Thursday, May 10, 2012
So I joined the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge yesterday! I am such a sugar addict and I really want to challenge myself and learn ways to cut back on sugar to become healthier. It's a four-week challenge with specific action steps for each week. Week 1 is all about becoming more aware of your sugar cravings and making sure you know exactly how much sugar you're eating. Knowing this will make it that much easier to try and change things during the weeks that follow!
This week's action steps are:
1. Assess your current sugar habits.
2. List the reasons why you want to cut back.
3. Record your sugar habits all week long.
4. Learn how to earn your trophy.
So here is my list of reasons for wanting to cut back on sugar:
- I want to lose weight (this is almost too obvious).
- I want to manage my blood sugar levels.
- I want to make my sugar cravings go away or at least make them less intense and frequent.
- I want to learn to enjoy healthier foods instead and choose fruit and berries over sweets.
- I want to avoid diabetes.
- I want to learn to deal with my emotions (stress, anxiety and even being tired) in new ways that don't involve chocolate or ice cream.
I'm sure there are more reasons and I'll share them with you guys if I can think of any. Today I have been paying a lot more attention to my sugar cravings. I used to eat sweets every day in huge portions before I got serious here on SparkPeople. Since then, I've come a long way, only mainly eating very small portions and I usually stay within my calorie range. But the thing is though, I'm still craving sugar. I need to have a sweet treat (even if it's just one small piece of chocolate or a low-fat chocolate pudding) at least once a day, usually after dinner. I have cut back a lot but I'd like to make my cravings less intense so that I don't need that piece of chocolate every day.
I realized today how many times a day I actually think about sugary treats. I have to say that, honestly, I got at least 4 cravings for sweets today (more specifically, for chocolate and ice cream).They weren't very intense and it was easy to say no and have raspberries instead, but still it would be nice not to get those cravings at all.
So what kind of sugary treats did I eat today? Not much. I had a yogurt for breakfast which had some sugar in it since it wasn't plain yogurt. I also had a small pancake with some strawberry jam with lunch and some raspberries with vanilla pudding with dinner. I didn't go over my calories or my carbs for today and my sugar intake was in no way disastrous but this is a perfect example for having a sweet tooth! My body is cravings something sweet at every meal and I try to find healthier, less-sugary alternatives and substitutions. I'm sure this challenge will make me a lot more aware of my cravings and hopefully make it easier to control them.
I'm excited! I'm really looking forward to taming my sweet tooth!!
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
I restarted my SparkDiet program three months ago when I finally got committed to making a better life for myself. I'm currently at Stage 3 and working on the third strategy which is called "How to reward good behavior". It has forced me to think about ways to reward myself for the progress I make and for reaching the goals I set for myself. For some reason, choosing and sticking to rewards has always been difficult for me. I'd choose a reward and then change my mind and pick a new one or forget about rewarding myself when I should have done so. Not this time!
This time I chose two types of rewards for myself: I chose five rewards I will give myself after reaching a certain goal weight, and I also chose monthly rewards I'll give myself after a month's hard work and dedication (even if the scale won't budge!). In addition to these, each week I will choose a small reward (like a movie night, or some nice flowers, or a new magazine I've been wanting to read) to keep my momentum going and keep me focused on my goals.
Here are my weight related rewards:
Goal 1 - 76 kg / 167 lbs
REWARD: A shopping trip to Helsinki
Goal 2 - 71 kg / 156 lbs
REWARD: Manicure & pedicure, a massage, a facial and a healthy dinner at a romantic restaurant
Goal 3 - 66 kg / 145 lbs
REWARD: A romantic weekend trip to the southern coast of Finland (Hanko or Naantali)
Goal 4 - 61 kg / 134 lbs
REWARD: Jeffery Campbell Lita Shoes
Goal 5 - 56 kg / 123 lbs
REWARD: A romantic weekend getaway in Paris!
And these are my monthly rewards I earn if I stay focused on my goals, track my meals on most days of the week, stay within my calorie range 90 % of the time and get at least 200 fitness minutes per week:
May: subscription to Mondo Magazine (my favorite Finnish travel themed magazine)
June: a shopping trip to Stockholm
July: new lingerie
August: a mini shopping spree (new school clothes)
September: get my hair done and get a massage
October: new perfume
November: a shopping day in Helsinki
This week's mini reward is:
A movie night!
Now I'm going to print out this list of rewards and put it where I can see it every day. I'm so looking forward to reaching my goals!
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
I found this video on the Emotional Eaters team's discussion forum. Here's the link to the video:
I think his story is so amazing and so very inspiring. No matter how many times we fall, nothing can break us as long as we get back up and keep on working hard towards our goals and dreams. WE CAN DO THIS! We can be all that we were meant to be if we make a pledge to never give up on ourselves no matter how hard things can sometimes get.
I hope you're all having a great Tuesday!
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