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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Since starting the Sweet Tooth Challenge 3/3 -

No sweets eaten
No sweets cravings

carrot chips alone or dipped in honey vanilla Greek yogurt - afternoon snack
yogurt - dessert after dinner

I didn't plan on not having any sweets but joining this challenge has made me feel accountable for what I eat. That makes me reach for a healthier snack instead of a sweet. I'm paying closer attention to how I feel when snacking as well. It feels much better to grab something healthy and just as easy to grab a handful of carrot chips and some yogurt as it is to hunt for a sweet treat. It's still early in the challenge, today is only day 5, but one other time I was able to control my sweet tooth and as the days passed it got easier. I look for that to happen this time too.

BR Challenge -
Yesterday - total of 7 exercises each, upper, lower, core - one session in the basement when I did 2 exercises each upper, lower, core
I put a set of exercise cords and bands near the bathroom so I can use them for some sessions

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HOPEFULSNAIL204 3/7/2012 2:07PM

  I am SO happy for you! Since this has been a long standing issue for you, it amazing how you have turned things around in such a short time. Sounds like the bathroom challenge is going swimmingly
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Good start

Sunday, March 04, 2012

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For yesterday Ė

Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Ė
no sweets
carrot slices dipped in honey vanilla Greek yogurt for afternoon snack
grasshopper yogurt for dessert after dinner

BR Challenge Ė
did total of 7 exercises each upper, lower, core (includes one session in the basement after lunch)

Today's Plan -
carrots/honey vanilla Greek yogurt for afternoon snack
yogurt for dessert

Exercise -
Walk It Out - 20" (afternoon)
Leslie Sansone DVD + elliptical - 20" (morning)

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HOPEFULSNAIL204 3/4/2012 9:11PM

  You are doing great! Do you miss the sweets you used to eat?
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Two March Challenges

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Just joined the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge to help me with my biggest challenge, sweets. I need to be able to control my sweet tooth without banning sweets from my healthy eating.

Goals -

control my cravings for sweets
limit how much and how often I have sweets
stop turning to sweets for comfort
allow myself to enjoy an occasional sweet without going overboard

Plan -

When a sweet craving hits get a big drink of water then exercise or do something with my hands. If the craving persists have some carrot chips dipped in honey vanilla yogurt (a favorite snack of mine that I've gotten away from lately).

Have yogurt as dessert.

I also started a monthlong strength challenge today. I tend to skimp on my strength exercises so this challenge will hopefully get me back into doing strength exercises regularly.

Plan - "Bathroom Challenge" - Between 9am and 5pm every time I've visited the bathroom I will do one strength exercise each, upper, lower and core. I will do this every third day for the month of March. If I miss a "session" I will do a catch up session in my exercise area in the basement in the afternoon.
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HOPEFULSNAIL204 3/4/2012 9:23PM

  I have faith in you!

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MTNGRL 3/4/2012 8:29AM

    I like that Bathroom challenge, great idea!
I really need to work on my sweet tooth too.
These both seem like a great way to start the month!

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Gave in

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Did great yesterday, followed my eating plan with no hitches all day. However, I gave in last nite to a sweet urge. GRRRR I didn't even try to resist. At the time I was working on my Swedish weaving, my hands were busy. But I put my work down, got up and overdid it on some chocolate covered mini pretzels. Darn sweet tooth.

What I should have done - get a big drink of water first, go back to my weaving and wait a while. I've done that before and it does short circuit the yen.

I'll do better next time.

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HOPEFULSNAIL204 3/2/2012 2:36AM

  I think you did a REALLY SMART thing in deciding what your corrective action will be. Really smart! Now, what I want to know is what is Swedish weaving and what are you making?
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NEWNAC304 2/28/2012 4:05PM

    I gave in to the chocolate today too. I've been irritable all day so I guess I thought I deserved it. It didn't help, I'm still irritable!

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MTNGRL 2/28/2012 11:53AM

    I know the feeling. I need a better plan myself for when those treats call me.

I know you will do better the next time, just remember to SIP first!

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AUNTB63 2/28/2012 11:49AM

    You are not alone on this one.....everyone has been there. Your plan for the next time is reasonable and could work. I have already planned (about 100 calories worth) of chocolate per day....I don't always eat it, but I know it's there if I want to. emoticon

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 2/28/2012 11:01AM

    That's okay! YOu are doing great!

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Losing my momentum

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Lots of starts and stops lately, a few days of eating healthy then I go off track. This has got to stop. I think my problem is in my head. Iím always worried about something, usually finances, and that fills my head and pushes all the healthy thinking right out the door. I need to find a way to stop that worrying and negative thinking before it gets to the point of causing me to ignore my healthy lifestyle. On the plus side I am still exercising regularly, thatís something.

PLAN Ė Journal ! Itís so simple and I know it helps. I just donít seem to take the time to sit down and do it. When Iím feeling stressed, worried and thinking about making unhealthy choices I need to stop, think, and write. I know I canít stop the worrying, thatís a constant, but at least I can take steps to stop the unhealthy consequences.

Did very good yesterday ! Followed my eating plan perfectly. No sweets !!!! For dessert after dinner I had a yogurt, Yoplait Grasshopper, absolutely yummy, the kind of dessert I really should be having. YES !!!

Today started a little iffy. My husband wanted pancakes for breakfast, and since I donít want eating healthy to be about deprivation I agreed. I want to feel that making healthy choices is a natural thing, not forced. I enjoyed the pancakes, he does a good job on them. MMMM No regrets, moving on. Since breakfast was higher in calories than I had planned, and not as healthy as planned, I changed todayís menu to accommodate that. Instead of the leftover chili which is higher in calories, today will be Potluck, meaning Iím doing baked oatmeal for dinner and having a veggie filled lunch.

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MTNGRL 2/19/2012 5:43PM

    Sometimes you just have to stop, look around and decide what changes you need to make and then do them. Looks like you are right on track with that. Great job, you can do it!!

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BUFFYSMOM2 2/19/2012 10:41AM

    You've got determination on your side. You're doing it, Sparkie! emoticon

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