I am addicted to sugar.  This should come as no surprise to anyone who has shared a meal or dessert with me over the past five decades.  I live for dessert.  My preference is for chocolate chip cookies, brownies (preferably with chocolate chips, no nuts), chocolate sundaes and See’s candy.  I would gladly inhale all of the aforementioned for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

See's Candies and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some of my favorite treats

I think the time has come to face my addiction.  Years ago, (22 to be exact), I gave up alcohol.   I found it surprisingly easy.  Of course, I immediately increased my intake of sugar-based products and that devil in a can, Diet Coke.  My favorite treat:   a big fat chocolate chip cookie and an icy, cold Diet Coke.

Fifteen months ago, I gave up Diet Coke.  I did so because I noticed my then 12-year-old daughter matched me Diet Coke for Diet Coke and I knew I couldn’t ask her to stop if I didn’t.  Once I quit so did she without any prodding from me.

But let me tell you, giving up Diet Coke seemed impossible at the time.  It took a full seven months before I stopped craving the caramel-colored, saccharine sweet, carbonated, and delicious poison.  I actually would attend parties, hear the ice tumbling in a glass, and pine for a Diet Coke.  I drank water instead, which is terrible and boring.  In fact, I hate people who drink water at parties and I am now one of them.

But back to my true addiction:  sugar.  First of all, I wear it all over.  I’m carrying an extra 20 pounds because of it, especially around my belly.  This is not only ugly and unsightly, it’s dangerous.  All of this can increase the risk of serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease; stroke; Type 2 diabetes; breast cancer; and colorectal cancer.

Of course, the threat of  death has never prevented me from savoring the crunchy texture of a dark chocolate California Brittle plucked from the See’s candy case by one of those endearing grandmothers in their quaint white uniforms, who incidentally, know me by my first name.

I really do want to tackle this problem so I’ve come up with an almost fool-proof strategy:  the threat of total humiliation.  I figure if I start a regular blog, post it on Facebook, which is in itself  terrifying, if not  conspicuous considering the topic (me!), I have to succeed.  If I don’t, I will admit my failure publicly and be embarrassed for the rest of my life.

I encourage my old and new friends to read along and even consider joining me.  You all know I love group therapy, really any therapy that will save me from myself.  I will write about this off and on for about 30 days and at the end, if I am not completely mortified, I may continue…


19 responses to “Sugarland

  • Joanne Desmond

    What can I say Nance,

    AT least you are addicted to only sugar, I seem to be addicted to food in general!! Keep up your quest for a suger free diet, I will be there either way!!!! Good Luck!

  • sue sariotti-dudley

    I’m with Josie, but then again I am with you on your quest….I also gave up diet coke…but not the sugar these days, especially white chocolate kit kat bars…and since Cis came home I haven’t been to the Y and have been putting out the full course meal with dessert so here I am again, like Candyland, back to square 1.
    signed, YO-YO aka suzie

  • Lulu

    I have no idea what you are talking about. I only eat vegetables and fish every day. My philosophy is – wait! I just looked again at that picture you posted. I have to go out and pick something up. Later.

  • Mary Schembri

    good luck with that–you can do anything Nancy! I’m glad you are trying to set a good example for your kids. Did you know that a BAD example is just as good a lesson? I’ve decided not to give up anything but exercise.
    hugs, Mary

  • janet osborne


    I think you are brave to do this! Writing about it is a great place to start…
    Let me know if I can do anything to help you. ooxx janet

  • Sally McDonald

    Nancy – welcome to the wonderful world of blogging. You are brave to do this in a public forum.

    I read this while eating a biscotti, so I may be able to relate, though I’m much more of a pasta and bread person than refined sugar – but they are all carbs, I guess.

    Everybody needs a little wickedness in their life. Don go getting perfect on us.

  • Janet Portman Wetter

    Nancy, I admire your courage! You will succeed because you have chosen to do so. Once you mange your desire for sugar, I’m certain you will begin writting your first novel!! xoxo Janet

  • Theresa Mcgovern

    Hi Nancy, love the blog! I always enjoy your writing and you make me laugh:) Great topic too. I can’t wait for more entries:)

  • Mary

    re: Rules of engagement. (Not sure if I’m doing this right.)
    Nancy, that is not only “pretty damn good”–it is f*#*king brilliant!

  • alicia donahue silvia

    Great piece! Reading this was as if you were telling me the story in person…and noone tells a stroy like you do. Good luck with teh NO Sugar Challenge and keep are a natural.
    Go Nancy Go!

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