, It sometimes felt like my pupils would dialate and I would feel really good...temorarily.  Than I would feel like a big fat pig. I'm not sure exactly what lead me to this moment but I decided no more sweets. No more desserts, soda, pancakes, oatmeal, coffee. Nothing I like to make sweet not even sugar substittes. I probably don't qualify for this group because I have made a bargain with myelf.  In order to not feel fully deprived until this feels normal, I will allow my self to eat any thing else I want.  So I have had white pastas.bread & starches but maybe after a year, I'll try and add another don't to my diet. Oh, and for over a year I have cut down eating out to maybe 5% so heres hoping for the best. :)

I have felt really crumy this last two weeks.  I'm not sure if its on an emotional level, i.e. I lost a coping mechanism and have limited access to other outlets or if my body isn't used to me not constantly pumping it with high amounts of sugar constantly.

Any way, just rambling but that's my journey thus far.  Good luck on yours.
tosca119 tosca119 31-35, F 6 Responses Jul 12, 2010

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Thanks I realize that now, I didn't have sugar for a long time than had some once in a while but I just don't have the same fixation with food anymore that I used too! Look forward to continue this new healthy life style. It feels good to live a healthy life!

With support from friends you can do anything.

So far so good, I surprisingly haven't caved yet. . I indicated how I didn't know what led to my forgoing sweets but I realize now after more thought that the books I read about behavior and conditioning really helped me prepare for this, even though I didn't know I would start with sweets it was just a natural progression. I realized that in reality I prepared for this over a year, so I understand how difficult it can be to break habits and create healthy ones. Anyway i hope you had a nice vacation and thanks for the support, I really appreciate it. :)

How's it going? I agree sugar is just like a drug and addictive. Have lapsed somewhat as been away but will renew my efforts again now.

Thanks for the encouragement. I'ts only been two weeks but currently I feel like I have less energy, but I have a feeling that this is probably temporary, lets hope. I know that in the future I need to add exercise because with out the sugar I find my self sleeping more and feeling really low energy. Congrats on your limiting your sugar too. Don't you feel fortunate to be able to do it. I feel like sugar really had a hold on me!

Well done, its not easy to change habits and sounds like you've committed and have motivation for doing so. Let me know how you get on. Have reduced sugar intake and noticed far more active energy since doing so. Have stopped having a daily treat of sugary foods.