Motivation and The Sugar Monster

Are you having trouble with motivation? Is the Sugar Plum Fairy wrestling you for control of your eating habits?

If your scale had a voice, would it be asking, “Is that you Santa?”

Well…I do weigh more… but this year it’s only 2 lbs more instead of the usual 10 lbs that I add during the holiday season. And, I weigh 25 lbs less than last year at this time.

I have been calling the period starting on Thanksgiving Day and ending New Year’s Day the eating season.

I do seem to accept the fact that I lose motivation during that time period.

It starts innocently enough. I had control over my eating for several months. I wasn’t losing weight at a fast rate…but I also wasn’t gaining weight either.

The goodies started arriving fast and furious and I reasoned…what the heck, I’ll just have a taste.

Initially, I was successful with that approach. However, the next day, the same occurrence… I thought I’d just try what I considered to be the BEST treat.

Then the Sugar Monster, that had been dormant, reared its sweet head and came back to life. It kept asking for more sugar.

My brain started to rationalize (telling me ‘rational-lies’) that I can eat some more and then I can just get back on my diet after the holidays.

Ugh! My addiction, my obsession, with food and thinking about food became a constant companion. 

No surprise, my old way of thinking about dieting started to surface. The feelings of helpless, hopeless and being overwhelmed that usually accompany dieting were back. I’m so thankful I recognized what was happening!!

I thought about all I had learned when I successfully dieted. How I had made the conscious decision to make dieting easy. I began telling myself that I had not fallen off the wagon! that I AM THE WAGON…sure, stuck in the mud at the moment…but I will absolutely find my motivation and take control of this situation!

So, here it is the week after New Year’s Day and I’ve finally been able to get the motivation to string two days together without any sugar. It feels so good!

I’m feeling the control coming back. No longer do I cave into the call of chocolate chips and peanut butter (eaten directly from the spoon) and I’ve tossed out the remainder of the holiday snacks.

If you’re struggling to find your motivation start thinking about what triggers your overeating or binges. Is it sweets that get your Sugar Monster going? Or are you more of the Salty Monster? Whatever it is, remove the problem foods or snacks from your house. That will be the first step in winning your first couple of days back – after that, it gets easier!

2019 was a very good year from my health perspective and I plan on making 2020 even better.

So, if you’re still struggling with the Sugar Monster…

Time to get PO’d at the Sugar Monster and say, “Enough is enough!!”  Find your motivation, pick a diet plan that you’ve previously had success with and get started!

You can do it! I know you can! So, here’s to weighing less on February 1, 2020, than you do today…Cheers!

Peace & Love

Janna Lynn


Put the pieces in place to create a life

filled with Health, Wealth, Wisdom & Fun.

P.S. The following is a workbook that I’ve published. It is soon to be the subject of my very first course that I’ll be offering 🙂

The Fear Workbook – How to Stop Procrastination, Self-Sabotage, and Fear from Stealing Your Dream Goals

Self Sabotage Motivation
The Fear Workbook shows you how to recognize your inner critic’s voice, your personal dream stealers, and how to tame the inner critic so you finally can achieve your dream goals







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