Hello my name in Megan Nikole and I'm an addict. At some point in our lives I feel it is fair to say that we have all been addicted to something. A person, a game, the gym... You get the point. My addiction is cheap and unfortunately is one of the most addictive drugs out there. It was something that I've struggled with in my adult life and have been able to overcome it at times. But somehow some way, I can't stay away for too long. Here is where the real problem comes in, if you were to look at me, you really wouldn't be able to tell. I am a fully functioning addict. I work full time, do freelance work on the side and try to have a social life on top of it. But even with as busy as I get, I allow my addiction to basically rule my life. If I don't have it, I get irritated, short tempered and I can't focus. I'm embarrassed to say, but I have to stop what I'm doing and go get some more. It gets even better. Both my mother and my grandmother were addicts too. When I was younger I would always say that I never wanted it to happen to me. I would never turn out like that, but when I looked in the mirror the other day, I saw it clear as day. It was in that moment I knew I had to change. And what better way to hold myself accountable then to document it, and bring you with me through my journey once again. 

I'm Addicted... 
So they say the first step to recovery is acknowledging and understanding. I've been at this step before, and did really well. But the side effects are enough to make anyone question going through it again. The first time I did it, it was painful. The headaches, fainting spells, and stomach pains were enough to send me home from work, and not want to go out. With my struggling for years, I have been clean three times since 2007. It is truly starting to take a toll on my body and I know at my age I shouldn't be feeling the way I do. I knew something had to happen and like happen right now. So as I have done a few times before, I jumped right in. I am going to have to go through withdraws, again, and just push through. This time, however, I am going to be sharing my journey. In part to help others like me as well as to help hold myself accountable. 

So what is my addiction? Sugar...

I'm Comfortable...
So now that that's out of the way, let me be honest: I WAS comfortable. But I've finally hit my limited. Yes, all along I have referring to my weight and my dieting. Did you research has proven sugar to be 8 times more addictive than cocaine? And when I mentioned my mother and grandmother, who could not have been more amazing loving people, I was referring to them have diabetic and insulin resistance. We both watch my Grandmother struggle with have full blown diabetes and my mother was told she was pre-diabetic at the begining of this year. As soon as he told me that, I got into high gear and when back to everything I knew about losing weight which was, for me, directly linked to my insulin resistance. But for whatever reason, I didn’t heed any of my own advice.

When I mentioned I had been clean before, in fact I was. I was doing clean eating. I was sticking to whole, clean foods with very little processed or fast foods if any. I lost over 30 lbs. and I felt good. I felt alive. But I also felt like I was spending all of my free time in the kitchen cooking. Then came the winter. The cold Chicago winter. It was history from there. I've since gained ALL of the weight back plus 5 pounds. I've been gradually pulling out my old "big" clothes" from my closet until last weekend when I had to go by a bigger size. I had nothing to wear to work and could no longer squeeze into the pants I had kept. I had been ok with just adding all the weight back and doing nothing about it.

I'm Changing...
Hi my name is Megan Nikole and I and NO LONGER going to be addicted to sugar. The best part about my weight, is that I know what to do to lose weight as well as be healthy. I am confident in providing health information to others and have a firm grasp on it. This is why I say it is an addiction. I know what to do but when I do it, my body has a negative physical reaction, almost like withdrawals. But they are minimal compared to being as uncomfortable as I am now with all this extra weight. I am choosing to start the Keto/Paleo lifestyle, meaning that in the beginning I am going to completely eliminate my carbohydrates and sugar intake. And before you all say that it’s unhealthy, please know that for my specific body type and health problems this is what is going to be the most beneficial for me and my journey to becoming healthy once again. I am going to do this and I am going to be the healthisest best fit me I can be. I will be posting new blogs about my progress as well as fitness information that everyone can benefit from. Thank you for reading. I will be posting this, my updates and much more so please stay tuned.

Thank you all and it's time to GET FIT LIKE A DAME!

By: Megan Nikole
Just a Dame in the Life


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