Quote from Arwen_U
Thanks for sharing your story, Tweety. My uncle and grandfather are both recovered alcoholics. My uncle still goes to AA meetings also, for the same reasons you mentioned. I have much respect for you both.
I am still fighting to kick an addiction to sugar. No, it doesn't make me pass out or make me fail a drug test or lose my license or anything. But it will kill me nonetheless if I don't stop. My mother's entire family is overweight, and I am too. Nearly all of them have cardiac issues, diabetes, HTN, and elevated cholesterol. I'm a nurse. I know exactly what causes that stuff. I know what I should and shouldn't eat.
I'm an emotional eater, yes, but most of the time I eat the stuff I eat just 'cause I like the way it tastes. I just plain love sugar. I could eat a package of Oreos without batting an eyelash, and have been doing so regularly. Not only that, but mixing them with cream cheese. Tastes good, but not good.
Today I went all day without eating them. I even walked past them in the grocery store today & didn't consider buying any. That for me is a huge accomplishment. I'm looking forward to doing the same tomorrow. Thanks for the thread, Tweety.
I've made it 29 days, three hours, and about fifteen minutes without sugar, and all I can say is, this is a lot tougher than quitting drinking was.........and THAT'S a battle I continue to fight sixteen years
after my first AA meeting. I can't help thinking sugar and ETOH have a lot in common, seeing as how they both turn into glucose in the body........maybe that's why I can't stop eating sweets once I get started.
Tweety, I have always admired you, but never as much as I do right now,
umpiron: I congratulate you on winning your battle with the bottle, and support you in continued sobriety. It takes guts to look this beast in the face and fight our darker side; yet what choice do we have? I know my own life would not be what it is if I hadn't stopped when I did.........in fact, I'd be lucky not to be dead. I was pretty far down the road to ruin when I quit, and though I never did run into legal trouble because of it, I was a physical and mental wreck.
To all who are battling addictions of ANY kind: remember to take things one day at a time, one minute at a time, one crisis at a time. And it helps to know that cravings do pass, and each time you fight off a craving, it makes dealing with the next one just a little easier---PLUS you get to enjoy the feeling of self-mastery that nothing else can give you.
My best wishes to all of my fellow alcoholics and addicts.......you are more courageous than you know.