Thank you so much for coming back for Day 3 of 31 Days to Annihilate Sugar! If you’ve missed anything about sugar addiction so far, you can find all the posts listed in one place. There will be a new post every day for thirty-one days; so keep coming back!
Sugar and sugar addiction are not just about weight. This series is not about weight loss! (Although I am writing about my personal weight loss journey if you want to read that.) Being overweight is only one of the health concerns caused by sugar.
I’m Not Overweight, So Do I Need to Stop Eating Sugar?
Are you worried about your long term health? Maybe you’ve wondered whether your children will have to take care of you if you have a chronic disease? We hear so many stories on the media about the latest disease, chronic illness, you name it. It’s almost impossible not to wonder if you will become sick or chronically ill at some point. Who will take care of you? What if I said that you could control the odds? It would be like going to Vegas and counting cards or having weighted dice. If your health is what you’re betting, are you interested in stacking the odds in your favor?
Sugar addiction is not just about weight because there’s so much more at stake: your longterm health; your lifespan and the quality of that lifespan are all at stake. Sugar intake, especially in excess, can negatively impact every single system in your body. And all of that snowballs into disease. So we’re talking about a lot more than a dress size. Even if you’re already a size 4. Sugar may still be wreaking havoc on your body. Do you want to stop eating sugar yet?
I’m Sharing My Personal Story to Help Inspire You to Stop Eating Sugar
My struggle with sugar is personal and I’m sharing. I know sugar’s power and that, for some of us, there really isn’t any “moderation.” As with other addictions, sugar feels safe, familiar and friendly. The truth of the matter is – I’m not perfect and I’m still working at it. I’m right here in the boat with you. I battle my personal pity party of “why am I the person who can’t taste a cupcake without going coo coo for coco puffs?” (boy how right was that Sonny bird???)
But I’ll tell you what motivates me. It’s fear, baby. Yep – I’m chicken. I’m terrified of being sick and unable to live a happy active life with my family. If I’m sick, I can’t live up to my fullest potential at anything – including being a mother or a partner. So fear motivates me and I’ve found over the years that it’s really my best motivator. Others are motivated by looks or fitting into a certain dress size, and these are legitimate motivators. But for me it’s much more visceral. I don’t want to be sick, chronically ill, or to die prematurely. I want to live!
Sugar Addiction Action Item: On one side of a sheet of paper, I want you to write down everything that will motivate you to reduce or stop eating sugar – whatever your goal may be. On the other side of the same paper, write down everything you love about sugar – it’s great when you’ve had a bad day – whatever.
Today’s Personal Challenge: Next, take your two lists and compare them. Do you believe that your motivations are strong enough to carry you through some challenging times as you stop eating sugar? If yes, then hurray for you!!! If not, then rethink your motivations, dig a little deeper. You’ll have to find your personal motivation to move you forward.
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