OK, so for those that know me this is going to sound crazy. Crazy because I’m a sugar addict. There. I said it. I love the stuff. Yes, I love a good salty snack but sugar beats salt in my life any day.
My first memory of enjoying the sweetness was a sleep-over at my friend’s house in Elementary School. We were in her playhouse and she brought a box of vanilla cake mix for us to taste. Just the dry mix. Needless to say, we inhaled it. I specifically remember that for some reason I had it all over the front of me (messy eater maybe? lol) so we decided to crawl back into her house on our stomachs and tell her sister we were just playing “alligators” so no one would see our shirts. Seriously? Alligators? Who believes that? Her sister, as I remember. Man, we were smart.
Anyway, that first taste of pure awesomeness started me down a road of the most insane sweet tooth you can imagine. There is literally nothing I’ve eaten that I said “that was too sweet”. Nothing.
Fast forward and I’m at Baylor. No one to monitor my sugar intake. Can I get a hallelujah? I cannot begin to tell you how many times I ate a can of frosting (yes, I know) or a bowl of cake mix for dinner. That went on for well… until about a month ago. OK, so it’s been 26 days but who’s counting. Oh yeah, I am.
At my last well-woman’s appointment my doctor wouldn’t let me leave without giving blood. He knows me well. Last year I slipped out before having it done because I’m afraid of needles. That’s a story all it’s own! Anyway, this time he trapped me. He’s smarter than I thought. Dang it.
The results showed my LDL level was high and my vitamin D level was extremely low. My friend had started a 28 day eating clean program so when she invited me to a party to check it out I listened. You don’t need to be a doctor to know that an elevated LDL level is not good. I knew my nightly icing/cake mix addiction had to stop. Again, I know.
So for the past 26 days I’ve had ZERO sugar (unless it was in fruit). NADA! Not even when serving cake at my parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary party. Not when the 8 boxes of Girl Scout cookies were delivered (DANG). Not the snickers bar my sweet daughter left me in the refrigerator with a Valentine’s note attached. Sigh. It’s still there and I look at it every day. Not the multiple times my kids offered to share their desserts with me.
When my oldest had finally had it… she was not AT ALL happy that I wasn’t sharing in her joy (Yes, she has my sugar addiction.)… I finally told her that I was trying to stay around longer for them. I think she finally got it and has now become my greatest advocate in helping me succeed.
My sweet sister was so great at Valentines! Normally she brings me my favorite cupcake – vanilla, vanilla from Crave Cupcakes but this year she brought me a cup of Sonic ice. Gotta love it when your family comes along side you and helps you out. I have to say that cup of ice was the BEST cup of ice I’d had in a long time.
The bonus in all of it is that I’ve lost 8 pounds so far, I haven’t felt this good in a VERY long time, and I found my determination. It had been lost for awhile.
I’m not going to say that on day 29 I’m not going to enjoy a Girl Scout cookie (lemonades are my FAVORITE) but maybe I won’t eat the whole box. Maybe.