My Sugar Story – NOT a Sweet One
Have you ever known something under the surface but been unable to admit it to even yourself? Lying awake in bed at 4am the realization sinks in that I may just be killing myself with sugar. As most of us in the weight loss surgery community know, we have our issues with food or we wouldn’t be where we are. Three and half year’s post-surgery it is becoming clear to me that I managed to develop what we hear about as transfer addiction, even staying within the food category!!
I have always loved baked goods…they were my comfort food. But after RNY, and the dumping, somehow my love of straight sugar emerged. I don’t mean eating sugar by the spoonful’s literally…but let’s see… It started with SweetTarts, just a few at a time, then later I discovered I could eat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups without dumping… Other foods have come and gone.
Side Effects and Weight Gain Too!
Yes, I have had regain. I was happy with where the 1st 15 lbs. went, I had my curves back. Again, another story! The last 8 lbs. ARE NOT MY FRIEND. And now I even notice this unsightly extra pudge right below my rib cage… About a year ago, after hearing Connie Stapleton talk about sugar addiction I knew it was real and that I was struggling. But I was not ready to do the work or give up my addiction.
I’ve read about inflammation and skin issues with sugar. Suffering from both and yet I continued. I’ve never been anywhere near diabetic yet recent labs teetered on the brink of pre-diabetic A1C counts (and this is POST surgery!!) … and I gently put it out of my mind. Suddenly last night it all came crashing together as I was reviewing my November lab results. Elevated levels in areas that indicate poor kidney function.
As I researched what might cause this, I stumbled across sugar…Other potential reasons made no sense, I know I hydrate super well…I know I rarely even have a glass of alcohol. But I do consume a lot of simple sugars. It hit me, I am poisoning myself….. this seriously conflicts with my goals to be heathy and live long.
It is up to ME
Lying awake in bed, I realize this may be that “fork in the road opportunity”. The path I choose now will directly impact the rest of my life. Will I strike out bravely admitting this to myself and others, make meaningful changes and ask for help…or will I somehow “fall back asleep” and conveniently forget this emerging truth? *Author’s Note: Almost a year later, I have eliminated all the extra sweets and sugar from the moment this was written until Halloween. I lost those stubborn 8 lbs over the summer but now have succumbed to a very small amount of sugars back in the diet with the holidays. I am headed back to work right now- no intentions of letting the sugar-monster win!
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About the Author- Melissa Gomez
Melissa had R.N.Y. in October 2014, losing 169 pounds. She has become very active, walking, biking, kayaking and yoga/Pilates classes keep her busy.
In addition to volunteering with WLSFA in a variety of ways including co-president of the newly official Pacific NW chapter, Melissa works in state government where she is the Language Access & Systems Coordinator for Oregon Dept. of Human Services.
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