Ouch! The Truth Hurts

We can become very skilled at lying to ourselves. Rationalization is a singular human trait. When we hit a bump in the road, fall off the wagon, let go into a binge, or otherwise undermine our best intentions to stay off sugars-refined starches-artificial sweeteners, or stick to a diet, we may initially decide to “excuse” our erring ways with something that soothes the upset. But as a psychologist (I’ve got to find the reference and insert here–) I read in an old Psychology Today article stated, people who finally overcome things like alcohol or sugar addictions have to be humble in order to move on. I don’t know why this magazine from 2010 surfaced in my house, but reading this article I experienced a moment of painful recognition.

Often I have felt overly sure of myself, even cocky about my Sugaraholics experience,  feeling that I had at last solved my problem; then some weeks or months into the program an episode would upset me, and sure enough I would find all the excuses–the stresses and other things–that led me to stumble.  I think now I am really not so sure of myself as I had thought, but maybe that knowledge will help in the long run.

The learning never ends. And thank goodness for that.

Yours in learning,

Nan aka Sugarbaby

 

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