November may be National Writing month for the world, but for me its No Sugar Month. Sugar makes me crazy. Once I start on sugar, I can't stop.... and then I get tired.. cranky and unproductive when I have too much.
Last spring, I declared a No Sugar month for myself.... out of the blue... for no reason.. other than I had just had enough. I didn't plan it, I didn't research it... I just stopped. I was sick and tired of feeling like crap. Well, two days into it, I thought I was going to DIE.... I paced for hours in the evenings... I turned down so much good stuff from friends... I just... couldn't believe how much sugar is in my life. I had to remind myself constantly... no... you can't have that granola bar... no... mints.... no chocolate!.... no wine.. no bailey's in coffee... no jam on toast....
But, you know what... after about two weeks.... I started to recover from the quick loss of instant energy.. and I started to feel like I could do it. I started to feel pride in my "no thank yous" each day... (you know, when a friend brings you a brownie for a treat at coffee break).
I survived the no sugar life for about 4 months, until halfway through the summer.. and then I sort of gave myself permission to have an ice cream every once in a while. Except that on the hot humid days of summer, you sort of need an ice cream every day.... and once that sugar started seeping into my system... it held on tight.
Sugar is not something I can have just a little of. I have to give it up... all of it... otherwise, a little turns into too much.. very quickly.
So here I am... No Sugar... for November... Seems fitting that the day after Halloween, I start this, so that all those left over treats don't get eaten by me. That's ok, I didn't buy anything I liked anyway, and Terry had a great sweet tooth, and has made sort work of the Crunchie bars, Crispy Crunch and Caramilk bars... I ate all the Wunderbars from the box, ages ago!