BLOG: Clark silences her 'sweets monster'

Ellyn Clark
Nov 3, 2010


This past week was week No. 44 of the FIT Challenge. It sort of blows my mind to think how quickly this year is passing by.

I look back and think about how far Annette, Gary and I have come. The transformations are awesome.
We've had to buy new clothes, new kinds of foods, as well as developed new habits toward exercise. It's been a year of newness for all three of us. It is my hope and my wish those of you who are following our blogs as well as our progress in the Sandusky Register have been inspired to have a year of newness as well.

This journey certainly has not been an easy one. I've been on God's green Earth for 47 years and have found anything worthwhile ever comes easy. When you work hard for something and you remain persistent and diligent, especially when you don't really feel like it or lack self confidence, the rewards or payoffs are all that much sweeter.

Speaking of sweets, that has been the hardest habit or um er, let's be honest here, addiction, I've had to break. I think physical addictions to such things as food, drugs and alcohol are the hardest to break.
Some of you may be familiar with the sweets addiction, the one that gives your taste buds that "oh so feel good feeling" and because sweets taste so good, you eat more of them than you should.

But here's what I have come to realize, that "oh so feel good feeling" is only temporary. After eating too many sweets at one time, I am left feeling guilty and worried about how much weight the sweets have added to my stomach, butt and thighs. Those feelings are not the permanent pay off I was looking for.
So how have I gotten the sweets addiction under control? By taking control of the addiction. I limit myself to how many unnatural sweets I eat.

I have eaten a soft cone from Cobb's only twice since December '09. I limit unnatural sweets, such as candy bars, M&M's, cakes, cookies, ice cream, etc.

I focus on eating natural sweets, such as honey, Stevia, and very sweet fruits. I drink lots and lots of iced tea with Stevia. Drinking that helps to shut the sweet monster inside me up. I stay within my limits so my payoffs are good ones instead of bad ones. For example, my feelings aren't those of guilt or worry but that of accomplishment and strength, which lasts a whole lot longer than a temporary sweet addiction fix.

I must say, I have certainly gained a whole new respect for people who have conquered major addictions like drugs and alcohol.






Sweets is comfort food. I have to be on a strict diet but sometimes will indulge in glazed pastry. After years of eating sweets and then stopping, I did notice something about sugar. I used to put about 2 teaspoons in my coffee. Then as my health problems increased, I stopped putting sugar into my coffee. I once went back to my old habits and put only 1 teaspoon into my coffee. That coffee was too sweet to drink. My opinion is that as we partake in sweets, we become immune to sweetness. As we eat more sweets, we crave more sweets because our taste buds become used to the sweets. I recall one of my friends eating a bunch of canned jalapeno peppers. He said that they were really mild. So I tried one. Mild my butt. My mouth was on fire. In short, my friend was used to eating hot peppers. He could eat the whole jar of peppers. I could not even eat one.