Dear Friends, Family & Co-workers
Monday, July 15, 2013
I am putting out a plea to my friends, family and co-workers. I need to confess my addiction - and am seeking your help. You see, I am addicted to food. I know - this sounds riduculous. But the harsh truth is I've come to realize I am no different than the person trying to quit drinking or smoking or using drugs. The very scary and troubling part of my addiction is that, unlike my counterparts who can live without that drink, cigarette or drug, I MUST eat. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've heard, "Just eat in moderation. Only 1 little treat now and then."
I ask you, if you had a co-worker who was trying to give up drinking - would you put a case of alcohol in front of them and say, "Just have 1 drink every now and then. Moderation is key." Or to your friend who is desparately trying to stop smoking - would you lay a pack of cigarettes in front of them and say, "It's okay to have 1 once in awhile." Or to your family member who is trying to kick a drug habit - would you put their drug of choice in front of them and say, "Just use it wisely."?
I fully understand I need to eat. And I do work hard to eat the right things. I make half of my plate vegetables/fruits, I try to eat lean meats. I do have a treat on occasion, but when I have it, I only buy enough for ONE small treat. I intentionally limit what is available to me because I CAN'T STOP!
I am sick of hearing how poor my willpower is because of my problem. I have admitted it to myself. I am TRYING! Please don't sabatoge me! Please don't be offended when I say no thank you. My addiction will debilitate or kill me. A stroke or heart attack is in my future if I don't find some semblance of control. My method of control is to NOT HAVE THE TEMPTATION around. I have four beautiful children and one day hope to enjoy grandchildren. I want that time with them and I want to positively interact with them.
I'm not asking you to avoid me or never ask me to lunch. I can handle those situations - they're controllable. Please don't put a bag of candy on my desk. Please don't put a plate of cookies on the counter. Please don't order two large pizzas with everything on them if you know we only need one.
You see, I do have willpower, but even it has its limits. Please just respectd me enough to not put me into this situation. And if you don't think you can do that, then please respect me enough to leave me alone. If I understand why you're doing it, I won't be offended. I would rather be healthier without you and your temptations than unhealthier with you.