Back to Square One

•September 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I had the sugar habit totally kicked for the 3 month goal!  I thought we’d take a couple of days off, since we had company and activities that included sugar.  Before I knew it, I was totally immersed back into my old habit.  Not just eating occasional treats, but using them as my main dish.

Needless to say, I feel like crap!  I have nervy little pains in my arms and legs, I’m bloated, I have heartburn, etc.  Not just eating sugar, but everything bad I can eat.  I am definitely sugar sensitive.  I must avoid it like the plague.

Tomorrow, I get back on the wagon.  I’m taking my life and health back!  Wish me luck!!!

Made it!

•July 31, 2011 • 1 Comment

I got through the birthday party just fine!  I made 2 cakes, dished up ice cream, made homemade frosting, and didn’t even lick my fingers!  I really didn’t even care about the sugary desserts.  I am truly proud of myself..

My kids are really trying hard not to eat sugar except on special occasions.  I feel we’re making real progress, though we have not been perfect.

It’s an experiment that will continue for years, but I believe it has been worth it.  It has been 2 months – just like the one other time I gave up sugar, and just like last time, the weight is starting to decrease.  My body must need to test me to see if I’m serious about quitting.  I’m not nieive enough to think I’ll never struggle with sugar again.  I just happen to be in a place that I could resist this time.

 

The Real Test

•July 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Okay, we’ve all been doing relatively well.  The kids have an occasional setback, but I’ve been pretty steady on the sugar, though I’ve been counting on Monster drinks for energy when I really need it.  Sometimes that’s everyday.

The real test will be this weekend when I have to make 2 birthday cakes and have a birthday party with those cakes and ice cream.  Of course the kids will get a cheat day, but I don’t know if I should do it.  I usually rationalize that it’s a special occasion.  Oh boy!  I’m scared.  I love cake batter and I make the frosting from scratch and love tasting it, but I’ve got to rein myself in as best I can.

Wish me luck.  I’ll report on my expected success!

Unrealistic?

•July 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Well, I am a little disappointed in my success with my kids.  They did so well the first month, and I thought they were doing well after that, but found out they hadn’t been completely honest with me.  Unrealistically, I was surprised.  I shouldn’t be.  I have been a huge closet eater in my life, but since I’m doing so well off sugar, I had the unrealistic expectation that they would as well.

In their defense, they have cut way, way down on their sugar intake, so I need to reassess my expectations.  I am talking it over with them to have an occasional cheat day where they can eat a dessert.  I think that’s reasonable in this world of sugar.  It’s impossible to stop wanting something that is on TV constantly, billboards, magazines, every occasion, etc.  So, I’m thinking about a monthly cheat day and they can still earn their prizes.  Or, they can have a weekly cheat day and just cut down their intake.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but I know I’m going to keep trying to keep sugar out of my home and their bodies.  It’s worth it – especially for my ADHD son.

As for me, I need to get the processed food out of my body.  Since I’ve given up sugar, I’ve increased my intake of chips and crackers.  Sometimes, I’m just hungry and can’t find a quick, easy meal.

I will conquer this!

Back on Track

•July 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Amazingly, after the recent setbacks, we are back on track.  I have learned some things about setting goals with kids – especially if the goals are as big as giving up sugar.  I learned that goals need to be more frequent.  Instead of one large prize at the end of 3 months, it’s more motivating to them to have smaller prizes every month.

It was also surprising to me how easy it was for them to get back on track.  I thought it would take weeks to get back to where they were in their craving status, but that’s not true for them.  I’m the one who would take weeks, not them.  Their attitudes are improving about the whole thing, and they seem to not be suffering as much as they were last month.

Somehow, I have made it through without cheating at all.  In fact, I don’t even have a desire to cheat.  Cutting up brownies and Rice Krispie Treats was a breeze for me.  It didn’t even tempt me.

One thing I would suggest for sure it to provide a lot of gum.  That seems to help when there are treats around.

I’m excited that things have turned out so well and hope they keep it up.

Throw it All Away?

•July 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

We had our city celebration today and the kids had a sugarfest.  I’ve removed myself from the situation for the time being.  My older kids made cupcakes and everyone loved them.  I partook of NO sugar.  No, I didn’t feel deprived.  No I didn’t want any.  For some reason, I didn’t even care.  I think I’m still feeling bad about the whole lying things my kids did from yesterday.  I’m having a pity party for a couple of days, but I’ll get over.

One of the most discouraging things is that my husband is NOT on board with the eating plan.  He does not deal with my ADHD son and the training, homework, piano practice, and getting chores done.  Maybe he should take a turn so he can appreciate the importance of keeping him off sugar.  He travels a lot so he’s not involved like maybe he should be.  I feel pretty alone in this fight for good health.  He doesn’t agree with my eating habits, so I’m totally alone in this battle.  He’s overweight and not as healthy as he could be, so I do wish he would listen to me – if not for him, for the kids.

I don’t know if I’ll push the no sugar with them anymore.  They would probably have to start over with the contest for their reward.  It’ll be interesting.

 

I Feel Like Giving Up…

•July 1, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Tonight I had a bit of a setback.  I caught my son eating candy – about 10 pieces into his little binge.  We had been to a parade where they throw candy.  I agreed to buy the candy from them so they could still have the thrill of getting it, but get a prize rather than the sugar.  He had gone to his room to add up his take when he succumbed to the craving.

While we were watching the parade, I found out my daughter had lied about it to my older daughter as well, telling her she got a day off and could have some pop, and also with my mom where she said chocolate milk was alright.  Everyone around them has been quite supportive, but they have gotten weak.

On one hand I can certainly understand, having failed many attempts in the past, but on the other hand, I’m seeing so many benefits – especially in my ADHD son, that it worries me to give up completely.  I think to myself:  “Would I, should I allow them to eat a substance I know to be detrimental to their health and their success?  What if it was alcohol?  I’d surely stop them from partaking in that, but is sugar really that much more innocent?”  Not according to the lecture entitled “Sugar:  The Bitter Truth.”  It’s available on Youtube and is very enlightening.  Sugar is very addictive and harmful to our health.  I feel it’s my job as a mother to do my best in helping my family to conquer this addiction.  I know perfectly well that I seem extreme to many people.  I have been on the outside of this issue and have made fun of people who don’t eat sugar, but I cannot deny the benefits to my son’s behavior and abilities in school.

I know it seems like an unreachable goal, but we did make a deal that they would have a cheat day on their birthdays and on vacation, but I hate to have too many because I know how hard it is to get back on the wagon after cheating.  It takes one moment to eat that treat, but weeks to get back on the wagon.

It saddens me that this has happened partly due to the fact that a large part of my success is that they were being so strong (or so I thought) that it kept me from cheating.  I need that!

What to do from here is the next thing I can spend all night pondering.  I am extremely disappointed.