I’ve had Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” stuck in my head for the past few days, and today it’s on hardcore repeat: I’m only one day away from breaking into that bag of “Day 11” Linkz. Considering how bullet-proof I’ve been feeling lately, I expect to sail right through it.
Of course, just as I’m feeling sooo over sweets, temptation comes a knockin’. The same co-worker who gifted me my “Day 11” candy walks over and eyes the bag. She’s having a 3 p.m. sugar craving, with some grumbling I toss the sticky note and rip open the bag. Sucked in by the sound of the opening package, other colleagues appear at my desk and everyone indulges—except for me, because obviously I’m totally rehabilitated now, right?
Not quite. Soon enough, I’m left alone with the half-full bag and, guys, there is a huge different between a bag of candy that is open and one that is not. I’ve never been good with impulse control and I literally break into a cold sweat. I immediately walk around the office handing out candy like some kind of desperate drug dealer until the bag is empty and my hands stop shaking. Crisis averted, but this last temptation makes me realize I’ll always be a candy girl at heart.
Still, I’m really happy I did this challenge. It’s like someone pushed the reset button on my addiction. My cravings have calmed down, my energy levels are steady and I’ve lost some weight—all good things that I want to keep going! So, while it’s not realistic for me to cut sugar out of my diet entirely, I’ve realized I’m happier and healthier with it as a once-in-a-while treat rather than an out-of-control daily habit. Maybe it’s a good thing my Day 11 candy stash is gone…
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Read Nancy Won’s full diary on giving up sugar:
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