Confessions of a Sugar-aholic Motivational Speaker

Sugar.  Cakes, pies (especially cherry or blueberry…or coconut cream), cookies (oh god how I love cookies), scones, CHOCOLATE! (make mine with almonds please), triple grande vanilla frappiwhatevers with whipped cream…and some more cookies.

I’m sure I’ve left some things out, but hey. That’s a good start.

And sugar… well, it doesn’t like me.  Oh it seduces me, it beckons me, it taunts me – but it treats me really, really badly.  Like some wicked, passive-aggressive lover.  And once I go down the “It’s you and me babe” path, it’s REALLY hard to get off.

And here I sit (ONCE AGAIN!) after a week of all the aforementioned sugary items (plus some cupcake pops. You heard me right, cupcake pops).  And I’m sick. I’m puffy, stuffy, & fluffy (I would show you my belly fat, but then I’d have to kill you for fear you’d tell someone).  I am now on my second day of ABSOLUTELY NO FRICKIN’ SUGAR WHATSOEVER! OR WINE! OR BREAD! OR ANYTHING THAT CONVERTS TO SUGAR, and I am seriously miserable.  SUCH a horrific, ongoing headache that will NOT go away and kept me awake for 4 hours in the middle of the night.  The good news though is that I’m all caught up on all my TiVo programs.

We ALL have stuff that tries to get us. Some habits that do not serve us, but for whatever reason, we return to even when we KNOW what the outcome will be.  And we go back, and we get disgusted with ourselves, and we finally stop, and then we slip again.   And so the story goes.  And we get very frustrated with ourselves when we “did it a-damn-gain!  And it’s the getting frustrated with ourselves that can be one of our greatest deterrents to spending more time in the “healthier place” and less time in the gutter.

I share with you now a brilliant poem by Mevlana Jellaludin Rumi that helps me in times exactly like this.  It’s framed and on my desk where I can be constantly reminded.

Come, come, come come, whoever you are,
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving,
It doesn’t matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times.
Come, yet again, come, come.

From your soon-to-be lean, mean, sugar-free motivational speaker, Linda Larsen




Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. As someone who just popped a Lindt Dark Chocolate Truffle in her mouth before reading your blog, I know I’m a sister from another mother. And to think I just got excited about Polly’s blog suggesting we limit our Sweets to Saturday and Sunday! Oops. Just wanting to know I feel you sister….

  2. As the bearer of the cake pops, I get it Miss Linda. Great post. Great advice as usual. 
    Your fluffy friend, Kelly 

  3. Linda, I’m always amazed at your courage to be honest!  I love it and I too feel your pain!!!  You are a women after my own heart – my fluffy full heart!

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