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Nearly one month

Friday, July 26, 2013

Very close to one month in the sweet tooth challenge. It hasn't been excruciating but I miss the fruit. I'm not comfortable with the fact that I'm eating more, but at the same time I haven't put on or lost weight for the 2nd week in a row and it's a relief. Still 2kg away from my goal weight.

This week I have a night outing and on Friday I'm going away for 3 days to the Byron Bay Writers Festival. I'm taking sugarless snacks to survive, I've done it before. The challenge is to keep the sodium low.

My sciatica has improved with specific exercises but I'm still not well, I feel more confident that I will be able to sit through the festival, I was worried that I wouldn't' be able.

My external accountability group is going well, it'd be more difficult without it.
Life is good.


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NORWOODGIRL 7/27/2013 8:15PM

    Congrats on your perseverance. Sciatica is the pits!

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PATTYKLAVER 7/27/2013 8:43AM

    I'm glad you're feeling a little better. The Conference sounds like something that I would love going to. I hope you have a cushion of some sorts to sit on that you can bring with you. I had one for years that I made in Girl Scouts that I absolutely loved. It fell apart and I haven't replaced it. Maybe it's time I do.

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GOANNA2 7/27/2013 8:02AM

    Good job Claudia. You are doing really well.
Enjoy Byron Bay. I am already picking out
events for the Brisbane Writer's Festival in
September,but I'm sure the atmosphere will
be nicer in Byron. Have a great time and I hope
your sciatica doesn't give you too much pain.

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NPA4LOSS 7/26/2013 8:21PM

    Enjoy the conference. I am glad that you are having success with your challenge. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 7/26/2013 3:30PM

    Enjoy the conference and let those creative juices flow (they're sugar free!)!

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STEVEN2GO2 7/26/2013 12:44PM

    Claudia, awesome job sticking to staying sugar free, that is terrific! I know I would not be able to stick to a sugar free diet, I love my fruit too much. Congrats on being so close to your goal, I hope you make it there soon!

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BESSHAILE 7/26/2013 6:48AM

    Ouch. sciatica. bad bad bad. I'm so sorry. Glad it's better. I hope it gets well very soon.

Glad you can still say life is good.

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WENDYJM4 7/26/2013 5:37AM

    well done Claudia

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3rd week without sugar

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Very happy about it.
This week I didn't lose or gain and that's fine.

I formed an accountability group with people that are not from Sparkpeople. I never managed anyone that wanted to join here. This is through a sugar addiction forum. We are 3 and that's more than enough!
Life is good.

A pic from today's whale watching

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RUTHXG 7/21/2013 9:34PM

    Huzzah for forming an accountability & support group--& for achieving 3 week sugarless!

And I LOVE your whale photo. So beautiful!


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NPA4LOSS 7/21/2013 6:51PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUGARSMOM2 7/21/2013 11:53AM

  truly beautiful . nice to have a group of people that you get along and share .

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NORWOODGIRL 7/21/2013 11:05AM

    Love the picture!

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GOANNA2 7/21/2013 8:27AM

    Great picture. Congratulations on the 3 weeks
of freedom from sugar. Keep going. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 7/21/2013 7:09AM

    WTG on your 3rd week and for putting together a group for mutual support!

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WENDYJM4 7/21/2013 6:26AM

    lovely photo. I glad you got some people to join you Claudia

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Lost some

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I lost 600gr this week, and very happy. I made an effort to eat less and it was difficult considering that it's only been 12 days without sugar and I still feel withdrawal symptoms.
It's been an exhausting week with end of financial year and issues with our ex accountant, added to that the fourth week of a sciatic attack that is not responding well to any treatment. Yesterday at Pilates they gave me "sciatic stretches" and I improved a bit, will persevere.
Very much looking forward to next week we're going to see a doco of the 150th anniversary exhibition in Oslo of the Norwegian painter Munch,at Byron Bay and on Wednesday Warhorse at the theatre in Brisbane. I love puppets.

Not long now for the Byron Bay Writers Festival:3 days of literature and joy.

Life is good especially without sugar.

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GOANNA2 7/13/2013 3:17AM

    That's a good loss Claudia. I envy you going to
Byron Bay for the Writer's Festival. I am going
to see Warhorse as well. My friend saw it in the
UK and raved about it. Should be great.
Congrats on 12 days without sugar. emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 7/12/2013 10:47PM

    emoticon It sounds like you have some great things coming up to relive some of the stress. emoticon

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WENDYJM4 7/12/2013 7:03AM

    keep up the good work Claudia

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STEVEN2GO2 7/12/2013 5:01AM

    emoticon On keeping sugar free despite the withdrawal symptoms trying to pull you back. So sorry to hear about the sciatic issues, glad you found some relief from the Pilates exercises! Wishing the best for you as you stay sugar free!


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VIPERSWEB 7/11/2013 11:49PM

    Congrats on losing some of the weight. Hope the stress and health issues ase off for you.

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RUTHXG 7/11/2013 11:37PM

    Huzzah for sticking to your commitment, & for losing some weight even amid the stresses! And especially for having these wonderful events to look forward to!


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NORWOODGIRL 7/11/2013 11:33PM

    Keep up the good work! Sugar is the most insidious stuff ever invented.

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No loss, no gain

Friday, July 05, 2013

This week I weighed the same in spite of the fact that I ate a lot more due to sugar cravings, 6 days off sugar now and very pleased about it.
Just a little edgy and irritable, but i know due to previous experience, that it takes a couple of weeks to calm down. The most difficult as usual is no fruit. Its sweetness is a trigger for me. In a couple of months I will be able to eat low fructose fruit.
Something I would really like is to stop eating when I'm full, I feel full but it's hard to stop especially at dinner time. It's always been like that.
At least i'm not feeding sugar to my gut bacteria, they must be very cranky.
Life is good!

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NPA4LOSS 7/6/2013 11:50AM

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RUTHXG 7/6/2013 11:26AM

    Great job, Claudia! I'm impressed at how aware you are of your body's functioning.


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GOANNA2 7/6/2013 9:21AM

    Good on you for sticking with your plan.
Great that you didn't gain. You can do this. emoticon

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WENDYJM4 7/6/2013 6:36AM

    emoticon Claudia

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STEVEN2GO2 7/6/2013 1:09AM

    emoticon On sticking to your plan, good luck fighting that sugar monster!

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SUSIEPH1 7/5/2013 9:03PM

Doing well Claudia, you will get there ... Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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Anyone for quitting sugar?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

To those who know me, this won't be news, after quitting sugar 3 years ago and maintaining it for more than a year, the sugar started creeping up until this week when it's made me sufficiently unhappy to make the decision to quit again. I started my new plan this morning, and I'm looking for a spark buddy to share this experience.
I'm posting this in various forums to see if I get lucky.
Life is good

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RUTHXG 6/30/2013 7:21PM

    Oh Claudia, good for you. I'm not ready to leave sugar behind altogether, though I may eventually get there. Hope you find a faithful buddy who is just as determined as you are! You can do this!


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GOANNA2 6/30/2013 8:21AM

    Hi Claudia. I am joining a 30 day challenge with
MELTEAGUE. She has given up sugar and this
challenge is to give up 2 things, exercise for at
least 15 minutes. Check it out on her blog or try
this link.



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WENDYJM4 6/30/2013 3:46AM

    hope you find someone Claudia

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SUSIEPH1 6/30/2013 2:13AM

    Hi Claudia, I remember how good you felt when you Quit Sugar ..
I don't have added Sugar and choose to avoid it in foods if I can .. I eat mainly raw.
My daughter Helen has chosen to avoid sugar too,
She has lost 6 kilos by doing so . She had a extremely fatty liver and her kidney function was way down ..
Her Specialist told her she would lose her life if she didn't stop eating sugary foods
Last time she had a kidney function and liver text, she was back in the normal range .. It took her 6 months but she did it .. So very proud of her ...
Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 6/29/2013 11:44PM

    I am think your goal is great but I have found I do better with allowing myself occasional treats including poisons like sugar - helps me avoid it most of the time when I KNOW I CAN HAVE IT IF I CHOOSE. Hope you find a buddy.

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NPA4LOSS 6/29/2013 10:29PM

    emoticon I hope that you find someone. With my Gastroparesis I am so limited in what I can eat that I am not cutting anything extra. I am not much of a sweet eater so not much of a problem for me. emoticon

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