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Sugar Addiction

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I really struggled today, desperately wanting to binge on sweets. Instead, I made a list of reasons why I want to reduce my consumption of sweets, and why I want to healthier and maybe smaller. I told myself (multiple times), "Today, I will live binge-free." I ate breakfast, which probably helped because I think I was hungry, and took some chromium to help with the cravings. In the spirit of doing whatever it takes to be successful, I reminded myself I had already made through half of the days and I could make it through the other half too. My sweets week begins tomorrow, so I can allow myself tomorrow to decide what items are worth taking up one of my allowable treats. For now, I am just focused on today. I did allow myself a half cup of cappuccino; I was lagging around because I am addicted to caffeine too. Between the little bit of coffee and some tea, I was able to wake up enough to accomplish something. All of these things have made me successful up to this point. The day will be over in just five and a half hours, and surely I will be in bed before then. I can definitely make it that long without eating a donut or an ice cream treat!

  
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EILEEN828 9/15/2014 2:40AM

    Hey Misslisa, I have a suggestion for you to try. Get thee to a health food, supplement store and buy a candida cleanse product. Candida yeast exists in everyone's intestines, and when gut flora
diminishes then yeast takes over. It sends out chemical messages for sugars which it needs to survive and proliferate. Kill the yeast, you kill the cravings. I read many kinds of info on this, until one day at the store, on a whim, I decided to try it and actually bought one. It works. In fact I was a bit shocked at how well. Try it, at worst you are out the cost of a bottle of pills. At best, you'll end cravings, improve your metabolism and create improved health. Believe me, it's worth it!
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FELINEBETTER 9/14/2014 10:37PM

    MissLisa -- you are really working it! Good for you! You are bound to succeed because I can just feel your determination! I quit smoking several years ago and your blog reminded me of how I felt, watching the clock and working at reinforcing what I was trying to accomplish and why. And you know what, Girl? I haven't smoked for almost 30 years. I just needed to get through the initial worst part! You will too -- you're on your way. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 9/14/2014 8:45PM

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I'm feeling a little of what you must be going through having just started Atkins today. I overdid it on sweets a few days ago and it was my wake up call to change things up.
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Day one: complete

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I used my lunch to take a mile walk yesterday, which definitely took more than 10 minutes. So it looks like I am well on my way to making my 11-day SparkStreak a reality.

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AJDOVER1 8/22/2014 8:25PM

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LEANJEAN6 8/22/2014 7:11AM

    Good for you!!

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FELINEBETTER 8/21/2014 6:47AM

    Look at you Go, MissLisa! emoticon emoticon

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New SparkStreak

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I get to start a new SparkStreak today. I just ended a 10-day streak of 10 or more workout minutes. I meant to do Tuesday, but life happened and what's done is done. I start again today (Wednesday, August 20) and am going for an 11-day streak this time.

Go me.

  
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CINDHOLM 8/20/2014 9:27PM

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AJDOVER1 8/20/2014 7:21PM

    Great idea! And on it goes....

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FELINEBETTER 8/20/2014 6:52AM

    Go YOU is right!!! Atta Girl, MissLisa! emoticon

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PINKEUROGIRL 8/20/2014 12:37AM

    Great job!

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Going sweets-free pays off

Monday, August 18, 2014

I am down a pound and a half this morning as compared to last Monday morning. This is exciting, yes, but tempered greatly with the fact that I have not been the least bit conscious of healthy living for quite some time. OK, that may be a stretch, but not much of one. I have always been conscious of my steps, only forgetting to wear my FitBit once in the last six months or more. Lately, however, work has been encouraging us to live healthier and even providing resources to make it easier.

Recently, I slept my weekend away yet again. I had enough! I had tried being conscious of the sweets I had been eating, and tried cutting back. I tried getting more sleep, which I did find helpful, but was easily derailed due to unforeseen circumstances. I felt that I shouldn't be quite that worn out even if my sleep was a little sporadic... it is how I have lived for years. So I knew it was time for something drastic (at least for me): I would go two weeks without any sweets. In the past, I would still allow myself sweet drinks since I rarely drink them and they do not seem to have the same addictive effect on me as sweet foods (i.e. cake, cookies, and ice cream) do. I knew, however, that my coffee intake had gotten out of hand. I never drink coffee unless it is so loaded down with sweeteners and creamers that it really doesn't taste like coffee anymore, so I had to include this in my sweets-free challenge.

I started on Friday, August 1 and weighed in on August 11. I have been sweets-free this entire month except for a couple flavored coffees I purchased in desperation, and one or two small cups with a little creamer only. I also started the 10-minutes-a-day challenge on August 9, so I am sure that hasn't hurt anything. Many of my days have been barely enough to consider exercise, but they were intentional, so they counted.

For those who may be concerned that cutting out all sweets may be too drastic and unrealistic, please note that it was a jump start to an overall reduction. I will allow myself 2, maybe three at most, sweet treats per week. This worked very well for me in the past. It helps me to choose only those treats I really want. The ones I will truly enjoy the most. It also helps me to remember that these treats cause me an overwhelming fatigue I do not enjoy and want never to experience again. Losing a pound and a half in a week doesn't hurt either. emoticon

  
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SUPERWOMAN_LISA 8/22/2014 12:36PM

    Keep up the good work! Sweets are an addiction for me, so I tend to act like an addict. I'm working on this myself! I found that it helps with the restriction/portion control to only have the right amount in the house. If I have a whole box of candy, I will eat the whole box. If I have a big jar of honey, I will use more than I should, etc...Yesterday, I allowed myself only a tbsp or 2 (what was left from pre-healthy eating) of white chocolate chips to curb my craving and about a tbsp of honey (all that was left of a small bottle) mixed in my natural peanut butter and spread on a dozen or so rice crackers. Pre-portioning definitely helps!

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It's always great to hear about success!
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WISHICOULDFLY 8/18/2014 8:09AM

    Congrats on a successful start to August! emoticon

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GOLFGMA 8/18/2014 6:57AM

    A pound and a half is wonderful and I can't wait to see the final results!
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Walking Hector

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hector and I walked for about a mile today. We left Gunner at home to get some rest, while we used up some of Hector's energy. We got Hector because Gunner had so much energy, he needed someone to play with. Now, Gunner's worn out all the time because as soon as he has energy, he and Hector play like crazy. Hector plays hard from sunup to sundown, and then some. He crashes hard at bedtime, and starts the playing all over again in the mornings. I thought the mile might help, but you would never know we did anything at all. I swear there is an Energizer battery somewhere in that dog! :-)


Oscar and me with Gunner


Gunner (top) and Hector (bottom)


Hector

So that makes today the ninth in my SparkStreak of 10+ minutes working out.

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WISHICOULDFLY 8/18/2014 8:11AM

    They are adorable!

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