Officially, I began my no-sugar pledge on July 11 but announced it to the world, or 30 or so of my friends, with my new blog on July 14 (authenticated by WordPress.com blog stats). I had so much fun along the way primarily because I wrote about it.
I enjoy writing, but rarely take the opportunity to write about my experiences. I read a book about writing that encouraged me to find and write about a corner of the world that I knew intimately so I chose sugar. I am no expert on the subject; I just ate a lot of sugar and knew that if I continued to do so, I wouldn’t be able to tie my shoes one day.
I have delighted in the ride. I wrote about things that dominate my brain – chocolate, fashion, eating when I’m upset, my mother. And then, I privately welcomed the end because I only committed to 30 days.
I jumped off the wagon Saturday evening with a trip to the yogurt store near my home for a chocolate frozen yogurt. I really missed the chewy texture of chocolate chips so I topped off my dessert with about a cup of chips.
Once you begin your descent into sugarland, you slide fast.
Late Sunday afternoon, I returned from a movie with my husband, hungry and prepared to make dinner. In my absence, my daughter had baked a plate of the most delectable chocolate chip cookies, which she thoughtfully displayed on the kitchen island for my inspection. I didn’t want to disappoint her so I ate two cookies for hors d’oeuvres and two for dessert.
Have I learned nothing?
I have had treats in my house over the last month, but avoided them because I felt accountable on some level. Once the deadline lifted, I wasted no time in returning to my old ways. I have become the Lindsay Lohan of sugar addicts.
I did not plan to write this ending. I wanted to tell you what a great experience the past 30 days has been and talk ad nauseam about how much I benefited from it. But no one likes self-righteousness, least of all me, so I guess I feel better that it ends this way. Or is it just the beginning?
I hope so. I don’t know how long I can continue to mine the subject of sugar and diet for blog postings although at times, the possibilities seem endless. I do know I want to continue to write about life experiences: past, present and future.
I invite you to read along and tell me how you feel. Did I miss the mark? Do you have a suggestion or comment? I thank you for your support thus far and look forward to hearing from you.