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Sweet Tooth Challenge - end of week 3

Friday, March 23, 2012

Today is the last day of week 3 of the sugar challenge. This week's focus was on making healthier swaps for sugary foods.

I had mixed results this week. My biggest hurdle was a visit from my Mom, who loves her sweets and desserts. I had a peach pie that we had for dessert while she was here. That's the negative. On the positive side, that was the only sweet I had on those days, and I practiced portion control.

I made a list of healthier snack swaps -

I've tried -
raw veggies - I love raw carrots
Greek yogurt - I like for dessert or with my carrots
peanut butter - really watch portions, I love it but I tend to overdo
pretzels - watch portions

Others I haven't tried yet -
hard boiled eggs
high fiber cereal - eaten dry
yogurt with granola/crushed granola bar
nuts - watch portions

I'm going to stay with week 3 for another week, try some of these other snack ideas before moving to the final week.

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Bathroom Challenge -

Still doing my strength challenge -
3/17, 3/19, 3/23 - did a total of 7 exercises each upper, lower, core, each day


Sweet Tooth Challenge - end of week 2

Friday, March 16, 2012

Today is the last day of week 2 of the Sweet Tooth Challenge. Did well until Wednesday. I went grocery shopping in the morning and bought some Reeseís PB eggs, a favorite of mine. I ate 3 in the course of that day, and again yesterday.

In addition, Wednesday was our 36th anniversary and we went to Olive Garden for dinner. Had a high fat high cal dinner (chicken alfredo). It was delicious, I enjoyed every bite. We then took dessert home for later (I got a warm caramel apple dessert). I have no guilt about what I ate, either the dinner or the dessert, but my bodís not used to eating like that, all that fat and calories. I paid for it yesterday. Did not feel well all day. Much better today.

Lesson learned Ė My bod is now used to eating healthier meals, lower in overall calories and fats. It will definitely tell me when Iíve eaten that far off program. Listen to your body.

Bathroom Challenge -
3/10 - total of 7 exercises each upper, lower, core
3/14 - total of 6 exercises each upper, lower, core

Today is cardio, tomorrow another BR challenge.
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Sweet Tooth Blog + Anniversary today !

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sweet Tooth Challenge -

Yesterday I had two small choc covered caramels, my only sweets for the day. The great part is that I didn't go overboard. I drank a big glass of water after the candies and that got the sweet taste out of my mouth. My sweet tooth was satisfied for the rest of the day. Definite progress, since my goal for this challenge is not to eliminate sweets but to limit sweets.
Today's sweet - syrup this morning.

Today is my 36th Wedding Anniversary ! Boy does that make me feel old ! For breakfast this morning my husband made us pancakes. MMMM, they were yummy.

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SMWATRMLON 3/14/2012 10:54PM

    Happy Anniversary!!

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NEWNAC304 3/14/2012 12:36PM

    Thanks for the tip on drinking water after the sweets. If I have one piece of candy, I often want more. I'm going to try drinking water after to see if that will help me.

Congrats on your 35th Anniversary!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/14/2012 10:36AM

    Happy anniversary to you and your hubs. AWESOME!! emoticon

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BUFFYSMOM2 3/14/2012 10:23AM

    Happy, happy anniversary! emoticon

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Four Years Maintenance !!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Four years ago today I reached my goal weight, actually went under where I wanted to be. I adjusted my goal range a couple of times, wanting a weight range that would be easy to maintain. My current range is 153-157. As of today I'm 3 pounds over, but that will come off as the winter winds down.

My new healthier lifestyle -

I consider myself a flexitarian. I eat mostly veggies, grains, beans, fruit. No beef. Chicken probably every couple of weeks. Little fish because I don't like it much. Except for tuna salad. I would like to add more fish to my diet.
Drink lots of water
Little between meal snacking, unless my sweet tooth attacks me.
Exercise -
most days of the week for total of 30-40" each time
I do two days of cardio followed by one day of strength exercises

I have never maintained a weight loss goal for longer than a few months. Maintaining for 4 years amazes me ! I could never have done it without Spark. I am so proud of me !

Thank you Spark !

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HOPEFULSNAIL204 3/13/2012 8:39PM

  That's wonderful! You did what it took to take it off and now you are doing what it takes to keep it off. That's a whole lot of GREAT choices. You DESERVE to be proud of yourself. You are an inspiration to us all!
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    You SHOULD be proud of you! You are a great inspiration to the rest of us. Thank you! emoticon

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DIZZYBUGS 3/11/2012 7:51PM

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Well done you!! Keep up the good work xx

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KRYS210 3/11/2012 2:37PM

    emoticon emoticon - wonderful news! You are an inspiration to me!

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MSLZZY 3/11/2012 1:20PM

    A testament to lessons learned and living
a healthy lifestyle!
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1CRAZYDOG 3/11/2012 11:10AM

    AWESOME . . . completely AWESOME! January 2012 was the one year maintenance mark for me, so onto a maintained year two for me and finding so much hope from those like you who have been at this for a long time!!!!

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AUNTB63 3/11/2012 10:59AM

    emoticonyou are doing an awesome job of maintaining. Some day I hope to be able to do the same.....the closer I get to goal I will remind myself that there are people like you that are living that ultimate goal of maintaining (for more than just a couple of months) emoticon

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IWILLICANIAM 3/11/2012 10:58AM

    How awesome is that? I mean WOW!! Congrats on your weight loss, and your new healthy lifestyle! I hope it keeps working for you. :D :D

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CHUM48 3/11/2012 10:40AM

    Congras and Happy Anniversary

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Sweet Tooth Challenge Week 1

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Just finished week 1 -

Had no sweet cravings until yesterday afternoon. It was strong enough that I went looking for a sweet to eat. We had some choc caramels that I enjoy, told myself I could have one since this week is not about eliminating sweets. Instead I made a bargain with myself - have some carrot chips in yogurt first, then if I still want a sweet I can have one caramel. Took my time eating and savoring the carrots/yogurt. When I finished the sweet craving was gone, so no candy.

Week 1 - no sweets, minmal cravings

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BUFFYSMOM2 3/10/2012 10:18AM

    Woo Hoo, Sparkgirl! I am soooo proud of you. You have set a challenge for me now! Thanks! emoticon

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AUNTB63 3/10/2012 9:36AM

    emoticon you did the right thing.....postponing eating that sweet... this will always work....it's a mind game we need to trick our minds to let them know who is boss and that they really don't want a sweet, but just something.....Have another good week YOU can do it. emoticon

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