Tuesdays are Ok for Do-Overs, Too (Sugar Sober Series)


October 7, 2014 by Beth Hess

Yesterday was a Monday. The kind that has nothing to do with the page on the calendar and everything to do a rough re-entry after a gravity-free weekend. The kind that never would have been able to sustain the standard “I’m starting on Monday” mentality.

A complete disinterest in trading a warm bed for the cold world. A missed school bus. A skipped breakfast. A canine ear infection leading me to the vet’s office for the 2nd time in six weeks and the memory that last time I left without our sweet, but aged Husky. A customer with complete disregard for our procedures or my personal day.

So by the time my stomach reminded me it had been ignored, I was at the point where I would usually input sugar in one form or another. Because, of course, I deserved a treat.

Knowing my commitment to this challenge and all of you, it was honestly not too hard to brush off that thought. Probably because only a nanosecond later came this one:

How much food can I put in my mouth that is NOT sugar?

I’m not much of a rule-breaker. I couldn’t lie to you if I fell off the sugar wagon. But just how close could I get to the line without going over?

Clearly, this is a problem. And it’s much bigger than sugar.

I’ve known that. I have. Filling my feelings with food can never be my answer.

Today, it still is. More than I’d like to admit.

I wish I could tell you I made a healthy lunch choice. But I didn’t. I even upsized. And it wasn’t anything close to worth it.

Maybe for Monday it’s enough to have noticed the way the enemy attacked. Scratched, but not fatally wounded, on Tuesday I will be better prepared for the battle.


sugarsoberoctoberIn response to the 31 Day blogging challenge, I will be publishing EVERY DAY in October while I stay sugar-free. You can read previous posts HERE. To be alerted to new posts, please follow me on Facebook or Twitter using the links on the right side of this page. Or Subscribe to get posts sent to your Email. Feel free to Tweet your own experiences with #sugarsoberoctober as well.

PLEASE use the comment section to share your own thoughts, questions, or experiences. Like any road, sugar sobriety is one more easily walked with friends. I do my best to reply to every comment.

12 thoughts on “Tuesdays are Ok for Do-Overs, Too (Sugar Sober Series)

  1. […] stopping without cleaning the plate. Yes to the quiet reconnection of my body and my soul. Day 7: Tuesdays are Ok for Do-Overs, Too.: I wish I could tell you I made a healthy lunch choice. But I didn’t. I even upsized. And it […]


  2. Anonymous says:

    I can’t stop smiling about your question “How much food can I stuff in my mouth that is not sugar?” That is so perfect – such a familiar way of thinking. I will not break my word but oh boy I will stuff myself nonetheless.
    Or maybe I am smiling because Jhonny is at bat. Anyway, I am smiling and thinking of you.


  3. Simply Beth says:

    Can I just say I so want to sit with you over a sugar-free coffee or tea and get to know you better? Your series is speaking to me, friend. God is using you on this journey. I am praying for you, and also for myself. Much love. xoxo


  4. Cheryl Smith says:

    Oh, my dear friend! Your words resonate with me so much, as you share your journey here. Thank God for second chances…and third…and fourth…and as many as we need, because we will never exhaust His patience or His grace. Your transparency is such a blessing and inspiration. It isn’t about whether you failed or succeeded, it is the fact that you are real, and so many of us can relate. God bless you and give you a better Tuesday.


    • Beth Hess says:

      Being transparent in the journey takes away any possibility of shame. When means it can be used for glory. Which makes it a success, I suppose. Thank you for being here, Cheryl.


  5. klsb@comcast.net says:

    You are the best. I wish we were neighbors. I am addicted to sugar. IT SUCKS. HUGS


  6. Oh, Beth, I think you are right, somedays it’s enough to just realize how and where the enemy attacked…until we realize this, we are never prepared for the next time. Praying your Tuesday is better than your Monday and that you will have the armor on today to defend yourself. How many times have I had to say, “In the name of Jesus, Satan, I rebuke you!” I do hate him with all that’s in me. Bless you on this journey friend…I’m cheering for you wildly today. You can do this!! xoxo, mb


    • Beth Hess says:

      Thank you, Meredith, for the reminder that in my own strength I will never be prepared. In Jesus only. For everything. Always. And thank you for the cheering. I feel it wildly, too!


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