My Sugar Behavior

13 days ago I said my challenge this month was to eliminate sugar from my diet. Okay, it’s been 13 days and I now realize this behavior change is not easy for me. Ever since I made the challenge all I’ve been thinking about is sweet, sugary things. I’ve had peppermint gelato, chocolate cake, pumpkin pie, cookies, white chocolate mocha’s, chocolate candy, and buttery rich gluten free shortbread. I need to get to the bottom of my sugar behavior in order to change this action. On Friday, January 10th was my first day without sugar.

In the book Who Switched Off My Brain? by Dr. Caroline Leaf, I’ve learned that my behavior is fueled by my thoughts which are fueled by my beliefs. So I’ve decided to change my beliefs about why I think I need sugar. Yes, I know that sugar is bad for me in so many ways. I also know that I can do this because I’ve done it before. I’ve lived without sugar for six years once. I did fine; I stayed at my optimum weight with no problems. So what’s holding me back now? Why am I having so much difficulty eliminating sugar from my diet?

I think I’m using sugar as a comfort food right now. While I’m trying desperately to let go of some emotional struggles I’m going through, I turn to sugar, aka chocolate as my comfort. Today, I wrote down some of the reasons why I’m quite attached to this sweet ingredient and was pleasantly surprised at what I found out about myself.

Here are a few of them

  1.  I’m only 50, my grandmother didn’t get type 2 diabetes until she was 71.
  2.  No diabetes here.
  3.  I don’t do this all the time.
  4.  Once a day is not going to hurt me.
  5.  I have one kidney, I don’t want to put any added stress on my body.
  6.  I can eat what I want on the Sabbath.
  7. I deserve a sweet treat after dinner.

In looking at these and other beliefs I have about sugar, I understand I need to change these beliefs so I can change my sugar behavior. To help me illustrate my new belief with my thoughts and actions, I’ve used the table approach. As I add more positive thoughts and actions that support this new belief I’ll be adding more legs to the table.

Life is sweeter without sugar

My thoughts and actions support this new belief and help my new belief stay balanced.

With each new belief I am moving away from the grip that sugar had on my life. I am also moving forward in my quest to live a healthy and happy life. Changing my beliefs about certain areas in my life is a constant motion in moving forward.

If we stagnantly stand in the same place, we never grow and we never achieve a new level of wellness.

PETE & REPEAT

How many times have you heard that one joke that children love to tell? “Pete and Repeat were in a boat, Pete fell out, who was left?” And you go around in circles with the child telling the joke. But there’s a principle in that little joke. It goes like this. If you keep repeating the same words, actions and habits you’ll get the same results or you’ll get stuck in a loop. Once you change the answer the whole joke changes. Once you change a habit your whole life will change.

Repeating the same behaviors and thinking you’ll get different results is just as crazy. It’s said that it is the way to insanity. But what if you took the tool of repetition and used it to your advantage? You could change your life with little effort and you’ll make a lasting influence on your future generations.

thoughts

What we repeat in our heads is our driving force for our days, so if you wake up in the morning and have no driving force or you don’t even make it out of bed then it’s beyond time to repeat different words. If all your mind hears is, “I’M FAT!” or “I’M UGLY then your body will follow suit. It’s very difficult to smile when you tell yourself you’re ugly or fat. Your body will also respond by making what you say come true. If you keep walking around with “I’M FAT” playing in your head then you will choose food that will make you fat, and your body will become fat or fatter. But we can change our minds just by changing our words.

These are some of the words I choose to repeat every day:

“MY MUSCLES ARE HERE TO STAY!” “FAT JUST KEEPS FALLING OFF ME!”

 “I AM BEAUTIFUL ON THE INSIDE AND THE OUTSIDE! I AM BEAUTIFUL!”

 “I LEAD A HEALTHY, PAIN-FREE LIFE!”

“I’M ACTIVE AND I LOVE IT!”

“2DAY IS GR8!”

There’s a new captain on Pete and Repeat’s boat.

She’s fit, confident, beautiful, pain-free and she’s me.

If I can change my life with my positive words. So can you!