Years ago I shaved my head to support a client going through chemo. The drugs were a poison and wreaking havoc on her body. Luckily the drugs also poisoned her cancer.

Being a bald woman impacted my life in ways I would not have guessed. To this day I can still detect the traces.

On January 1, 2016 I stopped eating sugar for many of the same reasons I shaved my head.

A client was being poisoned and she needed some support.

Such is the life of a personal trainer.

I’m not a health nut or exercise fanatic. I’m just an older woman not in denial.

If you put crap in your mouth then your will pay the price. If you don’t move you will pay the price. If you come up with endless excuses why you need to hold on to your bad habits you will pay the price. It’s pretty basic.

But changing habits are tough. And it’s especially tough if you have an addictive personality.

I have an addictive personality. (If you regularly read my blogs you might have noticed this.)

It’s easy to discover that refined sugar is bad for you. Do a quick google search and the wave of terror starts. Or should I say tsunami? Sugar = Poison.

Except for the other known fact that the so called “experts” don’t seem to understand.

Sugar tastes fantastic. Dairy Queen Blizzards taste fantastic. Milk chocolate covered caramel tastes fantastic. The plethora of yummy flavoured yogurts tastes fantastic. Pumpkin spice lattes taste fantastic. (Am I sharing a little too much personal information right now?)

Sugar makes you happy!

To stop putting sugar in your mouth is hard. If you’re going to do something that will take all your resolve and willpower it is much better to do it with a buddy.

My client and I know someone that did this last year and can see the benefits. She looks great and oddly enough… she seems happy. (We secretly hate her and are jealous.)

On the sixth day of no sugar I physically feel no better. But on the sixth day of supporting a friend I do feel a little happier.

Not as happy as if I was supporting a friend while eating a Caramel Cheesecake Blizzard… but life is not always perfect.

I looked out at the dawn breaking and said no to the butter tart I was offered after the First Light Ceremony. 1/1/16

I looked out at the dawn breaking and said “no thanks” to the Pumpkin Spiced Latte I was offered after the First Light Ceremony. 1/1/16



4 replies
    • Tricia
      Tricia says:

      I believe it is tougher for her than it is for me. We’ll see how this all pans out…. I made it through a big Italian wedding on Saturday without indulging.

  1. Ace
    Ace says:

    Amazing! I don’t think I’m up for THAT level of commitment, but as of yesterday morning, I completed a 30 days of yoga program, so that’s my new healthy habit. I’m currently starting a 30-day yoga camp to keep it going…so I’m finally off my butt…consistently!


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