Thursday, March 26, 2009

On the Wagon

*I'm posting this blog to force myself into a state of accountability.*

I'm an addict. A junk food addict. I am a junk food junkie. Me. I have to accept that. I love sweets. In fact, it seems that the less nutritional value a food has, the better I like to eat it. Marshmallows? Love 'em. Sugar wafers? Mmmmm. Cotton candy? One of my favorites. I call them ingestible non-food items, because food is supposed to have nutritional value. Can you live on pure carbohydrate? Groan.

Some of the youth here, in order to develop their self discipline I assume, will occasionally pick a "vice" (most often chocolate) to give up for a specific amount of time. I knew a man who used to live here that gave up sweets because he could see that he was getting hooked on them. Well, I'm joining that club. I'm going to give up junk food for six months.

At first I thought that I would just give them up for good, but I decided that I need a more concrete, short-range goal at least for now, so six months sounds good. That puts me at September 26th. At the end, I'll see how things are going and hopefully add on another six months. We'll see. No junk food. None. Nada. Zippo. Six months. Yeah.

5 comments:

Ave said...

Sometimes I go on food fasts where I only eat squash, brown rice, eggs, and fruit pie. I feel very healthy doing this, but soon get sick of the same old food.

Go ML! Go ML!

yesweareonmars said...

I have a friend here that was constantly eating sugar. She read the book 'Overcoming Sugar Addiction' by Karly Randolph Pitman. She said it helped. I found an article on the net she wrote that may be helpful

http://www.firstourselves.com/first_ourselves/2008/01/how-to-give-up.html

Good luck, I'll be rooting for ya.

Calandria said...

Better you than me. :)

Mallory said...

You know, I used to give up sweets for one or two weeks at a time (on purpose, knowing how difficult it would be for me as well). After doing it three or four times, I realized I never wanted to give up sweets altogether. I come from a great background of confection and candy makers, and I love them. HOWEVER, I also realized that could control it. I didn't have to eat something sweet every day. I could go weeks without something, especially storebought, packaged, preserved sweets and baked things. It made me pickier, and just more conscientious. Now I really don't have a problem.

Matt said...

Good luck!