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Author: MaryGoodnight Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 58627  
Subject: Education vs. Will Power Date: 1/12/2005 6:12 PM
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I offer this post in the hopes that it might be helpul to someone who has struggled with the same issues.

Off and on, for more than twenty years, I tried to lose weight. I tried every new book that came out, every new diet, every trick, intensive exercise, but none of them worked for me because I failed to resolve the underlying issues - food as a reward and a mild addiction to sweets, preferably combined with fats - a bad combination.

I'm still working on the food as a reward issue, probably will always have to work on that, but at least now I've wrestled the beast to the ground and I am sitting on him.

The sweets part was tricky. I used to try pretzels, then it was nuts, then it was a bath with a good book - none of it worked. Every well intended friend and educated medical professional around advised me to try will power and will power beat me every time. As I saw it, sugar was my only vice. For years, the womens' health magazines and books told me that sugar was my friend and fat was my foe and I was eager to buy into that.

One day a couple years ago, I unexpectedly came across an article about the dangers of sugar and insulin resistance. Being the curious kind, I kept reading. As a diet book fan, I knew all about reading health books, but this time, I read books about the impact of eating sugar and lots of refined carbs.

A funny thing happened. I stopped looking at sugar as my friend and began to see it as dangerous substance, much the way I see partially hydrogenated fats or piece of meat that has gone bad. I still enjoy a very small amount from time to time, but it has lost its allure. I never thought this day would arrive - ever. Over the past couple years, I've dropped a couple sizes and sometimes put a few pounds back on during the holidays, but basically, junk food and sugar have all gone by the wayside. I don't even care to have them as an occasional snack.

Awhile back, our office gave a birthday party for a colleague. A very rich chocolate cake with raspberry sauce was served. It was my favorite and from my favorite bakery. In the past, I would have abstained, but with cravings. This last time, I passed and didn't think twice about it.

Hail the power of education.

Good Luck, MG



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