Nothing happens until you Begin. Your day begins when you get out of bed. Your LIFEstyle change journey begins when you take the first step. For many this is the hardest part of the journey.
I am and always will be a sugar addict. Thank God, by surrendering processed sugar I am free of those cravings. However, I know if I were to start eating it again, I would once again become addicted. It's something I am always mindful of. I never want to go back there again. I know what keeps me free and I know what puts me in bondage.
Are you a sugar addict? If so, your first step on this journey is to OWN your addiction. If you are not a sugar addict but just love the taste, you still need some ideas to cut back. So let’s find out where you stand.
Mark those that are true for you:
I could have answered a resounding YES to every one of those questions 10 years ago. Thank God today I can answer no to all of them.
How did you do? Did you answer yes to 7 or more of the questions? Well, then you passed. You, my friend, are a sugar addict. If you answered yes to 4 or more, you have a real problem with sugar and need to cut back. Actually, I’d say if you answered yes to even one of the questions, you really need to think about your sugar consumption and how to cut back. So here are some first steps you can take today.
Part of starting on this journey is understanding the depth of the your sugar addiction and that it is owning you.
Paul said it well in 1 Corinthians 6:12 NASB: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” Ten years ago I could not say that. Sugar mastered me and I knew it.
To turn it around I had to own that I am a sugar addict. I can with God’s help turn that around, but I will always be a sugar addict. I cannot go back to eating sugary treats or I am giving over control once again to sugar. And I will not do that.
Lysa Terquest in her book, Made to Crave, says, “Nothing tastes as good as peace feels.” I have adapted that to my sugar addiction overcomer’s motto. It hangs on my refrigerator door.
Let’s get prepared. Go to your cabinet and throw out all the items with sugar content. All of them. If you keep any, those will be your downfall, even your kids' sugary breakfast cereal. Let your family know if they want sugar they must keep it away from you in a place where you do not know they have it.
Remember, if they are not sugar addicts, they will not mind going without. If they are, they probably need to join you on your journey.
Get rid of all cake mixes, etc. Don’t leave any stone unturned.
If you cannot complete this step, it speaks volume in regard to your resolve.. I predict if you cannot complete this step you will have a difficult time on your LIFEstyle change journey.
Now go to the grocery store and stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, meats., nuts for snack and cheese, if you can tolerate dairy. Buy items like avocados, olive oil, macadamia nuts that add healthy fats to your diet. Stay away from boxed and prepared foods. Check labels for hidden sugars.
Buy something special for dinner—roast, steak, salmon, a wonderful meat as the centerpiece of your meal. Choose some great vegetables. Make a meal that is high in nutrition and tastes good, too. Make your first evening meal a celebration without the sugar!
Step 5. Join a group for support and to get activated
When I owned the fact that I was a sugar addict, I knew I needed support. I needed others (those to walk with me on the journey), another ( a mentor or coach who's been there) and the Other (the power of God Himself). I was fortunate to find a group. After having such a wonderful experience, God called me to write my memoir, Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds. Then, folks wanted to know how they could do the same thing, so I wrote the Sweet Grace Study Guide.
After that folks wanted me to personally help them. So I began Sweet Change Weight Loss Coaching group which is still going today. It's my higher level coaching group where I do a video every week and answer questions and help people individually right from a Facebook group. People from all over the world have joined my group and they are losing weight. That group is always open. To join and receive $20 off your first month of a 6 month program, go HERE and be sure to use the coupon code sweetchange20 when you check out (you'll also get my lower level group, #KickWeight free when you sign up for six months of Sweet Change). You can sign up for Sweet Change at any time.
My second session of #KickWeight just closed registration - it's a six-month, low-cost coaching class that is really an introductory course in how to begin this LIFEstyle change journey. We saturate six key subjects to physically, emotionally and spiritually activate you towards a healthy LIFEstyle change. Teaching videos are posted every two weeks, with Q&A videos on the opposite weeks. There’s lots more information on the #KickWeight page - be sure to add your name to the waitlist for the next intake (or join Sweet Change Weight Loss Coaching Group and get #KickWeight for free).
In the first session of #KickWeight, members have already reported a combined total weight loss of 390 pounds! God's methods really do work. #KickWeight only opens for a few weeks every six months for new members. Go HERE now to get on the waitlist for the next intake if you're not quite ready for Sweet Change Weight Loss Coaching. You won’t regret it.