Steven's Story Gave Me A Wake Up Call

by Jane
(United States)

I'd like to respond to the letter from Steven, (Southern USA). I suppose I'm responding to that first page about sugar addiction too. My routine is usually the same every morning of the work week. Maybe some of you out there will relate to this story.

I get up a little later than I'd like to and then need to rush more to catch up. On many of those mornings, something comes up that adds to my time crunch. And I fall behind even more.

Then I stop at the same place to grab a large coffee to go, just so I can sharpen up. I also buy the biggest fountain drink they offer. I drink it throughout the day. I'm not alone in that store. There is always a line up. Fountain soda, cigarettes, newspapers and breakfast pizza are all hot sellers at this place.

Nearly all of the people there have the same look as I imagine I have. A rushed sort of tension as we hope to catch all green lights on the way to the freeway. There is one man who I see everyday. He buys one newspaper. He lets many of us cut ahead, all the while telling us he is in no hurry. I'm always a little envious of that small freedom.

So when I was referred to that page about sugar addiction on a website called, I started to think. I read some other pages. I have read some ideas from Brian Tracy about time management before, but never took the time to try them. Is that obvious or what?

When I saw Steven's response to that first page, it made me think even more. I too went through my food closet. And I thought about that large drink every morning. If a 12 ounce can of soda had so much sugar, how much was I taking in with that very large cup. And that was just one thing every day. What about the rest of the food for each day.

Could that be why I'm tired so often? Could that be why I have trouble getting around each morning? Am I so dependent on that sugar buzz to just function?

Thank you Steven for waking me up. Thank you to my co-worker for suggesting I subscribe to this daily blog from a site about books that empower us. I went back to that book by Brian Tracy. This time I'm trying to do the steps.

I'm getting up earlier. I don't like tea, so the sun tea thought is out. But I do like water. So I take a very large cup just like before. But it is my cup and it is full of water.

And one more great thing I've noticed as I drive past that store without stopping. And without worrying about a couple red stoplights. I don't have to worry. I have plenty of time now. I planned out my day the night before. Thank you Brian Tracy.

That great thing is in my purse. More cash at the end of the week. Four dollars times five stops. Twenty bucks extra each week. I feel much better. I'm thinking that I have a good handle on improving my overall food intake. I read about those three white poisons on another page in that page directory.

White sugar is under control. Now I take on white salt and white flour. I have more time now. And I am not too tired anymore. So I know it will be done. You can do it too.

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