My Weight Loss Journey: Fighting Sugar Temptation

  • Lately my body acts like it is missing an essential mineral or vitamin, or something.  It believes somehow that sugar is vitally important in maintaining optimal health and wellness.  Sugar, yes, that substance which is found in hard candies, cookies, coffee (I must have sugar in my coffee), and a recent donut.  I must have sugar!


    The Sugar Monster


    I’m trying to figure out when exactly the sugar monster snuck back into the house.  It could have been the extra rolls of Life Savers I had left over from Christmas gifts to my music students.  I could be due to the Koreg coffee maker which surprised the household at Christmas time.  (Remember: coffee=sugar)

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    Or maybe it was the flu I had in January which extended itself with a cold which still isn’t quite done with me yet.  Sucking on a hard candy helped me to force myself to breathe through my nose.  It really did seem to help, but then I found myself chain-chomping on Life Savers.


    During the past month (since I last journaled), I have treated the household to a pan of brownies and a lemon cake.  My roommate has recently brought packaged cookies into the house.  Some of them are Girl Scout Cookies.  I am likely to also receive a couple of boxes from a student of mine who has gifted me a few each year for several years.  I believe that those will have to go straight into the back of the freezer (or over to my boyfriend’s house).


    Before Valentine’s Day, I had managed to avoid all the displays of chocolate and sweets.  Then one of my high school horn students was extraordinarily sweet and brought me a box of dark chocolate truffles shaped in hearts from Trader Joe’s.  She wanted to honor that we spent Valentine’s Day (evening) together.  (Amazingly, I still have some of this chocolate in the house.  It is not conducive to gobbling.)


    The Weight Referee


    Other than not having much to say (although I keep saving headlines which I consider commenting on), I haven’t had much to report in the weight loss arena since January.  The scale hasn’t been nudged much....which is good and somewhat less good.


    Good that the aforementioned sugar hasn’t caused a tremendous spike in the needle on the scale.  Bad that I’m apparently on the side-lines when it comes to actively losing the weight I desire.  Yes, I do still want to lose weight but I don’t seem to WANT IT quite enough right now.  At least the referee is keeping the game from getting completely out of control.


    So much has been going on that I’m falling behind and running up against deadlines.  That’s also one reason that I haven’t written any other posts since the end of January.  But you are invited to read what I have written for MyRACentral and MS Central recently.  Lots of research intensive posts which I hope will be helpful to somebody out there.


    An update on the elevated liver enzyme situation.  I had blood drawn in Friday and should be getting the results during this coming week.  I see my rheumatologist on Friday and we will discuss the results then.  Hopefully everything has gone back to normal.


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    I’ve also been a little depressed.  Perhaps it’s the season.  I mentally know that the days are getting longer, but my body doesn’t feel it yet.  I should be proud that I’ve kept the 40 pounds off so far.  For motivation to get back on track, I’m going to link to a couple of posts my colleagues have written recently.  I find that a simple reminder now and then is a good thing.


    What’s been going on in the past month in your life?


    January 30, 2011
    Weight: 231.6 lbs


    February 6, 2011
    Weight: 231.2 lbs


    February 13, 2011
    Weight: 230.6 lbs


    February 20, 2011
    Weight: 231.2 lbs


    Lisa Emrich is author of the blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers.

Published On: February 20, 2011