Sugar Junkie Makes It Through The Weekend! (Here are the 3 things that helped me beat my cravings)

Writing as a MASSIVE chocolate addict/sugar junkie, I am delighted to announce that I’ve made it through the weekend without any sweet stuff whatsoever. I know not everyone who follows my blog will care whether I’m eating sugary food or not (this is a blog about sobriety, after all) but I am noticing some definite parallels with quitting alcohol and sugar, so bear with me – it might help you deal with addiction, regardless of what the object of your addiction is.

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I blogged about my desire to cut out sugar because of a suspicion I had that making myself accountable would work wonders as a means of motivation when temptation struck. And, I have to say; this was the single most effective tool over the course of the last three days in me staying sugar-free. There were a couple of wobbly moments (buying my daughter and sister a piece of marshmallow brownie each, and Sunday evening after dinner which, I realised, is a major trigger point for me in terms of gorging on biscuits) when I very nearly caved in, but because I’d blogged about my month off the sugar, I couldn’t do it. I would have felt terrible for going back on my word so soon after announcing publicly that this is what I was planning on doing until November 8th. I even had a friend suggest to me that it would be fine to have a few chocolate biscuits and nobody would know (I know! Naughty, naughty) but I still stuck to my promise – because even if nobody else would have found out, I’d have known, and I couldn’t be duplicitous in that way.

Second big help: being prepared. On Friday I bought loads of fruit and vegetables with which to make delicious smoothies, and also nuts and medjool dates to snack on when I felt peckish. Because there was always something close to hand that did not include sugar (I know fruit contains fructose but I’m not giving that up – just the refined stuff) I never felt as if I was denying myself. I didn’t go hungry or put myself in a position where the cravings would become too much to handle.

Thirdly, I adopted a mantra, which I repeated in my head every time I felt the sweet tooth sensation creeping up on me: ‘You will feel worse afterwards, if you give in and eat this biscuit/cake/sweet, than you do now’. Somehow, this simplistic message worked. I was able to see the pointlessness of giving into my sugar addiction – all I would be doing is perpetuating the habit, providing relief for a craving that would eventually disappear altogether if I ignored it for a sufficient length of time.

Today I don’t feel remarkably different to how I did on Friday, as I am still suffering from a horrible cold. I don’t think I’ve lost any weight either (it has only been three days!). But I do feel light and free mentally, as that regret over losing control of my food intake is noticeably absent. I feel as though I’m making progress. It’s nice to be back in the driving seat of my body, as opposed to letting a sugar addiction take hold.

To summarise, the three biggies that have helped me to achieve the HUGE goal of not eating refined sugar this weekend are as follows: accountability (blogging in my case, but telling people verbally would work just as well), preparation, and a mantra that I repeated in my head every time a craving hit. If you are joining me in this sugar-free challenge, please let me know what is working for you and how you are feeling. Thanks, Lucy x

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7 thoughts on “Sugar Junkie Makes It Through The Weekend! (Here are the 3 things that helped me beat my cravings)

  1. Deni says:

    Please keep us apprised of your progress and (hopefully) ultimate success in beating the Sugar Monster! I, too, have gotten ridiculous about giving in to my sugar cravings. Willpower? What willpower? I really need to get a grip…!!

  2. Me too me too. The sugar monster will be conquered! And people keep telling me how ‘oh and you must lose weight too’ which aside from fact AS IF I COULD OR WOULD JUST BE ABLE TO GIVE UP BOOZE TO SHED A FEW POUNDS – it’s the complete opposite for me. The more I drank the less I ate and the thinner I was.
    Anyway – Go you! Definitely going to take your advice. All three. Thank you! Boo to your mate saying ‘no one would know.’ Tut tut. We all have enough of our own sabotage to deal with!

  3. Iambizi says:

    Good for you!
    I have been losing weight by not drinking the fattening drinks!
    Wishing you much luck in this journey!
    bizi

  4. I gave up sugar a few years ago and couldn’t believe how much better I felt. I also lost quite a bit of weight that I had struggled with for years (two stone to be exact). However, bit by bit, sugar started creeping back in and I’m a full-blown sugar addict again. I have regained a stone of he weight I lost and I feel sluggish and lacking in energy. I think thee are very strong similarities with sugar addiction and alcoholism. I’m definitely an ‘all-or-nothing’ type….once I get the cravings under control I can stay away completely but once I start dabbling I am right back to square one. You’ve inspired me to start again and hopefully I will start feeling the benefits soon too. Well done and keep up the good work!

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