Sunday, June 10, 2012



.An act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.

I talked to Tiffany at the gym the other morning and she eagerly came up to me beaming to tell me the news....She was 22 days sugar free! She was so excited and so elated with how good she felt and what she has accomplished. She inspired me to get back on the bandwagon with no sugar and to step it up. 

I had to go through a little mourning again in preparation for giving up sugar. I don't eat much but I like the treats now and then. It seems like a little more now than then lately so it is time. It is a HUGE sacrifice to give up sugar. HUGE.  It tastes good. It makes you feel good, for the moment. But, it makes me feel sick. I get a headache. I get sleepy almost instantly and it is just plain horrible for you. I need to make a sacrifice. I need to "give up something of value for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy."


But folks, it is the big one next month. I am officially going to be old. 40 old. I can't really handle the thought of it but one thing is certain, I have to go there and my body isn't feeling any younger. I don't want to succumb to old age. I want to be the best 40 ever and that means I can't abuse it like a 20 year old. It just won't take that garbage.

So, here I am, contemplating what needs to be done to be a better me so that my 40 year old self won't self destruct. 

I need to make some sacrifices now so that the next half of my life, or at least the coming decade, will be a little smoother and less painful.

I want to feel good. I want to look good. I want to be sexy for my husband. I want to feel sexy for myself. I want to be able to wake without aches and pains. I want my joints to move the right way and my muscles to keep their shape.

40 year olds take a little more discipline for this magic to happen.  Darn it.

I didn't eat my daughters famous cookies last night. It's not that I am opposed to having a cookie now and then, but I can't just have one of her cookies. Therefore, I can't eat one. I ate a handful of blueberries and they were delicious. 

We gave up dairy and I appreciate the taste of food even more so. When you go without cheese on things, you realize how much cheese covers up the taste of real food. I don't miss it much now.

I am hoping that I will feel the same about sugar. I want to still have a treat maybe on one weekend night or at a party but I need to be sugar free for now to cleanse the system and get rid of that craving. It needs to be a lifestyle. It feels good.

Thanks, Tiffany. You have motivated me again to be better. 

Here's to 40. You may be knocking on my door but I will not let you in gracefully. There is going to be a fight on your hands. I warn you, I have been working out. I may not be my best 40 yet but I am getting there. I am going to sacrifice now so I can have the thing of higher value later. I see way too many who didn't want to sacrifice and now they are suffering the consequence. Bad habits will ALWAYS catch up. ALWAYS.

Time to step it up. Ready. Set. Go. 


Melissa said...

I needed to hear this post. I'm recently diagnosed with Rhuematoid Arthritis. It seems the birth of my last baby brought it on. I'm not wanting to take medicine for the side effects and also because I'm breastfeeding. I know I need to change my diet and eliminate inflammitory foods. I'm just looking into how to approach this. It seems I need to eliminate animal products (dairy/meat) I'm still researching, but it is scary to try to make such a drastic change. I know it will be a sacrifice, but it will be worth it when my joints stop hurting and aren't damaging themselves.

Shari Goodman said...


I have several women who have emailed me with Rheumetoid arthritis and they have seen a huge, if not complete relief of symptoms with diet and supplements. Yeast is a huge factor which should be addressed. Cod liver oil and curcumin help greatly along with removing sugar and dairy. It is so worth it in the end but so very hard to do! You can do it!!!

Tiffany said...

You are welcome!! You are an inspiration every day to I'm glad I could return the favor at least once!!

I am on day 36 today!!! Ty jumped on board yesterday...I'm excited to have him join me. A couple other girls from the gym are doing it as well...nice to know we aren't alone in this journey! :)

Now if only we could do better at this whole plant based living thing...

I will keep turning to your blog for inspiration.

Tiff Hunt said...

I also needed to read this! I have insulin resistance. If I don't change my evil ways, DIABETES! I DO NOT WANT IT! SO, its time to make the change. I have known this for a while, and have refused to change. It's time now. Thanks for the push. It's time to get started!

HAPPYMOM said...

I went "off" sugar Oct 1st, and have overall tried to be good. Except on Holidays. I did that for 4 months strictly. Now I have about a treat a week. But my symptoms of itching and tiredness, along with tight muscles, are back. I'm frustrated because I've eaten very good. What should I do next?

HAPPYMOM said...

P.S. I have also gone off gluten and dairy, and been taking probiotics and b Vits, as well as 1 Kolorex daily.

Shari Goodman said...

How long have you been on Kolorex? If it has been a month and you are still having symptoms, you may want to try the Feel Good Foods kit. You will want to be doing a yeast treatment for at least 6 months, switching to different products. I like to start with Feel Good foods for two months, then do Kolorex, then the New BEginnings herbal kit then back to Feel Good Foods.