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skinnyinsideout
06-30-2009, 06:33 PM
SO......I started this weight loss journey (again) in January 2008 and was successful - from size 22 to a size 12, but my goal is still about 20 lbs away (size 8 or 10) and I have essentially been at a plateau since September - maintaining which is new for me, but still - not losing. In the last month I have fluctuated up and down about 10 POUNDS:fr:!! This doesn't happen to normal people - I swear! I've been working out hard 5-6 days a week, but also eating what I want and it finally hit me - I have some major food issues - like a serious addiction. I knew I had issues - (hello! 256lbs!), but the fact that I can't get it together here in the home stretch and every day that I "start again" I end up falling off the wagon by lunch has gotten me so frustrated with myself! I watch that show "Intervention" on A&E and as I watch those people with their addiction diseases I realize I am the same way with food. I don't want family & friends to intervene on my behalf, but I just have to realize I am powerless (over sugar especially) and just stay away. I quit smoking 15 years ago - I feel like I should be able to kick my sugar thing too - but it's SOOO hard!! I wish I could just say "no thank you, I don't want that cake".

Sorry for the legth - I just had to say (write) it out loud!!:mad:


cfmama
06-30-2009, 07:03 PM
Sugar is crack. If I had not beaten down that sugar demon with a STICK I wouldn't be where I am now. Hands down the best thing I ever did for my weight loss.

For me... making eating sugar NOT AN OPTION was what I had to do. I often said (and still say) is this food worth not attaining my weight loss goals... and it never ever is.

I wish you luck. It's a hard battle. But look at the success that you have already had! You're doing fantastical!

Lori Bell
06-30-2009, 07:19 PM
Yep...sugar is crack. There is no doubt in my mind that I am totally addicted and unable to stop at a small serving. I used to drink heavily and I used to smoke, and I can't have "just a drink" without getting drunk, I can't have "just a smoke" without buying a pack and becoming a smoker and I can't have a candy bar without buying a gallon of ice cream to go with it. Sugar is E.V.I.L.


CLCSC145
06-30-2009, 07:22 PM
Bread is my crack. Can't be near it. It's good to identify the devils in your life and call them out! Even avoiding it once can give you a boost to avoid it the next time. You just have to start somewhere.

Great job on the 80 pounds, by the by!

ladyrider72472
06-30-2009, 08:27 PM
I have an addictive personality. I am so much better not having any sugar than trying a little bit. I have 10 days until my bday..... after that NO sugar for me! These last 20 pounds are GONE!

time2lose
06-30-2009, 08:31 PM
Sugar is crack for me too. It took about 4 weeks of no sugar and the cravings stopped. It does get better!

rockinrobin
06-30-2009, 08:43 PM
Sugar is crack. If I had not beaten down that sugar demon with a STICK I wouldn't be where I am now. Hands down the best thing I ever did for my weight loss.

For me... making eating sugar NOT AN OPTION was what I had to do. I often said (and still say) is this food worth not attaining my weight loss goals... and it never ever is.

You can sign my name to this post.

There is no way on earth I would have lost all, if any of my weight if I didn't vow off of the stuff.

It tastes good. The good stops right there. Right there. And the bad starts immediately and continues on and on and on.

I had to take the power away from the sugar and "those foods". By making them off limits, it put the control firmly back in my lap. For so long I had heard that getting rid of it was the best way to lose weight. I figured, I'm doomed, absolutely doomed, because there's no way on earth I could live without it. Ha. There was no way on earth I was going to LIVE with it. After being miserable enough and wanting to lose the weight - all of the weight - I caved in and gave it a try. It was without a doubt the best decision I've ever made. It freed me up to really, REALLY enjoy life. Not just a quick temporary over in 30 seconds fix.

I feel like I should be able to kick my sugar thing too - but it's SOOO hard!! I wish I could just say "no thank you, I don't want that cake".


You can. You really, really can. It's detrimental to your health. You are better off without it. First you start off pretending you don't want it and before you know it - you really won't. I know for sure that when you do decide to get rid of it, in a matter of a couple of weeks, you will wonder why the heck you didn't do it sooner. :hug:

DCHound
06-30-2009, 09:18 PM
It sounds like you might be one of us...the few, the proud(?), the chicks who have to Permanently and Totally give up sugar. Most people do not have to do that. They can have a bite, or a serving, and go right on about their business. But there are a few of us, who can't. My theory is that we are literally allergic to sugar.

It IS possible to kick the demon. You CAN do it. Detox is ****...but if you commit to giving it up, you can, and believe it or not...you get to where you don't miss it AT ALL. I am living proof of that. My sugar (carb) addiction got me to almost 400 lbs.

It IS possible. To me, sugar IS crack. And I Just Say No (thanks Fancy Nancy :) ).

chickiegirl
06-30-2009, 09:20 PM
You know, if you can make it past the first little while without lots of sugar, your body will cleanse and there's a good chance you'll stop craving it so much.

Sugar, fat, some starches, excess salt ... all leads to the same place ... more of the crap. It's set up that way. It will affect your body and make you want more, more, more. :eek:

thinpossible
06-30-2009, 09:25 PM
Yep :wave: sugar addict here too! Going cold turkey is SO much easier than trying to work it in to my plan. Because if I refuse to eat it, there's no agonizing and debating and negotiating about how, how much, when, how often, blah, blah, blah until my head was ready to explode. Once you shut the door you will have a lot more peace (after the first month when it's trying to get you back in its clutches). You CAN do it!!! :carrot:

GirlyGirlSebas
06-30-2009, 09:27 PM
Sugar is so very addictive. I think that I can just splurge for one day...one holiday..one event..then go back to business as usual. But, I can't! For years, I've used sugary starchy foods to make myself feel better and it is so very difficult to break that habit. The sad thing is that they do make me feel better emotionally, but just for a little while. Then, I'm left feeling depressed, fatigued, achey, and fatter than before. It's just not worth it, is it? The price is high.

scarletmeshell
07-01-2009, 08:39 AM
Yes I totally agree sugar is crack, however for me apparently so are crackers!
Hello, my name is Scarlet, and I am a crakcer addict!

Samantha100
07-01-2009, 08:50 AM
On a positive note, when I put most refined sugar out of my like, then fresh fruit tastes so good. I never appreciated how sweet fruit was as long as I was comparing it to sugary treats.

rockinrobin
07-01-2009, 09:34 AM
Yes I totally agree sugar is crack, however for me apparently so are crackers!
Hello, my name is Scarlet, and I am a crakcer addict!

Right there with ya. Crackers - like Ritz and Wheat Thins. Also cereal. Simple carbs. Also with sugar, for me it's the combo of sugar and fat and flour that does me in. Jelly beans, gummy worms and those type candies don't attract me at all. But combine it with the flour - not pretty. Also put it in ice cream or chocolate candy bars - not good.

On a positive note, when I put most refined sugar out of my like, then fresh fruit tastes so good. I never appreciated how sweet fruit was as long as I was comparing it to sugary treats.

This is so true. I used to think an apple was the lowliest food on the planet. Now it is super sweet to me and oh so delicious Then of course there's all those other yummy fruits, the list is endless. I never gave them much of a chance. Now they are taste treats to me.

ladyrider72472
07-01-2009, 10:03 AM
First of all, Lori Bell, your updated avitar pic is awesome! You look great!

Now, I am facing the hard fact that I am going to have to give sugar the boot. I am not going to do it until after my birthday next weekend. I just have one question. The ones that have totally eliminated sugar--- do you eat any kind of baked goods like with Splenda or anything?

scarletmeshell
07-01-2009, 10:32 AM
First of all, Lori Bell, your updated avitar pic is awesome! You look great!

Now, I am facing the hard fact that I am going to have to give sugar the boot. I am not going to do it until after my birthday next weekend. I just have one question. The ones that have totally eliminated sugar--- do you eat any kind of baked goods like with Splenda or anything?

I personally don't. I gave up diet soda, which I dearly miss. I just don't think it is good for me, however it is a personal choice.

rockinrobin
07-01-2009, 10:37 AM
First of all, Lori Bell, your updated avitar pic is awesome! You look great!

Now, I am facing the hard fact that I am going to have to give sugar the boot. I am not going to do it until after my birthday next weekend. I just have one question. The ones that have totally eliminated sugar--- do you eat any kind of baked goods like with Splenda or anything?

I use Splenda - in tea, it's found in the SF/FF yogurt and a couple of other items I eat, but I won't use/eat in baked goods. I can't do baked goods, even those baked using Splenda - it would be the same exact addictiveness/overeating issue.

I know it seems hard to fathom doing without it, but please trust me, once you take that decision making process away - should I?/shouldn't I? - and decide - "NO, I just don't do that anymore" - it's quite FREEING. You just don't have to think about it any more. It stops calling your name in a very short time.

WarMaiden
07-01-2009, 12:11 PM
I use Splenda in baked goods, or other non-white-sugar sweeteners (judiciously), but I do not bake sweet treats that often anymore and, in general, try to limit my overall grain consumption. Eating grains, for me, leads to cravings and gassiness--neither of which is a pleasant effect. I probably bake a sweet treat with grains a couple times per month, anymore, and usually it's something along the lines of a batch of 18 small cookies which are then shared out between 5 of us in the family--and when it's gone, it's gone. Or, I bake something like pumpkin custard (essentially a crustless pumpkin pie) which is sweetened with Splenda--and a dessert of that type presents no issues to me. I also bake whole-wheat bread for my family, but that primarily gets eaten up by the kids in sandwiches, and I have a couple of slices per week.

Once you give up sugar, honestly, you will find that the urge for sweets is greatly diminished overall. Though it seems like such a worry when you are making the decision to quit sugar, down the road it just won't feel so significant anymore.

wendyland
07-01-2009, 01:09 PM
Sugar is so bad. I think I've read every book on how to get rid of it. There's a great free ebook on firstourselves website. It has helped me the most. I'm going through my third or fourth attempt at getting rid of it. Each time, I think that I can let a little back in. Each time, I get more addicted.

It helps me to go in steps instead of cold turkey. Otherwise, I get major blood sugar issues. I'm starting with not eating any sugar before noon. After a week, I'm going to gradually start pushing that time back and back.

Then, I'm going to shift into a low carb diet, high fat, moderate protein diet. I have major candida issues, so I'm going to follow the candida diet on healingnaturallybybee website.

thinpossible
07-01-2009, 01:17 PM
First of all, Lori Bell, your updated avitar pic is awesome! You look great!

Now, I am facing the hard fact that I am going to have to give sugar the boot. I am not going to do it until after my birthday next weekend. I just have one question. The ones that have totally eliminated sugar--- do you eat any kind of baked goods like with Splenda or anything?

I just cannot do baked goods, even those that are sweetened with splenda. It's just psychological I'm sure, but those food are like an electromagnet to me! I do eat Activia which has sugar in it, and I put a bit of brown sugar on my oatmeal. I drink about 1, sometimes 2 diet sodas a day. That's it for me as far as added sugar or artificial sweeteners go.

katallan
07-01-2009, 02:15 PM
You can sign my name to this post.

First you start off pretending you don't want it and before you know it - you really won't. I know for sure that when you do decide to get rid of it, in a matter of a couple of weeks, you will wonder why the heck you didn't do it sooner. :hug:


This is definitley what happened to me! After a couple weeks sugary food just didn't taste good to me. I love, or should I say LOVE, little debbie cakes and can almost eat the whole box. :devil: It is one of my forbidden foods because of that and I just haven't bought any.

I actually took a bite of one last week and I thought I was going to be sick it tasted so sweet. Ended up throwing it away. It just didn't appeal to me anymore.

knitsforfive
07-01-2009, 03:06 PM
This is the thread I needed to read today. I am returning to lose the weight I gained back (see sig) and reach my goal! To do it, I finally realized all sweeteners would have to go. I cannot even handle artificial sweeteners (which actually give me a headache anyway). I started last Wednesday with the no sweetener life and have lost 5 lbs. in one week.

For me, sugar and anything that tastes like it is definitely a gateway drug. It has to go.

It is helpful to read how other people are doing it. I often think of you ROckinRobin through this journey and how you lost the weight without any plateaus. Do you attribute that to the lack of sugar?

sweetandspicy
07-01-2009, 03:21 PM
This is so funny. My first blog actually said that sugar was my crack and Betty Crocker was my crack dealer...

rockinrobin
07-01-2009, 06:48 PM
I often think of you ROckinRobin through this journey and how you lost the weight without any plateaus. Do you attribute that to the lack of sugar?

Oh yes. That was a MAJOR factor. When I made the decision to lose the weight, I knew that the only way I could do so was to have definite NO's. I knew without a doubt that if I let in one cookie that it would lead to 20. I could not let the door open. I was SERIOUS this time. I HAD TO SET MYSELF UP FOR SUCCESS. I looked at my history. Took a deep look and figured out (wasn't all that hard) where my big problems were. What foods I was overeating the most. The ones that were holding me back from shedding the weight and becoming that fit, slender person I always dreamed of. No, it wasn't grilled chicken breasts. It wasn't roasted vegetables. It wasn't big salads dressed with balsamic vinegar. No, it was ice cream, cakes, cookies and all SUGAR laden foods. That as well the white carby stuff .

I wanted the weight off. Off. Off. OFF. I finally figured out and knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I simply could not have it BOTH ways. I could not have the sugar (& the empty carbs) in my life AND be healthy and of a normal weight. "This time", my last time, I wasn't taking any chances. And I was ready and willing to give up the sugar in RETURN for a healthier, trimmer, fitter and more joyous life.

I believe by getting rid of the sugar & carbs, that it made it easier to stick to my plan. Day in and day out. Week after week. Month after month, thus avoiding any plateaus.

The year that I lost the weight was one of the most thrilling of my life. Not once, not even one single tiny time, not for a second, did I ever say to myself, "gosh, I wish I would have eaten that add any sugar/carb laden item" Not once. I never ever felt deprived. Not for a second. How could I? I was eating delicious foods. Delicious. And I felt marvelous. MARVELOUS. Deprivation - nothing, could be further from the truth.

skinnyinsideout
07-01-2009, 08:39 PM
All of your replies were amazing! I hate the idea that I can't ever have sugar again - even when I quit smoking I would tell myself every day "I won't smoke today - tomorrow, maybe, but not today" because the idea of never again was too hard. I think that Robin has it right when she said that there had to be some definite "NO's". All the diet/eating plans talk about moderation - but if I could do moderation I wouldn't have ever needed to lose 130lbs!

On a good note - this is day 3 of no sugar and yesterday I went to a friend's house for lunch and while we sat at her counter I was 2 feet away from a cake for 3 hours! She was even serving it to our kids and I never had even a taste! I can do this - maybe one day at a time, but I will mourn the sugar :cry:

rockinrobin
07-01-2009, 09:00 PM
All of your replies were amazing! I hate the idea that I can't ever have sugar again - even when I quit smoking I would tell myself every day "I won't smoke today - tomorrow, maybe, but not today" because the idea of never again was too hard. I think that Robin has it right when she said that there had to be some definite "NO's". All the diet/eating plans talk about moderation - but if I could do moderation I wouldn't have ever needed to lose 130lbs!

On a good note - this is day 3 of no sugar and yesterday I went to a friend's house for lunch and while we sat at her counter I was 2 feet away from a cake for 3 hours! She was even serving it to our kids and I never had even a taste! I can do this - maybe one day at a time, but I will mourn the sugar :cry:

That's exactly it. About the moderation. I didn't know from moderation. I wasn't wired that way.

The definite NO's are a definite MUST. That's it. You make it a definite NO and then you don't have to think about it. Period. It then no longer has a hold on you. It finally made perfect sense to me. If I can't control a certain food, if I overeat it - well then just should START eating it. No way to overeat it then.

I'm not sure if I should tell you this, but I DO have sugar now that I'm in maintenance. I have it - but under VERY controlled circumstances. On rare occasions and 99.9% of the time - out of my home. Where I know for sure I can't go back for seconds.

About the mourning part, once you are a couple of weeks in, you will cease to miss it for the most part. But don't think that you can let it back in just yet - don't fall for it. Chances are you can't. So don't take any chances. FIND other foods to enjoy. Ones that taste good while you are eating them and are GOOD for you as well, long after you're done chewing them.

You can do it and you should. I'm pulling for you. :)

knitsforfive
07-01-2009, 09:01 PM
Thank you Robin. That is just what I needed to hear. I must say that I have no craving for sugar after just a week. My goal right now is to get through 4th of July weekend sugar free.

rockinrobin
07-01-2009, 09:04 PM
Thank you Robin. That is just what I needed to hear. I must say that I have no craving for sugar after just a week. My goal right now is to get through 4th of July weekend sugar free.

Good for you. Don't give in. Remain strong. Don't forget your convictions just because you are faced with temptations. Make a vow, a promise, a contract, a something. Just stick to your guns. Never mind the weight loss, but the feeling of that control is just amazing. To be able to socialize, have a great time and not overeat is an incredible feeling. :smug:

Arctic Mama
07-02-2009, 03:19 AM
Oh ladies, it's so nice to not be alone in my addiction! Sugar and simple carbs are SUCH crack to me! Thankfully I can have a serving away from home just fine, but I feel like crap once I'm done with it (like tonight!).