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Monday, November 16, 2009

Kresonna Sue's blog really hit me hard this morning when I logged on.

Many of you know I do not drink. I belong to a church that teaches abstinence from alcohol, coffee and tea. It is not a decision each time I encounter those substances it is just a choice I have already made.

I am thinking that it is time to add sugar and other simple carbs to the list of things that I avoid with that same choice. I went to the doctor HE was happy because my weight is stable he says. I guess I gained and lost 20 lbs in this past year. But, that is beside the point. I want to make progress. I guess I have made virtually none as it shows up on the scale. Yes, I know there are other lifestyle improvements.

What would happen to me if I chose to include "sugar" in the list of harmful substances that I avoid? I managed to get through most of a month. Only 2 instances of "falling off the wagon". Now I am struggling to get back on. Do I really want the "treat" more than the success?

I haven't been on here much. My arthritic ankle is acting up. It actually hurts in my leg. Not a normal symptom. I cannot walk. I need to work on my diet more.

I heard a quote on the radio sometime in the last week. I think this is it:

Life isn't a matter of milestones but of moments”
Rose F. Kennedy

How much better would my life be if I realized that each choice that I make has a consequence and start making the very best choices for me each time I eat? I don't want the journey to feel hard like hiking up the tallest mountain. But maybe it is time to look at what I am packing around and go for the great view that will be at the end of this journey.

Each moment matters and I can get through today eating healthy foods. I will also get the yoga done.
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    Wow, you put into words what I discovered last night...the addiction to sugar is one that I have too and I've always explained it away and made excuses. But...the scale hasn't budged and I can't get into the clothes that I fit into a year ago and that tells me I've got a problem. So, the other day I bought "flavored" candy corn...several handfuls later..I've gained 2lbs. What does this tell me? I can't eat sugar..I don't stop..period. Thanks for the wake up call!
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    I've been wondering if I could also give up sugar and white flour. I'll be thinking about it. It's a big choice and I really applaud your success with it. Even if you have some slip ups.
    4228 days ago
    THis blog meant so much to me. Thanks for getting me to think in a new way.
    4228 days ago
    It is funny how society treats addictions. It sometimes seems so black and white and blanketed. I find when I go to church and say no to that sweet, I don't always but I try, I get responses that I a being too caught up on eating well and sometimes it feels like I am turning down a beer in a bar. I congratulate you on your epiphany and will be here to cheer you on through it.
    4228 days ago
    Addiction is addiction. If sugar is the "alcohol" in your life, you do need to get it out. Congrats on the twenty pounds. I'm sorry about the ankle. I think that when it hurts long enough, the other muscles and things try to compensate and protect the sore part. I find with my knee that my whole leg will sometimes hurt. Also, another joint that is doing the work of two will start to hurt. I guess we were meant to be a balanced machine and everything is supposed to work.

    It has been long enough that you may need other intervention to get past the ankle thing. Sometimes it takes a steroid or another medication or it might not be entirely the arthritis. Ask your doc and see if there is something he/she can do to help the pain go away. Then start slowly and build up your endurance again.
    4228 days ago
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