I hit a milestone today. When I woke up this morning, I woke up sugar free for ONE MONTH!
I will tell you that this has not been an easy achievement. I will also tell you I haven’t beaten sugar. The siren is still there. The dream of sweetness on my tongue resides in my head. And I have to tell you, now that I’m not eating or drinking the stuff, I am more aware of how it is all around us – everywhere! I cannot leave my house without being confronted by it: flavored coffee creamers or flavorings, candy bars, ice cream and frozen yogurt shops, soft drinks in every check out line….
I will tell you the first couple of weeks were tough. My head ached nonstop. Nothing helped. I took Advil, Tylenol, even resorted to the prescription pain meds I have for migraine. NOTHING stopped the headache. I knew the whole time a Coke would make it go away. It was tough. My joints ached. I was walking like I was 102. I was stiff and clumsy especially when I had been sitting. Even if I had only been sitting for a few minutes. The only thing that brought even minor relief was to put muscle rub on my legs and wrap them in a warm blanket. As long as I was still, they wouldn’t hurt. As soon as I got up, it was hard. It hurt. The muscle/joint pain has only disappeared this week. And I was CRABBY!!! CRANKY!!!! and basically not a lot of fun to be around. Steve is a trooper. He put up with my mood swings knowing they were coming from a place of withdrawal.
I’m fortunate. Those are the only two major withdrawal symptoms I had. In the past I’ve had gastric upset and vertigo. I believe the supplements I used helped with some of that.
Today I sit before you still battling the siren in my head. But, my desires are slowly changing.
I wanted to share my triumph today. It is a battle won. I realized I am still fighting the war.