Monday, December 18, 2006

Sugar's Just Another Word for

Crack.

I officially stopped eating sugar on Friday, December 9. Right after my appointment with the surgeon and my abrupt decision to get in the best shape of my life. I figured cutting out sugar would be a fairly easy way to drop a few pounds, plus, after the three-donut day, something had to give.

Week one went by without a hitch. I'm not being insane about this sugar thing, just so you know. I am still eating soy yogurt with fruit at the bottom that I'm sure has a ton o' fun in it.

But, it hasn't been as hard as I thought it might be. I am eating better. My favorite treat so far? Take an apple and nuke it for 4 minutes. Um, yummmm!

I haven't even been craving the stuff. Saturday at the hairdressers they were giving away cookies and chocolate kisses and I almost went for it—outta shear (get it?) habit. I stopped myself just in time. So much of eating is shear habit. Free chocolate? Extend arm, open mouth.

So things have been fine with me going sugarless. It's not like I've been on edge or ready to hurt, maim, or kill anyone who gets in my way or anything. (I think I made someone cry at work last week though. Sigh. I will make it up.)

And today? Today was our annual $@!$%@~ cookie contest. In which hordes of people bring in cookies for the hordes of employees to taste and vote on, with winning categories such as "The Martha Stewart Award," (I won once!), or "Best-Named," (lame), "Most Original," (the cookie "emsemble" that resembled a cat's litter box, complete with cookie "litter" won hands down one year) and of course, the grand prize is "Best Tasting." If you win that, you get crowned cookie queen or king and get to keep the crown for an entire year.

Here's how it works: You get in line, and walk around a giant table, and sample, oh, 300 cookies, and then you vote. It's a Big Deal.

And I ... almost cracked today.

But ...

I didn't.

Didn't go. Didn't taste. Didn't vote.

Oh, yeah. Did I mention? I hate everyone.

24 comments:

David said...

Susie wouldn't have lasted a minute, faced with all those cookies. I am proud of you and absolutely amazed at your willpower. I, of course, would not have blinked at eating three or four, but no more. Well maybe five.

Anne said...

I would have cracked, if only in the name of comraderie and tradition. Gotta take one for the team. I'm impressed you stood by your self-imposed sugar embargo.

Anne said...

I would have cracked, if only in the name of comraderie and tradition. Gotta take one for the team. I'm impressed you stood by your self-imposed sugar embargo.

Anne said...

I would have cracked, if only in the name of comraderie and tradition. Gotta take one for the team. I'm impressed you stood by your self-imposed sugar embargo.

Bolder said...

sugar's a start.

read tomorrow's post.

sorry to hear about the UI. my U would probably leak out of me too... just too far to go.

see, we all share.

strategically speaking, i think you should have waited til after the cookie contest, or, say............ sent a proxy from Bolder!

tallgirl said...

I ate the cookies, and no lunch, and I still feel like shit.

You win.

susie said...

David's right. Two days ago I ate 25 peppermint patties while grading papers. They were the little ones. Today, I bought those soft red peppermint candies for my students, but...well...SOME of them are gone already. I have a stomach ache. It's a disease. Really. I'm going to follow your lead.

LBTEPA said...

Oh good on you! You are SO BRAVE(why did you give up sugar, btw?).

LBTEPA said...

YOU ARE SO BRAVE!!!
btw why are you giving up sugar? (and can I have your mine pies?)
sorry if this comes up twice - your comments are playing up

Bex said...

Dude, I think something is up with beta blogger, seeing all the duplicated comments. But anyway. Good for you for not eating the cookies! I think the contest is a crock of sh**t, but who's asking me. Just call me The Grinch. One reason why I took today off was so I wouldn't have to eat the damn things.

jeanne said...

Crock o' s**t?? I bet someone makes THAT next year outta cookie dough!!

And I don't have blogger beta. I just thought everyone loved me! Sniff.

Just12Finish said...

Man, you and Bex need an attitude adjustment or some crack dough or something! BAH!

BTW - please send back my gift of double chocolate fudge brownies, since you clearly won't be needing them. You can keep the fruitcake. :)

Jank said...

Make it caffiene-less, and I'll be impressed...

Firefly's Running said...

OMG...you are SO brave. I would not last one day.

Anita said...

You rock! As a no-sugar consumer for the past eight years I know it's hard at first but it can be done! I think I'm gonna blog on this in the next couple days.....thanks for the inspiration! :)

Dori said...

Good job, Jeanne! I've managed to string together 7 days; it's getting easier.

Ashley C aka Kitten said...

You rock! And you're right, sugar is crack!

WADDLER26.2 said...

You do so rock and during the holidays!!

Susan said...

Now that is commitment!

RunningKate said...

What an inspiration! I think I'm going to try to follow your lead, because I've been going back to my old sugar cookie candy eating habits a bit too often lately! Thanks for being an inspiration! You can do it!

suburbancrawl said...

That first sentence had me thinking about Chris Rock talking about Krispy Kreme - aka Cracky Kreme.

Molly said...

You are an inspiration...I may also try to follow your lead this holiday season. However, I don't know if I'll be able to do as well as you! GOOD LUCK! :)

*jeanne* said...

Next year, when you are in absolutely svelte, prime, skinny-fast shape from your new good eating habits and your continued running and exercising habits, you will be able to go join in on the cookies sample-eat-vote gorge. And that one little day of being naughty naughty naughty won't even DENT your awesome new you.

BELIEVE. You will do it. And maybe you'll win another award, too. :-)

Cakmakli said...

Hang in there. My Dad quit sugar 23 years ago right after he found out that he had diabeties. He figured if he quit sugar all together he could still drink beer. I guess it worked he had to take shots yet. He's been without sugar for so long now he can taste the smallest amounts of sugar in food. Hang in there. You can do it if you want.