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Monday, November 16, 2009

Kresonna Sue's blog really hit me hard this morning when I logged on.
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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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  • MOMSTRY
    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!
    4227 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5394627
    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
  • WBOYACK
    THis blog meant so much to me. Thanks for getting me to think in a new way.
    4228 days ago
  • KING*GET*FIT
    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
  • WALKINGGRANDMA
    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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