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Sugar-Free Struggles/Check-In

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hey all!

I am doing a brief check-in because I binged last week. No need to go into details, but I binged on something sugary. This left me wondering if completely sugar-free is a good idea...

I have gone back and forth on trying to find the best diet for me, and I know my body doesn't lose weight if I'm eating sugar/gluten regularly. So I know what I need to do. However, until I have fully surrendered to this reality, I'm not sure if I should continue to go down this road.

Thoughts? I would be particularly interested in thoughts from former/current binge eaters about what works best for you.

I am around 148lbs now, so I have gained a little since mid-summer. Most likely from eating sugar again. Hmmm

ps. I keep forgetting to take my progress pictures! I will try really hard to have them taken this week.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/28/2012 7:47PM

    Oh, can I relate!! Sweet is my hardest issue. I have maintained my 80+ pounds loss now for over 3 years now. I must admit I substitute artificial sweeteners for sugar, but I still crave sweet. I am now really working hard to cut down on Splenda and Sweet n Low (mostly in hot tea and coffee), sugar free hot chocolate, sugar free yogurt and puddings, Cary's syrup, sugar free ice cream, diet drinks, etc. I am trying to stick to 4 servings of fruit per day, too, but often go over.

I have gone up to 3 weeks with nothing sweet. Perhaps that is not long enough, but my cravings did not diminish.

So, I guess what I'm saying is you can live at the weight you want to be by substituting artificial sweeteners. I have cut back on sweet things, but still know I overdo them.

Best wishes for finding an answer. I'm going to try again to give up sweets. If I find myself overly obsessing, I'll try moderation.

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BELIEVER104 8/28/2012 7:08PM

    I've also been on a sugar and gluten-free eating plan since the beginning of June. My body has responded very well so far. Last week, I started back to work (I'm a teacher) and I had 4 days of really poor eating. It was SUPER hard seeing the scale jump up like it did, but once I got back to clean eating, the binge weight fell right off. It's tough to stick to this, but it's a great foundation if you can quickly right the ship after a binge. I agree about the artificial sweeteners-- they might be triggering some sweets cravings. If you feel like this eating plan is healthy mentally and physically, then I say stick with it! Good luck!

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SONICB 8/28/2012 5:20PM

    Hi! Good to hear from you. :) emoticon

Do you consume any products with artificial sweeteners? There have been studies linking fake sugars to sugar cravings, which often lead to sugar binges... Things like diet soda, light yogurt, and other diet products often contain them.

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    Congratulations on your weight loss. What ever your doing don't stop!


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ALESHAWALKER 8/28/2012 4:28PM

    I'm a binger.... I binged today ON sugar free candy hahaha.... I have to eliminate food groups that cause me triggers or only eat them in public.

I've tried many times to reward myself with ONE sweet treat and I can't control it.... before I know it I've eaten the whole pack. If I just keep it out of my house or tell myself I can have NONE I do much better.... if I need to eat sweets (like a sliver of a birthday cake) if people are around I don't do so bad.

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Back from California/Sugar-free Once More

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hey ya'll,

So, I struggled in California. I ate gluten and sugar, probably about once per day (sometimes more than one treat per day). Now, it's time to recommit.

My trainer tells me to put a post-it note in a prominent place and use that to remind myself that I am sugar/gluten free. I have to redo my post-it note as of today, August 13, 2012. My weight is fluctuating between 145-150, and I know what I need to do.

No sugar, no gluten! It might not work for everyone, but this is what works for me. After my sugar-free experiment, I firmly believe that this is the only way I can lose. My body has gotten to that point, after the weight fluctuations due to my eating disorder.

Now that I am home again, it will be easier to follow this plan.

By the way, I am eating meat again. I think the protein and other nutrients from the meat help me to stay full, so that I don't have to eat gluten/sugar to keep my energy going.

I see my trainer for the first time in two months on Wednesday...let's go!

PS. Progress Pix as soon as I can get my boyfriend to take them.

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

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TRENTDREAMER 8/14/2012 9:32PM

    Best of fortune to you on going gluten/sugar free amd with the personal training session!

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BELIEVER104 8/13/2012 8:40PM

    I'm gluten/sugar free right now too! It's tough-- but you're right, it's working for my body right now. You can do it!

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SONICB 8/13/2012 3:35PM

    Do you have a gluten intolerance? My little sister has to eat GF, and it's so difficult for her (and more expensive too). I personally am not sure I could live a GF life and don't even try.

Welcome back!

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A_WISE_WOMAN 8/13/2012 1:37PM

  Sugar and gluten are a problem for so many of us! You can do this!


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Wow! My Sugar-Free Experiment is Yielding Fabulous Results

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I AM FINALLY LOSING WEIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After 2 years of maintaining around 150-155, I am down around 145lbs!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so happy, I don't really know what to do, say, think. I just wanted to share my joy with Sparkpeople, and from there? Maintain my diet, maintain my exercise program, and get down to goal weight?? OMG, goal weight!!

So, I just went on a long trip, which included 3 and a half weeks of work at an academic summer camp on a college campus in Rhode Island. Right before I left, I had a really intense pep talk with my personal trainer. That provoked my decision to let go of sugar, just for now.

So, during camp, I didn't touch the desserts in the cafeteria. I didn't touch the ice cream, or the mounds of cake and other goodies. I ate 100% sugar free, and probably 90% gluten free. And now?

Well, I stepped on my home scale this morning after not weighing myself for about a week, and it said....145lbs!!!!!

This is an incredible victory for me, as I have been STUCK at 150lbs since I stopped bingeing two years ago. After I got over my binge eating disorder, I lost about 30lbs. HOWEVER, I stopped losing around 150lbs, and thought I'd be stuck there forever.


Wow, I feel great. Now, to get groceries for a good lunch, and then it's off to the gym this afternoon.

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OOLALA53 8/14/2012 2:28AM

    The research shows that having a plan for having the offending substance in some way down the line (a small amount in a controlled situation to get used to it) is better for reducing consumption than swearing off forever. I'm glad you said "for now." You'll find the way you need to have it, but it probably won't be that often.

I heard the other day that scientists believe that early human beings ate the equivalent of only about 22 teaspoons of sugar a year! I won't promise to go that low but none on weekdays has been working for me for a couple of years.

BTW, kudos to you for ending bingeing. emoticon

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MONICA_W 7/29/2012 7:56PM


Sugar really is poison - our bodies are so much happier without it! (Our tastebuds... well... fortunately we know better than they do, haha!)

Keep up the great work, and don't forget to focus on your "healthiest weight" rather than just your goal weight. Hopefully the two coincide!

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TRENTDREAMER 7/25/2012 10:22PM

    Thank you for this.

You've inspired me. I've been stuck at 195-205 for two years now. I know sugar has been a burden in this for a while.

I think it's time to detox from sugar. Suggestions/tips? Taper? Cold turkey?

Again, thanks for sharing

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BELIEVER104 7/24/2012 7:55PM

    Awesome!! Way to go sugar free! It can be tough, but sooo worth it. I'm experiencing a little of the same thing now. Keep up the great work!!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/24/2012 7:27PM

    Congratulations!! You are doing so well. Giving up sugar is really hard. If you can do that, I bet there isn't anything that can stop you!! Thanks for inspiring me to try a little harder, too, to get off the sweets. -Marsha

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RUBY_TUESDAY21 7/24/2012 4:08PM

    I have been kicking around the idea of going sugar-free (processed sugar), and I think you've inspired me. I've been hovering around the mid-150's for eons (which lately has crept up to the upper 150's), so it's time for a change...

Amazing job!!

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MARYELLEN301 7/24/2012 2:42PM

    VERY impressive!! I just don't know if I could bite that same bullet. Every tooth in my head is a sweet tooth! Did you at least do any fruits so you could have smoothies? That may be my only salvation were I to try your plan.

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DOCLOVER 7/24/2012 1:15PM

    Wow, it feels SO good to break a plateau! I'm so so happy for you! Keep up the awesome work! emoticon

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 7/24/2012 12:48PM

    emoticon That's so awesome! You should be so proud of yourself for sticking to your sugar-free program even while being away and in tough conditions! That's really great! And you got your reward- losing 5 lbs!! That's amazing! emoticon

About a week ago, I decided to start eating Primal/Paleo which means giving up sugar and grains. I decided to give it a try for 30 days and see how I feel! So far I'm doing well! We'll see :)

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June Progress Pix/Sugar Free Experiment

Monday, June 18, 2012

Hey ya'll,

I just had a great workout, and thought I would come home and take some progress pix. I had gotten out of the habit of taking progress pix, and I would like to reinstate this habit.

The last Progress Pix I took were from January 2012, 6 months ago. I am not going to collage those pictures next to my newest pictures, because it will just make me upset. I haven't made any progress in losing lbs, inches, or body fat % since January, so there's no reason to compare.

These newest progress pix mark my decision to go refined sugar-free. I have a sugar addiction, and will eat tons of it when given the chance. I think that this is a significant part of why I have not lost any lbs, inches, body fat, etc. since my last progress pix (or since this time last year, for that matter). I tend to let myself eat a LOT of sugary foods, for fear that if I don't I will end up bingeing.

Therefore, refined sugar-free is an experiment. If I binge more than I did while allowing sugar, I will go back to allowing sugar. But I want to see if the excess refined sugars in my diet are keeping the last 20lbs on. I have a feeling they are.

To all those who read my blog, thank you. I know I have been terribly inconsistent on Sparkpeople, but I'm coming to terms with the fact that if I don't AT LEAST track my food, I will not lose these last 20-25 lbs.

Here we go:

Front view:

Side view (I only have one, bc I accidentally took the same side twice):

And there you have it. Here's to the sugar-free experiment!

Nina Marie

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MONICA_W 6/19/2012 12:39AM

    I'm thinking about cutting out sugar too, so I'm interested to see how it goes for you! Please come back and let us know! Good luck - you can do it!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 6/18/2012 11:40PM

    Looks like a great starting point to me! I feel like there's always more work to be done, but you look great and it can only get better! Good luck with your sugar-free experiment! I think it's great that you're aware of yourself and what makes you binge (I'm the same way with sugar) so just keep an eye out for yourself! emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 6/18/2012 1:11PM

    Good luck with your experiment :)

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February Progress Pix Just Around the Corner

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hey all!

I just wanted to check-in with a short blog entry. I'm feeling GREAT, and I just lost a pound. I wanted to emoticon a little bit about that!

Weighing in is a funny thing, as weight fluctuates so much. I think I've finally gotten the weighing in process down, after buying my own scale and weighing AT THE SAME TIME EVERYDAY. I weigh in the mornings, which seems to be giving a pretty accurate reading across days/weeks.

So, I've FINALLY crossed the threshold from the 150s to the 140s. I see only progress from here on out, as I have upped my workouts and am still working on my gluten-free lifestyle. I have settled back into vegetarianism, and I think these are all the right things for my body.

emoticon I'm feelin great! Happy Saturday!

I will share February Progress Pix early next week.

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KTMAE2006 1/28/2012 12:00PM

    Way to go! I used to weigh myself daily, then got out of the practice, eventually gained most of my weight back, and now am back to weighing myself daily. I really need those numbers to keep track of how I'm doing! I'm glad you're finding success! Keep up the good work!

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SONICB 1/28/2012 10:47AM

    Yaaaay! emoticon My little sister also eats gluten free (she has a bunch of intolerances that I can't keep track of), and it's difficult for her because gluten is in EVERYTHING these days.

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