I've joined the SP Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
This is my accountability thread
What brings you to this challenge?
I have determined that I am not going to kick this sugar habit without some diligent and focused work. I've done several 3 days sugar free challenges on my own, and this seems to tame my cravings for a short time, but then it seems I'm back to this horrible craving that just haunts me and keeps me eating junk food. I'm exercising like a fiend, but not losing weight. My emotions say that I can't seem to help myself, but my mind says, I know that this is possible. I can do it. So here I am to prove my emotions wrong and my mind right.
How is your week going?
This is only day one. I have already put in motion a plan to put the sweet treats out of my control. The program recommends putting junk food out of the house. Unfortunately, my husband does not share my concerns for himself, and he eats the junk. Consequently, I cannot put it out of the house. However, I had a discussion with him this morning and told him that I need his help. I want him to choose a place to keep the cakes, cookies and candy, but it won't be in the kitchen. I don't care where, I don't even care if I don't know where it is. But I don't want to put it away when we come home from grocery shopping, I don't want to get it for him, I want it out of my workspace and normal realm of activity. He is willing to help me. I told him I'd like to put this in place by the end of the week.
What have you learned about your sugar cravings so far?
I had already kept a journal of several days about a month ago to determine what my poor eating habits were, what my weak areas were and where my temptations lay. My goal has been to collate these into a list that I can then focus on one at a time, which I have been doing. This journal encompassed more than just sweets, it was regarding my overall eating. So I will do this again this week, focusing on sweets and the traps that I am susceptible to. Thankfully, I have already conquered a few things that I was falling into bad habits with: eating from the vending machines at work, stopping for a $1.00 burger on my way home from work, sometimes adding a pie (especially over the holidays when McDonald's had their holiday pies - oh my!) I already know that with these under control, I can do well all day, but when I hit the door coming home from work, evenings, or on weekends, it all seems to fall apart. This will need to be my focus.
What do you hope to accomplish at the end of 4 weeks?
I would like to be able to manage my sugar cravings so that I am not a slave to them. So that I can say no to those daily cravings that feel like they enslave me to that daily treat which ends up in overindulgence. I would like to be able to bypass the cake, doughnuts, etc. that people bring in to work for the most part. There may be times that it really is a special treat that I would like to enjoy, but then I want to be able to use self-control. I would like to be able to have the self-control and allow myself dessert on special occasions. I would like to be able to have a plan so that I have an idea of when a special occasion warrants allowing myself dessert. Ultimately, I would like to be able to allow myself one small treat per day, but I may need to swing over center to no sweets for a bit in order to get to that point.
Edited by: WARMSPRINGDAY at: 6/3/2012 (19:26)