Thursday, June 5, 2008

MMmmmmm... Sugar Free Candy!

My co-workers have started cringing when I send this email out to them before 11 AM!

Let me explain.... I have been doing Weight Watchers for about a year now. Well, I started June 1, 2007. I was losing weight really well and had gotten down 40 pounds! Awesome! Then, in March, I started talking to the Dude formerly known as George. I am being polite and not putting his current name on the blog, but quite a few of you know what he is now referred to as these days. But again, I digress... As things went downhill with him, there was a direct correlation to my increased snacking. In fact, the snacking got down right nasty!

A sample dialogue that went on in my head:

  • "Vegetables? Who needs vegetables? Slid on over there and get some of that cake... It looks goooo-ood!"
  • "Why are you goin' for that middle piece with hardly any icing? Be a wo-man! Get the corner piece with all those yummy flowers!"
  • "There's water in Cherry Coke! Have another glass of Cherry Coke flavored water!"

Yeah, it was bad. Downright ugly! I was hiding food from my fellow WW co-workers which is surprisingly easy to do with the wall that people can't see over unless they come all the way into my office. Well, except they can come in and walk past the wall since we are all girlfriends.

I have since found out that there is a direct correlation between the increased snacking/decreased vegetable intake and the number creeping slowly upward on the scale. Last week, after gaining an overall total of 6 pounds back, I decided that I had enough and I started journaling again. It was rough, let me tell ya! If I wasn't eating something, I was chewing gum and then my jaws started getting really sore from chewing gum 7 hours a day.

One afternoon, a group of ladies came into my office after making a snack run. They had Sugar Free Reese cups. One of the ladies called them chocolate covered laxatives because they can have a laxative effect when too many are eaten. I remember thinking that it must only be if you ate the entire bag in one sitting and I definitely wasn't going to be doing that. So off I went to the grocery store to pick up some different varieties of candies to suck on.

I got the Wint-o-Green Life savers and left the store thinking, these will definitely help me lose this week!

The next day, I had about 5 candies by about 3 in the afternoon. They were helping with the craving and all was well. I had my veggies for lunch and things were looking good! Then, I had to run around the department to deliver some papers and I was having trouble walking at my normal pace without tooting a bit in a quiet hallway. I ended up going into Joanne's cube and leaving my rear out in the open and, well, you should be able to get the idea from this.

After that, my stomach was just churning and while it was slightly uncomfortable, it was very loud! It took me a couple of hours to realize that it was the sugar free candy. Instead of acting like a laxative, it gave me very bad gas. Only calling it gas was polite. I had flatulence! Loud, churning, sometimes stinky flatulence!

I told my buddies so that I wouldn't be embarrassed if I was talking to one and something slipped out, but they all knew it was not normal and it was from the candy. It has become a big joke as to whose cubicle I will visit after having a few pieces. And another co-worker upon hearing about the flatulence ran right over to my office and got a few pieces for herself!

I guess that is just a part of weight loss. Mmmm sugar-free candy! :)


Kristie said...

Cheer up!!!! You know I could lie and say that I am fat because of my thyroid but I'm sure the fact that I snack ALL of the time adds to it. What's funny, is I was on the phone with my sister when I clicked on your post and I was asking her if she had any chocolate!!!! I think I snack more through the day, because I am home alone and I get bored!!! I less...

Michelle said...

Let me guess what kind of sweetener it has....Splenda! I have become kind of discouraged with sugar free products. Splenda gives me gas too, and produces trumpet sounds, but I absolutely positively CANNOT eat or drink any products with Nutrasweet aka Aspartame, unless I want to encounter severe, knock me on my butt dizziness. It is like someone just comes up behind me and SHOVES me. It only lasts a few seconds, but in those few seconds, it makes me want to grab onto something to steady myself, scares the h*ll out of me, and makes my heart race. I fought this feeling for about 5 years, trying to figure out what was making me dizzy. I charted my monthly cycle, which showed me nothing, I went to the Drs countless times, who sent me to ENT Drs., had expensive tests done, checking me for allergies and ear diseases, etc, and got no answer that explained it. I finally noticed the less diet soda I drank, the less it happened. I finally got to the point where I had stopped drinking anything except water, or tea, sweetened with the 'pink stuff'---Saccharin. I also was having problems with MSG, so I was backing off a lot of stuff.

One day at work, I was really tired, so I bought a diet Pepsi, drank about 1/2 of it, and 20 minutes later, the 'come up behind me and shove me so I had to grab the table to steady myself' feeling hit me, and I have not drank anything with aspartame in it again, or eaten anything with it. I take my own 'pink sweetener' with me in my purse just in case a restaurant I go to doesn't have it.

It sucks, but I have ran into a few other people with my problem. Drs don't recognize it because it only affects a small percent--like 10% of people, but I would bet it affects more...they just don't know why they get that feeling.

If anyone wants to know what Aspartame can do to you, look it up on the internet. It's an eye opener. Personally, I wish they could get it off the market, and just use saccharin again. Saccharin was taken off the market many years ago, but brought back on years later because they determined it was not as dangerous as they thought.

Nothing is as safe as sugar, but that's not an option either. Why is it our bodies just dont' want veggies for a snack? I can honestly say I have never thought, 'Man, I would just kill for some broccoli and cauliflaur!' Oh yea, they make me make trumpet sounds too! Oooooh, Bother!

Jen said...

ROFLMAO, that is PRICELESS!! I did that a few days before I came to ohio with the Orange Life was bad!!

Regina said...

Too(t) funny!!!

Colleen said...

:) That's too funny. I was just thinking of running upstairs and grabbing another cookie from the batch I made last night... but perhaps I should have some carrots instead. I've got to loose 10 pounds and I get a new sewing machine. Okay, going to get some carrots. Thanks for the motivation.

Alison-My Little Stitching Corner said...

Oh my gosh, I have to chuckle at your post. My daughter has type 1 diabetes and eats sugar free candies. One of the first things they teach you is the effects that sugar alcohols (that they sweeten sugar free candies with) has on your intestinal system!! Anyhow, I think I am visiting for the first time and talking about 'gas'!! How fun is that!!

Gloriane said...

Both are looking very delicious!! I prefer to buy sugar free candy...