Sugar Free Eve

As most people are off to exciting New Year’s parties, Kurt and I are tucked in at home. With the snow and the impaired drivers likely to be out later, we decided that home sweet home is where we want to be tonight. Robbie is tucked in bed and we are giving it the ol’ college try to stay up till midnight.

On the eve of my Go Sugar Free journey, I am scared. That is silly, right? I mean, this is just food we’re talking about. I’m not starting a new job or moving to a new city. I’m just changing my lifestyle a little. But I am sitting here mentally listing all the foods I can’t have after tomorrow and wishing I could eat all of them right now!

Clearly, I have a rather unhealthy relationship with food. I am a comfort eater. I buy cookies and chocolate in anticipation of having a bad week….and I eat it whether or not the week actually goes poorly. I am obsessed with sugar. I’ll eat burned brownies because BROWNIES. I’ll order dessert even when half my dinner is in a to-go box. I think I NEED sugar every day to be complete. It’s gotten really bad lately. Tonight, I had a tummy ache but I STILL ate sweets like it was my last night on earth. This has got to stop.

I mean, there is a reason I gained 50 pounds during my pregnancy (starting out overweight anyway) and why I am still 20 pounds up from where I started. This is the ugly truth. I make light of it, make jokes about it, tell people that I am just saving this weight for the next baby, but the truth is that I am unhappy and embarrassed that I have a closet full of pre-baby clothes that I still cannot wear.

So here we go. My hope is that by being brutally honest about my journey that I can encourage some of you to either enroll in this course or try to make some small changes in your own lives to be healthier and happier. If I can complete this course and make a break from sugar, ANYONE can. Trust me on that.


Let’s try this again

So I used to blog, sometimes, like two years ago. Then something called Robbie happened. I know a lot of moms blog all the time and have gorgeous photos of their kids and show off their craft pinterest skills but you know what, AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT. I am a full time working mom.  I don’t have time to blog about the magicof ordinary days or trips to the park with my son. I understand that working is my choice and I am not complaining. I’ve spent a few days home alone with Robbie and GOOD LORD. I was ready to go back to work the next day. Nothing at work is ever as exhausting as a toddler. Stay at home moms are my heroes, because THAT is work.

Don't let this sweet face fool you....he goes at 110MPH all day every day.

Don’t let this sweet face fool you….he goes at 110MPH all day every day.

Anyway, blogging just didn’t fit into my lifestyle for awhile. I get like 2-3 hours every night with Robbie, and weekends are full of laundry and errands and housecleaning and getting in all the toddler play time I can. But now I have a real reason to get on the internet and complain.

I am giving up sugar for 10 weeks.

You read that correctly.

My name is Elissa, and I am sugar addict. I don’t mean that I like sweets. I mean my body physically CRAVES sugar. I never thought that was a problem till I woke up one day, two years after my son was born, and still 20 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight. I can only blame it on the kid for so long.

My sister’s sister-in-law (follow that?) developed a 10-week course to help people like me. People who need to just wake up one morning and say “No more sugar!” My mom and sister did the course, and they loved it.  Both lost weight and gained energy, which is what I desperately need. The purpose of the course is to reset my palette and to learn about the hidden sugars in the foods I eat every day.

I am excited about this journey. I’ve tried just giving sugar up on my own before–it lasts a week or two, then I am back on the sugar train. This time I want things to be different.

So for the next 10 weeks, I am going to share my sugar free journey with everyone who reads this blog, like my mom. I feel like this will help keep me honest, and it will serve to show people what changing your lifestyle can do for your overall health.

If anyone is interested in suffering along with me, you can sign up for her course here. The course fee gets to a daily lesson, access to great recipes, and a community of Go Sugar Free graduates who can offer their help and advice on getting through the tough days and offer encouragement the whole way.

My New Year’s Resolution is simply to be healthier and happier. Here goes….