Day 38 – Routine

Hey there! I am having the greatest week! I hope you are as well! Someone asked me today at a business meeting if I was I sure about NEVER consuming sugar again. Are you sure? So, today I want to talk about routine.

I get up every morning at 5 am – some mornings I sleep in til 6 am. I go to bed every night at 9:30 pm or 10:00 pm. EVERY MORNING and EVERY NIGHT. It doesn’t matter if it’s weekend. It’s my routine. It works for me. I eat 2 poached eggs with a piece of sausage and have coconut oil and butter in my coffee. I drink 24 oz of water with my vitamins, every morning. Starting on February 8th that routine will change to 2 poached eggs over a vegetable, preferably zucchini because it taste better. I listen to Darren Daily and then move on to the bathroom (you know what for!) and read for 15 minutes while taking care of business. If it’s a Monday, I get ready for an 8 am call that I participate in almost every Monday. If it’s a Tuesday, I typically go to the gym and then get on with my scheduled day. I have my morning routine. If I vary from it, it throws me off. I used to have oatmeal with honey and some fruit as well as toast with butter and jam on it. I would spend the rest of the day battling sleep. Then, I would think about what dessert I was going to have with dinner.

In the evening I have a routine as well, unless I have an event, and then it’s a little different. I cook dinner most evenings, clean up the kitchen and make the coffee so it will be ready when I wake up. Then, I wash my face, floss and brush my teeth. Essentially getting ready for bed. It’s my routine. I realized today that sugar intake is no longer part of that routine. It’s surreal. When my friend Glenette asked me – forever, really? I did not hesitate when I answered her. Yes, forever. It’s a mighty long time. I kinda freak out about it for a couple of seconds, however, the reality is if I take one bite or have one cookie – I am on a binge for days, weeks, most of the time months. It’s important to focus on today. No sugar or sweets today. One Day at a Time. That’s it.

Today was a great realization. It hasn’t taken that long to get here to this place. It’s a place of serenity and peace. I am not stressing about my health or how I am going to get my next sugar fix. It sounds weird, but it’s the truth. I have been experimenting with some sugar additives. I feel like I that’s not a good place for me be. I feel like I could let that get out of control just as I did with the real stuff. I don’t know which is worse! I do know that it causes me to start obsessing just like I did when I was eating peanut butter cookies for dinner when no one was looking.

My life is really busy these days. I notice that when I am not busy, I start wondering about what I could eat! Isn’t that crazy? I don’t even have to be hungry! It’s such an ingrained habit and the awareness is the key to getting to the next step of creating a plan to avoid the temptation and craziness of obsessing. All I know is this:

I am doing it! No sugar and no sweets! I hold myself accountable and get on here everyday and write about it. I am not sure that I would be so successful, and by successful I mean have a great attitude about it most days, if it were not for this site. I look forward to seeing who has commented and I look forward to hearing about your own struggles as well as your successes! The emails are great – keep them coming! I am on Instagram as sugarsobriety as well! I know I can do this, and I do miss the sweets, however, I do not miss feeling the way I was feeling on sugar! I feel good, I have energy and I am loving life. Self respect as well as self love are improving on a daily basis. I could not ask for more right now!

Until tomorrow……..